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Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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655 Ratings

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 138
Gots: 127 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured into a whisky tulip glass (I know, sacrilege). 2012 vintage.
Appearance: As black as beer can be. Nice, dark brown, two finger head that was super thick, but actually dissipated a bit. A thin, iridescent oil on the surface and some lacing, but not a ton (probably due to the glass I used).
Smell: Strong smell of overripe fruit and deep coffee roastiness. Hint of chocolate
Taste: Powerful and rich. The body is almost oily and seems to coat your entire mouth with even a small sip. Several different fruit can be tasted, all of which taste slightly to significantly overripe. I detect dates, fig, and plum especially. Moves from fruit into a prominent espresso, almost as strong as espresso itself. Finally, the finish is a rich, dark chocolate the likes of which can only be beat by the absolute richest fancy deserts. Slight, mellow warmth in the throat, but no alcohol taste detected.
Body: Extremely full-bodied
Overall: An incredible beer that clearly lives up to its reputation. Each sip tastes like you are indulging in every item on the desert tray in a grand feast. Cannot recommend enough.

ThomasT, Today at 04:36 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

KRG, Yesterday at 12:32 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Devman171, Saturday at 08:15 PM
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

chippo33, Oct 14, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

mcrago, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Poupae, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long-time Want finally relinquished, had a couple pours of this on-tap at The Foundry, Northampton MA.

Black pour into a snifter with a half-finger or so of tan head, retention is decent, some lace left. Really cool flavor profile, big dark English-y malts all the way, definitely has a 'classic' feel going on. Great vinous dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum stick out the most and mesh well with dark caramel, baker's chocolate, toast, molasses, tobacco, just a little bit of roast helping to balance out the sweetness. Somewhat reminiscent of old-school English barleywines/old ales. Very smooth malty mouthfeel with pleasant warming alcohol.

Russian Imperative Stout is more like it.

Chico1985, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

claspada, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of cirobordieri
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

cirobordieri, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Nightwish1094
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nightwish1094, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10/30/13 Just a taste on tap. Every Imperial Stout I've tasted has some degree of coffee & this one does just that. What sets it apart is the type of coffee. Espresso is way up front here with a smokiness not far behind. The blurb says a hint of pear but I can't imagine the perfumy blush if pear managing any ID in this stuff.

In the end I find it lacks the obligatory sweetness to offset the bitter of the espresso. Even a true espresso is served with a twist of lemon to divert the taste buds.

Maybe things will improve with a true pint.

seedyone, Sep 29, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

pvivalo23, Sep 28, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

Rothobinide, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

rab53, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bunuelian, Sep 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

JimmyAloysius, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kinger86, Sep 07, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

MSandahl23, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mdaschaf, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Hallertau, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.