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Courage Imperial Russian Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

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4.24/5
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932 Ratings
Courage Imperial Russian StoutCourage Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 02-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#911
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
932
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of yeaprolly
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 2012 and a 2013 bottle given as part of a gift pack. This review is based upon those two bottles. In general, the 2012 was slightly more mellow than the 2013 but both were great.

A-dark, nearly pitch black with a mocha head. This is not one of those thick and chewy stouts that pour like motor oil-it looks more like a porter when pouring.

S-coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of smoke

T-essentially the same as the nose-coffee, lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of smoke, but also some alcohol and alcohol sweetness. Again, the 2012 was more mellow than the 2013. I was surprised by the taste- I expected a very mellow and soft beer, but it was very flavorful and strong. It reminded me much more of a typical American style RIS.

M-not as thick as American versions of the style, but still thick and creamy.

D-Easy to drink despite the high abv. and complexity.

Overall, I'm glad I was able to try this. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to lovers of the style.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Linus_Oberg
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Opaque lacquer black, golden foam
Smell: Bitter chocolate, tobacco-pipe, raisins, roasted coffee, hint of cognac.
Taste: Complex palette. First A Bittersweet chocholate, dates or dried plums. Then warm spices, cinnamon or cloves. Last a lingering nuttyness and bitterness as well as a wonderful afterwarmth.
Feel: Silky smooth and creamy. Surprisingly light. A bit on the dry side. Low carbonation
Overall: This is one of the best RIS:s I've ever tasted.
However, something that I find unfortunate for the style in general is that the hops tend to get shadowed by the massive amount of dark malts. Aside from that.
So. much. taste. just... wow!
It's like a great mass of melodies intertwining. Without a single discord they come together, to form this enormous, harmonious symphony . It is really, truly a pleasure for the taste buds. Just needs a bit more strings ;)

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4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darthvohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. When held to the light, 1 cm of amber yellow is near the edge of the glass. Topped with 3 fingers of ashy beige head with large and small bubbles, looking like chocolate milk. The lacing is a labyrinth of holes.


S: Chocolate, black licorice, tar, tobacco, a rusty quality, garlic, umami.


T: Starts with a porter like leathery quality, dark burnt toasted malts, a balancing sweetness. The alcohol is present on the back and sides of the tongue, and in the throat. Black coffee.


M: Thick but velvety body, slightly oily, little carbonation.


O: Pumped to have found this brew in Chiang Mai. A classic. Smooth, well done. History in a cup. Aside from that, the heavens did not open, but I will enjoy sipping the rest of this tonight, Dec 21st, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tharper178
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of MattXT
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic stout, quality through-and-through, really a benchmark.

Fine, thick head. Dark, opaque-ish brown-black color. Dense, rich mouthfeel.

Flavors of smoke, molasses, hint of licorice. A bit sweet but far from cloying. Good bitterness on the finish. Plenty od depth here, but not overwhelmingly intense. Food friendly.

Really fine bubbles. Wouldn't mind if they lasted just a bit longer.

Man, this is just good. So good. Can't think of a better stout for daily enjoyment.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.24/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 932 ratings
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