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A. Le Coq's Imperial Extra Dbl Stout
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Style: Imperial Stout
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"A. Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout is a towering achievement, on the same level as a great old Barolo or vintage port. It makes a mind-boggling match with venison in sour cherry sauce and is a fine accompaniment to game sausages, particularly wild boar... As for cigars, only the finest, strongest Cubans will do, unless you have an Arturo Fuente Opus X. In that case, I'll be right over."
Garrett Oliver, The Bremaster's Table, p.151

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 traffics 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. The Russian Revolution and World War I, however, brought a dramatic end to A. Le Coq's venture. His brewery was nationalized by the Bolshevik government in 1917 and production ceased. The original recipe on each bottle of Imperial Extra Double Stout pay hommage to A. Le Coq without whom this classic style would never had reached its legendary place in the world of beers.



Tasting Notes

Appearance:
Dark espresso color with no head.

Aroma:
Powerful aroma of figs, prunes, brunt fruitcake, hot tar, black cherries, dark chocolate, espresso, leather, burning wood, and pine needles.

Flavor:
Opens up still, sweet, soft, oily, and silky. Juicy dark fruit and powerful espresso father into a storm and flood the palate with flavor. Hop bitterness rises like a wave behind it all, blending in with the roast and drying out the center. Roasty, raisiny acidity floats over the maelstrom.

Finish:
The finish is long and espresso-like, and sweet malts reemerge in a final juicy display of dark fruit.



Specifications
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1099
IBU: 50
EBC: 235


Formats
Version: Type: Size: UPC/EAN:
2001 Case 12 * 11.2 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02740 6
2003 Case 24 * 11.2 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02740 6
2011 Case 24 * 9.3 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 03079 6
2012 Case 24 * 9.3 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 03079 6
Original Cork-finish, 2003 Case 6 * 11.2 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02740 6
Zymatore, aged in Ch.Drouin Pommeau Barrels, 24 months Keg 1 * 5.3 gal.
Picture: A. Le Coq's Imperial Extra Double Stout 11.2oz bottles & glass.
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