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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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642 Ratings

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 138
Gots: 127 | FT: 6
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 Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

275ml bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage

Pours a pitch black with a big inch and a half thick, lasting beige head with terrific lacing. BIG chocolate and boozy notes on the nose as well as a lot of dark fruits, impressive! The taste isnt like a lot of american RIS', you get some chocolate but a lot of malts and a ton of dark fruits. Very flavorful and not viscous or creamy at all. The body is much lighter than i expected, i wouldnt call this full bodied. A bit light for my liking when it comes to stouts. Mild carbonation.

Overall great flavors and aromas from this one, but the body leaves something to be desired.

Axnjxn, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of mkh895
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

mkh895, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 275mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2012 vintage.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, though not quite black, with no light let through at all. Head is a finger of frothy dark tan foam which stuck around for a little while.

Smell: extremely rich and roasty, although not astringent. There's a fair amount of chocolate aroma as well as a rich, dark fruitiness that reminds me of raspberries. Very enticing indeed!

Taste: a strong alcoholic taste is present right up front, but this mellows into a very rich malt flavor. There's smokiness, chocolate and a fig or date like fruitiness that works well. Very sophisticated; I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a decent carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. I am surprised there's not more body, but there you have it.

Overall: a very rich and satisfying beer. I like the sophistication of the flavor.

flagmantho, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An utterly black beer, this brew is a moderately sweet, heavy, classic example of the style. Not overly hopped, yet still bitter, it has some fruit notes in the smell and foretaste. Lots of malt and huge roasted notes. Coffee, chocolate, and raisins. It has a thick, but not quite syrupy character. This is a fine beer.

Suds, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Lionhawk
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Lionhawk, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of AnotherImperial
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

AnotherImperial, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of mquartuccio87
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

OKCNittany, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of TheBaumer
4/5  rDev -5.7%

TheBaumer, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of PaulMcQ
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

PaulMcQ, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of EB1
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

EB1, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Stunmai
2.73/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle says it is 2012 vintage so it has been aged less than a year. There were some really nice molasses, licorice, and fruity tones to this beer. Parts of it were good, but most of the taste is nothing but a strong taste of alcohol. I haven't had this before, aged or otherwise, but it was way too hot for me. Maybe if I saw another bottle for sale, I'd buy it and age it for 3-5 years, but as it was, I just wasn't impressed for what you pay for it.

Stunmai, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Paccamacca for the extra!

vintage 2012.

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: light black to dark brown bodied beer with 3 fingers worth of medium khaki colored head. Head has good staying power and is thick and frothy with lots of big bubbles. As the beers head drops it leaves a decent amount of lacing; its better than spotty, but not quite heavy lacing.

Smell: roasty malts and dark fruits with molasses and brown sugar. A ton of black licorice notes as well.

Taste: A short lived note of sweet milk chocolates and molasses that is quickly inturrupted by huge black licorice notes and super roasty malts that are best described as char and ashen flavors. The flavor is very robust and takes you by surprise because the nose does not lead you to think that the beer would have this intensity. Hint of soy sauce. Earthy hops, smoke, peat moss in the aftertaste with even more black licorice. Char and smokey flavors linger for a long time in between sips.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth body with a spicy slightly boozey kick.

Overall: Really surprised that this RIS is so robust. Took me back a little bit at first. I am not a huge fan of black licorice in my dark beers so I didnt love it, but it was still surprisingly an enjoyable beer for me despite the unpleasantries of the black licorice notes. I think that this beer has really nice cellar potential; if I were to run into a bottle of this again I would drink one with somewhere between 3-5 years on it.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

zenithberwyn, Sep 18, 2013
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

manticmonk, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ohiobeer29, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

tubeman, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BlesstheHarvest, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Anonymous1
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Anonymous1, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

headyhopzhead, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

AngusOg, Aug 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

lupercmda, Aug 29, 2013
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.