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


on tap

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RATINGS: 952   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
richiesd (31) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle, 2003 Vintage, Courtesy of Toronado SD (love you guys). Unfortunately, age has not been kind to this one. Heavy fruity vinegar sour notes on the nose immediately apparent. Almost indistinguishable from the Cuvee de Jacobins my bar neighbor is having from draft. Taste has some noticeable off characteristics. Slightly sour, but it tastes heavily oxidized and not pleasant at all. Did not finish my 4oz pour. I still really appreciate the opportunity to taste this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (4547) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2017
Bouteille. Une robe brune fonce avec une mousse beige fonce.Un nez lgrement acide de chocolat, fruits rouges, sauce soya. Une bouche ronde, chaleureuse, bien faite, texture collante avec des saveurs de chocolat noir, cacao, sauce noire et fruits concentrs. Jaime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (3346) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2017
275 mL bottle from 2008 shared with ebone1988. The pour is a lighter black with a thicker dark khaki head that falls to a thick ring with a spot of two of lace. The aroma is really messy. There is a tartness about it. The roast and licorice is just messy. The tartness is just interesting. Its a sharp sweetness that has an edge to it. The flavor is interesting and better. The blend of roast and licorice just works a little better together but the dark fruits are interesting. It is kind of fighting itself here. Its not undrinkable, but its pretty weird. The mouth feel is lighter and a little waterybwith a sharper carbonation and a lingeringly strange sharp roast and dark fruit. Nah.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ebone1988 (1793) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Vintage 2008. For the book. Why. Aroma is tart, slight roasted malt, apple, oxidized, awful. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head, poured thin and flat. Taste is smoke, roasted malt, coffee, tart, oxidized, bready, weird but not as bad as it smells. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, smoky roasted malt oxidized aftertaste. Overall, its bad, but not as bad as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (5514) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
Sauce soya et fruits piquants, voire aigres. Mlasse et chocolat sauvage. Profondeur vineuse dans cette texture crmeuse. Riche tte brune qui flotte longuement sur cette robe qui nest pas noire mais bien brune. Une dentelle qui dcore. Vintage 2013. Cuir de ces levures que jimagine colles sur cette version qui pourrait bien tre celle qui est la plus colle lhistoire du stout imprial russe. Le liquide noir destin Catherine devait la fois tre aigre et doux, gracieuset dun jeu pouss des malts et des levures indomptables. Une fois tempr, le liquide rvle une profondeur fruite, du tabac pipe, de la rglisse noire, du chocolat. Viande chien, sa complexit mimpressionne. En finale, une impression rtie infuse de framboises noires avec fioriture boise et amertume un tantinet terreuse. Solide. Dun point de vue historique, je pense quon a ici ce qui se rapproche de la vrit vraie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (5255) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
275ml bottle @ monthly tasting, at Chez Sophie, courtesy of Mike. Pours dark, foamy tan head. Aroma is fairly sweet, chocolate. Taste brings strong, rich liquorice, coffee, dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (5058) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle from Binns, Darlington. 2001 Vintage aged for around 16 years and drank on 2017-01-01. Opaque inky black with no head at all and no carbonation. It has a very strong leather, oak and bitter chocolate flavour followed by a smooth dark chocolate, liquorice and leather finish. Pretty good considering the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (7605) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle as an Xmas gift from Sarkynorthener cheers Martin; black pour with a bubbly tan head, aroma has rich chocolate and some dark fruits, taste has deep roast, hints of liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (2766) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle shared with sarky northerner cheers Martin. Sour fruits dark malts treacle soy sauce and lots of spice nice sticky mouthfeel. Decent not my cup of tea a bit too much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4442) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle from beerhawk and shared with s_Hartshorne at the family Christmas gathering. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of roast malts and chocolate. Taste is sourish, roast malts, chocolate and some dark fruit. Full bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wheresthepath (2298) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle from the BeerHawk stand at the Good Food Show at Birmingham NEC. Black with a moderate brown head. Viscous yet ultra-smooth. Massive aromas and flavours- chocolate, red wine, leather, bitumen, blackberries and loads more. Hugely complex and satisfying, yet still strangely drinkable and more-ish. A fantastic beer.

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