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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

603 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 132
Gots: 120 | 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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small bottle served in a small nonic.

Appearance: Pours hazy and dark brown with dark tan head. Meager lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits and booze, in that order.

Taste: Well-roasted malts impart hints of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Mildly bitter. Slightly tart; a bit more than I'd prefer up front but better balance by the finish. A hint of smoke in the roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth. Some harshness from the 10% ABV.

O: more rustic than expected, and with the high ABV more apparent. Good but not world-class.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 16:02:31 | More by chinchill
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 275 bottle into snifter. Slightly higher than cellar temp.

A-Black and almost completely opaque save for some brown highlights. Some foamy brown head forms on pour with low retention. Some spotty lacing.

S-a metric ton of toasty malt comes rushing right at you. Almost like smelling a mash tun on brew day. Slight hints of alcohol.

T-sweet dark malts followed by bitter dark chocolate and molasses. Minimal hop presence.

M-moderately full mouthfeel. Finishes with some molasses sweetness on the tongue.

O-this is an intensely malty beer. In a world where hop driven beers are the norm, this reminds you that flavour and conplexity can be entirely malt driven. This would be a great beer to sip with a nice chocolate gelato or a tiramisu.

Wish that there had been a bit more hea initially, although low head retention is considered within the style for RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:04:39 | More by Muhly
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a deep black color with a brown foamy head on top. There is a moderate lacing and pretty good retention as well. The smell of the beer is rich and roasted with a sweet berry aroma coming off of it also. The taste is chocolatey with a roasted malt and coffee, there is also a strange fruity flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and very rich. Moderate carbonation and smooth. Overall this is a very good Russian Imperial Stout. Very rich and very enjoyable. Worth checking out!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:48:05 | More by Knapp85
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-09-2013 20:22:23 | More by BGsWo22
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-09-2013 02:27:11 | More by JxExM
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-08-2013 17:56:57 | More by Evil_Pidde
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BradenMK

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a near-perfect beer that I had warm just because I wanted to try it, and I had no expectations. I would like to try it cold, on tap, and any way I could get it, because as a stout-lover this is one of the best.

Also, I want to let the Bros know, Todd who reviewed this last in 2011 (I think?), this apparently is still being brewed, or has been started up again (or something), because I found it today in a 9.3oz bottle in Columbus, OH at The Anderson's general store and there were a few others there. I want to go back and get more. So, since you guys seemed to like it so much, if you don't know already, you can still find it in some places. It's amazing.

Sorry I'm not doing a full review with the right paces and all of the bits in the right order, but I wanted to make sure it was known that this is still out there!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:37:03 | More by BradenMK
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-07-2013 16:19:19 | More by patm1986
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-07-2013 02:20:34 | More by t0rin0
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

275mL bottle, dated 16/08/2025, presumably bottled in 2012, #049313 of 210000

Pours black with tons of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle (I left almost all of it in the bottle), tan colored head fades quickly to nothing leaving some lacing on the glass on its way down. Much more appealing aroma with rich, sweet, decadent dark chocolate and malt, faint anise, smoky roast, and booze. Very sweet and rich, with both dark chocolate & baker's chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, smoke, roast, booze, there actually is pear on the finish as the bottle states. Smooth, chewy, and full bodied mouth-feel. Overall, I poured it and thought it was going to be a disappointment, but I standcorrected - it was a world-class quality Russian Imperial Stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 11:24:36 | More by barnzy78
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codynevels

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 21:13:01 | More by codynevels
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PopGun

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-01-2013 21:02:53 | More by PopGun
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-26-2013 19:33:41 | More by Seaba
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mmbeer

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-25-2013 06:23:44 | More by mmbeer
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-25-2013 02:26:52 | More by mportnoy
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match1112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-24-2013 18:14:03 | More by match1112
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babaracas

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish brown... dark brown in the glass. One of those fancy DFH glasses that turns any beer into a billowing hefe... oh wait, this one manages not even a full fingers of light brown foam. Settles quickly leaving a thin ring and spotty lacing. Zhukov stains the glass brown. I believe that's progress. Smell: toasted buttered brown bread, and raisin-esque dark fruit. Mild earthiness. Taste: french roast coffee, buttered toasted raisin bread, note of dark chocolate. imo, American versions of this style really long surpassed Brit revivals. This is ok, but I'd have been just as ok never trying it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 06:00:01 | More by babaracas
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constantine_272

Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into a tulip. "No. 063233 of 210000."

A: Jet black with caramel foam. I swirled the last third of the bottle to stir up some head but it fades fast.

S: Strong and sweet caramel and chocolate. Hint of alcohol.

T: A huge load of roast coffee and chocolate that quickly turns to a bitter finish. The bitterness of some hops and roasted grain blend well together creating a unique bittering sensation. After a few more sips, I'm noticing some spice notes, maybe nutmeg, it's hard to put my finger on this one.

M: A bit full to sit down and drink more than one of these. The coffee flavor lingers on the back of the tongue long after swallowing.

O: Great stout, it's a concentrated punch of flavor. Even with all that flavor it's not too robust to enjoy. The whopping 10% alcohol is covered nicely here. One of the better stouts out there. 10% is just a tad high for my taste, but I wouldn't have known otherwise. This beer gets good overall marks for its uniqueness and bold, full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:19:50 | More by constantine_272
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-23-2013 18:51:29 | More by GeoffreyM
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Devinph

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-22-2013 06:50:03 | More by Devinph
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How does a beer brewed without chocolate taste so much like chocolate?

I wasn't expecting a ton from this beer, and nonchalantly poured it into an Ikea 365 glass. But, BLAM! I was immediately served notice. This beer is all about the roast and chocolate.

It smells like a high-percentage-cocoa chocolate bar. It is off-the-charts chocolate aroma. I have to work hard to identify anything else. Maybe, there's some tropical fruits in there? Hard to say, because the chocolate dominates. There's something unusual right below the surface, too -- like wheat nuts. It is too fleeting to focus on.

The flavor is rich and full of chocolate, but also has some great bitterness. It's softly carbonated, and finished very cleanly. For such a small bottle, it just keeps delivering more with each sip!

I know this is one of those beers that has a claim to be the first of its style. Whether or not that's true, this should be measured against the best of them. It's simply a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 06:14:06 | More by DaveAnderson
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2013 11:55:13 | More by TheBishopco
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-17-2013 23:15:32 | More by TheFightfan1
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(2012 Vintage - poured in a 10 oz snifter)

A: grey-ish, ashy-brown head, welled up good and tall on the pour, creamy, but lots of big bubbles mostly visible on the sides....is this bottle-conditioned? - the last few small pours were a good bit cloudy....very much black...the head has an open structure, breaks apart and leaves chips of lace

S: dark, sweet chocolate - fairly bold....dense cake batter, with a little caramel....decent bit of roasted barley character, some patent as well?...not much alcohol but certainly some dark fruit (prune or fig) or small, bitter shrub berries

T: roasted and alcohol (grain flavor and warmth) notes way more up front....certainly some espresso, but as much if not more of a potent, vinous fruitiness - helps establish some beautiful complexity...bit of an ashy, (vinous-) alcoholic finish, aftertaste....the roast comes back in the aftertaste, long-lasting with an almost juniper-berry-like alcohol flavor

M: kind of a phantom silkiness that vanishes, shifting to a dry warmth...alcohol heat, mellowed by the residual caramel-y, lip-smack-y, gently-syrupy malt body coating the mouth....suggests it's going one way or the other, wonderfully confusing to the palate

O: very damn tasty, rich, and quaffable! and I'm a bit surprised. has a "benchmark" quality to it....seems well worth the money/novelty

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 07:06:15 | More by Bouleboubier
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours black with a thick, tan head that dissipates slowly. There are some visible bubbles collecting on the underside of the head. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head recedes. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. The roasted malts are very forward in the flavor, bringing some roastiness and smokiness to the palate. I also get the coffee and chocolate notes. The dark fruit flavors are also there, but the other flavors are the star of this show and the fruit plays on the back end. The alcohol can also be tasted as well and there's plenty of roast in the aftertaste. The body is full with moderate carbonation. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 19:45:06 | More by acevenom
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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