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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2594   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours dark black, with medium tan head. Smells strongly of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes very malty, very strong, with hints of molasses, dark chocolate, and port. Finishes smooth, slightly bitter, and very malty. Great beer. My only beef is the clear bottles, although with beer this dark, UV light probably doesn't hurt it much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 6, 2004
Strong, bitter chocolate taste lasts after the swallow. Tan head was short lived. Light body for an imperial. Metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Crazy aroma of muscat, sultanas and rum. Definitely seems like they’re using a LOT of cane sugar in there. Some smoke and dark chocolate in the background. Lots going on aroma-wise but I’m not sure I really like it. Very nice malty flavour, not particularly bitter, but smooth with a salted licorice finish. Great appearance, thick head, thick body. Fascinating drinking certainly, but it smells way too much like muscat and I really don’t like muscat.
RR: the more I drink of this the more I love it. It has an amazing creamy body (moreso than their Oatmeal Stout), with loads of sultana flavours and aromas and heaps of burnt, smoky, ashy stuff. Yum. Bumping this up several points.
RR: I’ve finally finished off my stash of this beer and even four months after its BB date this is great. The sultana and sherry is still there but has subsided a little as more malt comes through. Quite smoky too. Looks fricken awesome in a brandy snifter. And to think I didn’t like this beer initially!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
Great stout. Pours a nice black color, good lace, taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some spice and a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2004
Excellent stout, black in color, tan head, thin edge laced around the glass, nose of roasted grain & burnt chocolate, smooth & drinkable, great mouthfeel, lots of roasted & deep flavors, dry & bitter finish, nice balance, very drinkable beer, nice stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
bottle...black opaque pour with medium tan head. Roasted grain, burnt chocolate on the nose. Very smooth, odd beginning, with chocolate and roasted malt to finish. Nice bitter ending also.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Sweet hoppy nose that's very well balanced with the roasted malt. Medium bodied dark brown almost black stout with a small dark tan head. Feels a lot thicker than it looks. Great roasted coffee bean taste with the perfect hop balance giving it an orangey tasting finish. Friggin' good imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2004
The aroma smells as it tastes, of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, roasted malt. Smooth and creamy and mouth-filling, it does not taste exceedingly of alcohol - as might be argued that the Old Rasputin Rusisan Imperial Stout does. The yeast taste is less noticeable but there. I think the 7% ABV is a good round number - a heavenly number, and appropriate - a sort of golden mean between the slightly weak or average 5% and the stronger 9% Old Rasputin. This beer may also be comparable to the quality beverage called Rogue Mocha Porter - but the Rogue is more chocolatey, I should think. Compared to other beverages of Mr Smith, it is better than the Taddy Porter and possibly better or about equal to the Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
A very nice, very roasted imperial stout. Almost no carbonation. A beautiful roasted malt flavor with a slight hop balance. Roasted malt flavor persists throughout the finish. slightly heavy but the flavor picks up the alcholol warmth leaves off. a top notch imperial stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2004
This is such a classy beer. Dark brown/black, pretty tan head that slowly fades. Aroma of butterscotch and molasses. Flavors are buttery, followed by currants and a bit of a dark malt quality. Somehow still spritzy on the finish, and even the yeast makes an appearance. This is simply a fine beer. An old favorite that reminds me that the Brits really do know what they are doing when it comes to beer.

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