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Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Courage Imperial Russian StoutCourage Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

656 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 138
Gots: 128 | 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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Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9.3oz bottle purchased at the Total Wine on Spokane’s northside. According to the neck label, this was brewed in May, 2011.

Poured a super-dark brown color, with only the faintest lightness visible at the beer’s extremities when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that hung around for a while and left sheets of lace on the sides of a Chimay glass.

The aroma was initially of brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits, in that order. As it warmed up, the fruit scent increased, eventually becoming the dominant partner.

Like the nose after it warmed up, the taste starts off with a bitter, prune-like blast of dark fruit flavor, with some bitter coffee following right behind. Soon there’s a mildy sweet chocolate thing happening, along with some molassesy, brown sugary flavors are in the background. The bitter flavors essentially take the part of Panzers in the beer’s Blitzkrieg, with the sweeter elements mopping up like infantry. There’s a little bit of warning in the form of alcohol heat that this beer is not to be toyed with, but it’s hovering in the background rather than pointing a gun at your head.

The body was somewhere between medium and full. Mouthfeel was creamy.

This took the edge off of a day spent filling in for someone else at work rather nicely. It would be equally at home after dinner or before going off to bed. The price (which I don’t specifically remember but recall it was rather high for the small bottle size) would keep me from regularly picking this up, but it would make a nice, occasional reward for good behavior.

woemad, May 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a deep cola brown with deep ruby hue,roasted malt,bitter chocolate,and alcohol soaked fruit in the nose.Rich tasting with a decent amount of booziness,highly roasted with chocolate undertones.A great imperial stout from an old school brewery in England,nice job here.

oberon, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

DanGeo, May 29, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Review #200! Pours a deep, jet-black color with a khaki colored head, thick and bubbly with reasonable staying power. Nose contains a powerful amount of dark chocolate and cocoa beans, roasted, nearly burnt barley, and a slight alcohol character. This beer has an incredibly body - viscous, rich, silky, creamy and chewy - everything an RIS should be. Flavors are an excellent combination of bitter cocoa beans, dark roasted coffee, sweet licorice and tobacco, heaps of roasted malt, big roasted and charred profile, a slight hint of smoke, faint nuttiness, a touch of molasses, and lots of underlying sweetness in the dark of dark fruits; dates, currants, blackberries. The hops aren't exactly vibrant in the taste, but are still necessary for their bittering element; somewhat ashy and herbal to provide a good counterbalance to the sweetness and richness of this beer. Alcohol warms and adds character without being abrasive or rough. Huge body, low-medium bout of carbonation.

Had this beer once before and it was just as great as I remembered. Makes me wonder why I don't get this more often. Truly a fine example of a Russian imperial stout done right.

tectactoe, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.9%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

tbryan5, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev 0%

FadetoBock, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

NWer, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm still shuddering from excitement and respect after sampling this beer @ Redbones tonight. What a treat! I mean seriously, this is the first and last time that I'll ever taste this beer. It's the last time it was brewed, and this is the last round to hit us in the US. Very well matured, extremely smooth and palatable. An absolute classic, with a lot a kick after all these years.

Our pile of samples still had dust on them ... from like 10+ years ago.

Todd, Feb 11, 2002
Photo of Beerhunter247
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Beerhunter247, Today at 05:29 AM
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -5.9%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -5.9%

innominat, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev 0%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

275ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a pitch black color with a small dark brown head along with some light brown lacing. Nose is sweet, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is rich and smooth, there is a light bitter coffee bite that's there and is crisp on the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very delicious beer.

kingcrowing, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

This is vintage 2013 and its good until 12-09-26. The nose is chocolate, dark dried fruit with a touch of fruit cake. It pours deep chestnut under a finely bubbled tan head. The palate begins with rich chocolate backed by light coffee that blossoms into dark dried fruit and then fruit cake and hints of molasses. It dries on the finish with a slight astringency and a suggestion of chalk. The carbonation is very fine and soft - almost nitro quality. The body is chewy and the beer is slightly warming. Everything is very well balanced. An outstanding beer.

pat61, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of wehttam
4/5  rDev -5.9%

wehttam, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev 0%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small bottle served in a small nonic.

Appearance: Pours hazy and dark brown with dark tan head. Meager lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits and booze, in that order.

Taste: Well-roasted malts impart hints of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Mildly bitter. Slightly tart; a bit more than I'd prefer up front but better balance by the finish. A hint of smoke in the roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth. Some harshness from the 10% ABV.

O: more rustic than expected, and with the high ABV more apparent. Good but not world-class.

chinchill, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jpbebeau
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

275ml bottle, brewed May 2011, to tulip. (Best by...19/09/24.)

A: Pours a little thinner than I'd expect of the style, from the look of it—distracted my pour, so I produced a four-finger fluffy mocha head. Dark, but not quite black. Nice lacing and impressive legs.

S: Great nose of chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, and leather.

T: Sweet fruits and dark chocolate. A bit of roasted malt bitterness at the end—just enough for a nice drawn-out aftertaste. No hint of the 10% ABV.

M: Not thick (as I expected from the pour). Finely carbonated (as I expected from the pour). Really pleasant. The carbonation seems to hide a bit of the flavour initially, less so as it sits and warms.

Shame it's so expensive for such a small bottle...wouldn't mind drinking more of it! Can't justify it, though. Glad to give it a try and look forward to having it another time.

jpbebeau, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dsauter, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of rastaman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gravity cask GBBF 2003- present vintage, this is definitely worth the bloody price. So rich and chocolatey, rich, yet smooth, very long finish. Really good stuff. wasn't as vinous, and salty as the 1985 bottle i had gad a week or so earlier. Less porty aged characters aswell. probably one of my favourite beers of the GBBF in 2003, extra special that it was on cask aswell, very exciting.

rastaman, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
Brewed may 2011
Drank summer 2012
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a deep cocoa creamy head that is thick and long lasting.

S- The char black malt aroma is rich with some dark cola notes and a slightly earthy dark graham sweetness in the finish.

T- The roasted black malt has some brewer’s licorice to it with a dark toasted malt note in the finish with just a touch of fruity ester. There is some green bitterness that comes through in the finish and a nice roasted deep flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a slightly slippery texture.

O- The dark rich black malt flavor is full but lagered clean with a little bitterness and just a bit of sweetness that enhances the malt flavor. This is a classic and I loved every drop.

rhoadsrage, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.