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Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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663 Ratings

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 136
Gots: 131 | FT: 7
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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Photo of floridadrift
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

96 out of 100 for Imperial Stouts

A: Blackish

T: Sweet, figgy, dates, prunes, little vanilla here and there

M: Creamy

O: Its like 6.99 and its a 10oz or something, its worth it. Its quite enjoyable and it's been around for some time. I highly recommend drinking this beer or getting your distributor to sell them.

floridadrift, Yesterday at 04:03 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

retry4z, Tuesday at 05:42 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

DrkLgr, Tuesday at 04:48 AM
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

uturn, Sunday at 06:29 PM
Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Nage37, Sunday at 03:10 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Texsuds, Sunday at 01:17 AM
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

BeerForMuscle, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Beerhunter247
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Beerhunter247, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of ThomasT
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

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, Oct 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

KRG, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Devman171, Oct 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

chippo33, Oct 14, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

mcrago, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Poupae, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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 -5.9%

claspada, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

cirobordieri, Oct 06, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nightwish1094, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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 +11.1%

pvivalo23, Sep 28, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

Rothobinide, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

rab53, Sep 14, 2014
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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
93 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.