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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

617 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 134
Gots: 118 | FT: 5
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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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-07-2013 04:35:26 | More by BKBassist
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-06-2013 03:57:29 | More by scotv
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-04-2013 18:32:17 | More by xnicknj
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-04-2013 03:31:38 | More by GrantBrennan
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johnny29er

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-03-2013 05:37:04 | More by johnny29er
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brotherliam

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-01-2013 17:49:13 | More by brotherliam
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-01-2013 05:27:26 | More by srw
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-01-2013 04:18:00 | More by RobertColianni
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-29-2013 21:54:59 | More by jwhancher
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Greasy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-28-2013 16:51:51 | More by Greasy
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Dreadnaught33

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
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

10-24-2013 04:27:05 | More by liamt07
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

2012 vintage

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
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

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
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-18-2013 11:49:48 | More by beernads
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-18-2013 02:09:03 | More by Brewski
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-18-2013 00:54:56 | More by firstlighthiker
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-15-2013 19:38:20 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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pknyc

New York

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
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TallSaint

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-15-2013 00:33:03 | More by TallSaint
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12%

10-14-2013 04:21:03 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-07-2013 06:44:11 | More by KalanM
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OB1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-07-2013 02:41:52 | More by OB1
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-06-2013 21:59:15 | More by sludgegnome
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.