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


on tap

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RATINGS: 943   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2003
1999 bottle. Dark black, if that's possible, with zero head or carbonation. Cork was a pain to get out. Strong aroma: liquorice, port, hickory(?). Sweet up front, somewhat earthy, with coffee aftertaste. Big-bodied, somewhat oily. Well hidden 9%abv. Not great, but very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 RERATE: 2003 vintage and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Inky black with again no head but did produce some oily legs. Again the nose detects a very vinous nature with heavy molasses, fig and cherry along with a lacto sourness. Some charred malt, oak, and peaty bog moss also found on the aroma. The taste starts twangy fruit and acidic sourness over a layer of black malt and rye bread. The finish has a weird bitterness that I am not sure is from hops or coffee. Woody and dry as well. I am respecting this brew a lot more now but still not digging the whole experiance. Ar: +2 Ap: +1 F: +2 P: +2 and O: +2

Original review of 2000 vintage (AVOID, 2.2): Absoulute blackness with zero carbonation, looks like cough syrup. Very oily top which does produce some clear tears on my Expedition Stout glassware. Very vinous aroma, eiswine quality. Fruity, woody, molasses and earthy in nature. I didnt get any of a salt smells others have detected however. A syrupy sticky sweet mouthfeel accompanies the maple and ripe berry fruit taste. Earthy and alcoholic finish. This beer has seen its better days I hate to say. Find a fresher vintage which Im going to do and rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7540) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Corked bottle; 2000 edition. Absolutely no head or bubbles whatsoever. Motor oil like pour in both color and viscosity. Has a very unique aroma - difficult to place my finger on it - but I'm trying: a bit of soy sauce, a bit of fermenting fruit; a bit of port wine. Very unique - unlike any Imperial Stout I have ever had. Flavor has elements of dried apricots, chicory coffee, and smoked meat. Stange combination and not all too enticing! Decent mouthfeel - best served in small quantities. Maybe if the bottle and label did not look like a bottle of Worchestire Sauce it would not be so easy to acquaint it with that condiment - but as many others have said - it is very similar. I was not completely turned off by this - but not something I will try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2003
This beer is corked in a way that requires a screw in which opening it is most inconvenient and annoying. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) an absolute black liquid light can not penetrate with no head. Aroma is of sweet fruit - most notably a sickly/deliciously too sweet berry of some sort mixed with fired cherry wood. A noticable alcohol in the aroma can make smelling this beer a bit nauseating. I am afraid to taste this. From the smell, my body indicates language indicates that this drink is poisonous. Favor is of a too sweet berry, that, when carried with the alcohol is sickening and nauseating enough to cringe. This beer is not effervecent, warms the belly, and is clearly a beer for sipping. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
a very sweet oily bitter, with a touch of blueberries, very dark and lack of carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
Coffee, chicory and malt aroma. Black as coal, tiny cappuccino head, zero activity, oily around the sides of the glass. Chicory, coffee and liquorice flavours, salty and roasty too. Oily, syrupy, full bodied and quite bitter. A boldliy unique renditon!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (5816) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
1999 Vintage: The colour is COMPLETELY opaque black. Absolutely no head, looks still as well. Smells of worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and oak. Scary enough, this smells exactly like Sam Adams Triple Bock :-(. The taste is actually very watery and thin. Those scary tastes of sauces show up, but are very light in comparison to the smell of them. I taste absolutely no hops, but then again after 4 years, I'm sure they have subsided in taste quite a bit. This really isn't a great beer, and definately not a good imperial stout. If you actually liked the Sam Adams Triple Bock, try this...but if you were put off by the smell, definately don't go for this one! I bought the 11.2 ounce bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2005 Re-rate 3.14.2005. Bottle year 2001. First off this was the worst cork to open. I thought I had it all the way in, then it breaks. Then when I try to get the second part of the cork out it goes half way in then moves down lower. Great, so then I have to get the right combination of pressure and turing to penetrate the cork and not push it into the beer. The payoff? A black stout with no head, but flecks of cork floating about. Aroma is overwhelming. It has currant, cinamon, cloves, ginger, soft wood and port smells eminating from it. The flavor is just too ackward. It really has a port-like alcohol flavor to it. My solution? Shake up the little amount of liquid left in the bottle to get the yeast all fluid and pour the rest into the bottle. I think that actually smoothed out maybe the first 4% of the flavor. Then it hits you in the gut like a still jab from Ali. I just remembered what this beer reminds me of: Samichlaus, but more of a chocolate finish. Or am I thinking of Sam Adams Triple Bock but less like soy sauce. I give this beer pleanty of credit for its complexity, as it is in a class by with few others, since it is hitting so many facets of the beer spectrum. It has the dark and chocolatey side a la stout, the strong spicy flavor one might expect from an aged barley wine, and a rather viscous tart mouthfeel as an IIPA would deliver. A quality brew, but not a daily drinker in my book. Origional Rating 7.27.2003: Smell is overpowering, more like a wine really. Hints of anise, and other very complex scents. Taste is equally as strong. Thin mouthfeel but a strong bite from the alcohol. Definate fruity flavors in it tho. A little on the strong side, but damn thats an interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2000 vintage. Pours black as night with almost no head, just a little tan lace. Smells almost like wine, fruity and yeasty, with a bit of chocolate. And the taste: strong roasted malt flavor, as well as a very bovious alcohol taste. Almost like drinking a turkish coffee and a strong red wince together. But really tasty, and very complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2831) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Corked, dated bottle. 99 vintage.pours completely flat. Couldnt even swirl up a bit of head. Black, opaque. Full bodied, oily slick. Fruity, licoricey a slight roastiness in the nose. Oxydation in the aroma also. Fruity, roasted, black malt flavors, leather, soy sauce and some more oxydation also. Finish is fairly dry with a somewhat unpleasent astringency?sourness that lingers a bit to long. Some carbonation would likely have helped this beer. Did not age very gracefully, ashame it was probably a decent beer at one time.

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