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


on tap

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RATINGS: 939   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Near black with tan head. Slightly sour aroma, funky, woody, cherry, berries. Taste is roasty, chocolate, fruity, oak, berries. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s online. Appearance - dark brown to black with a nice fawn head. Nose - tangy black fruits, maybe plum or blackberries. Meaty and sour. Taste - sour toffee, dark fruits, complex. Palate - medium bodied with a tangy texture and a dry tangy finish. Overall - very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of sour plums. Taste is light sour, chocolate. Sour, funky finish. Unusual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is meaty, chocolate, roasted, taste is similar, dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2014
9/4/2010. 2003 edition from bottle. Black with a tan head. Roasted malt, licorice, chocolate aromas with bitter hops. Long bitter finish with a bit of alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dandeman (826) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
Achetée au Vermont en Mai 2014. Sweet stout with molasses, field berries and coffee flavors. Great complexity. Superb balance. De superbes aromes de boisé, de chêne, combinée à l’alcool aux accents de rhum (est-elle vieillie en fût? je ne sais pas) Présence également de fruits sauvages, de café, de pruneaux et de dattes. Un olfactif complexe et évolutif, à forte dominance d’alcool. Le visuel est noir, opaque, à mousse brune foncée, à grosses bulles et à texture crémeuse mélangée. Quelques traces survivent sur le verre. L’attaque est sucrée, avec de grosses notes de mélasse, accompagnées de fruits des champs. Puis l’alcool entre en action pour offrir une finale chaude et amère. Les notes de sucre sont de mélasse, de crème brulée, de mures et de dattes. La torréfaction est assurée par le café et l’amertume des houblons est mi- terreuse, mi- conifère. Grande complexité. Superbe équilibre.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
slowrunner77 (10117) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"pours an oily black with no head to speak of. i don’t mind the big abv sippers, but this one is a miss. something’s wrong here. smells had some pleasing port like qualities that didn’t quite add up. smelled a little smoke and tart/sour notes in there as well, which kept me from rating the aroma higher. mouthfeel is nice at first...it’s the type of beer that little or no carbonation can work well for, but it blends right into a flavor that is...just...not ...nice. previous raters used words like tar, musty, paint thinner, soy...too harsh. the otherwise smooth body goes right out the window when you actually taste it. gross finish. i know this isn’t supposed to be an everyday brew, but it’s a bad sipper as well. one reviewer says this is a cigar beer...i agree, to the extent that someone may have used the bottle as an ashtray before the beer was added, giving it it’s "unique" taste. We had a 2003, so maybe it was past it’s prime, but it’s what was on the shelf last month!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (6448) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2014
Ein wuchtiges Bierchen, das wir uns auf der Cider Farm in Lewes geholt haben. Geröstete Malze, dazu ein harter Bumms an Kaffee und Schokolade. Stark und aromatisch mit viel, sehr viel Schokolade und ein klein wenig Säure zum Schluss. Feine Sache das.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle from the Middle Farm Cider Center. Pours out in a deep black colour with long lasting smooth, beige head and smooth body. Aroma of dark chocolate and cappuccino. Taste of dark, bittersweet chocolate, cake, strong coffee, cream, torf and woods. Smooth and rich finish. Enjoyed it a lot. Very complex beer, perfect to enjoy slowly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Tasted as A. Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout, apparently in honour of a Belgian brewer called Le Coq, who exported imperial stout to Russia throught the Baltic region and whose company was later taken over by Harvey & Son, which restituted this brew in the nineties. One of those - unfortunately rare - beers that get a few years of ageing before being sold, in corked bottles. The specimen I tasted back in 2005 formed practically no head, only by strongly forcing it, a milky, dark beige edge of foam appeared. Ink black colour, wine-red hue nearly invisible. Powerful aroma of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, toasted bread, dried plums, cane sugar, ketchup, cork, candied figs and, above all, black coffee. The taste is incredibly intense with a mouthfeel as thick, syrupy and oily as I have rarely encountered since then; a very dense and robust maltiness, dark fruits, overall a profound, warm, toasted, mouth filling, spicy bitterness dominates and smoothly leads to a sticky, peppery, bone-dry and very long finish. Intense, thick, powerful, admittedly not very subtle, but all the more fascinating and a brew I will not easily forget, that is for sure. In terms of style, I think this beverage is best described as a missing link between an actual imperial stout and a Baltic porter, and this seems to be confirmed by its history.

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