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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Imperial Stout
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 902   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."


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1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
richiesd (31) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle, 2003 Vintage, Courtesy of Toronado SD (love you guys). Unfortunately, age has not been kind to this one. Heavy fruity vinegar sour notes on the nose immediately apparent. Almost indistinguishable from the Cuvee de Jacobins my bar neighbor is having from draft. Taste has some noticeable off characteristics. Slightly sour, but it tastes heavily oxidized and not pleasant at all. Did not finish my 4oz pour. I still really appreciate the opportunity to taste this!


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (3909) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McTapps (3918) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1210) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (439) - - MAY 27, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. 2003 vintage - my last of several bottles of this vintage that I’ve held onto until now. Pours an opaque deep rich black with rapidly fading brown head that leaves no lacing, only a small collection of brown bubbles on the surface. The beers is viscous, and leaves legs when swirled. Aroma is complex and overpowering: wood, the richness of soy sauce, oak, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, wet tobacco, and booze. Flavor is palate-wrecking: fig, raisin, plum, cedar, cigar char, soy sauce, butterscotch, vanilla, rum, lactic tang and roasted malt. Alcohol is well-hidden, full mouthfeel. Palate coating finish. A not-so-distant cousin to Sam AdamsTriple Bock; one of my favorites for many years. A pithc black beer with a chocolate brown head, though disappearing. The aroma is light though complex containing notes of wood, burnt caramel, prunes, raisins, and chocolate both sweet and bitter. The flavor is very complex too; at first it is very woody, in the middle: fruity, combined with hops, oil, soya, spices, licorice and chocolate. To end on a dry woody finish combined with notes of licorice and chocolate. The palate is great and all in all this beer is great!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (249) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 15, 2014
2008. Gorgeous black colour, good +1" head of foam, lacing is pretty spectacular. The smell is roasty, lots of chocolate, big notes of Brett, light aroma of tartness. Chocolate and tartness up front in the taste, licorice, Brett flavours, and roasted malt. It kind of sounds like a mess, eh?, but to my palate, it is hitting on all cylinders. Smooth and creamy full body with ample carbonation. Just a damn treat to drink. 9%abv, 9.3 oz bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (277) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Appearance is pitch black, with a finger’s worth of a mocha head. Aroma- sweet candy, liquorice, smoke hints, leather, tar, a bit of toffee and molasses. Taste- roasted malt hints, liquorice, sugary sweetness, some blackcurrant, a bit of fruitcake, some coffee in the finish. Coats the mouth but slightly cloys. An interesting stout.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ludhaber (62) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
This is unique all right. But there are lots of unique things in this world that have taken things too far. This beer is barely drinkable. It is a real challenge. I could think of some interesting food pairings with it but as a drink on its own it’s awful. Coffee and hops bitters dominate and put this beer over the top. Even with aging I have a hard time imagining this as a good beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
This is what happens if you brew soy sauce with an imperial stout. Very strong, but not appealing. - March Madness 2014

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1374) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle from Beer Hawk - Jet black body, thick firm lasting beige head. Nose is a winey, sweet balsamic vinegar, lots of fruit and a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is great - meringue like - nice robust and oily. Taste is a strange sweet and sour mix, but in a good way, with a boozy warmth going down. Very nice and enjoyable IRS.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnnniee (2292) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2014
1999 Vintage shared at the Taster’s Choice gathering. Thick black liquid with a faint tan head that disappears almost instantly. Sharp raspberry lactic tartness with hints of oxidation and band aid like phenols. Light ashy roasty aroma barely makes it through the other smells. The flavor follows the aroma. Light sherry and sharp fruity flavors with some wet cardboard held together with band aids. Light caramel and ashy roast flavor round it out. Medium to thin body with a thin layer of carbonation. I’ve heard its a crap shoot whether you get a nicely aged bottle of this or not. Unfortunately we drew the short straw here. I will re-rate if I find a better example of this brew.


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