Courage Imperial Russian Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd
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District of Columbia
4.59/5 rDev +8.3%
What a great beer, this one is extremely balanced and is typifying of the style, amazing that it is the original recipe as well. Tried this at the Queen Vic in Washington DC.
The look is very close to black with a nice ring of tan head with some nice sticky lacing. Totally solid look.
The smell is subdued but nice notes of roast, earth, fudge, vanilla and maybe a touch of anise and other warm spice. The taste opens up to a world of flavors that are right on to the RIS style. Huge roast from start to lingering finish, powdered cocoa, savory and sweet barley, slight bitter hop, creamy overall lactose like sweetness. Chicory coffee. Just a huge and yet supremely balanced RIS. Layers of decadent flavors and ripe dark fruits.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, perfect carbonation and great overall palate of flavors, hitting on front, middle and aftertaste.
A wonderful beer, and an education for anybody who loves stouts! Beautiful.
10-26-2013 18:18:07 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
A- pours black with a small mocha head that quickly disappears into a thin lacing, there was either yeast or left over malt in the bottom of the bottle, it looked like un-dissolved coco, tasted pleasant thought
S- smell is huge coffee and chocolate with nice smokey note
T- lots of roasted malt with chocolate caramel and coffee on the back with a bitter smokey finish
M- creamy with little carbonation, nice and thick like an oil
O- Yes, this beer is great everything I want out of a beer
10-21-2013 16:56:00 | More by xk6m6m5x
4.26/5 rDev +0.5%
On cask during Cask Days 2013.
Beer is black with a minimally-sized tan head.
Nose contains anise, molasses and roasted malt. Quite a strong and pleasant scent.
The roasted malt is strong in the flavour. Anise and a bit of a marshmallow flavour are present. Grassy hops, a slight bitterness. A burnt flavour.
Full bodied, low natural carbonation. Smooth.
Overall, a really good RIS. Nice stuff.
10-20-2013 21:17:29 | More by jrenihan
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours dark black. Almost no head. Maybe a centimeter of light brown foam at the top. The smell is very welcoming. It smells a bit like wine-- there are certainly some fruity notes there. At first sip, I found the taste a bit overpowering. However, it eventually grew on me. This is a sit-down beer for sure. It's thick. Very malty. But surprisingly smooth for how much alcohol it has in it. The aftertaste is about as close to perfect as you can get. It hangs around for a good 20 seconds but doesn't leave you running to the sink to rinse out your mouth.
Overall, this is a real beer, I'll give you that. It's solid in almost all areas-- from first appearance to the final aftertaste. I don't know if the taste does enough for me to call this a world-class beer-- but it's certainly right on the border.
I would recommend giving this one a go.
10-20-2013 01:58:09 | More by Ryan_Graham
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
This is 2012 vintage with a bottle date of 16 Aug 2012. Opened 03 Aug 2014.
A: Mocha head that quickly subsides to nothing. The body is black with a high viscosity.
S: Wow. Lots of dark fruit, almost quad-like. Boozy, with massive raisin, figs, plums. Some minor molasses notes. Its really nice to see a Russian Imperial Stout shine like this and not be covered by coffee or oak/bourbon.
T: Dark fruit, roasty malt. Some dark chocolate. Its very well balanced, as the dark fruits are less than the nose, but are still the significant note. Boozy, but not overly so and reminds me of fruit cake a little bit.
MF: Medium. It is only a little bit coating.
O: If this was rarer, people would be all about it. Its very good.
10-15-2013 00:42:33 | More by pknyc
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.