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

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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double StoutLe Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout

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BA SCORE
78
okay

445 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by coldmeat23:
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.85/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ Approx. 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2003

Let me begin by saying that for me personaly, this is almost a perfect beer. I love big, thick, dark, heavy beers and this one definitely falls into that category.
The bottle and packaging themselves bring about a very nice (old-style) presentation. Being a package with a cork is also a nice touch. Now, on to the beer!

When poured into a glass the first thing you will notice is the color: Black. This is one of the blackest beers that i've ever poured.
Secondly, you notice the minimal head it produces (almost none at all). The darkness is just the way I like it. Don't be afraid of the dark.

The smell is good overall but slightly off-putting. Just a bit of alcohol on the nose that turns me away slightly, but I press on.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and almost (unexpectedly) light. Don't get me wrong here, it is a heavy taste, just not as 'in your face' as I was expecting.

The taste is phenomenal: dark coffee, light notes of chocolate covered cherries, and smoke.
Quite a bit of smoke in the taste, but not overbearing. (I think this beer would make excellent beef jerky because of these flavors.)

Finally we come to drinkability, and I think this beer is exceptionally drinkable. It only took me four pulls to quaff mine down and that was while trying to savor it's flavor and prolong it's life in my pint-glass.

While I don't kid myself into thinking that everyone loves 'dark beers' or stouts, if you do, I can't recommend this beer strongly enough.
It is truly an experience not to be missed.
I look forward to my next one.

EDIT:I have had several different bottles of this beer, over the years, since this first review. Multiple different sources and vintages.
Their bottling seems to bo very subject to overly oxidizing....but only in a random sense.
When you get a 'good' bottle, this beer is absolutely awesome. Unfortunately, when you get a 'bad' one, it can range all the way down the scale to 'undrinkable/drain-pour'.
I stand by my review, because the bottle(s) that led up to it were awesome....and I still get an amesome one, every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:23:24 | More by coldmeat23
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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.