1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

Not Rated.
Courage Imperial Russian StoutCourage Imperial Russian Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

696 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 696
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 138 | 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)
View: Beers (42) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Courage Imperial Russian Stout Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 696 | Reviews: 248 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tharper178
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of MattXT
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This is a fantastic stout, quality through-and-through, really a benchmark.

Fine, thick head. Dark, opaque-ish brown-black color. Dense, rich mouthfeel.

Flavors of smoke, molasses, hint of licorice. A bit sweet but far from cloying. Good bitterness on the finish. Plenty od depth here, but not overwhelmingly intense. Food friendly.

Really fine bubbles. Wouldn't mind if they lasted just a bit longer.

Man, this is just good. So good. Can't think of a better stout for daily enjoyment.

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.24/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jessealmlie
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Brain-eat-Brain
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Jhschappe
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of gafferjohn
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jmryan8
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of BBMuffins
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.

Photo of luvtotri140
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JScoot
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Martyrob
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Shane_1324
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of rudzud
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

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.