This bottle of Courage's Imperial Russian Stout has been sitting in the cupboard since I bought it in Sneem in January, and after much deliberation, I decided to finally try it before committing it to an ageing process.
The pitch black pour and rocky tan head releases an an aroma fronted by fruity hops, before revealing a thick malty biscuit, chocolate, caramel and marzipan character underneath. It smells good, very good. it's beautiful on the palate, with a similar balance that delivers sweet toffee, roasted coffee, liquorice and a bitter finish in equal measures. However, what really drives the beer is it's amazing drinkability. It's full bodied and incredibly smooth, making it an extremely satisfying Imperial Stout.
I'd certainly recommend it.