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

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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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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We were lucky enough to enjoy a 1999 vintage of this the other evening, thanks Redbones! We missed the dinner, but thankfully for us, there were some beer leftovers.

Oh My! This is a big beer! In such a little bottle.

You couldn't see through this beer, it was the color of night. Yes, really. All I could think of was that it reminded me of a port, and that the alcohol was as prominent at 9% as I perceived it in a WWS.

This is a sipping beer, like I said, it reminded me of port. The taste of raisins was quite apparent. Very enjoyable. A beer like this really knocks your socks off.

I gave it a 4.0 for drinkability...while I couldn't have another at the time, it is a beer I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 04:58:22 | More by PatandDavid
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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9.3 oz. bottle, 2008 Vintage, 9% ABV,

A: Pours black with a nice 2 finger brown head, thick lace.

S: Definite chocolate, with fermented carob. Some definite acidity adds chocolate covered cherries, coffee and strawberry.

T: Definitely a lot of dark chocolate here, it dominates. Roast with some dark fruit, black cherries, sweet heather flowers are there as well. The fruit which is clearly evident in the nose really comes out at it warms, drink this above 60F for the full flavour and brilliance.

D: Very creamy with carbonation, full-bodied, quite smooth and an easy drinker.

D: This is an interesting beer to look at. I've only had the old corked bottles, the '01 and '03 vintages back before my BA days. I loved the lactic raw acidity in those, the tradition was clear. The bottle cap clearly preserves the beer better, but I think it's just missing something to make it stand out, like the old bottles did. This is a good imperial stout as is, no doubt. The old acidity made it something special, above just good, hoping they'll move back to that in the future. Perhaps it needs more age? In the end though, this beer is a classic of the style and something that's always a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 02:22:42 | More by Halcyondays
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I lifted the cork on this 2001 vintage with some anticipation of an exuberant torrent from the newly liberated brewing art genie. The cork freed-- nothing happened.
This black as widower’s weeds stout cascaded into my tasting glass and swirled to rest. “Starless and Bible black” I intoned as I held the glass to the penetrating nosey rays of the intense room light only to have them disappear into the black liquid..

Little head- a rather disappointing moment.

But from the scant head, rose a phoenix-- a nose although mild yet complex in nature that hinted at thoughts of ale, alcohol, sherry, and toasted malt.

But the flavor-- ah the flavor!
A splendorous moment upon my palate as it reveled coated with this Cossack’s blood.
The hops side of Ale, burnt side of malt, and other assorted flavor notes-- that of chicory, hints of sherry, maybe even molasses leaped upon the scene. I’d even venture a daring stab at licorice somewhere in the background-- in essence “more of everything” from this dark libation..

Alas the show ended with a fine long clean finish, as if bidding homage to the final days of Tsarist Russia.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 06:54:25 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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BeerHonky

New York

4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Corked bottle, 2000 vintage, enjoyed at Spuyten Duyvil. Poured into a small snifter. Motor oil black with no head whatsoever. Huge aroma here...initially smelled like alcohol and nail polish, but as it warmed up it evolves into a wonderful mix of soy sauce, alcohol soaked raisins and cherries. Roasty malt and wood aromas present as well. Full bodied, obviously, with little to no carbonation. Slick, viscous mouthfeel transports all the flavor directly to the back of the palate and throat. Sweet chocolate malt, soy sauce, and wood appears which then quickly transforms into a sweet fig and date fruitiness. Big alcohol warming affect too. Flavors change dramatically as this beer warms up. More dark fruit appears later on including prunes and plums. Surprisingly this beer isn't not too sticky or cloying. Every sip is different so make sure you have some time on your hands before sitting down with one of these. This is a bizarre beer which truly does taste like a piece of history.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 20:39:48 | More by BeerHonky
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Wowcoolman

California

4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in '08, poured into a snifter. Purchased from K&L Wines in Hollywood on a strong recommendation from their beer man- I'm glad I listened, thanks!
A- Dark, with an aggressive head (temp of beer was 55-60 degrees)
S- Dark chocolate, licorice, roasted nuts, slight forest
T- Wonderful and balanced. A mix of bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, butterscotch, alcohol, and caramel.
M- Full, rich, creamy, and buttery in the finish.
D- A sipper that disappeared quite quickly. A model Russian Stout.

Note- This beer has a diminished rating because too many bottles sampled were aged too long. Get an '08 and serve it at a proper temperature. 9.3 ounces only, and every single one is intense.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:35:07 | More by Wowcoolman
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a rich vinous roast for a classic stout framed as the founder of the style.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Old fashion, antique-like emblem around a crown and the name of the brew. Side notes show several award, brewing license (East Sussex with Estonian supervision), and surrounding the seal there is a long narrative going over the historic background, and tradition. Notes vintage 2008 and 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour, with a nice looking 1/3" ecru head, creamy with medium to low retention, nice surface memory and rich wave of lacing.

S - Nose is stimulatingly sour, with port like notes, fruity, and with a malt undercurrent.

T - Hmm, taste has a characteristic roasted sourness that is quite rich. Figs, prunes, roasted malt... Compact and delightful around a vinous sense with touches of cocoa and coffee that is memorable.

M - Full body, very creamy with a nice bitter finish.

D - Great sipper, nice and pleasing in its complexity.

Notes: Allure of the classic aside, or the claim to set a standard for the style for that matter, this is quite the brew. I've have had it before, in some of those corked bottles a while back, and while different vintages this is about right in tune with most of my early memories. The distinct sour and port notes may not be up everybody's alley, both for a brew and for something expected of the style actually. But if one picks up a liking for that range this is quite the brew. Reminds me a bit of how De Molen picked up a classic RIS with their early versions of the Rasputin. While I remember older vintages likable but pretty flat and somewhat thin, this one is not only sturdy on the mouthfeel but also on the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 15:51:19 | More by Daniellobo
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Amsterdam

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as flat and black as the velvet night sky in winter.

Wonderful aromas of malt and hints of prune. There is another smell here I can not place, but it keeps me sniffing and sniffing. There is something quite intoxicating about the aroma.

Flavors of malt and alcohol syrup mellows to an interesting mixture of must, wine, childhood rides in Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbeans ride, and coffee.

As it sits during the tasting I notice that the growing bitterness conjures up strong flavors of juniper and prune.

Although I am not exactly an instant fan, I can say that the flavors are among the more complex of any beer I have tasted. Each sip is an experience with an element I can not pin down. For this reason I both like and dislike the beer. It sets its own terms about how it wishes to be approached. It bullies my taste buds, conjures memories, and leaves me without the proper language to describe it correctly. I ascribe to this beer Kant's das Ding an Sich, or an inability to know the thing in itself.

In many ways, I think of this beer as good modern art; it amazes the senses, oversteps expectations (both good or bad), and leaves me questioning whether I love or hate it, or whether I can even call this beer. This is why I am on the fence about my rating. While I enjoyed the flavor and the complexity, the totality of the experience (the flatness, etc.) do not exactly add up to an A.

...or perhaps they do? It's like that.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:22:44 | More by Amsterdam
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herman77

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*2008 bottle, 9%abv

A: Black with a huge thick tan head. Looks extremely creamy, almost like Guinness. Great retention and great lacing.

S: Sour, tart dark cherries with hints of roasted malt and dark coco powder. More than anything, the sour tartness dominates.

T: A very nice mix of classic RIS qualities (dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt and coffee) with light sour/tart dark cherries. It doesn't seem like a good mix, but it actually goes extremely well together. As it warms, it gets even tastier! More dark fruits like dates, prunes and black cherries come out more. Slight tartness mixed with slightly bitter roasted malt flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Very well done. Not sure what age has done to this, but if anything it has done it well. Its almost like a mix between a RIS and a wild or sour ale. Worth seeking out, or at least this vintage is.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:23:49 | More by herman77
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bilyboy65

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a bottle from the 2003 vintage into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is black in color with no visibility into the glass. Pours a dark tan color head that recedes quickly leaving behind a light film on the glass. Very little carbonation can be seen.

S: Had a sweet-smoky aroma that consisted of molasses and alcohol.

T: The smoky aroma continued into the flavor of the beer giving it a smoking oak flavor. Complimented by a fruity and sweet flavors. Perhaps a plum and licorice taste. Followed by a sweet aftertaste of coffee. The complexity of this beer is best appreciated at a room temperature. Served cold at first, but more and more flavors came out as the beer warmed. Go figure an English beer that needs to be served warm....

M: Almost no carbonation giving the tongue a very smooth feel. The thickness of the beer just coats your mouth allowing the flavors to be savored. This is a heavy beer going down.

D: With the small size of the bottle and the smooth sweet tastes a few of these could easily be put down quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 18:43:51 | More by bilyboy65
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jjayjaye

New York

4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage 11.2 oz corked bottle.

Opaque dark brown color with mahogany hued edges. Aggressively poured; no head or lacing. The smell is wonderful and really unique. Rich barrel aged alcohol, molasses, fig and apricot aromas invite syrupy notions. The mouth feel is light with negligible carbonation. The silky licorice malt flavor lingers nicely in an oily manner. This is one hell of a good brew!! If it weren't as expensive as it is i would be going back for it time and again. I can't say that this is typical of the style, but I have to say that this one's going on my "Best Ales" list. It probably desires a style of it's own. Really had a good time with it and appreciate the opportunity to sample this one thanks to Finger Lakes Beverage, Ithaca, NY. Highly recommended; it's not a corner condition, it's outside the box.

I guess you'll either love it or hate it. Let's call it a Double Stout instead of a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 17:27:04 | More by jjayjaye
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Albert Le Coq Imperial Stout, 2000 vintage, bottle bought at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD, and poured into a goblet at the bar.

Appearance: Black like the day Lehman Brothers went under on September 15, 2008. Never forget! Incredibly thick pour, no head, no carbonation, no lacing. More like an old whiskey, or a fancified kalimotxo (the Spanish proletarian drink made out of cheap red wine and coke).

Smell: Confit olive oil, gasoline, aromas of Spanish tapas. Very nourishing! Bourbon barrel all around the nose. Very little roastiness or coffee, as one would expect in a RIS.

Taste: More olive oil, some hoppy bitterness. Smoke and bourbon. Reminds me a bit of Bourbon-aged Stone RIS. Vinegar and booze.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation, medium body (almost full). Sticky sweet, a tad chewy. Body lingers in mouth like funky fun pop rocks. Smooth, creamy, tasty.

Drinkability: Damn high! Easy at 9%, goes down nice even when warm. Chuggable, enjoyable, beautiful. This is without a doubt the oldest RIS I've ever had, and also one of the funnest old beers ever. Gorgeous!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:16:10 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2001.
Words cannot describe the utter blackness and deep thickness of this beer. It literally pours like cold and thick syrup. Very brief shadow of a head; no hint of a bubble from then on. It's an absolutely still liquid. The first tastes are a little rough-edged and difficult to describe. As your senses become accustomed to the beer, though, it settles into a teriffic mix of multi-layered malts and fruits. The alcohol is extraordinarily well balanced. Consume in ultra-small sips...it's amazing. Aroma presents a variety of sensations: hints of alcohol, smoky scents, molasses, pitch, cocoa, and countless others. There's an unrelenting fullness and mouth-coating sensation in the body. Take your time to enjoy this one...it's worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 02:50:37 | More by Suds
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Starchild

New York

4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage.

Perfectly sealed bottle with wet cork pours dark deep space beers into waiting pint glass. The beer didn’t have the much carbonation, but enough for 1/4 inch of head, which dissipated into a foam ring. Not the best carbonation I’ve ever seen, but can you really compare a 5-year-old beer with 2-week-old newborn ale? In terms of tastes the most prominent flavor is silky port. The aggressive imperial alcohol sure takes the backseat in this beer after a few years. Hints of espresso, plum, and dark chocolate linger in the background creating an interesting overall mocha flavor. The strong butter backbone acts like thick cream to smooth out this stout. Mid pint the alcohol barks, but is immediately hushed by the smooth warm aftertaste that coats the back of your throat. It's so dry and coying.

The beer is a little bit plain, no surprises, but it really doesn’t need any since this was the “original”. I don’t give originals any sort of privilege, but you can’t hold it against them if other beers mimic how they taste and what they do.

This is the oldest barleywine I’ve sampled and I’m stunned.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 23:52:07 | More by Starchild
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle into a pint glass - in retrospect, a snifter probably would have been preferable.

Pours jet black with a mild brown head that fades quickly. No lacing. Nose is boozy with licorice and anise. Taste is very bold - boozy, licorice, anise, oak...a bit of character that almost reminds of a red wine. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with moderate carbonation - really quite a nice feel. Tingles on the tongue and leaves a coating aftertaste. Full bodied.

Very unique taste, but I enjoyed it. Definitely off the beaten path of your typical RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 01:18:31 | More by Mavajo
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1999 vintage, 9% AbV

This was given a very vigorous pour- the bottle was at least 8" above the rim of the glass- and still only managed to give about 1/4" of a dark tan head. Color is a dark inky-looking brown/black. The head quickly disappears but is resurrected easily with some swirling.

Aroma is quite strong. There is a lot going on here- the dominant characteristic is 'leathery', but there is also an equally prominent barnyard quality. Then there's some sweet malt, coffee, spiciness (particularly anise), butterscotch, ash and alcohol. It is a very distinctive bouquet, to say the least.

Flavor is definitely 'not subdued'; it is perhaps even a bit coarse, but overall it is balanced in its own way. The mouthfeel hits you first- very full and bordering on oily. Then the roasty/leathery characteristics come on, merging nicely with a good quantity of bitterness. All of the other flavors- barnyard, spices, fruit, butter- come on late and linger a long time in the finish. The alcohol is there as a warming presence only, and not at all out of place.

Everything about this beer screams 'concentrated' and 'saturated' and probably takes some getting used to, but there is nothing else like it.

Historically this beer has displayed, in my own personal experience, problems with consistency. I have had quite a few of these since 2000 (and at least 8 since this past December)- 25% of those have been flat and harsh, 25% have been transcendantly good, and the remainder somewhere in between. This particular sample was at the high end of that range. It works for me, but be warned.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 01:06:07 | More by TongoRad
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Telestic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +32%

12-31-2011 11:38:32 | More by Telestic
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faernt

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this because it is a classic. I have a 2001 vintage before me. It's closed with cork and opened still. Still is not my favorite choice for a first impression of a beer. The aroma is of wine and as I poured it into the glass the wine aroma expanded. As I bring it to my nose a little oakiness comes up and when I drink it the wine and oak increases to the level of some of my favorite Chianti. The chocolate and coffee then kick in and, really, l am finding little to separate this from a robust earthy wine except it is a little more full bodied.

The mouthfeel is a little viscous. Spiciness is kicking in and I'm gettng allspice almost like a jerk rub and a little heavy on the cloves. The complexity is enjoyable and now the stillness is more justified. I like the sensory explosion of this. I think I'll buy more if I can find some and try it with my wife's chicken cacciatore over polenta. This is the most interesting wine/beer experience I've had. I find the ambiguity intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 04:11:03 | More by faernt
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MikeHRayn

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +32%

07-15-2013 00:46:38 | More by MikeHRayn
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rye726

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'01 11.2oz bottle stored at 50F and poured into a snifter.

Black color with a creamy dark brown head.

The aroma reminds me of a fine port wine. It is very fruity with plums, cherries, and wild berries. There are also hints of earthy, chocolate malts.

This brew has a very full body and mouthfeel. It is almost syrupy, but still quite drinkable. It's a very interesting stout unlike most I have tried. There are very sweet flavors, but also a lingering sour and tart presence. It personifies what I imagine to be a traditional 19th century imperial stout.

At 50 degrees this beer semed a little out of balance. But as it continued to warm, everything really came together. This is one of the few modern beers that is meant to be enjoyed at room temperature. Probably a good one to drink from a cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 07:02:16 | More by rye726
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maxpower

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small 11.2 oz foil wrapped corked bottle, 1999 vintage. Dark jet-black color,has a small tightly bubbled, creamy tan head. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity aroma, sweet fruity plum-chocolate flavors. Nice hoppy burnt bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body with creamy smooth thick and silky mouthfeel, alcohol is very well hidden very smooth and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 15:55:15 | More by maxpower
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Gusler

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

{2000 Release}: Let me say you must like any beer that goes to the trouble to cork and wrap their beers so tightly.
The beer pours my benchmark for stouts and porters, “Jet Black”, the head planetary in size, creamy in its consistency" and the residual lace glutinous sheets that weld themselves to the glass. The aroma of black strap molasses, caramel, coffee, chocolate and even Hickory smoked bacon also comes to mind, but then food and beer are always on my mind, not necessarily in that order, quite complex nose and beer for that matter. Ambrosial start, the top is rich and thick, chewy, full as mere words does not do it justice. Hop spicy bite, moderately acidic, bittersweet chocolate dry and one hell of a fine "Stout" in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 08:21:39 | More by Gusler
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stcules

Italy

4.53/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An "amaretto" and chocolate smell, with liquorice and toasted hazel nut notes. No head, quite flat. A full body, similar to brandy. Taste of berries. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 13:40:37 | More by stcules
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...interesting bier! Jet black color and nice creamy mocha-colored head. Nose hits you with fruit (choco-covered cherries?). Wonderful mouthfeel with the same choco-cherry woody flavor. Nice brew! Thanks VENOM!

overall: 4.65
appearance: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Serving type: bottle

01-17-2002 14:26:04 | More by Bierman9
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(2009 bottle, kept in cellar temps presumably since obtained - drank it Dec 2013)

A: syrupy, black.... mocha head 3/4", thick foam.... head peters out fast.... small sheet of dark cap lingers long.... bunch of medium-sized bubbles

S: funky-sour.... sweet cherry, chocolaty-roasty.... raspberry and confectionery chocolate glaze.... dark caramelized sugars sneak through

T: wowww!... roasty as heck with a strong vinous undercurrent, but not so much fruity or bitter.... borders on sherry, but tempered enough by the malt and roast flavors.... super dry finish as in sweet aftertaste being nil, at first.... later, a sweetish, sherry-like, high-fruity finish - nearly red-wine vinegary

M: beautiful but brief initial silkiness up front, slips over a slightly powdery-roast dust into the supremely dry finish without desiccating... slow and soft release

O: this was absolutely wonderful.... better than the Courage Imp. Stout.... so much more complexity.... likely the best British imperial stout I've come across - what an imperial stout should taste like - tastes like history

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 09:08:57 | More by Bouleboubier
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing an English bottle of this beer that a colleague brought back from London. I've had other bottles of this before that were purchased in the States, but I've never bothered to review it because I kept thinking I'd gotten a bad or old bottle. One was most definitely leaking, and the others always seemed sour- and not necessarily in a good way. I was always intrigued by the history of this beer and so kept giving it a go with no success. This bottle is an entirely different story and goes a long way toward showing me what all the fuss is about. Pours black with brown highlights and little head. Smells quite complex. Rich, smokey, a trifle tart, woody, roasted grains, stewed fruit, and chocolate notes. The taste has even more depths to plumb. Bitter, racey, slightly funky, nice deep chocolate and coffee flavors, and a port wine finish. The sourness is still here, but so well integrated and complementary to the other flavors you know it belongs- you don't think "spoiled", you think "wow". Smooth and warming in the mouth, this is a great beer- I just wish every bottle was this good.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 21:11:52 | More by Georgiabeer
Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.