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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout - Harvey & Son Ltd.

Le Coq Imperial Extra Double StoutLe Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout

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440 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 27.06%

Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 02-19-2001)
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into oversized white wine glass.

2001 Vintage, consumed at about cellar temperature.

I feel I should preface this review by saying this is an extremely unique beer and it is difficult to assign numerical values to its characteristics.

A - Very black; it looks a lot like coffee. Opaque. A few dark brown bubbles form during the pour but there is no head or lacing to speak of. I can't say I find this extremely unusual since it is 8 years old. There is some decent legging however.

S - As another reviewer pointed out, this stuff immediately reminds me of Flanders Red/Brown. In fact, if I was blindfolded, I wouldn't recognize this as a stout at all. Mostly vinegar with a touch of sweetness to balance it out. Wood and must linger in the background. The years definitely show; a description I came up with went something like "old library" and I realized I'm picking up on some heavy oxidation. No real stout qualities to speak of.

T - This thing still has me confused. Still more akin to a mild sour, but some stout-ish characteristics try to pull through. Sweet vinegar enters first, much like a mild balsamic vinegar. Sweetness grows with low levels of caramel, coffee, and chocolate; a sort of blanket roastiness if you will. Mid to late palate there's a sour "kick," reminding me of leather, hay, and a sharp, chemical-like citric note such as lemon oil. The brew finishes with modest bitterness and lingering "funk" and wood. No detectable alcohol.

M - Thick and oily. Virtually no carbonation. There's a tiny bit hidden in there but it's hardly noticable.

D - This has definitely been one of the strangest beers I've run across, but I'm glad to have experienced it. Probably not something I'll buy again, but it was cool to see what a lot of time could do to a big British stout. Lacking the sweetness of a barleywine or the carbonation of a sour, this is probably the most all around wine-like brew I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:06:25 | More by PatrickJR
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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
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