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Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

680 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 136 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 02-11-2002)
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

jmryan8, Wednesday at 12:04 AM
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

This is hands down the best beer I've ever had. I love a variety of styles, but this beats everything by a tremendous margin. This beer is literally perfection. The beautiful smell, the marvelously delicious and complex taste, the black-as-night look, and not to mention the incredibly smooth texture... This is beer heaven.

I honestly can not believe how good this beer is. I'm not even going to rate it's attributes, it's a solid five through and through. I don't think I was ready to drink this beer. I should have waited until my nose and taste buds are experienced enough to fully pick this beer apart. Then again, I'm not sure I would have ever reached that point as this beer is a labyrinth of flavor and smell.
Byzantinian all the way down.

I'm upset that I can't taste this taste and smell this smell forever.

BBMuffins, Tuesday at 11:35 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

luvtotri140, Tuesday at 08:50 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JScoot, Tuesday at 03:59 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jmccraney, Monday at 06:12 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

tappangordo, Nov 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Martyrob, Nov 20, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -9.4%

Shane_1324, Nov 19, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, these were shared with JLindros and Threelions at my birthday celebration. a 2011 and 1972 vintage! Yes, 1972....bought it online a long long time ago from someone in the UK. Reviewed side by side:

A - Both have a very dark dark black body, with the 2011 having a thin mocha head that fades to leave a thin halo, whereas the 1972 has nice legs by clearly no carbonation. Combined, evens out to a 4.

S - Aromas are much better in the 2011 vintage with nice molasses, chocolate, sweeter malts, faint dark fruits. The 1972 is light touches of chocolate and dark fruits, along with a fair amount of oxidation. Combined, evens out to a 4.

T - Taste is, to be expected, far superior with the modern vintage. Very nice chocolate, coffee beans, roasty char. The 1972 version is incredibly oxidized. Light soy sauce and vinegar notes, but once you get past that there are some nice fainter chalky chocolate notes. Not the worst tasting oxidized beer I've ever had. Combined, evens out to a 3.5

M - Mouthfeel is better on the 2011 version, good light creamy carbonation whereas the 1972 is thin with no carbonation. Combined they even out to a 3.5.

O - Overall this was a fun experience and I've been waiting to drink the 1972 Courage stout for close to 4 years now. Incredibly oxidized, but, I expected that to a certain degree. Was a good time.

Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
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2.16/5  rDev -49.1%

liverdamage, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

starrdogg, Nov 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

ThrashMaster, Nov 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Casey3236, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

comicblunder89, Nov 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

96 out of 100 for Imperial Stouts

A: Blackish

T: Sweet, figgy, dates, prunes, little vanilla here and there

M: Creamy

O: Its like 6.99 and its a 10oz or something, its worth it. Its quite enjoyable and it's been around for some time. I highly recommend drinking this beer or getting your distributor to sell them.

floridadrift, Oct 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

retry4z, Oct 28, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

uturn, Oct 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Nage37, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Texsuds, Oct 26, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerForMuscle, Oct 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.