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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

440 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer needs to air out and warm to the room. 2000 vintage. Inititially Cantillon sour and chemical aroma that becomes more coffee and above average. Thick black appearance that does not disapoint the palate. Just boozy and sourish at the beginning, then it tapers around the edges as it warmed. Recommended.
Two years later had 2001 vintage that was bourbon and wood and sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 04:08:39 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. Midnight black with not even the suggestion of lightening at the edges. The cap is coffee-with-cream in color and is a small, loose collection of bubbles rather than firm foam. I should be thankful that it's carbonated at all, given what others have experienced. No lace graces the snifter.

The nose is intense (helped by the shape of the glass), impressively vinous and licorice-like. This is probably how the original Russian Imperial stouts smelled, not roasted malty and dark chocolatey, like modern American double stouts. 'Classic' is an overused word, but it fits here.

Do we really need Imperial, Extra *and* Double before Stout? Given the name, one could be excused for thinking that Le Coq is the biggest beast on the block. It isn't. Close to 5 years of rest might have something to do with that. Oddly enough, the alcohol is on the restrained side until the flavors fade, at which point it becomes a little hot and harsh. Nothing too bad, though.

The beer tastes like a cross between Hershey's syrup, concentrated Zinfandel (eiswine?) and Sambuca. If there's someone out there who wants to know what vinousness tastes like, have them take a sip of this stuff. The beer is also tremendously dark fruity (raisins and prunes) and tastes like blackstrap molasses. This certainly is a spicy, complex little sipper.

Even though the mouthfeel is overly thin for the style, it works in the grand scheme of things. English beer tends not to be chewy and viscous anyway. There are very few bubbles left at this point (bottom of the bottle), but it isn't quite completely flat.

Harvey & Son Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Super Premium Special Reserve Classic Stout is definitely interesting beer. It isn't something that I plan to buy again, but it's worth a look for anyone who thinks that all big stouts taste like Storm King.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 16:45:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001 vintage, sampled in January 2007

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black color but I could only coax a modest head with a hard pour; no lacing

Smell: Wondrous combination of black coffee, blackstrap molasses and fermenting dark fruits

Taste: Starts out with a sour dark fruit flavor (like a vinous Flanders Red on steroids) that builds, mid-palate; after the swallow, some roasted bitter elements kick in and the sour cherry flavor becomes even more distinct through to the long-lasting finish; Is this a RIS or an unusual whisky?

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous; with almost no carbonation

Drinkability: One bottle once in a blue moon is enough for me, but what a treat when that lunar cycle arrives

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 22:57:23 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Release 2000: I'm not as impressed as some of the comments that I'm reading. has a perfect color and opaqueness. Absolutely not head--flat. Shows good legs on the sides of the glass. Strong aromas of sherry and soy sauce. Pungent and musky. A thin molassas aroma, but not appealing. Flavors of soy sauce, sherry, and vinegar overwhealms the sparse flavors of roastedness, chocolate, nuttiness, and hop character. Lighter notes of ripe grapes and cardboard show in the body. Creamy, yet flat to the mouth. Finishes sherry-like alcohols with an aftertaste that is acidic and salty. I would like to try another--perhaps I bought a badly oxidized bottle. It sometimes happens to aged and corked bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 18:24:37 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange-looking bottle. 2001 vintage shared by bmanning and served in a tulip.

Pours black with no head and some small bubbles resting on top. Nine years old so I won't take too much off here. The nose is cherry with a bit of black licorice. It's definitely oxidized, though not necessarily in a bad way. The flavor shows the oxidation a bit more with a bit of cardboard, though everything comes together and melds with the dark fruits and slight cherry and roasted characteristics. The mouthfeel is really quite smooth with some low carbonation. Drinks really well and I'm glad I got to try this. Thanks, Ben.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:57:25 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (it has a slight reddish tinge when closely held up to a light) and only poured with a few bubbles floating around the edges of the glass.
S: There are aromas of red wine and sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of red wine in the overall taste, which also has a slight amount of acidity.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. It also feels thin and watery and has the consistency of soy sauce.
D: The characteristics of this beer don't seem to fit the style so I'm not sure if I would try it again.

Note: 2003 vintage

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:43:13 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 vintage,pours black as an oil slick with very small mocha colored head that is gone very quickly,wow the complexities in the aroma,raisins,cedar,roasted nuts with a lighter earthy dry earthy raw nutiness.Full almost syurapy mouthfeel coats the mouth,man there are alot of different flavors going on here starts out quite swee like that of brandy like a few others have noted in their reviews quite rasiny and buttery with hints of wood and drying earth in the finish.Wow what a nightcapper here even though Iam drinking this in the middle of the afternoon,whew this one exudes complexities.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 20:20:36 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2001 Edition
Deepest, darkest, blackest color you can have, with a head that doesn't foam, just exists as a slight toasted brown ring, that swiftly diminishes away.
Aroma: incredible! Dark as possible, whiskeyish, licorice, cherries, chocolatey, dark rum, mollasses, every sensation that ever wafted from an Imperial Stout is here in ample supply, more twisted and viscous and damnable as ever.
Taste: small, if even, evidence of hops, but a vast buttress of dark, tangible malt is fully in command of this entry, here. Rich, thick, sticky sweet, with a mouthfeel that doesn't get quite as full as I like...a bit too slick, with a finish that clings for a time, but not long enough.
I like the idea behind this ale, and the historical connotations, but it's not as well-balanced as it could be. The strength, somehow, didn't stick out..wait, no, here it comes...the missing IS qualities had me reaching for the Old Rasputin bottle waiting for me, but might that be tempting a sadder fate than my evening deserves...
This is quite an interesting, and a good, stout, but isn't going to vault to the top of list of favorites any time soon. Save for special occasions only. Not an everday drinking IS in the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 11:00:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2003 vintage poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a no head that fades slowly and no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, molasses, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell with strong flavors of molasses, chocolate and some dark fruit but age has taken just about everything else out of this beer. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Not crisp or smooth but quite viscous, heavy body, no carbonation left, finish is sticky.

O: Some flavor still left, a little filling, strong kick, I’m scoring the beer how it is at 9 years old but I plan on reviewing a fresher release of this beer at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:52:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, (capped not corked) re-review. Seeing several positive reviews of this newer vintage made me curious enough to try it for comparison. Served at 50º cellar temp into a stemmed wine goblet.

Looks fantastic, three fingers width of tan mocha foam, creamy surface texture, and copious lacing. Floating island of foam in the center. Skim never disappears, and the sticky lacing coats the glass. Doesn't even look like the same beer as the older corked bottles.

Muted roasty aroma, notes of dry musty leather. A bit of dried berry and damp wood that suggests a Flanders Oud Bruin.

Roasty, tangy flavor, carob, coffee, chocolate. Sea salt chocolate caramels. Very viscous and palate coating. Bare hint of Brett yeast adds a leathery quality. Very rich, dry and slightly bitter, not sweet. Luckily no off flavors of soy, cardboard, or oxidation as was prevalent in the earlier corked vintages. Actually looking forward to drinking the rest of this...

***

12-26-2007 review #500. B/3.6
2001 bottle smuggled from Kansas City in my luggage.

The bottle and label remind me of some turn-of-the century esoteric "wonder tonic". Pours pitch black, darker than molasses. Zero head, little to no carbonation, and oily in texture and appearance.

Familiar aroma of musty, rich dark fruit, like black cherry soaking in port casks.

Strong resemblance to a blending of De Dolle Oerbier & Special Export Stout. Salty and fudgy, like chocolate yogurt covered pretzels. Carob and dried black cherry. There is a sour, tangy note, along with the salty/spicy, almost like olive brine, which is sure to make the less intrepid shudder. Beef jerky? Really at a loss for words at this point.

It becomes more earthy and medicinal over time, developing clay and soy notes, slowing the sips down considerably. Alcohol starts to really burn through after half an hour.

More than a little strange and left of center. It caught me off guard at first, and honestly became a little difficult to finish. However, it exists as a unique historical interpretation, and seems to be authentic in that aspect. Maybe this is what the Czars were sipping back in the day. Who knows...but it's certainly worth a try to the more adventurous seekers out there.

***

Edit: 2000 vintage tasting notes

Again, it pours completely still. Leather, raisin, prune aromas. Salty and smoky flavors that verge on jerky territory. Carob and faint cocoa make this tolerable. If you are still reading this, seek out a fresher sample. Sounds like the 2003 is still actually carbonated...i'll pick one up if I see it, and give this one last try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:04:46 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage (9.0% abv) pours black/purple as night with 1" deep mocha colored head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Sour & oaky & horse blankety

T: Sour & dry with raisins up front. Chocolate & more dryness follows. Earthy mushroom notes, booze & coccoa follow, with soured oak. Finishes with vanilla, bakers chocolate & lactic sourness

mF: Oily & dry, near zero carbonation

Drinks alright, I assume this is supossed to be this idiosyncratic style-wise, I hope so, otherwise a diasater of Ivan imp stout; more like a heavy belgian lambic with identity issues. Some belgian beer freaks will absolutely love this. I just consider it over priced & confused at $7 a 11 oz bottle. Not sure what this would round into with time, this was a 2003 vintage

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 06:03:35 | More by russpowell
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 Edition. Sampled on my birthday with a ribeye steak.

A - Poured out avery opaque, jet black color with hints of ruby. No head at all and no lacing.

S - It smelled like a red wine, particularly like a merlot. It really had a strong fruit (grape and pear) aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet yet it had some spice. It was very malty with chocolate and caramel flavors. Alcohol flavors were present as well.

M - It was velvety soft and smooth. It drank like a port. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good, but it was simply too heavy to really be great.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 17:58:22 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

For International Stout Day, how about an international stout, a foreign Imperial Extra Double Stout, sounds epic. However, I also noticed the version imported here to U.S. is only 9% while BA lists at 10% so either it changed or they gave us the weaker version.... oh well.

2008 vintage on this puppy.

it pours out like thick black coffee, and reveals a huge fluffy head of 2 fingers, dark chocolate colored, fades slowly with lots of lacing that just coats the glass itself, over an essentially pitch black beer with no real light coming through.

Unfortunately nose starts with an infection set in, which is interesting as there was no infection appearance. A light sour tangy aroma, but behind that is a nice stout, a light acrid roast, bit of cocoa, fluffy nougat and caramel candy aromas, the chocolate caramel candies like milk duds, a hint of earthy malts and a touch of dark chocolate. The tangy infection fades very quickly luckily.

Taste doesn't really have any infection flavor, maybe just a hint in the background luckily. it does start with fluffy airy chocolate, a weird light bitter but slightly milky chocolate that's hard to really explain, with tons of caramel as well, and some fluffy nougat, adding just a touch of nutty flavor in the back makes this a combination of almost every candy bar out there, with much less sweetness thankfully. It brings just a touch of roast and acrid flavor but very little. It does bring some bitterness, but I think more from the charred roasty malt flavors, although a little earthy hop kick as well. It has that foreign extra stout like bitterness and earthiness which is unique and is that flavor I get an itch for from time to time. The chocolate flavor turns more towards baker's or dark chocolate as it goes, and fairly rich at the same time. Finish is like melted baker's chocolate, slightly creamy and thick, coats the mouth well with more bitterness and stoutness, little caramel and chewy malt like flavors, and a long bitterness that turns slightly salty even.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and thick with lots of carbonation that is infused well to give it a fluffy feel.

Overall pretty good. Other than that slight infection set in on the aroma it's nice. Good candy bar flavors without the sweetness, nice chocolate characters that change as the beer moves along, quite a bit of nice stoutness and bitterness throughout. Long finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 04:30:06 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1999 Vintage Sampled Oct 6, 2003
Pours completely flat. It is oil black in color, there is no head what-so-ever. The aroma is of dark malt and sherry, with a bit of alcohol in the nose. A barely perceptible funky aroma seems to also be evident. This beer really could use some carbonation. My first impression is that the flavor is a bit flat. It is a bit wine like in its profile. Definite roast malt profile, but seems fairly soft and mellow. The beer is thick and has some syrup type consistency to it. Finishes somewhat sweet. Strong malt flavors dominate. In the end a bit disappointing, really needed a bit of carbonation in order to shine.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 19:31:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out as a deep black coloe with a brown colored head on top. the head settles pretty quickly with some scattered lace on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little on the musty side, very earthy and almost reminded me of a very old wooden barrel or something. The taste of the beer packs a little bit of a punch to it. I was surprised by the flavor but not really impressed by it either. The malts were roasted and that was ok but there were some other funky flavors going on that I wasn't too fond of. The mouthfeel of the beer was far too thin for an Imperial Stout in my opinion. Low carbonation and lacked depth. Overall I wasn't too thrilled with this brew. I can't see myself picking this one up ever again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 05:10:28 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 1999 - 11.2 oz. corked bottle:

Pours black with a few brown bubbles that disappear. A vanishing thin brown film sticks to the glass.

The smell is of molasses, dark fruits - plums/dates/raisins, sugar cane and vinuous (red wine). Some tar and a hints of chocolate and vanilla/oak emerge in the second sniff. Dark and complex.

The taste is of figs, dates, and plums. Red wine/grapey notes come through, as do hints of chicory/coffee and oak/vanilla. Sweetness turns to a dry finish.

Pretty smooth, though it lacks carbonation. Medium-bodied.

This is an interesting on - quite a bit going on. Seems to have aged rather well - alcohol is very mellow with a wonderful aroma and a nice taste. Still, it is a sipper - an interesting one, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 23:21:12 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2001 vintage 9% abv on her pours an absolutely opaque shade of black although comparing this beer to motor oil may seem extreme it's pretty accurate to it's appearance leaves a nice creamy texture tan head lacing is thin and sparse. Oak aging is prevalent in the nose with some strong port wine vinous notes and deep dark chocolate edge and some dark roasts as well are thrown in there. After the first sip it's hard not to compare the flavor to something out of Asian cuisine deep plum and raisin notes, bitter dark chocolate, and a soy or teryaki tone to the flavor it's extreme, once again the oak aging peers through the taste and you can tell the woody tone is in there, wow so this is an Russian Imperial Stout. The sheer texture is a bit cloying coats the palate with a layer of sticky syrup after each sip, it's hard to say that I have had a thicker beer full bodied by all means heavy on the palate. Drinkability for me would questionable it's an experience to sample a beer of this magnitude there is much complexity and alcohol and body but does it creat an experience that I will crave over and over again, probably not.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 22:56:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
2008
A- This beer pours a jet black hole body with a thick sticky light tan head that last and last. There is no sign of carbonation in there.

S- The flanders red tartness has a cherry quality to it and some smoke notes to the dry black charred grain in the finish. The black grain is mellowed in the finish aswell.

T- The slight tart sour flavor reminds me of a nice flanders red with some chocolate malt and dry black roasted inky malt soon taking over. There is a slight cinnamon quality to the black malt and a smokey note. The dry finish has a tartness and cherry hint to it with a gentle roasted bitterness that lingers a bit afterwards.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real astringency or alcohol noticed.

O- This beer has lots of nice layers but much of the malt flavors are hidden. The flanders tartness, smoke and black roasted grain surprisingly work well together. Even though it was complex it was very nice to drink, and not to heavy as to need a chaser or a spoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 20:30:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2oz vintage looking bottles, corked and finished with a silver plastic wrap. The year 1999 in noted on the label a the vintage year. Actual history on the label about the beer.

Appearance: Pitch black with a brownish lace that holds tight.

Smell: Hints of ripe bing cherries soaked in alcohol and whiffs of roasted grain and wood.

Taste: Syrupy mouth feel and full bodied with a minimal carbonation ... deep bitterness from the roasted grain and hops, acidic twang from the wood and roasted character cut through the sweetness. Then a quick burst of date like fruitiness followed by a complex dark roasted coffee and wood taste that lend to a long lasting finish.

Notes: Flavours are quick yet complex. Stylistcaly speaking this is as close as you can get to an Imperial Russian Stout in modern day. Truely a interesting and remarkable brew. A great brew today though a few if not several years of aging could benifit this brew. Brewed for A. Le Coq & Tartu Brewery Estonia.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2001 23:34:04 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2001 Vintage Bottle.

No carbonation to speak off as the cork is extracted.

Pours a headless coal black beer.

I take a big sniff and surprised to smell Grape Sod! I expected lots of things but not that. Smell is sweet and a little sour and after a bit the smell does develop a bit more. A bit of smoke, bit of spice and a bit of soy sauce; but it still really smells like Grape Soda.

Taste is salty smoky and bitter with more than a bit of Scandinavian Black Licorice flavor. If you have ever tasted Danish Licorice you know the taste, salty and licorice, not a flavor Americans really like. Yep Danish Licorice, I hate the stuff and I live near Solvang California so I know way too much about some of the few nasty Danish foods. Not really tasty.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well this was $6 wasted on a quite nasty tasting beer. Save yourself the expense and buy yourself some Scandinavian Licorice instead and taste that. You will save $5.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 01:23:27 | More by Zorro
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature at Monks. Pours a purplish dark brown. It looks and tastes like a red wine without any acidity. There is a perfect balance of strong maltiness and slight hoppiness that result in a smooth very enjoyable stout. Best sampled at room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 08:28:30 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. Bottled in 2001. Had this one before, but now with another year on it, we'll see what happens.

Poured in a Rapscallion glass, a totally still opaque dark brown/black brew. No lace, but nice legs. Aroma is leathery dark malts with ample tartness. Taste is watery dark malt upfront, prickly sourness in the middle, closing with alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability are still tough for me. Second time for me with this one, similar coniditions, maybe I just don't like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 02:14:19 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

vintage 2003
11.2 oz corked bottle

Pours a used motor oil black with a little bit of brown around the edges. Despite a violent pour, the only thing it produces similar to a head is a thin creepy lace on top of parts of the liquid and clinging all around the inside perimeter of the glass. (Nothing to get excited about, this is understandable for a beer 7 years old.) Nose is a little sour with notes of dark fruit blended with alcohol and sadly a little too much soy sauce is present as well. Taste includes big burnt grain bitterness and a whole lot of sourness upfront that blends right into the piercing alcohol bite that finishes with a hint of soy sauce and is actually really salty. Along with the warmth in the back of the throat, there is a lingering taste of burnt grain bitterness left in the mouth after each sip. The medium feel of this beer is somewhat puzzling and disorienting because it has absolutely no carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, this is about as bad as it gets. Whether it was poorly handled, faulty in being sealed/packaged or just over the hill and past it's prime; I don't know. For what it cost me, it is not worth giving it another try if I am the one paying.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 23:27:49 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the closest I've come to tasting an authentic Russian Imperial Stout, for the Russian court. 2008 vintage from a 9.3 ounce bottle, listed at 9% ABV, on to the beer:

Black like charcoal, mocha tanned head on top is healthy, leaving some settling lace on the glass. The nose, at first, is full of chocolatey malts, but the intenisty really drops and cherry begins to mix with the chocolate. Meh.

There is little like the imperial stouts made in America. First, there is some dark chocolate. Then appears quite a bit of cherry flavor. Roasted/smokey flavors perfume around in the mouth. Put it all together and it's an interesting experience. Mouthfeel is great, it's leaning towards thick, but doesn't get in the way, and the sticky sweetness it leaves around my lips is welcomed.

I feel like I'm been taken back 100 years. After this, I can see why the Russian court would be fond of the style. Put it in your favorite snifter and sip away.

Serving type: bottle

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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.