Real Ale Reviews Independent reviewers of real ales, beers and lagers from around the world, including beer reviews, breweries, watering holes and real ale events
  • Courage Imperial Russian Stout

    1
    scissors
    February 6th, 2013FletchtheMonkeyStout & Porter

    I’d love to know if Courage Imperial Russian Stout tastes anything like the dark stouts that circumnavigated the Baltic coasts on it’s blustery journey towards the courts of nineteenth century Russia.

    I’ll never know what those early imperial stouts tasted like, no matter how many historical accounts I read or how many experts I ask. Even if an antique bottle surfaced and I could tease a tiny drop from it’s degraded cork, it would be no fair representation of the dark liquid that in the nineteenth century became more than just a stylish beer, but a style of beer.

    The story of Russian Imperial Stout is somewhat disputed – better blogs cover that here and here – but don’t the best histories always have a few enhancing evolutions over the years? Whether you prefer rousing stories or raw statistics there’s little doubting the Russian penchant for strong dark English beer that worked it’s way along the Baltic trade routes.

    Courage was not the first to brew an imperial stout for Russia (that was most likely Thrales), and the brewery no longer exists, but as I’m sat peering into a Courage Imperial Stout late one Sunday night you could easily convince me otherwise.

    The aroma fills the curves of the rotund glass and becomes thick enough to breathe in and bite. Did the drinkers of the Russian court swill it around in expensive glass vessels and take long drawn out sniffs? Did they compare the rich chocolate notes to a creamy latte or recognise cranberries in the fruity flavours? They definitely won’t  have thought ‘dashes of Nutella’ and scribbled down excited tasting notes.

    Nor would they have had Proustian memories of a homemade pear and chocolate upside down cake left in the oven a little too long. They might have exhaled in satisfaction at the way the fruity and coffee flavours are wrapped up in a tobacco cuddle like a friendly beer cigar.

    The Russians would probably think I’m mad (you might?) but then again I don’t have large volumes of my favourite beer imported by sea from hundreds of miles away across cold, heaving channels, just because I can’t be bothered to make it at home.

    Thank Gambrinus for Courage and this dark, smoky bundle of history. It’s a real treat with a great story.

    image

    Courage Imperial Russian Stout

    image

    Catherine would be pleased

    FletchtheMonkey

    Mark is better known as @fletchthemonkey and started writing about beer in 2009. When not content with spending all day on the internet working in digital for an multichannel retailer, Mark waxes lyrical at digitalmediamonkey.co.uk and types up match reports for Leeds Guide magazine.

    More Posts - Website

    Follow Me:
    TwitterPinterestGoogle Plus

    Tags: , , , ,
 

1 responses to “Courage Imperial Russian Stout” RSS icon


Leave a reply

Switch to our mobile site

Halkali Evden Eve Nakliyat Pendik Evden Eve Nakliyat Yakacik Evden Eve Nakliyat Günesli Evden Eve Nakliyat Eyüp Evden Eve Nakliyat Fatih Evden Eve Nakliyat Fenerbahçe Evden Eve Nakliyat Çatalca Evden Eve Nakliyat Kalamis Evden Eve Nakliyat Kagithane Evden Eve Nakliyat Silivri Evden Eve Nakliyat Sile Evden Eve Nakliyat Bakkalköy Evden Eve Nakliyat Caddebostan Evden Eve Nakliyat Esenler Evden Eve Nakliyat Kavacik Evden Eve Nakliyat Alibeyköy Evden Eve Nakliyat