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Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

658 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 137
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

MacQ32, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Gasc0igne, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Jul 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

wurdmann, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of travolta
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with ruby on the edges. Spotted lacing. Quickly dissipating head that was rocky and chunky.

Nose: vinegar, resin, pepper, pear, nougat, slight bread.

Taste: Perfect mouthfeel. smooth and syrupy, velvety and delicate. Hides it's ABV extremely well. Raisins with some alcohol hotness in the middle and at the end.

Notes: 2012 vintage. An excellent example of an imperial Russian stout.

travolta, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Domvan, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BeerBeast, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Ilafan, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Ncpogs, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Bottle # 022761 bought at Max's in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Black pour with one finger of beige head that faded fast. Good carbonation and spotty lace with some filmy retention.

S - Chocolate, a bit sour, roast, dark fruit.

T - Super chocolatey, a bit sour again, roasty, coffee, dark fruit.

M - Very smooth and silky feel, dry finish and good carbonation.

O/D - Decent stuff but by no means does this live up to the hype. The sour note is a bit off, but you can see the potential for a very good stout hidden in there somewhere. Dark fruit flavours played well with the rest, but this just didn't do what most say it does.

tbeckett, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

hAle2theWort, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

harripat, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Andy_Luft, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

alostplot, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

FalconOne, Jun 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

pisano, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

bleedsblu, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bens0n, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JohnBender, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of siege06nd
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A. Trying to think of another way to say "black" as this is exactly what this looks like...you know, just like every other Russian Imperial Stout out there. A finger of white sand colored head slowly settles to a half finger. The head is surprisingly tight, consistent, and creamy. The lacing is similarly so.

S. Fudge, coffee, hints of smoke and anise, even some mild pine needle aromas from the hops.

T. Baking chocolate, crispy brownie edges, coffee grounds. A big, dry, ashy finish, which is equal parts smoke-infused cacao as it is cigar.

M. Somewhat high in carb for the style. The finish is also way too dry, dominating the rest of the flavors.

O. This is alright. Probably truer to the style from hundreds of years ago, but things evolve for a reason and the modern RIS has made this obsolete. Plenty of nice chocolate notes here, but the ashtray flavors dominate on the finish and leave a bad taste in the mouth. This is just OK...nothing more.

siege06nd, Jun 16, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage dates 02/09/26 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing poor – very small islands with small bubbles
Body black to very dark brown, opaque
Flavor starts slightly weak bitter chocolate; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; slowly fades away
Palate full, watery, lively carbonation

OK – this is drinkable but not desirable – if this is as originally brewed in 1795 as the label says then I don’t see how RISs became popular. It is singularly lacing in flavor other than the initial weak bitter chocolate taste. Lacing is poor, head is small, and aroma is weak. To add insult to injury, it comes in a 9.3 oz bottle – might as well by on an airplane.

Ozzylizard, Jun 15, 2014
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.