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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Imperial Stout
Lewes, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 939   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned: 275ml. Has occasionally appeared on cask.

Imperial Extra Double Stout is regarded as one of the Worlds most unusual and prestigious beers. The recipe contains a dense concentration of varied malts and hops to produce a bottle conditioned stout of 9.0% ABV.

This brew will improve and develop complexity up to one year and has an intense flavour which is distinctive. The roast, alcoholic and spicy notes combine in this unusually sweet & sour beer.

Contains: Barley


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (7758) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle bought at the Royal Oak. Intense plums and malt. Extreme thick and dense. Malt, dried plums. Very dry, hints of typical Stout-sourness. Burned, dry, roast. Not too much bitterness in the end, but a nice malt-bitterness from the roasted malt together with a bit of hops. Long dry malty sticky deep aftertaste on the tongue. Fruit, burned malt, very dense! Fascinating!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (465) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2015
(1999 and 2009 bottles in 2015) APPEARANCE- (Both) pitch black. (99) no head, carbonation is about gone. Fairly thick, and a lot of sediment on the side of the glass when I swirl it. (09) light carbonation. NOSE- (99) robust scent lacking any sweetness, with notes balancing between alcohol and vinegar. (09) hardly any scent. FLAVOR- (99) extremely dark/robust flavor that I cant put my finger on. My friend suggested pipe tobacco... maybe. (09) slow to build, especially compared to the 99, but its growing on me. Tiny bit of anise peeks through the complex and robust flavors. NOTES- Perhpas I should have tried it within one year. The complexity of the really old beer intreagues me, but Im probably not going to seek more of newer vintages out soon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2015
1999 Vintage -- Very port-like and vineous, pipe tobacco, raisin, licorice, sherry, red wine, prune, black walnut, cherry, a touch of soy sauce a slightly tart; corked bottle, so very little to no carbonation; black color; I used to really like stuff like this, but not so much any more, but it?s still pretty good. 3.8 ... ... ... 2009 Vintage -- Dark chocolate, significant amount of red wine, prune, leather, black mission fig, black strap molasses, dry cocoa that sticks in the throat through the finish; capped bottle; opaque black color with a small tan-colored head; medium body with enough carbonation left; good, different than the 1999, but surprisingly not as good. 3.6

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (903) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle, deep black beer, walnut colored head. Aroma is bourbon, raisin, molasses, coffee, dust, sour cherries, vanilla. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, broiled grapefruit and rind, shoyu, oak. Palate is a bit thin for an impy, and its a bit hot, carbonation moderate. This is very interesting, not sweet at all, in fact its very bitter, and sour. Considering my love of dark sours. Im pleasantly surprised, but also suprised at the hops level in this, and in the end that hoppiness sorta clashes with the malt and sourness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (3587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Aroma: wine, light oak barrel, light toasted malts, chocolate. Appearance: black, small, creamy head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: very light at first, wine, chocolate, dark fruits, prunes, then toasted malts, bitters coming up and intensifying, light dry finish. Overall: not your usual Imperial Stout, unordinary aroma, palate a bit flat. Bottle from brewery shop, Lewes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (3016) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 24, 2015
2003 Vintage Corked and released by B. United. Pours a dull burnt umber color with a trace of khaki bubbles quickly fading. Lots of oxidized caramel, sherry, roasted grain, silky body, full rich mouthfeel, layers of fig, date, cocoa, prune, nutty caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle: Poured black with brown head. Big boozy aroma. Nice sweet molasses and maple, coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour with a deep tan head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a lasting roastedness. Taste has roasted notes with liquorice. Thick body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3134) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
9.3 oz bottle. Pours black with full dark tan head. Aromas of acidic black coffee, metal, soy sauce and dry licorice. Flavors of licorice, molasses, vanilla, and dry dusty burnt malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juha (72) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Aroma is sweetish sour Rodenbach-style, taste is ever so smooth, chocolatey, no roastiness, slightly sour. Mouthfeel is soft and light without being watery.


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