Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout - Harvey & Son Ltd.
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4.19/5 rDev +22.9%
This actually has 9 % ABV.
Let’s see 10 years have gone by. Release of 2003!
Poured the blackest liquid I have ever seen, no light could get through and with practically no head.
Aroma of oak, dark fruits, licorice, toffee, earthy hops and coffee. Great, no infection! Let’s go for the treaty then.
Distinguished taste with a strong character. Bold flavor of sweet concentrated toasted malts, lots of licorice, raspberries, definitely molasses all over it, prunes, figs, oak and cherries. Hints of cigars, condiments and shoyu. Not really sour, actually it has an elegant bitterness.
Liquorish body and as smooth as it gets. The beer was completely flat, all carbonation was gone. 9% ABV is completely harmonic and actually well hidden.
Awesome beer. A non-sweet Port Wine would be the closest drink to this brew. Not sure if I won the lottery here, but I am glad I got this release.
06-23-2013 03:01:53 | More by FLima
2.24/5 rDev -34.3%
2008 vintage sitting on a shelf for 5.99 - should have known.
A: Poured a dark color with a nice thin mocha head
S: tartness, acidity, infection - some reviews indicated that this was there too, but that it was gone in the taste, so i proceeded.
T: a sour, acidic, tarty stout, and not in a cool tart of darkness kind of way.
M: a little light with appropriate carbonation
O: its no good, and if it was not infected I'd be pressed to see how it could be enjoyed. do not try.
05-23-2013 01:34:57 | More by ediaz
3.44/5 rDev +0.9%
A-dark as can be, with a very thin beige head that quickly dies
S-Wow, massively vinous and dark. big hit of acidity and vinegar, too much so- it overtakes anything else that might be going on and leaves a massively tart and sour impression. Not appetizing and I'm thinking this might be a drain pour.
T/M- Thankfully the acidity doesn't dominate on the palate like it does in the nose. The carbonation is just right and contributes to a slick and oily body that coats your mouth. The vinous aspect translates well onto the palate. Seriously dark flavors of figs, raisins, and prunes coat the tongue with a red wine like complexity. The finish comes back to vinous and vinegar which stick to your mouth and lingers long after.
O- Really different, I'm not sure the nose is quite right, or as it should be. Maybe it didn't age quite right. It is very unique and probably more what the classic imperial stout was like as opposed to the chocolate and roast of the current american double stouts.
01-16-2013 01:58:55 | More by sentomaster
2.05/5 rDev -39.9%
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.
11-14-2012 03:52:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into a perfect pint. 2003 vintage.
4.0 A: Pitch ass black color. Half a finger of frothy light brown head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. I'm impressed that there's any carbonation, so high scores here.
3.5 S: This smells like dirt wrapped in mud and roasted. Supremely earthy with mineral and soy sauce notes. Molasses, roasted barley, and some bittersweet chocolate. Quite interesting to say the least.
3.0 T: I have to evaluate the taste in the context of it being 9 years old. If this was fresh and thus the intended composition of the brewer, this would have to be evaluated differently. This is the earthiest beer I've ever drank. Dirt, mineral, mountain stream water dominate. Light soy sauce, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Pithy woodiness, moderate roastiness, and a light booziness. Interesting and not like much of anything I've had before.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a beer this old. Even a nice creaminess. Very good here.
3.5 D: For a beer that is almost a decade old, it's pretty good. I wouldn't want to drink this often, but I'm glad I had it. It's pretty tasty in a new type of way.
11-12-2012 01:44:36 | More by DavoleBomb
3.53/5 rDev +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.
11-09-2012 04:30:06 | More by jlindros
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
A - Pours a pitch black with a copper/chocolate-y head. There is some slight carbonation, but not very much.
S - Smells almost like a sour stout. I initially thought there would be a slight tang to the taste from my initial smell.
T - Malty coffee-ness and dates with a bitter chocolate finish
M - Light initially like a sour stout, but quickly becomes heavier and finishes likes a true imperial Russian stout.
O - This an an interesting beer and a good example of the style. Its initial smell lead me to believe it might have more sour characteristics, but it might be because lately I've been drinking so much sour beer. Nonetheless, the taste and mouth-feel were very pleasant and something I would drink again and recommend to friends. The cap said 2009, so I'm not sure how much the age of the beer affected it.
09-26-2012 02:33:42 | More by FlyAwayPhil
5/5 rDev +46.6%
2008 Vintage Sampled August 29 2012.
Appearance- Jet back with a copper-colored head with a texture like velour. It only gives a thin surface cap but hangs around the edges of the glass waiting to reclaim thick legs that take entire minutes to fall. Opaque.
Aroma- sweet dried fruit, very vinous, suggestive of a brett character... getting chills and visitations from memories of thomas hardys. Flowery, earthy, leathery. Center of the aroma is well-fermented molasses, sour cherrys, faint metallic odor, baking bread, hint of ash, ..definitely some funk running up in here. I could smell this forever.
Flavor- Wow. Where to start? A little sour as anticipated, but grounded in a deep, rich, dark syrupy malt base with peppery alcohol dropping the bottom out for a roasty finish. Flavors and sensations pass in waves. Notes of baked apple and fig. Just bitter enough. Lovely fennel/ caraway dimension. Candied plum coming out with warmth. Chocolate-covered strawberries. At times begins to impersonate a well-aged fruit forward / jammy red wine. Hey rides into the sinuses. A little nut and mocha coming out in the finish. Amazingly the classic stout points of roast, chocolate, coffee, etc are basically the last thing I notice when drinking this beer. That stuff is really mellow and there is just so much else going on.
Mouthfeel - This beer makes love to my mouth. It is velvety, creamy, heavy, smooth, fluffy, oily, full-bodied, all at the same time. Carbonation is on the low side but certainly present even at this age. There is virtually nothing bracing going on at all. Smooth all the way down. Sourness and alcohol only tease the palate and tickle the senses making me want to keep this beer in my mouth as long as possible.
Overall - I don't know what to say. My mind is totally blown. I feel guilty I opened this without other people around. Why does nobody talk about this beer? It is literally the awesomest thing I have drank in my life. Why does this beer not have a higher score? Fine by me, I'll be buying it up every chance I get.
08-30-2012 03:28:38 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.