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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."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4794) - 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 (5607) - 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 (1133) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5580) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
35cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Worldbeertaste @ the night before the night before tasting. Decent tan head. Clear black pour. Funky brett aroma. A little spicy.. Quite decent

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Vintage 2008, ABV 9%, 9.3oz Crowned bottle Pours black with profound three fingers of mocha foam, this falls slowly, to a regenerative quilt of the same. Initial smell is like lacto and butterscotch. Hard to get past these two characteristics. The flavor is of leather, burnt beef, chokecherries and tobacco. Really nasty. Thin for the style with insane carb feel (although not a gusher) for the style. dry finish. Not sure how this beer earned all these medals indicated on its label, because this beer is shite. Serving type: bottle 03-06-2012

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3534) - 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 (56) - 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 (867) - 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 (2035) - 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 (499) - 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.


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