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


on tap

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3352) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 22, 2013
Rating #1900. 275ml brown bottle. 2012 vintage. No 018620 of 210,000. Pours a typical deep brown to black shade with no light shining through. The head is medium brown, pretty foamy, airy and larged sized bubbles that throw up some sparse and patchy lacing. It thins down to a ring about five minutes after the pour and leaves a small swirl on the surface. Nose has chocolate and coffee and cherry like dark fruit. Taste has chocolate malts, medium roast coffee, dark fruitiness. Bitterness comes from the roasted malts, a bit mild but noticable. The body is about medium, a bit thinner than I was expecting but still ok. Carbonation retains a fine bead throughout the drink. Alcohol isnt particularly strong, there is a bit of but there is some warming in the throat. The aftertaste is roasty with some coffee beans and chocolate and mild dark fruit. Drank at room temperature. Overall an enjoyable impy, decent depth of flavour, tastes very nice fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1509) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Beautiful black color. Nice boozy aroma, had almost a wine port aroma. Taste is boozy but still lots of quality imperial malts and deep fruits. Mouth is sweet, bitter, and sticks to the tongue. Very full. 10% abv is not overly obvious, but clear. Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (5740) - FINLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle (systemet, some years ago..) #153628. Black. Dark rich malty, slight peppery, soft old woody nose. Feels a bit murky, oxidized, but not really bad still. Med full bodied, smooth, silky, kinda easy to drink. Some old cola in flavour, roasty smooth. Not as intense as more modern- style risses, but real smooth easy, like spiced with old malty wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
darbeer75 (630) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2016
Aroma: very rich and malty with red wine and oak notes; Appearance: pitch black with white head that disappears; Taste: like a straight oak barrel; a little flavor on the edges but mainly lots of woodiness; Palate: heavy body with medium finish; Overall: way too oaky. Will not get again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Parogolima (11) - - NOV 18, 2016
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---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4980) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2016
This was a pair of bottles (2012 and 2013) that came in a box with a glass. First the 2012 vintage.. Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured black with a tan head and good lacing. Nose is raisins, vanilla, soy, and chocolate. Body is between medium and full and there is a little alcohol in the mouth feel adding a little "bite". The flavor is rich and complex. I get tobacco, raisins, licorice, dark ripe fruit, chocolate, coffee, burnt malts. and some vanilla. Finished with some bitterness. Darn good. So off we go to the 2013 vintage. This was not quite as good as the 2012 vintage. We kind of find the vanila and tobacco disappearing. A little bit more spicy with pepper. Bit thinner. But the biggest difference is that the 2013 vintage has a lot more milk chocolate malts and the finish is more licorice and chocolate than the 2012 edition. But still pretty good. Great pair of beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6860) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Two versions from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. First is the 2012. Almost black with just a little amber. Aroma of soy and vanilla beans. A little chocolate and raisins, too. Big raisin flavor to begin. A little tobacco in the aftertaste. Burnt brown sugar and then a little grapefruit. Molasses, black licorice, The 2013 vintage has no vanilla or tobacco. But it does have some kind of pepper. Plus there is big milk chocolate and then some dark chocolate. A little bitterness, too. These two years were quite different. I preferred the vanilla in the 12 but with warming the 13 improved with that milk chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2320) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
Rating #2152 - 2015.11.05 - Sampled at Willow Park Beer Bash - Big bubbly black pour with a tan head that erupts from an aggressive pour. Aroma is heavy roast malt, caramel,mild vanilla. Taste is roast malt espressoey bitterness, medium-heavy alcohol character, but well tempered with the luxurious toffee sweetness. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2016 Bottle 275ml (2013) - cellared for 3 years. Served at cellar temperature. Pours extremely dark brown (virtually black). Head is small, tanned, and is mostly lasting. Aroma is rich and malty; toasted white bread, burnt chocolate, brownies, prunes, dried currants, burnt brown sugar, soft liquorice, treacle, and leather. Flavour is smooth and complex with a light-to-medium roasted/earthy hop bitterness; roasted barley, salted liquorice, dark raisin chocolate, prunes (light), strong black coffee, soil, charcoal/smoke and notes of burlap in the finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation, an oily texture and an extremely long, warming, progressive finish. A VERY big, yet somehow refined Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle to a pint. Pours black with thin mocha head. Toffee and espresso notes. Full flavor, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, some oakiness... The original RIS... Excellent... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
Bottle, 275ml. *** Colour: Pitch black, with a small, creamy beige head. *** Nose: Strong aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, some roasted malt, altogether sweetish. And alcohol!. *** Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, very soft carbonation. *** Taste: Intense licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, brandy at the outset. In the middle the sweetness evaporates, dark cocoa dominates the palate. Dark Chocolate and burnt malts in the finish, aftertaste is sweet again, of licorice and coffee malt. *** Impressions: Intense flavours in this imperial stout which alternates between sweet and bitter notes. A great desert, certainly, but the string sweetness may not be everybodys cup of tea. But a very good strong stout nonetheless, though I would slightly prefer Samuel Smiths Imperial Russian Stout.

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