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


on tap

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RATINGS: 953   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2010
2003 vintage bottle, pours a thick molasses w/ zero head, aroma is incredibly rich w/ dates, figs, raisins, rum, flavor is smooth vinegared dried fruit w/ a heavy roasted finish, interesting but I think this one has laid too long

hopihalido (48) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2018
AR: funky bretty, licorice, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, roasted malts AP: pitch black, brown head TA: funky bretty, licorice, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, roasted malts,

Zlotta (4151) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2017
0.275 l bottle from 'Rudat', best before end 2018. Pitch black with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, light brown head. Sweetish-malty, vinous, fruity and moderately roasty aroma of dark chocolate, licorice, red wine, oak and a touch of hazelnut. Rather sweet, malty, a little sourish, moderately roasty and quite vinous taste of dark chocolate, licorice, hazelnut, red wine and oak, followed by a medium long, moderately roasty-bitter, rather vinous, woody and dry and slightly earthy finish. Medium to full body, slightly creamy, minimally astringent and moderately effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. What a beer, a totally unexpected goodie, this is not what you would expect from your average Imperial Stout. It reminds me again that ratebeer scores are not always reliable but that the ratings of experienced raters sometimes give a better impression of a beer's quality.

Franckg (1920) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2017
Bouteille. Robe noire et opaque surmontée d'un col de mousse brunâtre et rocailleux. Arômes de mélasse et cacao amer, figue, prune, café noir et mûres confites. En bouche, malt torréfié, mélasse brûlé suivi d'un fort goût d'anis. Un peu de café noir fade, figue, gelée de pruneaux, bois braisé, cacao bien sec et toujours cette anis en arrière-plan. Texture huileuse et sèche, corps moyen.

Beerhunter111 (23281) - Beerland, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2017
275ml bottle courtesy of Erzengel! A black beer with a mid-sized most good lasting brownish head. Aroma of tart raspberries, dark riped red berries, dark malt. Taste of strong dark malt, tart berries, some vinegar, wood, grapes.

crossovert (14135) - 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 (1275) - 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 (528) - 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 (1503) - 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 (1932) - Leicestershire, 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 (4678) - 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.

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