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Courage Imperial Russian Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
4.24/5
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931 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 02-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#910
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
931
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled
As Originally brewed in 1795 for Catherine the Great of Russia. Enjoy now or allow to mature in the cellar.
Brewed to perfection only once a year, Courage Imperial Russian Stout enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones and an intriguing fresh smokey, fruity finish.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter.

Dark brown body, almost black with a big two-finger head. Not great staying power on the cap, but great ring lacing on the glass.

The scents are as RIS as RIS can be. There is smoke, tobacco, dark fruits, and roasted coffee beans. Very balanced between the char and sweetness. Even some cocoa comes calling as the beer warms.

Flavors on the palate are close to what the nose offered. Mid-palate, Courage was all roast and smoke, tobacco and cocoa powder. However, the finish incorporated a nice, long play of figs and other dark fruits, with coffee roast. Wonderfully complex and delicious.

Courage feels like a big RIS. Creamy and smooth. Still manages to be somewhat dry from all that roast and tobacco quality.

This RIS dominates on all levels. The flavors are complex and deliver new experiences with every sip, especially that long and lingering dark fruit finish. So enjoyable and surprising. The mouth feel makes the beer a real pleasure to drink. I am going to eagerly seek this one out again once I drink down more of my inventory.

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Had on-tap.

A- Nice dark black with a medium creamy looking latte colored head

S- Chocolate with some dark cherry and some dark roasts

T- Wow, lots of dark cherries and chocolate, like a black forest cake. Getting the darker roasts and some light metallic flavors on the end as well as light alcohol presence.

M- Heavy-medium not too much considering the ABV and all the flavors. Nice and creamy.

O- Really impressed with this beer. I think it's aged a bit at the brewery before bottling but not sure if in barrels or for how long. Very surprised at the pronounced dark fruit, cherry flavors considering there is no adjuncts that I'm aware of. Wish this wasn't as expensive as some barrel aged stouts though.

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Wow. I remember having one or two bottles of this back in the 70's because I was young and the alcohol content meant more than the taste.
I have since tried a bottle of the '92 a few years ago before I started reviewing beers. I remember that was good.
This is the first time I have seen the new version on sale in the UK. Bought from Tesco's.
All previous superlatives about this stout I thoroughly endorse.
Wonderful absolutely wonderful.

So when oh when should I drink the 1972 bottle I have in the cellar?

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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 931 ratings
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