Courage Imperial Russian Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

921 Ratings
Courage Imperial Russian StoutCourage Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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

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

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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Best before 19/09/24

Bottle from BucketBoy almost two years ago. This has been sitting in my on-deck fridge for that long. I guess that fridge isn't being used as intended. Anyway, thanks! Snifter. Black with a billowing light brown head with impressive retention. Lacing forms thick sheets on the sides. Fine looking beer. Lots of chocolate and roast in the aroma, with blackstrap molasses, licorice, and a bit of coffee. Some earthy, woodsy notes as well. The flavor is quite roasty and dry with a moderate level of earthy bitterness. Strong chocolate profile with evident coffee, molasses, and licorice. The bitter/roast combo borders on acridity but just manages to avoid that pitfall. Alcohol is really well hidden. The body is full. Upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and silky. A good, well balanced Russian Imperial Stout.

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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.22 out of 5 based on 921 ratings.
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