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


on tap

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RATINGS: 924   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 Worlds 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2000 edition: This beer poured as black as the night and like oil hitting the pavement. No real head with even a hard pour and only a slight medium tan ring around the edges. The aroma is of malt, cherries and other dark fruit and some hint of the alcohol. The flavor is of malt, cherries and dark fruit. A very heavy feel to the flavor and body of this beer, with hints of the alcohol. A very different style of imperial as compared to the American versions. Almost more of a wine feel than an imperial. A very dark animal of a beer with hidden elements that may present themselves better if this beer were to be aged more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Woah!!! Incredibly thick, I cannot state that enough. Strong alcohol nose which reminded me of Jaegermeister. It was a strong enough aroma to burn my nostrils and could be completely overwhelming. The flavor reminded me of Jaeger also... very complex and full of spice. It looked like motor oil and when you shook the glass, the beer hardly moved it wasso thick. I may not have this beer again, but it was well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2003
2000 bottle. Jet black pour with no head and no trace of any carbonation. Alcohol and vinous, fruity aroma. Strong wine-like flavors. A bit harsh for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2003
2000 - Black with only a few tiny bubbles that reseamble the milky way in a black sky. Aroma of soy sauce and dark fruit. Oily feel. Flavors of dark fruit, bitter cherries and mild coffee. A bit acidic. Seems more like a baltic porter. Alcohol really did not appear until the last swallow. I think this would be better in a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Black with brown head. Complex nose and flavor. Roasted coffee,fruity,notes of chocolate with burnt finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Not that great. I usually like real thick imperials but not this one. It was a sketchy tangyness that didnt sit well with me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
1999 Vintage. Very dark color. Not much head, but what is there is a dark brown. Very vinous smell. Kind of an oily texture. Tastes like a wine at first, and moves to a soy sauce taste as it warms. Very salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Vin.2000 This stuff is so dark in color i almost need a flashlight.Definately malty in aroma with a slight alcohol smell but very slight.Whoaaaa!!!!malty as hell in flavor, nearly no carbonation hints of chocolate and coffee with the emphasis on the coffee,Very full mouth feel like concrete thick.After taste is that of coffee with a mild bitterness to it.Definately a keeper this is something to age and try again at a later date.If you have the means i recommend getting one of these.Its oh so good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
Totally opaque, black colour. Aroma of syrah and licorice. Very complex, unbelievable, sweet and too bitter, coffee. Very long aftertaste. Interesting and very original but lacking of balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
This is the darkest beer that I have ever seen. Poured with a minimal head, deep chocolate in colour. Looks like molasses in my glass, smells a little like it too. Very malty, thick mouth feel to it but smooth at the same time. This is a beautiful beer in every sense.

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