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


on tap

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RATINGS: 925   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

nicolascage's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), - FEB 8, 2005
2001:A nice black color, with a characteristic taste of liquorice and raisin. Very low carbonation. The finish is heavy and long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (2405) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2769) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle: Poured black with brown head. Big boozy aroma. Nice sweet molasses and maple, coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2448) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour with a deep tan head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a lasting roastedness. Taste has roasted notes with liquorice. Thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
9.3 oz bottle. Pours black with full dark tan head. Aromas of acidic black coffee, metal, soy sauce and dry licorice. Flavors of licorice, molasses, vanilla, and dry dusty burnt malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juha (70) - 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 (595) - 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 (15306) - 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 (3070) - 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 (1414) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle to taster at RBAG 2015 Caramel, smoke, bacon, booze. Dark black, no head. Oil, tar, sour. Good.

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