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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 2612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in clear glass bottles.
Rich, flavorful, deep chocolate color, scented and roasted barley nose. Complexity of malt, hops, alcohol and yeast.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (661) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Vinuous winey aroma with a generous amount of coffee, prunes and a hint of malt made me want to sniff this for hours. Appearance is fabulously black with a dark brown head, looks oily. Flavour was mochery and fortified wine fruity with a hint of yeasty balancing flavour. This was thick and smooth and incredibly balanced only loosing points because of the weird clear bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Bottled from happyydeli NYC- Smells and of coffee dark color brown head taste strong good shit thinner than i thought

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Uh, erm......prune and licorice juice. Little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel thin but intensely oily. Distinctive Sam Smith’s yeast. Rummy. If this were crystallized into candy, my grandma would love it. Of course, she’s into prunes and licorice and rum. I’m not.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2004
Jet black with small loose capaccino head. Vinuous and slight coffee aroma. Intense heavily roasted malt flavour, very nice at the beginning but then the burnt aspect takes over. Just too roasted for my taste. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the Taddy Porter.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2004
Pours dark, black. incredible nose. Sweet, chocolatey, raisiny, like an incredible port wine. Heavy mouthfeel with swirling flavors of malt, chocolate and mollasses. Smooth. easy finish. Outstanding beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2004
Higher alcohols in aroma. Flavor has butterscotch some chocolate, malt disappears into a dry finish. Could use more body and malt flavor, diacetyl detracts, but has a good bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Glad to have shared it as I couldn't get through the pint. Beautiful dark colour and barley wine taste. Chicory roasted and not too coffee was a plus. Creamy and bit chewy-was that supposed to be? Nice carbonation. Judging by the label, its been brewed for over 100 years so it was nice to participate in a tradition. Not the best Samuel Smith.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
(on bottle)Sometimes I get confused about "porters" and "stouts". This one pulls a nice 7%, as a imperial stout, but has the thin, clearnes in the side of the glass, as a porter. Anyway, the aroma is very heavy on berries and nut, some caramel too. The taste is smooth, but not as full/creamy as a heavy stout and ends slightly bitter; get ready for the next sip.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Beers like this one is the reason I drink. Pours black with an outstanding aroma (almost red wine like)rich berries. Taste of malts takes over this beer. Finish is just enjoyable as the first sip. Drink at room temp you most certainly will enjoy it more. Doesn't have that American punch but a great Imperial stout to start a non-drinking beer fan out with.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours a deep black color that is topped by a creamy head. Thick aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate, and dense dark malts all are found in the nose. Surprisingly any roast malt character is pretty subdued. This beer has a light creamy mouthfeel, with a finish of roast malts. The taste is reminiscent of malt balls, with molasses notes up front. The finish is sweet but it is balanced by a burnt acidity, the combination of the two is quite good. I also get notes of espresso and burnt raisins. This is pretty good, I haven't had one of these in years, and hopefully I will revisit this one sooner rather than later.


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