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


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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

thunderhops' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2009. Pours like thick used motor oil with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. taste follows suit with aroma with a touch of spiciness. Full body with lively carbonation and a sweet, sticky finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DIBBLE (101) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
Big sweet burnt caramel, toffee, dark berries aroma. Thick light brown head with lacing over black oily beer. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Big sweet and bitter dark roast malt flavours with licorice, toffee, coffee, brown sugar. Very satisfying warming and medicinal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (753) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Luxuriously beautiful stout which everyone forgets about. Beautiful rich slick light brown glossy head on top of a silk body. Huge depth of flavour which has great sap and a constant developing flavour profile and a beautifully appetizing sour cherry quality. Vinuous and complete. Forget about the old withered cork bottles. The crown cap is absolutely majestic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4008) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle at a big tasting (Nördprovning 2015). Roasted smell with dark chocolate. Very sweet taste with dark malts and raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1677) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Neat brown and ruby glint, filmy and dandy head. Lean roast and a firm saltiness. A slip of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2930) - 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 (3763) - 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 (6041) - 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 (6168) - 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 (2601) - Chesapeake, 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 (649) - 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.

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