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Brewed by Harveys Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
The wine like character was obvious, sour overtones and a malt base. Alcohol is very noticible. There are other imperial stouts I enjoyed more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
2000 bottling: lovely corked bottle. pours black as night, a thin ring of tan bubbles was the only reward I got for pouring six inches from the glass. woody, vinous, cherry-ish, almost lambic-like aroma. one sip spreads over the whole mouth, virtually no carbo. flavours of chewy roasted malt, molasses, cherries, prunes, tobacco, red wine and alcohol with mild hints of medicine and ’merde du lapins’. extremely complex. delicious. thank you indra!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Strong stuff to be sure. Aroma of alcohol. Taste of molasse and soy. Very dry after taste.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 Psych Prof is right on in his description of soy and sea salt. However, I find the main flavor to be chewing tobacco: rich molasses over tobacco with a nicotine sting. Exactly like Lancaster chewing tobacco, a brand I used to chew as a kid. No carbonation and no head. Aroma is terribly complex prune, molasses wine, but not something I find terribly inviting. Noble and complex, but no fun at all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 I can't believe this one! The single most wine-like, intensely beautiful standard-ish imperial I've had. Most imperials, for me, are a rare beer...I like them but couldn't have them often. Not so with this mysterious beauty. Soy, sea salt, red wine grapiness, some traditional malt sweetness (but it's different), alcohol is perfectly cloaked. Unbelievably smooth throughout the whole experience!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2002
No Head at all. Black as used motor oil. Very salty. Not like anything i’ve ever tated in a Imperial Stout. Tastes thick. Smells and tastes of Worcestershire sauce.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Very unique. My first impression was its similarities to wine. Slightly tart. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. I can’t discern many stout-like qualities aside from the color. Very dark, no head. Very little carbonation. I probably won’t drink this often.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Banana and alcohol notes in the aroma. Loses points on the appearance due to the complete lack of a head. The banana notes are also present in the flavor, along with a faint tartness, and a noticeable reduction in the coffee that dominates many imperials. It has an intriguing buttery palate similar to a red wine. This is one of the more interesting beers I’ve had in a while.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3655) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2002
Bottle conditioned. Its like..how much more black could it be, and the answer is none…none more black. No head and very little condition. Vinous and woody aromas with hints of alcohol and licorice. Quite tart in the mouth with a balancing chocolate and licorice note, and a chocolate bitterness in the tarry, throat coating finish. Not as good as I expected but still good enough.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3236) - Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Headless, one of the darkest. Big alcohol and fruitiness makes it smell a little like banana bread soaked in wine. This is a very nice aroma. Very-wine like buttery mouthfeel. Very dry, very unusual. Coffee and dark chocolate also present.


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