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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

734 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 144
Gots: 158 | 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:
Beer added by: rastaman on 02-11-2002

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

275 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/19/2024. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, coffee, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, dark bread, light raisin, licorice, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, dark bread, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt flavors with light fruitiness; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, fairly chalky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on for 10%. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial stout! Great balance and complexity of big dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of deonreds
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of camp0474
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Brewing_Rob
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jeysun23
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Nobcefus
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tronester
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin creamy tan head. Lacing clings to the glass quite well. Aromas of some oatmeal and freshly broken chocolate bar. Taste begins with a very slight hint of vinegar, then a lucious dark chocolate flavor, then some toasted bread. An herbal, resinous hoppy flavor finishes the flavor, along with some wood aged character and pine. Mouthfeel is extremely rich. Overall a superb Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best I have had.

Photo of fishmich
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
Brewed may 2011
Drank summer 2012
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a deep cocoa creamy head that is thick and long lasting.

S- The char black malt aroma is rich with some dark cola notes and a slightly earthy dark graham sweetness in the finish.

T- The roasted black malt has some brewer’s licorice to it with a dark toasted malt note in the finish with just a touch of fruity ester. There is some green bitterness that comes through in the finish and a nice roasted deep flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a slightly slippery texture.

O- The dark rich black malt flavor is full but lagered clean with a little bitterness and just a bit of sweetness that enhances the malt flavor. This is a classic and I loved every drop.

Photo of Jeeb
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jdhowe
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

275mL bottle poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2011, provided courtesy of Greywulfken.

A: Pours a dark brown, opaque in the glass, with two fingers of mocha-colored head dissipating quickly to a ring and mottled film. Plentiful lacing is left down the side of the glass while drinking.

S: Deep syrupy sweetness is cut by a few sharp notes and a vinous aroma that finishes almost like smelling a red wine tinged with espresso. A little smokiness, but nothing overwhelming. Lots of fruit. Not sure this is the stout for me, since I tend to stay away from the fruitier and prefer the chocolate and coffee notes, but certainly complex and not bad. A little alcohol is evident.

T/M: Strong sweet body with nice, smooth, oily and thick mouthfeel and good carbonation. Notes of coffee more evident in the taste than the nose. Finish is first of sweetness from fruity vinous character, which is then muted by swelling coffee bitterness. Again, a little alcohol shows through. Much more complicated than I expected in the delivery of the flavors, and quite nice. Mouthfeel is very appropriate, and plentiful carbonation adds a nice eventfulness to the early sip before some of the flavors show.

O: I'm really enjoying this beer. I was a little doubtful when fruity character dominated the nose that it would be a good beer that just wasn't as much my thing, but I'm happy with this one. In a world of many imperial stouts, I don't know that I can see myself making efforts to revisit this one, but the long history of the brew is certainly cool, and this is absolutely a good beer.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.

Pours dark black with a two finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, dates, figs, and raisins. Smells very sweet and very nice.

The taste is sweet with some bitterness for balance. There is bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, figs, dates, raisins, roasted malt, and molasses.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden, and I would not have guessed 10.00 % abv. I would have guessed lower, maybe around 8.00 % abv. Very nicely made. Too bad this beer appears to be heading for retirement.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #44024:

The beer was cola black that produced a nice tan head that was well retained. It gave off a coffee aroma, which followed through to the taste, which was also accompanied by a slight alcohol taste and chocolate. The beer had a good thick feel to it. I would be very interested to try this on tap in the UK.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black licorice in appearance and aroma. Not much head; what's there is camel coloured and nougaty. Same with the smell; molasses, prune juice, good port.

Beefy flavour with loads of date syrup, black olives, espresso, etc. Dark chocolate. Everything you'd expect from a Russian imperial stout. That's it. Nearly perfect, nearly boring. Typic. Very good.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.