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

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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Usually only available bottle conditioned as Imperial Extra Double Stout. Has occasionally appeared on cask as Harveys Imperial Russian Stout.
Also known as A le Coq Imperial Stout - bottle only.
Ingredients: Pale, Amber, Brown and Black malts; high levels of Fuggles and Goldings hops
"Regarded as one of the World’s most unusual and prestigious beers. The recipe contains a dense concentration of varied malts and hops to produce a bottle conditioned stout. This brew will improve over six months to one year to develop its complexity. This beer has an intense flavour which is complex and distinctive. The roast, alcoholic and spicy notes combine in this unusually sweet & sour beer."


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2008 vintage. 275 ml bottle poured into snifter. Pours thick and pitch black with a thin, creamy deep tan head that melts away to a swirly film. Strong aroma of sweet roasted malts, toffee, coffee, and Worcester sauce. Huge roasty coffee/toffee flavor with a long and complex finish that I’m at a loss to describe. Palate is thick and chewy... this is definitely one to take your time with.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2014
11.2 oz bottle 2003 vintage Motor oil pour. Pitch black. No head at all with this. Thick and syrupy looking thing. Odd nose. Roasted malts, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, Vegemite, and lacto. Very odd and just does not suit well. Taste was pure Vegemite and balsamic vinegar with touches of milk stout. Not good at all. High carbonation and thick body. awful

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Black in colour. Very Malty; very roast malts, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, liquorice. Spicy; salty, soy sauce. Fruity; dark fruits, plums, raisins. Hoppy; grassy hops. Slightly oily. Very warming alcohol. Sweet very roast malty with hints of sour. Harveys say "unusually sweet & sour beer" and they are right. Enjoyed it. Interesting Impy Stout!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2009. Pour is a thick crude oil black with no head at all. Aroma is berry like with some sugar, sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor is vinous with sour grapes and sweet molasses malts. Finish leaves a thick coating of the malt with the aftertaste of marzipan. This was different and weird, I have been holding on to this for a while. Good to try and pass around but don’t think I need a newer vintage.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (7920) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2013
bottle from Noble Wines Tunbridge Wells. Deep black, beige head. Lovely aroma of roasetd malts and caramel, coffee. Full-bnodied, intensivbely malty with lots of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee... lingering dark malty finish. Delicious!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a dark viscous black color and practically no head. Aromas of roasted malts, some mild sour fruits, and spices. Flavors that are confused like a teenage school boy....not very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
worldbeertaste (1637) - AUSTRIA - DEC 23, 2013
One year old bottle. Black with beautiful, tan, slides off the glass with a lacy head. Smells of bret, liquorish and roast. Medium to full oily frothy body. Tastes of sweet malt, lots of brats malt, slightly spicy sour notes. Surprised with the overwhelming Bret taste

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4364) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Dean’s night before the night tasting, Den Haag courtesy of Worldbeertaste. The aroma is big Brett, malt, slightly sour caramel. There is a lot going on here. The flavour is medium bitter, very light sour with a watery liqourice bitter vinous palate. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Has an oily mouthfeel with a a long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5090) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle shared on the night before the night tasting. Pours near black with a biege head. Aroma of Brett upfront, real overwhelming barnyard (is it supposed to be this way?) with some roast behind. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Caramel, chocolate and roasty stout qualities coming out in the palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1127) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at the night before the night tasting. Pours almost black with a brown head. Aroma is brett, citrus, funk, chocolate and yeast. Moderate sweet. Nice lacing. Smooth. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Decent beer.


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