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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

747 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 144
Gots: 165 | FT: 8
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a wonderful chocolate aroma with a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Hints of dark fruit.

The flavor follows with chewy chocolate, cocoa, some roasted malt and coffee. The dark fruits of plums and figs come back.

The beer is smooth with a medium plus to full mouthfeel. The beer is restrained and well crafted. Incredible attempt at the style.

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Pours a jet black with a small off-white head. Aroma is malts and sweet fruit. Flavor has a strong dose of sweet fruit mixed with roasted malts. There is also a touch of coffee and chocolate, and the smokiness helps balance these flavors out. This has a nice full body a goes down smooth. It is one of the best beers I have had. Everything about it is just pure joy - from the rich aroma to the complex and well-balanced flavors. I will have to get some more bottles to age.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure black body, topped by two fingers of dense dark tan foam.

Aroma is deep roasted coffee, hint of chocolate, big bouquet of fruits.

Taste starts with coffee, sprinkles in some raisins. Some alcohol, not hot, in the finish.

Smooth and slick, not real thick.

A classic well done.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2 (I think?) oz bottle poured into my tulip. Really excited that I have a bottle of this legendary brew. Not sure of the vintage, but I know it's newer, probably this year.

Pours a very dark black, basically opaque. Not much light getting through this one. Nice, dark brown head forms, and lasts for a good while.

Smells awesome. Bitter chocolate, roastiness, vanilla, slight bit of hoppiness.

I wish I could taste this over and over again. So sad I only got one bottle. Tons of chocolate and, some tobacco, bit of vanilla, maybe some coffee bitterness, slight alcohol twang, slightly smokey. This one has so much going on. I love it!

Low carbonation, very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Goes down very easy for the ABV.

A historic, legendary brew that lives up to the hype. I hope to see this again, and I hope to try some aged versions at some point.

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Appearance: Dark brownish black with ridiculously heavy bubbles on the body. Tan head is almost two finger's length settling slightly uneven before the first sip.

Smell: Light coffee cream scent that feels like the brew has shot of whiskey.

Taste: Has a real bitter coffee bean taste that is pretty addicting. Is you like your coffee without sugar this brew might be for you.

Mouth: Medium and sticky, has a mellow finish considering how bitter it starts.

Overall: Very good brew, has a sour bitter and absolutely complex feel...little pricey but then again it's also a little rare. Grab a glass and indulge. Salud!

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