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


on tap

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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

swollinshuteye's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
swollinshuteye (2) - Mansfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2001 bottle. Worst soy sauce since triple bock. Total drain pour. The aroma and appearance gave me high hopes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juha (68) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Aroma is sweetish sour Rodenbach-style, taste is ever so smooth, chocolatey, no roastiness, slightly sour. Mouthfeel is soft and light without being watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2015
[Bottled, at the Great British Beer Festival, 2015 - Tutored tasting with Roger Protz] - Harvey’s London Imperial Russian Stout, pitch black with a small beige head. Sour yeasty aroma, anilla, strong licorice. Full body, oily. Very sweet licorice start, with a sour yeasty note on the side. Finish is very much licorice, sweet malts, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14783) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle at home in London - picked up at GBBF in 2011. So, I would assume the vintage on this is around 2011. Pours rich, oily red-black with a dense, creamy beige head. The aroma is crazy, with lots of dark malts, subtle funk, ripe and tangy berries, old leather, earth, soft cocoa. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, a little syrupy, with oily chocolate, more decadent, sugary ripe and lightly tart berries, raspberry, cherry, some musty leather, old bread, hoisin sauce, blackberry preserves. Full bodied, chewy, with light carbonation. Warming, sticky and oily on the finish, with gooey chocolate character, more jammy blackberry, other tart berries, some charred wood, moderate earthy bitterness, brownies. Lingering dark malts and leathery, tangy dark fruits in the aftertaste. An incredible beer. The layers of complexity are impressive. It probably isn’t the most drinkable beer around, but for its dynamic aspects it earns very high marks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3014) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
RBAG 2015. Sampeld from an 11.2 fl oz brown bottle. 1999 vintage, I think? Poured out deep brown and headless. Nose has almond, soy sauce, chocolate. Taste of soy, nutty undertones, faded roast. Medium bodied and oily in the mouth. Alcohol wasn’t really present. It was interesting to try, but didn’t really work for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1370) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle to taster at RBAG 2015 Caramel, smoke, bacon, booze. Dark black, no head. Oil, tar, sour. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8489) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle - Soy sauce, light booze and dark chocolate. Jet black with no head. Minty and herbal notes with some soy and a long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle vintage 1999! Appearance is thick and black with no head. Aroma is soy sauce, anise, cherry, and molasses. Taste is soy sauce, light carb, light mint and bitter dark chocolate. Pretty fucking good for a beer 16 years old.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DIBBLE (102) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (772) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 8, 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 (4456) - 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.

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