Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
As Originally brewed in 1795 for Catherine the Great of Russia. Enjoy now or allow to mature in the cellar.
Brewed to perfection only once a year, Courage Imperial Russian Stout enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones and an intriguing fresh smokey, fruity finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2013
Taste starts with coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted aftertaste. Nice but with the high ABV I would expect more taste and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 13, 2013
Brown, tan head. Nutty and bready malt, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, some light fruit, warming alcohol ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17639) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Bottle at home, from BOE, 13/04/13. Bottle #122,815 of 210,000. Mid black with a big frothy tan head that retains well. Nose is roast malt, molasses, dark treacle toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugars. Taste comprises, dark roast malts, touch of booze, chocolate, dark treacle toffee, light soapy notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, pitched perfectly, makes for fairly effortless drinking of such a big beer! Overall a more than decent offering, looks great, feels great, the flavour profile is solid enough - the alcohol is well disguised and the feel on the palate is first rate. Id take this one again any day!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3683) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget (2012 version). Dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma is very smooth milk chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, caramel. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Taste is at first sweet dark fruits with chocolate in the background, roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Brewed May, 2011. Best before 9/19/24. Consumed 4/7/13. Pours an opaque brown-black with an oily, thick, light brown head. Aroma is big and wow; dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, molasses, licorice, booze. Taste is rich and wonderful; dark fruits, booze, vanilla, chocolate, caramel; bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Some nice lacing. Medium-low carbonation; appropriate. Full-bodied; thick, creamy, syrupy. Expertly balanced. Highly indulgent. Exquisitely crafted. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2013
Nog är det bra shit. Men kan inte förneka att alkoholen tar över en aning. Blivit lite sötare möjligen sedan sist. Knäck en per år och se vart den tar vägen. Mm så får det bli

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2013
A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted chocolate and a bit of caramel malts, some dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, earthy hops, and a touch of booze. T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, some plum and other dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, some bitterness, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy with a sweet, roasty, and warming finish. D - Great RIS. Great balance and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (3621) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown with a mocha head. Aroma is deep roast malt. Flavour is coffee, roast, liquorice, dry burnt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - APR 2, 2013
0.275 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Black color, virtually no head. Thick roasty aroma with coffee, raisins and charred bread. Sweet roasty and vinous flavor with coffee, salty licorice, charcoal, raisins and port wine. Full body, feels sparkling in the mouth although does not look like sparkling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6415) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
From a 275 ml bottle. Pours bkack with a tan head. Licorice aroma carrying through to the taste. Notes of chocolate and espresso. Bitter finish.

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