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Beer – #294 – Courage – Russian Imperial Stout

I know right, weirdness, Courage Russian Imperial Stout Brewed by Wells & Youngs in the style of an  Imperial Stout and that’s all the go in Bedford, England

Courage - Russian Imperial StoutAs 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.

Worlds smallest bottle of 275ml, but its is a 10% ABV beer, and this is bottle 171,549, like that’s special number,  of 210,000. So you snooze you lose. 300 calories a serve.  And so this is only 2.17 drinks units in NA according to the calculator 

Courage - Russian Imperial Stout1A lot of rich fruits on opening, pours deep black, and with little head.

This is a different story, there is a statement of rich steeped raisins, but it’s all a bit infused by alcohol and bitterness.

There isn’t as much or any chocolate that you can pick out.

This is a bit good though, and the pdubyah-o-meter says 9. But not the same nine as the Ballast point  Victory at Sea nine.

These last two drinks I had are two very very  good beers with different tilts at the same windmill. This doesn’t have the vanilla. Aside though this doesn’t have  the upfront bitterness that carries the whole thing,  There is a lovely body of the rich raisin fruits with the alcohol in the middle.

I like this for its subtleness, I like the Ballast Point for it’s boom. A the end of an evening I really  am enjoying this, I’d enjoy something a little more from it, in some bizarre way smokiness or more coffee or chocolate and that would tip it into the O for Owesum category.

The music is set aside for the Rugby Sevens, and England are beating South Africa in this current match *FistPump time to sit back and watch NZ V France


Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.

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4 comments on “Beer – #294 – Courage – Russian Imperial Stout

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  2. aleodyssey
    February 9, 2014

    Tried that one myself the other day, was not impressed by it. Found it too muddled in flavour, from the sweet raisin to coffee notes that didn’t work for me. Nice to read your take on it though!


    • Pdubyah
      February 9, 2014

      Probably your take on it might be right. It wasn’t as ‘defined’ as it could have been, and might look weak amongst the Fantastic beers of this style, but it was a fine beer.


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