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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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747 Ratings

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 145
Gots: 166 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: rastaman on 02-11-2002

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Ratings: 747 | Reviews: 265
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3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. When held to the light, 1 cm of amber yellow is near the edge of the glass. Topped with 3 fingers of ashy beige head with large and small bubbles, looking like chocolate milk. The lacing is a labyrinth of holes.

S: Chocolate, black licorice, tar, tobacco, a rusty quality, garlic, umami.

T: Starts with a porter like leathery quality, dark burnt toasted malts, a balancing sweetness. The alcohol is present on the back and sides of the tongue, and in the throat. Black coffee.

M: Thick but velvety body, slightly oily, little carbonation.

O: Pumped to have found this brew in Chiang Mai. A classic. Smooth, well done. History in a cup. Aside from that, the heavens did not open, but I will enjoy sipping the rest of this tonight, Dec 21st, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Photo of mrcraft
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.