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

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RATINGS: 917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 World’s 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


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 (1741) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5804) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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 (6999) - 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 (1166) - 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 (6612) - 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 (1551) - 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 (4490) - 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 (72) - 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 (944) - 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.


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