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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Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
harveys.org.uk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The style “IMPERIAL RUSSIAN STOUT” and the name “ALBERT LE COQ” are synonymous. In the early 1800’s the Belgian A. LE COQ exported Imperial Stout from England to Russia and the Baltic area.

After the import traffic increased dramatically in the early 1900’s, A. LE COQ was invited by the TSARIST government to brew his legendary IMPERIAL EXTRA DOUBLE STOUT within the Russian Empire. In 1912 the first Imperial Extra Double Stout left the Brewery in TARTU, the former province of LIVONIA, now ESTONIA. World War I and the Russian Revolution, however, brought a dramatic end to A. LE COQ’s venture. Production ceased until 1921 and his brewery was nationalized by the BOLSHEVIK government. The facsimile label on each bottle of Imperial Extra Stout pays homage to A. LE COQ without whom this classic style would never have reached its legendary place in the world of beers.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 02-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
480
Reviews:
401
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
25.95%
 
 
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 9.3 oz (264 ml) bottle into a Chardonnay glass; no production information.
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color.  Less than a quarter inch, mocha to brown head with little retention.  Little or no Belgian lacing.
S: Dark roasted, almost burnt malts evident with aromas of rum, raisins, and coffee grinds.
T: Flavor of sherry and burnt coffee predominate, offset by mild bitterness.  Sweet aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, persistent effervescence evident.
O: Interesting take on Russian Imperial Stout.  Tastes as if aged in port/sherry casks.  Would certainly try again.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheMadJack
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz brown glass bottle into nonic glass

A: Pours like old motor oil. Thick, almost syrupy appearance which forms a stout pool of completely opaque beer only a shade lighter than true black. A deep tan head rises to an inch and a half from the vigor of my pour before settling down to a quarter inch over the next two minutes. When I swirl the beer I see signs of viscosity and a light lacing clings to the glass about an inch high. This small head retained itself throughout the entire tasting.

S: Surprisingly sweet. Dark chocolate covered fresh fruit which I am still trying to identify. Some kind of berry is coming to mind, and maybe plums. A back note of powdered sugar and dark toast.

T: Very subtle for the style. Gentle background of dark, nearly charred toast carries berries and a peppery alcohol kick. Medium bitterness. Charred notes rise to the nose on swallow. Very clean finish.

M: Rich without being heavy or oily. There is a slight sensation of it perhaps being salty or gently foamed. The overall impression is perhaps closest to chocolate milk, frothed by hand.

O: Well executed, very drinkable due to the toned down flavor. I usually expect something more robust from an Imperial stout, especially one labelled "Exra Double" so I marked it down points. However, don't steer clear of it on that account. It solidly hits every quality a Russian Imperial should have.

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Photo of bobhits
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jet black, viscous, and flat. Reasonable legs but doesn't compare to higher abv stouts.

The nose brings out the smell of an aged stout, a certain mix muted aroma of old something is always present when I open a stout more than a few years old.

The same old aroma is in the flavor as well. I think of this is an interesting flavor but not good or bad. Chocolate, sherry, perhaps some almond, with a lingering coffee note once the beer is gone.

Flat but with enough body to support the beer.

I'm pretty indifferent on this one. It's a tasty beer. 2003 vintage so about 13-14 years old now.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had several times, it has varied freshness and off-ness...
1001 listed
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a pretty deep dark black, with a small quarter inch creamy looking head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like earthy roasted malt, tobacco, raisin, plum, red wine, and slight tartness.

There is quite a lot going on here in this one. This might be the biggest gulf in expectations vs actual taste in a beer I've had- this one of the best stouts I've ever had. I had fairly low expectations for it. The slight tartness- much less pronounced than people are saying in other reviews- gives a wonderful counterbalance to the other flavors, and seems to make them even more pronounced. It's like a chocolatey red wine, with heavy roast, vanilla cream, leathery tobacco, slight soy sauce, and dry smoke. It's quite dry, but not bitter. This is a superb sipping beer.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty low level of carbonation. It is quite creamy.

This was quite a revelation- it was a highly enjoyable way to end this evening. One of the most complex beers I've ever had.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.32/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark fruits, licorice, saddle soap, leathery funk, figs, and cherries. A whole lot going on. Raspberries, and maybe a bit of barnyard. Burnt fruitcake and some bubblegum. Some industrial asphalt kind of aroma as well. This is crazy complex.

Pours black with a small dark tan head. Head just leaves a ring around the glass but sticks around. Thick gloopy. Serious sediment at the bottom.

Straight up burnt fruitcake. Raisins and caramelized sugars. Bitter espresso. Sweet upfront but surprisingly balanced. Bitterness from roasted malts balances out the sweetness. A touch of acidity is surprising, but adds complexity.

Full body, low carbonation. Silky and chewy. Finish is surprisingly dry leaving behind a touch of sweetness and acidity.

I can see why some don't enjoy this beer. The wild character may be off putting, but it does seem likely that this is what the original RIS's tasted like. I find the funk and acidity to subtle and complimentary. Despite everything going on in this beer, I find it easier drinking than many of the high abv sweet american-made RIS's.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Josh_Leonard84
2.39/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aged this way to too long, no carbonation horrid vinegary taste

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Photo of TravisMason
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
1.96/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle vintage 2003. So we're at 12 years old right now. No clue about storage conditions as a buddy found this sitting on a shelf last week. Corked. Oily black body with absolutely no head. Appears this one will be rather flat. Aromas have some oxidization, molasses, soy and smoke. Flavor is much of that cardboard, soy and awful smokiness. This aged rather poorly. No clue how this beer is 'fresh' but this is beyond where anyone would want to drink it now.

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Photo of kevanb
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9.3oz bottle, cap is dated 2013, poured into a Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout stemmed glass.

The beer pours an insanely thick and oily texture, jet black, beyond opaque with a firm, thick, taut caramel head, about 2 fingers high that has fantastic retention and leaves nice swatches of soapy lace behind. The nose is initially very unusual, almost sour cherry like, perhaps a bit of vinegar, plenty of stone fruits, leather, roasty malt, thought after it opens up for a while, the sourness fades, perhaps some musty brett remains and a super leathery, rich, smokey and roasty aroma lingers with really pleasant stone fruit qualities. The flavors don't quite have the sourness that the nose showcased, a bit vinous with a touch of acid, but really deep rich flavors, roasted malt, stone fruit, leather, molasses, chocolate, perhaps even some peat. Impressive depth of flavor, minimal oxidation despite the age, a light twinge of acidity, definitely unusual, but still enjoyable. The mouthfeel is nice, big full body, minimal carbonation, just a light playful tickle on the tongue, coats well, finishes with a bit of a tart twinge.

Verdict: I can definitely see how this is a love it or hate it beer and at first I was really put off but how tart the aroma was, but once this was allowed about 15-20 minutes to open up, this was a beer that I actually enjoyed. An odd mix of roasty, vinous, rich, but it somehow comes together in a fairly decent package.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 off the shelf in Fort Mill, SC. The flavor is very sour up front. Reminds me of a poor man's Tart of Darkness. The back end of the flavor lets the roasted malts shine. Wasn't ready for the sourness, though. Different.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous looking deep dark brown with a thin creamy brown head that fades pretty quick. Strange nose of vinegar, chocolate, and light funky barrel. Taste has some dry brett but pretty much none of the sour I was getting in the nose. Lots of dark chocolate and roasty dark malts, a bit of dark roasted coffee, maybe a little char. Interesting, I'll say that. Not sure if brett and stout go together.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very cool beer, pretty unique. Basically a roasty bretted stout - a combo that sounds weird but is really working for me

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.47/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I could tell what year this is - the label mentions awards as late as 2004, but other than that no clues.

L--A vigorous pour results in a small head that dissipates pretty quickly. The "motor oil" description certainly applies.

S--Soy and smoke, that's what I smell. It has a weight to it.

T--The taste follows through on the scent, with the smoky soy having an umami quality to it. If you are looking for a beer that would qualify as "savory" this would be it.

F--Thick, but not syrupy like BCBS. Fits the taste and scent.

Overall: I like a smoky scotch and those rauchbiers that are best described as having a sausage quality about them. This hit the spot for me.

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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
3.43 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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