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


on tap

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RATINGS: 555   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. It’s awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.

rob19a (523) - - OCT 16, 2017
14/20 very good, chocolate coffee taste, doesn't have the depth of flavour of the best imp stouts, slightly gassy, but decent

BeardedAvenger (1264) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2017
2013 vintage. Bought in the CAMRA shop, GBBF 2017. Rich coffee and boozy Christmas pudding aroma. Glossy and dark. Thin beige head. Medium bitter, surprisingly restrained. Coffee. Tart berries. Almost smoky. As I drink more it gains a stewed fruit sweetness. Medium bodied. Surprisingly thin. A muted fizzy carbonation. Astringent finish. The booze remains. Was wondering what it'd turn out, seeing as it had presumably been lugged around CAMRA events. Enjoyable, if perhaps basic, Impy Stout.

einherjar (497) - Rijeka, CROATIA - SEP 12, 2017
275ml bottle. Aroma coffee, roasted malt, cocoa. Taste chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, alcohom warm.

CraftyHare (131) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2017
275ml bottle pours deep opaque brown with no head. Malty aromas of dark cocoa, brown sugar, caramel malt and stone fruit. Smokey flavours of dark chocolate, caramel, dried fruit characters, espresso, roast malt, ash and alcohol. The pear is not distinct, but there is a strong sweet fruit background which cuts through the dark smoky characters. Long finish with very mild bitterness. Beautifully balanced Russian imperial stout.

Lowenbrau (4799) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2017
275ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 07-09-2017.
BBD: 02-09-2026.
In short: liquor IStout.
Did I enjoy it: no doubt.
Pours quite dark brown, opaque, with some garnet reflections. Average light tan head, short retention, little lacing. Roasty and licorice aromas, some nuts, sherry, almond like., like, caramel notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Taste is roasty, licorice, some coffee, nuts, wood, nuts. Smooth, maybe a bit too boozy, liquor character. Enjoyable.

angel77 (4042) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 6, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2017 Botella 27, 5 cl en Cimmeria 06..09..2017. Vintage 2013. Lote L3248A 22;58 fcpref 02..09..2026 en botella. Color negro intenso con espuma beige oscuro persistente. Sabores originales, caramelos, especias maderas empapadas, si ropes de arce. Cuerpo ligero a medio algo espumoso. Buena sensación alcohólica. Original imperial stout con recuerdos de escocesas potentes. Original. Se podría repetir.

BarrelTamer12 (10) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2017
Rich espresso body with pear overtones and a fresh smoky fruity finish. 10% alcohol by volume. Can be aged for up to 13 years. 2012 vintage #065999. A very good stout would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TedE (1535) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2017
275ml bottle into tulip. 2013 vintage. Served at outside temperature (10°C). Black beer with a creamy tan-coloured head. Nose is milk chocolate and caramel. Full bodied, slight spritz. Viscous, oily texture. Taste is more chocolate with a little coffee bitterness before a subtle fruity finish. Pear flavours do appear late on, then more sweet coffee notes. Alcohol well hidden. Beautiful beer, really enjoyable.

tmendes (6) - BRAZIL - JUL 9, 2017 does not count
Cerveja fantástica! Cor escura e turva, com espuma na cor creme. Aroma de café, chocolate toffee, caramelo... Na boca, uma explosão de intensidade e sabores, principalmente café, além de diversos tapas no meio da tua cara!

Alebarasi (177) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - JUN 10, 2017
Deep brown to black color with a thin, quickly dissolving beige head. Full body, soft carbonation, small lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, plums, oak, caramel, vanilla, licorice, whiskey and wood smoke. Taste has nice alcohol warmth and earthy aromas of sweet chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, roasted/caramel malts, hops, licorice, molasses, cognac and charcoal. Interesting vinous hint in aroma and slight umami taste. Soft texture. Slightly dry mouthfeel and aftertaste, but it leaves that warmth, which 10% alc. by volume (stout) beers can provide. Robust, delicate and quite easy-to-drink beer. I recommend it.

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