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

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RATINGS: 899   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Not that great. I usually like real thick imperials but not this one. It was a sketchy tangyness that didnt sit well with me

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
1999 Vintage. Very dark color. Not much head, but what is there is a dark brown. Very vinous smell. Kind of an oily texture. Tastes like a wine at first, and moves to a soy sauce taste as it warms. Very salty.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Vin.2000 This stuff is so dark in color i almost need a flashlight.Definately malty in aroma with a slight alcohol smell but very slight.Whoaaaa!!!!malty as hell in flavor, nearly no carbonation hints of chocolate and coffee with the emphasis on the coffee,Very full mouth feel like concrete thick.After taste is that of coffee with a mild bitterness to it.Definately a keeper this is something to age and try again at a later date.If you have the means i recommend getting one of these.It’s oh so good.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
Totally opaque, black colour. Aroma of syrah and licorice. Very complex, unbelievable, sweet and too bitter, coffee. Very long aftertaste. Interesting and very original but lacking of balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
This is the darkest beer that I have ever seen. Poured with a minimal head, deep chocolate in colour. Looks like molasses in my glass, smells a little like it too. Very malty, thick mouth feel to it but smooth at the same time. This is a beautiful beer in every sense.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
1999 vintage: Opaque colour, no head. Old, vinous aroma. Extremely vinous fruity flavour with a bit of razz. A bit smoky, possibly infected, not a huge fan.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
The wine like character was obvious, sour overtones and a malt base. Alcohol is very noticible. There are other imperial stouts I enjoyed more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
2000 bottling: lovely corked bottle. pours black as night, a thin ring of tan bubbles was the only reward I got for pouring six inches from the glass. woody, vinous, cherry-ish, almost lambic-like aroma. one sip spreads over the whole mouth, virtually no carbo. flavours of chewy roasted malt, molasses, cherries, prunes, tobacco, red wine and alcohol with mild hints of medicine and ’merde du lapins’. extremely complex. delicious. thank you indra!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Strong stuff to be sure. Aroma of alcohol. Taste of molasse and soy. Very dry after taste.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 Psych Prof is right on in his description of soy and sea salt. However, I find the main flavor to be chewing tobacco: rich molasses over tobacco with a nicotine sting. Exactly like Lancaster chewing tobacco, a brand I used to chew as a kid. No carbonation and no head. Aroma is terribly complex prune, molasses wine, but not something I find terribly inviting. Noble and complex, but no fun at all.


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