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


on tap

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RATINGS: 552   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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Davros (3246) - 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.

Art (3219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
On tap at Houghs. Pours a dark brown win a light brown head. Not your typical inky black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light though. Taste is sweet and the mouth feel is medium and not thick. More easy drinking than your typical RIS.

auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2012 Nip. Found this in the discount section for $1.50. Seemed like there couldn’t be any reason not to give it a swing. Aroma is intensely scented with toffee, pipe tobacco, molasses, and cocoa powder. Flavors start similarly, but then develop a slightly acrid, kind of harsh chemical quality to them that reminds me of Fuggles, but could be something else. There is some dark malt smokiness in the middle and the overall dark malt build will be interesting to re-engage as it smoothes.

john44 (3202) - 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!

italianjohn (3193) - 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

Palidor19 (3190) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Strong beer all the way. Has a great assortment of rich malts and very strong dark fruit flavors. Raisins, prunes, figs etc. a little thin on the palate and touch of astringent at the end. A winner

rxeight (3188) - 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.

unclemike (3158) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee, fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation

TEJA (3141) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle shared by Johan Schultz thanks. Short light brown head. Clear dark brown color. Rubber aroma with some roasted malty aroma. Mild bitterness and chocolate taste. Balanced bitterness and well fermented beer to give a good imp stout.

rougeau13 (3138) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Black, with a huge, frothy beige head. Thick lacing. Aroma of coffee, sweet fruit, sour apple, and toast. Taste smokey sweet malt with a pronounced coffee bitterness and a little metal. Medium-full body, smooth, and slightly dry.

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