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


on tap

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RATINGS: 948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 Worlds 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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2003
1999 vintage. This full bodied beer pours thick and very dark. The flavor is a complexity of roast malt, chocolate and licorice. Don't try these big beers until they're a couple years old or you won't taste anything near their potential.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
1999 vintage. Pours like motor oil and tastes of soy sauce. No head. very alcoholic aroma, w/ some more roasty notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2003
2000 bottle. Poured thick black and mostly lifeless - very little carbonation - not surprised - this is corked just like the various Gale's bottles that are also usually almost flat. Roasty malts are heavy with licorice and black strap molasses, some burnt flavors, and citrus fruits; all mixed on top of a sour juice along with a dash of salt. Palate was thick down the middle but watery and almost flavorless at the edges. Complex and interesting, but I'm not sure if I really liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2003
A thick black concoction which pours like motor oil and tastes like licorice. Exactly the taste of holding licorice in your mouth for a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2003
Bottled. 2000 vintage. Poured solid black like motor oil. Strong vinegar like nose, dipped in steak sauce. Strong molasses, caramel, and alcohol flavors. Surprisingly easy to drink, smooth, and creamy. As it warms the alcohol really becomes noticable especially on the sides of the tongues and the long finish. Very warming. A little too thin, and the alcohol dominates the other flavors too much. Still, it has good complexity and flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2003
Bottled. 2001 Vintage. Aged 2yrs. I was laughing as I poured this...the colour and textures were absolutely extreme. The blackest thing I've ever seen in a bottle. It poured with a dark brown head, which slowly dissipated to leave just tiny bubbles coming out of suspension. It has an almost fishy aroma to it, possibly liquorice. Re: Malt, what ever malt was there is utterly annihilated beyond recognition. Masses of flavour though, quite well proportioned. It's a real winter warmer. Palate was good and long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Black like motor oil. NO HEAD at all. a few bubbles around the edges though. Licorice, spice, Chocolate, alcohol and heavily roasted malts prevail. Damn, a good deal of complexity. Sausagey and SALTY taste. Alcohol with some sharp burnt notes and a hint of medicine. PLENTY of alcohol. warm, dry, burnt and powerful come to mind. Does have a winey/dry/acetic finish that I really am not a huge fan of, but a BIG beer for sure. Too many flavors I really don't like

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - APR 6, 2003
2000 bottle. No carbonation. Aroma is very sweet with a little alcohol. Another aroma is escaping my description, but I don't like it. Flavor is dark and roasty with acetic and winey notes. For an Imp Stout, this wasn't that great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2003
2000 bottle - very watery pour , little head. the sweet aroma hides the dark flavor. heavy malts and chocalate match the fruit and raisin flavors. it is definatly and sweet and sour flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
2000 bottle : Pours super deep black, no carbonation and no head at all. Aroma is very vinous, grape, raisin and other dark fruits took the front, although the alcohol was close behind. Flavor had some chocolate hints, the dark fruits mentioned before, and the alcohol showed up in the back a a bit. Body was a bit light feeling for something with so much flavor. 1999 Bottle : Similar to the 2000, but the alcohol was the dominant force from start to finish, taking a much more upfront line to the nose and mouth, and pushing all the other stuff aside.

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