Courage Imperial Russian Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

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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

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Ratings:
923
Reviews:
303
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +5.9%
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.

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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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in May 2011

Appearance: Pours out with a thick (but not massive) tan head; what it lacks in vertical dimension it more than makes up for with lacing action; the beer itself is not as dark as some of the American versions, appearing more as a fudge brown

Smell: Rich chocolate, with coffee, tobacco and dark fruity undertones

Taste: In the flavor profile, this beer shows its old world muster, bringing a subtle blend of chocolate, coffee, pipe tobacco and dark fruit; compared to a lot of the domestic RIS brews, this is like an old world Cabernet vs a California, with incredible subtlety and refinement; after the swallow, instead of walloping the tastebuds, it finishes rather dry - surprising but well-appreciated

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; hides the ABV incredibly well

Overall: So glad I had the opportunity to try this beer as it shows off quite a different dimension for the RIS style than I have had before; I still like the powerful, big American versions very much, but this is a different pathway

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Courage Imperial Russian Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.22 out of 5 based on 923 ratings.
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