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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

625 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 135
Gots: 121 | FT: 5
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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Svyturys30

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -42.2%

This was the first stout that I had ever had. The bottle was 49,096 of 210,000. I didn't really know what to expect when having this stout.

A- Stereotypical stout, dark brown, black.

S- I picked up a hint of cocoa but then the rest of the smell was overpowered by the stoutish smell.

T- I was not a fan of the taste. First taste was alright, but the rest tasted like tree bark. I couldn't finish the bottle.

M- I thought that feel of the beer was alright, just tasted bad.

O- I personally would not recommend this beer to anyone unless they were a stout buff. I don't know a lot about them, so I can't offer a lot of advice, just my opinion.

Cheers!

05-23-2014 18:40:49 | More by Svyturys30
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-23-2014 14:48:52 | More by sendbeer
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MickeyHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-21-2014 05:45:43 | More by MickeyHops
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%

From the 275 ml. bottle no. 046168 of 210,000. Sampled on May 20, 2014.

The pour is as black as night but as it slowly leaves the bottle there seems to be a growing cloudiness in the look. Modest tan head that fades.

The dark burnt malt and espresso aromas really tingle the nose along with some meaty fruits and mild to medium bitterness. No booze of note.

The body is full and bold just like the nose.

The dark burnt malts kick in on the taste upon first sip and then the espresso, chocolate notes follow. Then the pear-like meaty fruitiness expresses itself and bringing up the rear is a dry but acrid bitterness. Form 10% ABV the alcohol is well masked. I wish I had more than one of these to drink. It has a 2016 expiration date so I bet it ages beautifully.

05-20-2014 21:45:39 | More by puboflyons
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Skunkdrool

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-20-2014 19:35:52 | More by Skunkdrool
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MrDave

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-20-2014 15:16:41 | More by MrDave
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Extremely dark brown with obvious sediment. Wafer thin beige head and a nice wispiness throughout.

Aromas leading of molasses and figgy pudding. Later turning into prune juice and raisins almost like a mincemeat pie. Dark chocolate and burnt sugars.

Tastes of molasses and more dark chocolate covered raisins maybe chocolate covered blueberries with the tartness that is everso evident. Dark sugars, fruit and cocoa qualities.

Mouthfeel has sufficient carbonated coverage. Medium body and cocoa powder dryness. Some sugar stickiness.

First bottle of liquid of liquid Courage I've tried. Imperial made for the Tsars of olde. Very delicious and should not be passed on if you have the chance.

05-19-2014 00:32:15 | More by joeseppy
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%

APPEARANCE: Nope. No light is getting through this beer...it's just black. On top of that motor oil-like beer sits a solid, light beige head. In the three minutes since I've poured this beer it has probably faded from a full finger to about three quarters of one. Excellent retention with very strong lacing as well...in fact, the lacing is gorgeous; nice, heavy layers cover the whole back of the glass. As good as it gets for an Imperial Stout.

SMELL: A light, chocolatey, coffee aroma wafts up from that impressive head. Some bitter hop smells lurk beneath, but they are just barely detectable.

TASTE: This is a very different type of RIS. Yes the coffee/espresso flavor is there, along with a touch of dark chocolate. Where it gets a little different is the slight tart, fruit flavor at the finish. It's almost a tart apple, but not quite...and just a touch. The finish is a little roasty, but pretty clean for a Russian Imperial Stout.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a velvety, smooth beer that goes from pleasantly sweet at the start to a nice, dry finish. The body is big, but not overwhelming. Very well put together.

OVERALL: It's a shame we don't see this beer more often in Colorado, but it truly is a wonderful Russian Imperial Stout. The intensity of the fruit and the subtle hint of tartness serve to set this beer apart from the rest. It may not be the Russian Imperial Stout I'm used to, but it is undoubtedly delicious.

05-14-2014 06:59:28 | More by StoneTSR
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jimmygord

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-09-2014 03:21:04 | More by jimmygord
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-08-2014 06:52:06 | More by brandon911
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mmars010

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-07-2014 05:10:49 | More by mmars010
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afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

05-07-2014 02:30:54 | More by afsdan
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JulioH

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

This bottle pours a very dark beer. It immediately forms a nice brown head that dissipates to leave a one inch foamy top. Smells of chocolate, prunes, brandy and coffee. Taste reveals a nice dark bitter beer. Not overly bitter, but taste of dark chocolate, leaves a bit of acidic taste and then a lingering taste of brandy or alcohol, which I don't find offensive. Smokey too.

Mouth feel is light. Leaves the mouth dry. Not a thick beer.

Awesome beer to age.

05-06-2014 06:06:52 | More by JulioH
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woemad

Washington

4.24/5  rDev 0%

9.3oz bottle purchased at the Total Wine on Spokane’s northside. According to the neck label, this was brewed in May, 2011.

Poured a super-dark brown color, with only the faintest lightness visible at the beer’s extremities when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that hung around for a while and left sheets of lace on the sides of a Chimay glass.

The aroma was initially of brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits, in that order. As it warmed up, the fruit scent increased, eventually becoming the dominant partner.

Like the nose after it warmed up, the taste starts off with a bitter, prune-like blast of dark fruit flavor, with some bitter coffee following right behind. Soon there’s a mildy sweet chocolate thing happening, along with some molassesy, brown sugary flavors are in the background. The bitter flavors essentially take the part of Panzers in the beer’s Blitzkrieg, with the sweeter elements mopping up like infantry. There’s a little bit of warning in the form of alcohol heat that this beer is not to be toyed with, but it’s hovering in the background rather than pointing a gun at your head.

The body was somewhere between medium and full. Mouthfeel was creamy.

This took the edge off of a day spent filling in for someone else at work rather nicely. It would be equally at home after dinner or before going off to bed. The price (which I don’t specifically remember but recall it was rather high for the small bottle size) would keep me from regularly picking this up, but it would make a nice, occasional reward for good behavior.

05-04-2014 21:31:35 | More by woemad
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mdlb44

California

4.75/5  rDev +12%

05-02-2014 19:04:24 | More by mdlb44
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allenson21

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

05-02-2014 14:01:21 | More by allenson21
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abex44

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

04-30-2014 04:18:29 | More by abex44
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cultclassic89

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-29-2014 04:11:34 | More by cultclassic89
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Omer4176

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-23-2014 01:49:07 | More by Omer4176
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robotiks

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-22-2014 01:39:54 | More by robotiks
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mpenning13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

04-19-2014 01:31:26 | More by mpenning13
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-18-2014 16:09:19 | More by DRTBrewster
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-16-2014 22:31:13 | More by Texasfan549
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joemochas

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-14-2014 14:21:00 | More by joemochas
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phooky

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-13-2014 23:28:17 | More by phooky
Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.