Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 554   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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Rasmus40 (21977) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. 050214

fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
Vintage 2012, 10%
bottle 154035/210000, bb 16/08/25 L2229 12:04

Black color, with generous brownish compact head. The aroma is modern, the resiny hops seem to prevail over the light roastiness; also light biscuit touch. Good mouthfeel, not too thick, rather dry, with high carbonation; very good flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some cookies, coffee, spices; very strong bitterness, with a resiny long final; moderate alcohol perception; overall it also has a very light fruity vein.
I didn’t expect so much, but they really did a good work!

Theydon_Bois (20609) - 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. I’d take this one again any day!

saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are soy, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and has a light earthy finish.

harrisoni (19318) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Cask at Pigs Ear 2013. Boozy too hot. Some intense dark chocolate. Quite whisky like. Ok but not my thing just way too whisky boozy. Some paper. Some choc.

mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
275mL bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, butterscotch, burnt espresso and milk chocolate. Flavour of chocolate malt, roasted malt, butterscotch, burnt espresso and some slight metallic notes. Medium-bodied for an impy. stout with a slightly metallic, roasty finish. Very nice.

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty nutty aroma, chocolate, caramel, prunes, figs, dades, coffee notes. Chocolate and hazelnuts aroma, licorice, dades, licorice, raisins, coffee, alcohol. Nice beer, but probably better in a year or two.

Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Nice and muddy dark brown, albeit without much head. the aroma is deep, fruitiy with an almost cedary spiciness. The body is fairly full, though that only makes it moderate by modern impy standards. The flavours are rich and roasty with an underlying fruitiness. Dry, woody, hoppy finish with a healthy amount of roast and some alcohol late.

chrisv10 (18495) - DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle, 10%. Very dark brown with tiny head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and bread. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, medium sweet, dusty, hop, little liquorice and a little bitter.

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