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

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RATINGS: 905   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."


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
This is what happens if you brew soy sauce with an imperial stout. Very strong, but not appealing. - March Madness 2014

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1482) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle from Beer Hawk - Jet black body, thick firm lasting beige head. Nose is a winey, sweet balsamic vinegar, lots of fruit and a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is great - meringue like - nice robust and oily. Taste is a strange sweet and sour mix, but in a good way, with a boozy warmth going down. Very nice and enjoyable IRS.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2014
1999 Vintage shared at the Taster’s Choice gathering. Thick black liquid with a faint tan head that disappears almost instantly. Sharp raspberry lactic tartness with hints of oxidation and band aid like phenols. Light ashy roasty aroma barely makes it through the other smells. The flavor follows the aroma. Light sherry and sharp fruity flavors with some wet cardboard held together with band aids. Light caramel and ashy roast flavor round it out. Medium to thin body with a thin layer of carbonation. I’ve heard its a crap shoot whether you get a nicely aged bottle of this or not. Unfortunately we drew the short straw here. I will re-rate if I find a better example of this brew.

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 (1135) - 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 (3304) - 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 (8147) - 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 (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - 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


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