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 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

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhre (384) - - JUN 25, 2010
Aroma of caramel and also prunes. There is not head, but very thick. The flavor is full of prunes and alcohol.

crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2017
275ml embossed bottle. Dark brown black puor. This is a super yeasty imperial stout, thick soy sauce notes, herbs, umami, meh.

Scipio (1175) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2017
Pours a thick looking black with a thin, dark tan head. The aroma is impressive, containing heavy amounts of toffee and licorice, strong raisin, chocolate, earthy malt, and vanilla. Both mildly sweet and bitter, I get an easy sourness that this one boasts. A little salty as well. The flavor is more roasted than earthy, with a lot of chocolate and licorice. Supporting elements are whiskey, plum, soy, and molasses. Long and lingering roasted chocolate aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a thick texture, and soft in carbonation. Different than most American versions in this style, I thought this was excellent.

Tinaccio (469) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 3, 2017
275 ml bottle at home sourced by a colleague! Many thanks! Colour is dark brow, with a frothy, medium, beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, berries, red fruits, notes of chocolate and coffee. More fruity than roasted. Taste is medium sweet. Body is full, carbonation is flat to fine. Overall not liked so much.

thepatrickman (1442) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2017
Bottle from the brewery. An interesting brew that embraces the traditional "Russian Imperial Stout" flavor -- it's much more fruity (raisins, figs, etc) than roasted, although it finishes with a bit of chocolate and hop bitterness. There's an interesting sour tanginess that comes out more as it warms up.

dynamiteninja (1875) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle. Purple brown head. Black body. Brett, smoke, dust, liquorice, black fruits. Taste is savoury like fish sauce and also some sweet notes. Sour and dry finish.

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2017
Bouteille. Une robe brune foncée avec une mousse beige foncée.Un nez légèrement 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 concentrés. J’aime.

koleminer20 (3840) - 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. It’s 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. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s pretty weird. The mouth feel is lighter and a little waterybwith a sharper carbonation and a lingeringly strange sharp roast and dark fruit. Nah.

ebone1988 (2070) - 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, it’s bad, but not as bad as expected.

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
Sauce soya et fruits piquants, voire aigres. Mélasse et chocolat sauvage. Profondeur vineuse dans cette texture crémeuse. Riche tête brune qui flotte longuement sur cette robe qui n’est pas noire mais bien brune. Une dentelle qui décore. Vintage 2013. Cuir de ces levures que j’imagine collées sur cette version qui pourrait bien être celle qui est la plus collée à l’histoire du stout impérial russe. Le liquide noir destiné à Catherine devait à la fois être aigre et doux, gracieuseté d’un jeu poussé des malts et des levures indomptables. Une fois tempéré, le liquide révèle une profondeur fruitée, du tabac à pipe, de la réglisse noire, du chocolat. Viande à chien, sa complexité m’impressionne. En finale, une impression rôtie infusée de framboises noires avec fioriture boisée et amertume un tantinet terreuse. Solide. D’un point de vue historique, je pense qu’on a ici ce qui se rapproche de la vérité vraie.

minutemat (5938) - 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.

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