Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout | Harvey & Son Ltd.

Le Coq Imperial Extra Double StoutLe Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout
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Le Coq Imperial Extra Double StoutLe Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout

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

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

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2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Molasses notes combined with dark chocolate malts.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.22/5  rDev +23%

9.3 oz bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of figs, dates, and chocolate
Head small (<1cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring
Lacing poor – rare small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly sweet, flavors of dates and plums; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.1875. Final weighted score: 4.225

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2.6/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(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

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey & Son Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 480 ratings
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