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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Pours deep black with short off brown head. Lovely aroma of burnt grains, chocolate and dark fruits. Medium smoooth body, just brilliant. Complex taste of dark fruits, roast grains and coffee. Chocolate bitter finish. Very slight alcohol taste present. Still, brilliant beer for #100. Re-rate: Still absolutely brilliant. Picked up a bit of liquorice in the aroma and flavour this time though. Less alcohol present in finish this time. Less bitterness in finish too. I think i may have served it warmer this time (~15 degrees rather than ~10).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2004 Pours black with mahogany highlights. Coarse light brown head, diminishes. Huge ambrosial aromas of bitter chocolate covered cherries. Roast is there, but it's the dark fruit aromas that steal the show for me. Slick and medium-full body. Flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, some salty licorice. Finishes with a complex series of tastes/sensations that lasts long enough to fully satisfy. In a world of over-the-top Imperial Stouts (don't get me wrong, I love them too!), this is a refreshing, very drinkable example.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 16, 2003
I found the flavor and mouthfeel to be weak and swallowing was not smooth. I'll have to retry this one and rerate in the future.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2003
Deep Deep red brown translucent with large tan head. Predominantly roasted malt aroma with very interesting hints of dried fruits, port wine, bakers and vegemite yeasts. Medium very smooth fully stimulating body. Bold roasted malt, complex vinous and coffee flavours. Light surprising sparkling lifting medium bitter roasted finish. There's a faint chemical note on the front of the tongue about this one I can't quite place - kind of an acetone or bootpolish? Nevertheless a great way to wrap up the night rating beer with CapFlu and Kasta at Pub Italia in Ottawa.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
A little lighter than most imperial stouts, but tasty nonetheless. The taste is quite similar to sam smith's oatmeal stout, but not as good. Nice malty caramel flavor, and quite lite on the hops. Pours black as night.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Very nice, well rounded stout. It's pretty dry compared to the other imperial stouts I've been drinking. Dryness contributes to the cocoa qualities of the beer. It's a bit like the Young's double chocolate stout, but a little drier, stronger, and has a bit more cocoa instead of chocolate. Excellent lace and creaminess. At first I didn't think it was spectacular because I was expecting something sweeter. It grows on you and is very addicting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
A well rounded and flavorful drink without going nuts with the alcohol level like some other imperial stouts. Dark roasted malt, coffee, dark toffee some hop and moderate alcohol. Fruitiness apparent. I'm not a stout fan but I liked this one.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This is a beautiful beer all the way around. Nice smooth finish preceded by an initial bite that kicked my butt. I can see why this is rumored to be Prince Charles' favorite beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Great imperial stout. Very dark and very full flavored. Not as enjoyable as brooklyn chocolate stout, but a nice beautiful bottle and a wonderful brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a solid black that light can NOT penetrate with very little caramel, copper-colored head. Aroma is of molasses, coffee with sweet fruit. Very smooth with a medium coffee flavor and a medium bitter finish. This beer is well balanced and very enjoyable. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.


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