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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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393 Reviews
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Reviews: 393
Hads: 463
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 28.36%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 02-19-2001

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Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008

Pours a oil black no light through this baby with a big fluffy dark chocolate head that falls to a cap and laces well. Wonderful looking brew.

Aroma is roasted malts, some nice woody notes almost like wine barrel aroma I am picking up, or is it just a touch of sherry. Some dark fruity notes mixed with chocolate with hints of cherries also present. The wine notes or what ever it is adds something nice that is unusual but enjoyable.

Taste is roasted malts light coffee some sweet chocolate all that falls away pretty quickly to what i was smelling. Alcohol notes wine sherry like, or maybe its just the cherries that I am picking up. Just seems not to go well with the roasted malts sure smells nice though.

Mouthfeel is nice full carbonation just a little to much for my tastes but overall nice.

Drinkability is ok defiantly worth a try just seems not to blend well wine like flavors with roastiness.

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Photo of rudzud
1.21/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

*2003 Vintage*

Picked this up on a whim from Julio's. It was in a random section, no price no anything. Rang up as $6.99 so I figured I would take a stab at it. Very angry I bought this instead of Péché Mortel.

A - Cork was a pain, very brittle which I suppose can be expected from something 8 years old. Poured into a tulip a oily black pour with zero carbonation. No head, poured like a bottle of oil.

S - Wow, I smell soy sauce. A little smoke and alcohol but this is mostly soy sauce.

T - Wow, this is almost a stomach turner. First taste I get is salt. There are some dark fruits somewhere in there but ugh. The last thing I taste is salt. This is saltier than Kelpi, the seaweed beer!

M - You call this an imperial stout? Stuff is like water. Thin, salty water.

D - Yeah, drainpour. No question about it. Was really looking forward to this too. Damnit.

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Photo of electrobunny
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

2003 Bottle with 8 years on it at time of tasting.

Deep black body with a thin brown soapy lacing. Flat as can be. Smells of black cherry, fig, green apple, some dark chocolate, earth and a hint of smoke. The aroma looks promising at this point even though it has a slightly sour quality. Bitter molasses and earthy/wood notes are immediately noticeable. There is a bit of a soy taste in there but it's a little masked by soft burn sugar notes. Roasted grains come through gently in the aftertaste with some earthy bitterness. Can still pick up some traces of alcohol on the end. Thin and slick mouthfeel with a mildly tart dry finish. Medium bodied and practically no carbonation. There's still some complexity after all these years but I can't help but feel it's lost quite a bit of flavor. Sight oxidation in the taste but even though its flavor is more subtle I'm still getting a lot of the qualities called out in reviews of younger bottles. Molasses and licorice flavors are nice as well as the subtle earthy bite. Will have to try a younger bottle for comparison.

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Photo of cbilek06
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, can't even see through it when you hold it up to light. Frothy tan head.

S: Sweet malt

T: Sweet Malty taste and finishes with a merlot flavor. Astringent aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied

D: Overall I really like this beer and would have one again, however it is a bit pricey.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2008.

Black with a thick, pillowy and long lasting mocha brown head.

Nose is cherry whiskey coffee. Hints of soy, black chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy chewy. Mouthfeel of manufacturer's cream.

Flavors are complex and huge. Big sweet black coffee, whiskied cherries, sweet soy sauce; brown sugar, molasses, roasted grains; everything you'd want in a big rich stout. There is a "tart" bitterness that detracts for me but this is a first class stout.

Bitter espresso finish rounds it out nicely.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of vfgccp
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

2003 bottle

A - Oil black. No head or carbonation to speak of.

S - Very strong. Sweet alcohol, cognac, liquorish, chocolate liquor, rasins,

T - Whoa.... Not what I was expecting. Loads of scotch, tannins, roast coffee, hazelnut, oak. If you told me this wasn't a beer I'd believe you.

M - Incredibly dry, even by wine standards. It wasn't enjoyable for me.

D - Drinks more like a burbon than a beer; need to sit and sip on this one.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
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!

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 2008 Vintage bottle.

Pours deep, deep brown to black. Head is tan and fluffy.

Nose is an awesome sweet and sour at the same time, which follows through on the palate.

A bit of the roastiness that was not that evident on the nose is a bit more prominent on the palate. Plum and dark fruit notes are balanced by bitter roasted malt. sourness, and rich dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is relatively light for a 9% Imperial Stout with so much flavor.

I first tasted this beer (from the old corked bottles) about 3 years ago and did not like it at all. Since then I have developed a far broader taste and now love this beer. Don't expect a typical Imperial Stout, but keep an open mind and enjoy.

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Photo of Ambiorix
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled, 2003 vintage. Black pour with practically zero head. The nose was raisins, soy sauce, and some vinous notes. The flavor had some barnyard elemtns to it, soy sauce, raisins, baker's chocolate. The finish had some alcohol notes, and a bit of coffee. This beer had been on my wish list for some time, and I was disapointed. I don't think this bottle aged well, so perhaps it was past its prime.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep dark murky red / brown colour. Light creamy mocha head poured quite loose and frothy and faded fairly quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of liquorice to the fore then followed by roasted (charred) chocolate malts, dried spicy dark fruits (raisins, dates, cherries, some apples), quite boozy, vinegar notes, strong fresh vanilla, hay, quite a lot of sourness, burnt butter...

Taste - Stewed dark spicy fruits (plums, black cherries, black currents, apples), very warming alcohol, roasted bready malts, yeasty, dark candy sugar, oak and vanilla, quite medicinal - cough mixture, some soy sauce sourness, sooty...

Feel - Quite sharp with a lot of carbonation then mellows out a touch... medium bodied... pretty drinkable for 10%

Overall - A pretty good and different take on a RIS... well worth a try...

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A 2001 le coq, procured on a whim from a reputable bottleshop.

A cork keeps the juice in, but no cage. Tricky. I pull and nothing pushes. Zero carb, a still beer. A vigorous pour creates no more head than lemonade, deep black lemonade.

It smells good, deep roast, noble fruits and a hair of spice. It smells like I want it to taste. But it doesn't. It tastes like death, spice, vinegar, charcoal, and metal. Not metal like iron and zinc, but metal like megadeath and Opeth. Why is this in my mouth? a tingle, pain really from the spicy medicine flavours.

This thing tastes like meth addicts look. Stay away from an aged version, it will make you very sad about the sate of the world.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque viscous black with caffe au lait-colored foam that sticks and piles like a cappuccino and leaves cathedral lace. As dark as any beer I've seen. Nose is oak barrel, leather, fermented grape skin, prune and cinnamon. Sweet fruitcake - candied fruit, spice and bread - plus baker's chocolate, brown sugar and raisins. Sour high notes. Earthy nutmeg and some roast at the end. Silky smooth, full, chewy, no burn.

At least a year's cellar on this. Note, labeled 9% not 10.

Monster dessert beer. No trace of American RIS (big hops, big roast) tendencies, no heaviness for an RIS and no 10% kick. So smooth and lovely, a true old school Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very rich, strong, fairly intensely winey stout, interesting, good for sipping, but really my sort of thing, being too wine-like and too intense in what character elements it has.

Black, it has a small, dark brown head slowly shrinking to a thin ring.

Aroma is turned fermented plums & spiced baked apples in brandy, some roastiness, some balsamic vinegar.

Taste is very rich and strong at first, with fairly intense wine, along with brandy, chocolate hint, dark toast, coffee grounds, winey-vinegary charred prunes, black pepper. It has lingering peppery spicey-alcoholic bitterness. It's slightly slick in feel, but not really oily and not thick or heavy in body. The intensity of the first few sips soon mellows and compelxity and drinkability increase, but it still is definitely a beer to sip in small amounts for me.

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Photo of captainjferjado
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from 2003 I recently found at a package store which may have been aging them for the interim years. I should ask.

This beer pours a jet black with little immediate head. This will become a common theme, but its lack of head almost becomes an exaggeration of this style. After the pour there is a short, almost nonexistent and quickly dissipating head.

Its smell is very intense: nutty, bitter, with some sweet caramel and some very faint chocolate. It is a very bitter taste with very little sweetness--much like the nose, but I also find some smoked oakiness mellows the bitterness and gives further character.

Unlike other stouts, this one avoids an unpalatable viscosity remaining smooth with almost non-existent carbonation. Despite the harshness of the smoky bitterness this beer remains smooth and appropriate for slow sipping. As I stated before, I can't help but this "Extra Double" Stout has refined and exaggerated the qualities of a Stout into a fine sipping specimen.

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Photo of bgildea
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark brown/black color. Thick dark tan tan head that leaves a significant amount of lacing.

S: Slight smell of nuts and roasted malts. A little too much alcohol smell for me though.

T: Nice sweet flavor initially possibly brown sugar, which fades well into a roasted malts and semi sweet chocolate taste. Good balance of flavors. Nice and tasty.

M: A good amount of chew to the beer. Nice and thick.

D: The beer is very drinkable. I loved the balance of flavors and i could knock a few of these back.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. I liked the initial sweet flavor and it finishes with a nice hearty roasted after taste. Great balance, all dark beer drinkers should try it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Alastar for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 12oz. corked bottle into a Blue Point snifter. 2003 vintage.

A: Gentle pour yields a .25 finger deep, coarse mocha head that dissipates as quickly as it forms. This is by FAR, the darkest opaque black beer that I've ever seen. I didn't know black came in shades until I saw this monstrosity in my glass. Lacing is stringy and spotty in parts with decent cling.

S: Aroma is one of wood, sweet soy sauce, prune juice, booze, and toffee. Definitely unique as the woodiness is very prominent in the nose.

T: This beer may be corked or infected or both. That being said, opens woody with a huge cork taste. Slightly sour at the opening and this becomes more pronounced towards the middle. Booziness is very noticeable throughout the whole experience. Sour cherries and wood engulf any hint of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, or other "stouty" flavors. Finish is sour, aftertaste is bitter coffee beans and more sourness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily but abrasive in the mouth. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A 2.5 because I'm giving this one the benefit of the doubt that I had a bad bottle. If I have a good one, I'll edit as needed. As it stands though, a total drain pour. Almost vomit inducing. Off flavors were very prominent and they dominated the regrettable though admittedly brief experience.

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Photo of mothman
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2003 cork and capped bottle

Poured in a goblet.

Pours no head at all. Caramel brown in color that settles black.

Aroma: Smells of barrel aged notes. Oak is very dominate here. Maybe some whiskey flavors. It i has some vanilla and sweetness flavors. Rich chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Awesome aroma.

Taste: Nothing like the aroma. Huge booze and oak flavors. Chocolate, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. The flavors are the same but there is no sweetness and too much booze all around. Big letdown here.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied for how thick it poured. Low amount of carbonation. A rather flat beer on the palate. Ends clean with chocolate flavors.

Overall, the aroma is the highlight of this beer. The rest of the beer... meh. Not something I would seek out again or something I want to drink again.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage. Pours a near motor oil black color with no head. Scent is muddled and made up of boozy alcohol, dark fruit, heavy roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is quite a suprise, the chocolate, fruit and alcohol notes from the scent combine to give a dark chocolate cherry cordrial candy like taste with touches of strong roasted coffee. Full bodied, oily, coating and bitter aftertaste. This beer is a definite sipper and not for everyone, but the strong aggresive flavors work well.

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Photo of jthor018
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours black. Has a copper colored head.
S: I can't make out the smell other than a bit of alcohol. Not to say it doesn't have a smell. It smells good but indescribable.
T: Alcohol and copper? It tastes good but leaves a coppery aftertaste in my mouth. But it isn't unpleasant or lingering.
M&D: Goes down really smooth. After I get a better taste for Russian Imperial Stouts (this is my first) I will retry this. As it stands I wouldn't make this my nightly beer. It feels too heavy. But to be my first, it rules.

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Photo of hughesm4
1.84/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle from 2003 aggressively poured into a bottle and there is almost no head.
a-Pitch black and the slight head that is there is a deep red in color.
s-Very oakish and liquor heavy along with a variety of old shoes and socks and anything else I would find in my grandpas gym bag.
t-Very repulsive up front that tastes like an OLD imperial stout. There is bitterness and an old cork taste towards the end.
m/d-Feels like an angry WW2 vet is kicking your ass with a cane. We are drinking this one way past its' prime.

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Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

* 2008 Vintage (9%abv.)
BB 2012, served cool in Gulden Draak tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: surprisingly, the bottle is cracked open with a high-pitch hiss, then the beer just storms out of the bottle taking me totally off-guard; ending in the glass is a pitch black hue coupled with lots of microscopic fizz in action, topped with a super huge dark tan foam, settling very slowly to a thin sheet to last. Totally different in appearance from the previously corked version.
S: acidic mustiness (like a lambic+oak-aged cider) and aromatic old oak woodiness spring to mind, along with secondary notes of black prunes, black cherries, soy sauce and burned woods, against a rich & thick oily black malty backbone. True to the old-ish style.
T: the very smooth foretaste of sour-sweet black malts with a spicy edge come on top of pleasantly sour oily black prune juice, then bitter-sweet coffee, charred nuts and burned malts, licorice root, earthy bitterness as of English hops with a hint of treacle prevail, leading to a long aftertaste that is simultaneously bitter, chewy and sour-sweet, showing at times aroma of charred wood-chips even.
M&D: although the appearance implies a lively carbonated body, on the palate it is surprisingly smooth and silky, finely carbonated at the lowest-necessary level. This classic, full-bodied yet easy-to-drink English RIS is as delicious and well-structured as ever, yet the overall performance is not as complex and desirably "stale" as other much older versions I've tried. But since the essential heavenly elements are all well retained in this new capped RAIB version, I really look forward to trying another bottle in two years time.

* 2003 Vintage (9%abv.) Tasting Date: 15/08/2009
This is actually the last vintage packaged in the traditional corked and sealed version, as the brewery hasn't got the cork-ing line ever since. 6 years old Le Coq this is, BBE 2009, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

4 A: pours a jet black hue, coming with unknown carbonation and a rimmed soapy brown head. Looking just like a proper glass of overly-aged stout...
4.5 S: the nose is surprisingly pronounced for a 6-year-old English RIS - suggesting black malts, a faint touch of warming alc., tobacco, tart apple-juice, sour-sweet Chinese smoked black prunes, old Rioja Grand Reserva-like oakiness with a little musty vinegar and stale woodiness, and utterly bitter (and sour) dark chocolates... Most lingering is the sour woody element that actually penetrates the air to reach my nostrils a good 10cm away from the glass! Hops are pretty much non-existent, driving this ale apart from any contemporary take on the style. For drinkers not familiar with this old-world RIS, I'm sure the balance is not so enticing, but for me a Le Coq's lover the stale+oaky nose in the glass is absolutely welcomed.
4.5 T: lubricating without being oily, the immensely burned bitter foretaste has with it LOTS and LOTS of smoked black prunes, charred wood-chips, and stale woodiness, ensued seamlessly by a flow of tobacco-ish and semi-coffee-ish roasted malts, while the bitterness of a bucket load of hops makes up the really chewy mouthfeel, as well as a lightly spicy leather-ish and black-pepper-cone like undertone in the very end. Beautiful black prunes add to the lingering aromatic finish, with a key note of sourness to it of course.
4.5 M&4.5 D: ever so smooth on the carbonation, the bitterness actually renders the slightly soapy, chewy, powdery and spicy mouthfeel; this full-bodied RIS doesn't show any alc. to my tongue, a loyal witness to how the last vintage of corked Le Coq has matured patiently over the last 6 years... A classic RIS.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A nice, big, foamy tan head sits on top of a motor oil black body. Lots of sticky lacing left behind. Looks great.

Bready cocoa and honey on the nose. Hmmm... this is a bit different from the typical imperial stout. Slight whiff of vinegar, touch of coffee and a bit of chocolate. I'm surprised at how much bread is on the nose. Hopefully the faint aroma of vinegar is not from infection.

Tipping back the glass brings out some harsh acidity up front, followed by dry cocoa powder malts. Some vinous character and bittersweet chocolate. Touch of alcohol. And a faint hint of sourness. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some sharp carbonation. Warming alcohol. Quite dry with a touch of lingering funk.

Drinkability is alright. This beer is fairly tasty, but it feels like it might be in the early stages of infection. Hard to tell for sure, since I have never had it before. The flavor and aroma are quite interesting, but not exactly what I would consider to be the norm for a RIS. Overall, I enjoyed drinking this beer and may pick up another in the future to see if it tastes any different. However, at $6.29 a bottle I'll probably stick with Old Rasputin.

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Photo of 404UGA
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The bottle was a corked 2001 (9 year old) vintage. It poored a kind of nasty flat black color with no head, which i guess makes sense since it was so old. The smell was rubbery at best. Maybe if I felt particularly nice I would said it was kind of like licorice. The taste was also very locoricey and rubbery. Couldn't really pick up any maltiness. I guess it felt smooth to the mouth. As far as drinkablility, it was tough just finishing one. I hope that this beer was just too old to drink (although I would've imagined the guy at the beer store who recommended it would have said something if it was, maybe not...). Otherwise, I'm not really sure what the czar that sanctioned this original russian imperial was thinking. He must have been too drunk off bad vodka to care.

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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.