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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

738 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 144
Gots: 163 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage 2012 bottle served 02/05/2014.

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Courage Russian Imperial Stout from Wells & Young.
Courage tied for our 8th highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.06.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9.3oz bottle (275ml), 2012 vintage. Number 063040 of 210,000. Bottle code says: 16/08/25 A L2229 05:12. Split between two 5oz sampler glasses from Red Hook.

Pours black, almost no head, lots of sediment at the end of the pour (I didn't try to prevent it). Tiny amount of active carbonation. Smell is alcohol, black licorice, chocolate, a little smoke.

Taste is good. Sweet, a little coffee and chocolate, anise, maple syrup, rich, something fatty about it. Roasty bitterness. This is really tasty and interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, almost chewy. Overall, this is very good.

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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

Pours pitch black with a decent sized for the abv tan head.

The smell is dark fruits, plums, figs, prunes and sweet malts. Really a great smelling beer.

The taste is dark fruit up front, finishing very dry with some coffee like bitterness and a little alcohol.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick with medium carbonation.

A very good beer, very different from the American RIS' less sweet and more dark fruits. I'm not sure I'd pick this over ten fidy but an excellent beer non the less.

Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.