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

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RATINGS: 900   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."


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
From a bottle at Pizzeria Paradisio in Old Town VA. Pours a clear almost black with a thin bubbly tan head. Aroma of dark cherry and plums. Flavors of chocolate and licorice. A bit salty and with a slightly tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estover (52) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
WOW!!!! This is Stout on steroids! Pours like a thick black overused motor oil. Very little head, light lacing. There is a boatload of everything dark in this bottle, I swear that the night originated from the depth of this bottle. There is cocoa, but not just any cocoa but 95% stuff most people can’t stand to eat, there is coffee but not just any coffee, like 3 day old expressesso left on the warmer. There is a burnt black cherry that turns sour\bitter during the finish morphing into a leather note. I am going to have to look into this A le Coq Imperial Stout style.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (779) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Not really the Estonian A le Coq Porter that I wanted to try. This beer carries an immense burden of history, which I was not able to enjoy properly due to the momentum. Not sure if any of the recipes (this and the Estonian Porter) resemble the original Russian Imperial Stout that Albert le Coq managed to get brewing in Livonia. This beer is black as oil, with no mentionable or visible head. Pungent musky aroma of leather and ocelots (Leopardus pardalis). Strong flavours of coffee, with touches of tobacco, Seville orange and olives. Oily feel, but not something to be craving for a second.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1526) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a thick black colour with a thin head of light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt with soy sauce and marmite notes. Coffee flavours with dark chocolate and liquorice. Finishes with Oxo, black syrup and burnt toast. Pretty good, but a bit on the sweaty cask side. Definitely better in bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackflag321 (464) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2008 vintage. 9.3 oz bottle poured in snifter. Black/brown with small head. This has a very unique taste that put me off at first but I enjoyed it because it tasted so different. Sweet and sour, hint of soy, funky roasted malt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3334) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
11.2 ounce, 2003 bottle. Pours black with a very small brown head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. Complex and interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (697) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 25, 2013
GBBF 2013 backlog. CASK. Head: coffee. Colour: black. Aroma: complex, roasted, licorice, sourish, decomposing plants. Taste: complex, salty 99% chocolate, semi-decomposed-plants bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours black with a dense tan head. The nose is vinous at first with a little soy turning meaty as the brew warmed. Thick and rich on the tongue. Notes of aged red wine, port, leather, soy, and aged balsamic vinegar. A little dense on the tongue with an oily texture, but an interesting mix of flavors that evolve as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (1941) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, soy sauce aroma. Tastes is similar, roasty, malty, soy, a little coffee and chocolate. Not bad but lacking in complexity.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdKing (1793) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013. Opaque black, off white to brown head, bubbly. Nose is sulphur, eggy, ash, soy sauce, roasted malt, cardboard. Taste is roasted malt, lots of golden syrup, slight tasty saltiness, finish is roasted malt black coffee bitter. Alcohol. Nose is a shocker and taste is a little sweeter and nicer.


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