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


on tap

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RATINGS: 548   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kelsei (8) - Curitiba, BRAZIL - MAR 18, 2016 does not count
Liqueur and striking flavor, chocolate, coffee, licorice, a deep dark beer to enjoy in a cold day

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_sully (457) - - MAR 11, 2016
Brown body with thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and sugar. Taste is sweet but balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2016
2 x 275ml bottles 2013 vintage poured oily black & lacy malty fruity aroma the taste is superb all quality coffee treacle syrupy caramel malty dark chocolate hint of the alcohol & a lasting tangy bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1610) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 9, 2016
Dark brown to black colored, small tan creamy head, good lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, bit burnt. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, bit brown sugar, licorice, roasted coffee, medium bitter dark chocolate, dry finish, bit burnt. Medium to full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation. (bottle, Bor Bar, Samobor)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2885) - ngelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130406. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4924) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Feb 16, courtesy of Mike. Many thanks! Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is dusty old dried fruits. Taste is quite lean with smooth light dark fruits and caramel, some chocolate malts, faint liquorice. Decent but rather thin. Wouldve loved to try the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (1302) - Bled, SLOVENIA - FEB 18, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2017 Vintage 2013: Pours black, oily, clear, slightly haze, with foamy brown stable head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, which is overtoped with hop aroma, with notes of plums, prunes and other dark fruits. Flavor: rich dark malt flavors, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of licorice, vanilla, port wine, cognac, oak wood, supported with hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially prunes and plums. Finish is sticky, dry. Alcohol warmth is noticable. Body is medium to full, texture is soft, carbonation is low. Simple, delisious archetype of real Russian imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7557) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 11, 2016
Bottled 275ml. -from Pivoteka Zagreb. Vintage 2013. Deep black coloured, small to medium sized brown head, chocolate in the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, distinct alcohol presence, some licorice and notes of prunes. Bitter and pretty harsh roasty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saltyseadog (60) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2016
275ml bottles (?) in a gift set from Windsor Hy-Vee, 2012 & 2013 vintage, in their own John Courage tulip glass. Both vintages show off well integrated aromas of dark chocolate, buttercream and condensed milk, rum raisins, caramel and butterscotch. 2012 is photogenic perfection with oily dark liquid and more than a finger of creamy tan head with magnificent lacing to the bottom of the glass. 2013 has almost no head at all, but retains better carbonation within the liquid, easing up the outrageous weight of the beer, making 2013 slightly more sippable. Both vintages open with really well integrated coffee and dark chocolate flavors and a pleasant caramel vanilla finish, both with a pleasant belly warming alcohol effect midway from that 10% ABV. 2012 has a bit of a raisiny flavor up front and an excellent buttercream sweetness that really makes my mouth water, but is also a bit undercarbonated and trapped under its own weight in terms of drinkability. Both vintages are heavy, dark, roasty and bitter, not very well suited to extended drinking, not that youd ever find a 6-pack of them for sale. Still a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1557) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, and hints of vanilla; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, and hints of caramel and vanilla; finish has some light roasted bitterness; very good

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