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


on tap

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RATINGS: 947   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
9.3 oz bottle into a snifter, 2009 vintage. Bottle says 9% A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that fades away gracefully. A creamy ring of lace remains on the glass before that fades, as well. S: Man, my fellow reviewers werent kidding when they said this had a sour edge. The aforementioned tartness has a wonderful cherry tone to it, as well. When given a chance to open up, it develops stronger notes of chocolate, molasses, soy, and smoke. In a nutshell, the aroma is basically chocolate-coated tart cherries. Epic. T: The first sip bowls me over in terms of layered complexity. Its also roastier than the aroma suggested. Because I had every expectation of this being sour, its opening presence doesnt bother me. Flavors become roasty near the middle, and smoky on the back end. A distant aftertaste of earthy notes become prevalent, as well. Its far more complex than I described, though - the more I sip, the more distinct flavors I pick up (dark fruits, licorice, caramel, tobacco, peat, and leather). The only real flaws I can find is that the depth of flavor isnt perfectly cohesive, and the finish develops a bit too much char flavor at times. Otherwise, this is some stunningly contemplative stuff. M: Its creamy, but at the same time, airy and VERY dry. The feel gradually becomes wetter as more is sipped, giving it the proper decadence it deserves. As a nitpick, it could stand to be a bit beefier in its body - especially since this isnt something that Id call easy to drink. O: This aint for everyone. I like to think of this one as a rite of passage for most beer drinkers - many will hate it, but those that arent initially put off by its strange chocolate-meets-soy sauce-meets-char-meets-sour cherries approach to a RIS will be rewarded spectacularly. In a word, superb; how fitting something of this magnitude was my 500th review on BeerAdvocate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (4793) - 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 (7224) - 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 (2688) - 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 (4229) - 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 (2208) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
uckelman (712) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Pours black, totally opaque. No head. Very strong raisin aroma along with some sour notes. Basically smells like port. Not nearly as full bodied as I was anticipating. Somewhat mineral on the finish. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. Warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (464) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Strong sour aroma, really delightful. Deep dark brown, no head. Fierce, fiery, with a strongly alcoholic undertone (but not overdone). Sour and malty and just fantastic. Perfectly bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1488) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a ring of mocha foam around the edge of the glass; roasted aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with hints of molasses and dark fruits; taste is slightly bitter with some roasted malt notes, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and hints of dark fruits and coffee, finish is bitter with hints of booze and slightly dry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1533) - ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Flat, no head. Vinous, dry . Smells spontaneous, like a wild yeast has been used. Deep roast comes through at the finish. Its reasonable but not as exciting as Id hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1640) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Tasted this at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival on the 24th June 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a dark tan head which faded fast. Strong, vinous malty aroma with sweet sherry notes long on the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Strong whack of complex dark malts deliver a smooth fruitloaf base. Expecting the traditional notes of coffee, treacle, liquorice and dark chocolate in this Imperial Stout but was completely thrown by this. Instead you have an intense, strong and sweet flavour of fruit with dates, raisins and sultanas very much in evidence. Struggling to find any evidence of hop resin in the aftertaste as malt completely dominates through to the finish. Strong imposing notes of Port come through in the mouth, giving warming booze notes laced with fermenting fruit. Thought this tasted far more like an Old Ale in style than an Imperial Stout. This was beer of the festival for me and was highly popular as it quickly ran out that night. Highly recommended.

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