Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout - Harvey & Son Ltd.
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4.5/5 rDev +32%
Dec'13. From bottle. Wish I made note of the year. This one had a most distinctive flavor. Umamai, without a doubt. If it was a bit saltier it could pass as a gravy made from well caramelized elements. What comes to mind is Marmite, but without the salt. I really enjoyed it. Can't say I'd make it my go to, but I'm old enough & wise enough to realize that a treat can only remain so if it's not over indulged.
06/27/13 From bottle. 2003. What a find. this is one incredible taste treat. the trick is to forget wahtever it is that you think you know, because you are entering another dimension. This concoction, though not completely foreign, has very little to securely hang the usual descriptives on. Thick, absolutely, but sweet...but not so much so that bitter or sour ruin the experience. Applying this to the middle of a session has ground the show to a halt by sheer wonderment. I understand why it is served in a bar, because of the alcohol, but from there on, it defies description in terms I'm comfortable with. All in all this is a fantastic experience.
08-16-2014 10:51:30 | More by seedyone
3.8/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours very oily dark black with an ominous off white head.
Smells like black malt and alcohol.
In the taste, coffee and alcohol.
Molasses, earthy peat, little bitterness is left at this point.
Medium, smooth, may have lost a bit of carbonation that reads on the low-medium scale. Overall, a nice export stout worthy of celebrating.
03-26-2014 01:06:01 | More by Stinkypuss
United Kingdom (England)
4.3/5 rDev +26.1%
Nice stubby bottle with label detailing some of the history of the Russian imperial stout style. Claims to be brewed under supervision of the first Russian brewery to produce Russian imperial stout.
Pours very thick, head looks like a thick chocolate mousse. Very dark almost black body.
Chocolate, raisins, Christmas pudding like aromas, maybe a hint of bannana.
Smooth almost velvet like. Coffee, bitter very choclaty, malt loaf like.
Mouth feel is very smooth one moment then overly carbonated the next.
Overall tastes great but seems a little disjointed through the sporadic texture and mouth feel.
01-10-2014 22:38:44 | More by WGO
4.59/5 rDev +34.6%
(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
12-17-2013 09:08:57 | More by Bouleboubier
Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.