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


on tap

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RATINGS: 553   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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brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours black in color with a finger or two of khaki head. Nice dark fruit aromas which offset the roasted malt aroma. Dark chocolate, plenty of coffee, and a hint of licorice. Some nice burnt sugar notes and just a touch of smoke. The flavor is fairly sweet, but still a good roast and coffee character. Some dark chocolate, a touch of toasted nuts, molasses, mild licorice, and some dark fruit sweetness. A well balanced Imperial Stout.

FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2014
275ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2014)
Black, lovely tight tan head. Yeasty, liquoricey. Very rich, full palate, burnt and sticky or oily. Might benefit from a little ageing to mellow it. Best thing is the finish. Marmitey yeastiness is the main thrust. Decent sipper though.

Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Smell and taste malts, some liquorice, dark chocolate, nice bitterness. Quite good! Nice one!

Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle - Licorice, bitter chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Jet black with a creamy brown head. Coffee, roasted malts, a bit of smoke and alcohol. Thick on the pallet but appropriately so and a very long coffee finish. Very nice.

bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours really dark black with a 3 finger creamy beige/tan head. Aroma is like dark grape/pear/apple or something of that sort. Flavor is very fruity. There is a smokey burnt malt flavor, with pear skin. I’m not getting coffee, let alone espresso. But the pear is like astringent skin. The head is going heavily into ring lacing. How did they get a fruity IS? Our cousins are very experienced? Anyway, really good ale.

DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Brewed 5/11. Very dark brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma, pretty powerful, with espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of soy sauce and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor of dark chocolate, a bit of soy sauce notes, some espresso and light licorice notes. Full-bodied, silky rounded mouthfeel. A very good Imperial Stout.

Scopey (14730) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle from Beer Revolution, Oakland. It pours very dark brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is roasted malt, smoke, espresso, leather, toffee and liquorice. The taste is caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, toast, charcoal, meat, wood, some fruit, liquorice and alcohol warmth, with a long dry-roasted finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good balance. The best thing Wells & Young have done in a long time.

imdownthepub (14554) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Cask conditioned at Peterborough Beer Fest ’13. Black with slight cream head. Super smooth but highly alcoholic in character, lots of plummy fruit notes, some coffee, some liquorice. Heavy old stuff, but worth the effort.

djd07 (14508) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with thick beige head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a fruity malt, oak and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a light smoke and oak with nice dark fruit. Very good.

Tmoney99 (14481) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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. This is a complex good beer.

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