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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Imperial Stout
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 932   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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


ludhaber's rating

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ludhaber (101) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6545) - Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2016
1999 bottle at Mikes 50th
Dark brown with a small tan head, no lacing. Aroma of soy sauce and chocolate. Taste of dark malts, leather and whiskey
I held up pretty good for a 17yrs old Imp stout

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trequites (4) - Exeter, Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2016 Feb 2016. I have just uncorked a bottle of 2000 Imperial Extra Double Stout, bottled March 2001, Best before end 2004. No condition. Very black, intense raisiny aroma, similar to an aged sherry. Slight liquorice taste. Dry finish, very warming. Very drinkable even after all these years and probably would have been good for more years yet if I hadn’t opened it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2476) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Many thanks to erzengel for sharing! Pours a super dark brown with faint orange highlights and a loose dark tan head. The beer smells of big rich fruit, roast, char. The taste is rich, toasty, dark malts, fruit going into char and dryness on the end. Full bodies and having mild carbonation. A workout for the senses.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (7124) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle bought at the Royal Oak. Intense plums and malt. Extreme thick and dense. Malt, dried plums. Very dry, hints of typical Stout-sourness. Burned, dry, roast. Not too much bitterness in the end, but a nice malt-bitterness from the roasted malt together with a bit of hops. Long dry malty sticky deep aftertaste on the tongue. Fruit, burned malt, very dense! Fascinating!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (400) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2015
(1999 and 2009 bottles in 2015) APPEARANCE- (Both) pitch black. (’99) no head, carbonation is about gone. Fairly thick, and a lot of sediment on the side of the glass when I swirl it. (’09) light carbonation. NOSE- (’99) robust scent lacking any sweetness, with notes balancing between alcohol and vinegar. (’09) hardly any scent. FLAVOR- (’99) extremely dark/robust flavor that I can’t put my finger on. My friend suggested pipe tobacco... maybe. (’09) slow to build, especially compared to the ’99, but it’s growing on me. Tiny bit of anise peeks through the complex and robust flavors. NOTES- Perhpas I should have tried it within one year. The complexity of the really old beer intreagues me, but I’m probably not going to seek more of newer vintages out soon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3569) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2015
1999 Vintage -- Very port-like and vineous, pipe tobacco, raisin, licorice, sherry, red wine, prune, black walnut, cherry, a touch of soy sauce a slightly tart; corked bottle, so very little to no carbonation; black color; I used to really like stuff like this, but not so much any more, but it?s still pretty good. 3.8 ... ... ... 2009 Vintage -- Dark chocolate, significant amount of red wine, prune, leather, black mission fig, black strap molasses, dry cocoa that sticks in the throat through the finish; capped bottle; opaque black color with a small tan-colored head; medium body with enough carbonation left; good, different than the 1999, but surprisingly not as good. 3.6

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (737) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle, deep black beer, walnut colored head. Aroma is bourbon, raisin, molasses, coffee, dust, sour cherries, vanilla. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, broiled grapefruit and rind, shoyu, oak. Palate is a bit thin for an impy, and it’s a bit hot, carbonation moderate. This is very interesting, not sweet at all, in fact it’s very bitter, and sour. Considering my love of dark sours. I’m pleasantly surprised, but also suprised at the hops level in this, and in the end that hoppiness sorta clashes with the malt and sourness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (2847) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Aroma: wine, light oak barrel, light toasted malts, chocolate. Appearance: black, small, creamy head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: very light at first, wine, chocolate, dark fruits, prunes, then toasted malts, bitters coming up and intensifying, light dry finish. Overall: not your usual Imperial Stout, unordinary aroma, palate a bit flat. Bottle from brewery shop, Lewes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2908) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 24, 2015
2003 Vintage Corked and released by B. United. Pours a dull burnt umber color with a trace of khaki bubbles quickly fading. Lots of oxidized caramel, sherry, roasted grain, silky body, full rich mouthfeel, layers of fig, date, cocoa, prune, nutty caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4378) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle: Poured black with brown head. Big boozy aroma. Nice sweet molasses and maple, coffee.


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