Courage Russian Imperial Stout (2009)


Iconic Russian Imperial Stout. 9.3oz Bottle

32 in stock

As Originally brewed for Catherine the Great of Russia. Russian I mperial Stout is a strong dark stout dating back to the 18th century when it was produced at Thrale’s Brewery in London to export to the court of Catherine II of   Russia. The high alcoholic strength was necessary to prevent the beer from freezing in the temperatures of the Baltic Sea on its voyage to Russia and along with a high degree of hop it has the keeping quality of a fine wine. In 1791 the brewery changed hands and the beer became known as Barclay Perkins Imperial Stout. When the brewery was taken over by local rivals   Courage the beer was renamed Courage Imperial Russian Stout. This beer was first re-released to the public here at the Falling Rock during GABF 2011. Brewed to perfection only once a year, Courage Imperial Russian Stout has a rich, espresso body with pear overtones and an intriguing fresh, smoky, fruity finish. The beer is brewed with chocolate, amber and pale ale malts, Hersbrucker and Styrian Goldings hops and accredited natural mineral water from the brewery’s very own well. | 10% abv | England |