overall
99
85
style
Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Imperial Stout
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (3094) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Draft at Monks. Opaque pour with a thick creamy brown head. Rich chocolate nougat. Caramel malt. Espresso. Raisin pie. Pecan brownies. Figs. Prunes. French roast coffee. Silky smooth start to finish with a slight alcohol bite in the middle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (3091) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Black pour thin beige/tan head ... aroma of dark chocolate, light anise, dark fruits and roasted espresso ..... taste of deep roasted espresso, dark chocolate, light anise and dark fruits ... bitter, roasted and dry with a big bitter bite on the backend and lingers for a bit .... solid abv hidden well

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2011
Black body with lasting light tan head. Rich dark chocolate in the taste and the aroma, notice the alcohol but also enjoy it, some dark fruit and also some liquorice. Drank very well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours black with a large, lasting head. Nose shows cocoa, dark chocolate, oatmeal and a fair bit of earthy hops. Pretty nice stuff, very interesting. Flavours are incredibly rich. Chocolate truffles, espresso, sultanas, prunes and booze. A bit too full on. Nice thick body, could use more carbonation though. A nice array of flavours but too sweet and boozy for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
Sample from Mathieu87. THX APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Tesco - 2013 Vintage; BBE Sept 2026; Drank Dec 2013 - Pitch Black in colour. Very malty; rich, roasty malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, caramel, smoke. Quite salty and spicy. Fruity; dried fruits, raisins, pear overtones. Hoppy; resiny hops. Alcohol warming but not overpowering. Roast malty fruity and very dry throughout; initially sweet but increasingly bitter into the finish. Really enjoyed this. Terrific Impy Stout!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (3029) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130406. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (3019) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Tomlinsons Beer Shop, Inverness [231213] 2012 Vintage
Pitch black, no head, no lacing. Aroma of rich meaty dark malts, deep soy sauce, some rich dark fruits, vinous notes, dab of leather, bit earthy, soft alcohol. Taste of rich dark malts, very soft roast, dab of tar, soy, some meaty roast malts, liquorice, woody, dab of dark molasses and chocolate, complex stuff, alcohol is very well hidden. Palate - very soft carb, medium body- it’s a bit light in body but fine for this beer, soft sweet with light burnt bitter notes. Finish as main flavour, all those complex dark malts, slightly smoky, soy, smooth tail.
Overall - Complex flavour and not heavy...really nice old-fashioned impy. Certainly the best beer I’ve had from Wells and Youngs!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (3010) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Black pour slight tan head. Quite carbonated for an imperial stout. The aroma has some coffee and some chocolate malt but somewhat mild. Taste is full of that stale english malt. Slight coffee on the back. Touch of sweetness. Im really not big on the english malt this and traditional porters. Not bad. Just not very good either.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Dark brown-black, thick frothy tan foam. Aroma is roasty, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roast, sweet, lingering bitter. Solid.


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