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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
923
Reviews:
303
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
182
Gots:
194
For Trade:
12
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Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bferber
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark nutty brown, relatively clear, with a nice mocha head; decent retention, setting nicely atop the brew, and leaving behind flat fields of lacing.

Strong, sweet, boozy aroma; reminiscent of a slightly smoother Ten-Fidy. A touch of dark fruit (less sharp than in Old Rasputin); a bit of banana-tinged yeast (less prominent than in FIS); roasty malts coming through as fresh ground espresso beans. Almost a minty, creamy subtext going on.

Flavor follows: it's fairly boozy (but not unpleasantly so), rich, and dark; roasty, with dark fruit, grapes, and a hint of mint; a touch of banana from the yeast. Incredibly strong finish of pure dark chocolate, laced on the edges by espresso. Perhaps the strongest chocolate taste I've had in a brew that didn't add cacao nibs or any other chocolate adjunct.

Full-bodied, but stops just short of chewy. A little bit of alcohol heat, but very smooth.

This is a very, very impressive brew. It's big, flavorful, and strong, while still coming across perfectly smooth. It's what Old Rasputin aspires to be in his journal before he lays his big Russian head on his Communist pillow at night. It's what Ten-Fidy would be if it went to Eleven. It's what Pliny the Elder would be, if Pliny the Elder were a completely different kind of beer and brewed on another continent.

It's really good, is what I'm trying to say.

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Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pleasure
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benjamincarter
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2013 bottle, drank on 10/22/15

Lots of delicious pear, fruity notes that are stronger than anticipated. Very nice overall

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Photo of Pisshhead
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SABERG
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle dated 2012 vintage, into the rusty modified tulip glass.
A - A gentle pour yields a black hole opening up in my kitchen. Carbonation struggles through the viscous
matter, a mocha cap stay, thins with time.
S - Black strap molasses, pine boards, coffee, and bakers chocolate start things off. An increase in temp releases
dark berries, cigar outer wrap tobacco, and interestingly a wonderful sweet fig marmalade.
T - Remarkable, date, fig, cocoa, toffee. Alcohol hidden well, adds a mint component as it clears out.
F - Full in body, a bit slippery, the palate fully coated and bathed in a flavorful bonanza. The finish is
long and elegant, an incredible feel.
O - The offering is exquisite, on every front. The nose, palate, body all delightful and quite
rich, developed for royalty , that is certainly how I feel after enjoying this.
Cheers

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Photo of HipHopsHooray
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justinm4bama
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Briken
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and good brown head with good retention. Light roasted malt, licorice, and dates. Roasty up front, light chocolate, and notes of fruit and licorice. Dry finish, light booze and bittering lingering. Velvety feel.

Clear presentation in look and great aroma. Good subtle flavor with nice booze brings extra notes of flavor. A really velvety feel but the overall dryness makes it a little more difficult to look forward to the next sip. Otherwise, a very elegant sipping beer.

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Photo of MuFugga
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochraneg
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Brew

Look: Typical Imperial Stout. Head was not impressive, dissipated quickly.
Smell: Subtle, but evident aromas of fruit
Taste: Good body, but not drinking a milkshake, fluffy
Feel: Smooth on the tongue, went down great
Overall: Def would buy again… if I could find it

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin.

L: Very, very black with mild sediment. Thin, brown-eggshell head around rim. Looks bouncy, not oily.

S: Glorious raisins. Dates. Maybe fig. Wonderful.

T: Roasty flavor, earthy finish. Like sucking the nutrients out of a mouthful of soil.

F: Fluffy. My preferred mouthfeel. Like a bouncy, lively cloud.

O: After learning this was the original Russian Imperial Stout, I put off trying it for awhile because I wanted to keep it ahead of me. It did not disappoint. While it's not my all-time favorite, it is damn good and will be a sure bet for me whenever I see it in public or stores,

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Photo of Vylo
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jobin_24
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I would never have guessed this beer was 10%. Went down smooth and easy. Nice smoky fruit flavors, my only complaint is the slightly bitter finish that lingers for awhile. Tastes like a more balanced, toned down Dark Lord. Will definitely seek this out it again.

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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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