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


on tap

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RATINGS: 940   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 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

gwfrankpsu's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
I’ve waited a long time to try this beer. 2001 vintage pours with an amber hear that quickly goes away, the aroma is toasty and malty with a slight aroma of plum pudding. What a mouth feel, chewy with slight hint of the alcohol, very complex flavor - raisin, plum, smoke and a little grass. I found this to be a wonderful brew, I bought the last two bottles and will keep the last to share. Unless I find some more. Try this beer, it’s worth the hunt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1294) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a ring of mocha foam around the edge of the glass; roasted aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with hints of molasses and dark fruits; taste is slightly bitter with some roasted malt notes, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and hints of dark fruits and coffee, finish is bitter with hints of booze and slightly dry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1502) - ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Flat, no head. Vinous, dry . Smells ’spontaneous’, like a wild yeast has been used. Deep roast comes through at the finish. Its reasonable but not as exciting as I’d hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1616) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Tasted this at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival on the 24th June 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a dark tan head which faded fast. Strong, vinous malty aroma with sweet sherry notes long on the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Strong whack of complex dark malts deliver a smooth fruitloaf base. Expecting the traditional notes of coffee, treacle, liquorice and dark chocolate in this Imperial Stout but was completely thrown by this. Instead you have an intense, strong and sweet flavour of fruit with dates, raisins and sultanas very much in evidence. Struggling to find any evidence of hop resin in the aftertaste as malt completely dominates through to the finish. Strong imposing notes of Port come through in the mouth, giving warming booze notes laced with fermenting fruit. Thought this tasted far more like an Old Ale in style than an Imperial Stout. This was beer of the festival for me and was highly popular as it quickly ran out that night. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1129) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Black beer, odd smell that I can’t place. Flavour is basically if you took a rich, malty stout and threw some tangy fruit in there. A bit sour, but nice. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuartyboy (1466) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
On cask @ GRAF 2016 a deep brown almost black beer with treacle and coffee aroma flavour is dark chocolate roasted malt coffee liquorice and treacle rich dark with treacle predominant flavour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2609) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2016
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of dark fruits, sourish, with liquorice, roast, spice. Taste is roasted malt, nutty, dark fruits & liquorice, leather, tangy with some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle from my sister. Black pour with a dark brown head that mostly disappears. A fairly fruity and molasses malt aroma, an odd tang or sourness that I guess is supposed to be there, some pomegranate, soy, ash and leather. Mild carbonation and full body, prune, tobacco. Very unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (726) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle cap is stamped ’2013’. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma of leather and malt. Taste is the same, of roasted malts. Packed with rich notes of aged barley. Palate is long lasting and dense. Not my favorite of the style, but still a thumbs up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7073) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trequites (6) - 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.

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