EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells delightfully chocolately and coffee-like. Gigantic tan head on this puppy thatís hanging around like a wino outside the Salvation Army. My fiance looked at this when i poured it and said "I thought the bottle was brown." Verrry thick and juicy, like a steak turned into a beer. Roasted to a crisp, toffe and a bit of fruit and nuts hits me and then dissipate slowly. Smells beter than it tastes, truth be told. I like the thickness but the taste is somewhat lacking. Still darn good.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 This one has a complex nose,and taste.
Not a thirst quencher,but itís not suppsed to be.This is more of a winter warmer.Easily one of the tastier stouts Ive tried.Nice chocholate,and coffee flavor's.Smooth,but also very full bodied.At 7%ABV it is a fairly potent beer,and they sneak up on you.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Mmmm. No surprise that Sam Smithís Imperial is quality ... everything Iíve ever had from the brewer is top-notch. Poured an opaque black with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to the light; creamy tan head that lasts; aroma of dark chocolate and roasted barley ... sweet, but not overly so. Flavor is robust and complex: dark chocolate, roasted-bordering-on-burned malt, flavorful hops on the back end ... lingering aftertaste. Smooth on the palate. Damn. This is a good beer.
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
looks absolutely gorgeous with a long-lived tan head on a black body. it would have been more perfect if it were opaque but still a stunning-looking beer. LOTS of roast in the aroma, some hops bitterness, some dark and unsweetened chocolate in there. complex flavor of malt, caramel, chocolate, burnt toast, roasted barley. extremely smooth, leaves the slightest tingle on my tongue with some warming alcoholic notes. very good beer, better than their oatmeal stout.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to black with some red hues when held to light. Small brown head which does not really last. Hints of sweetness and acid in the aroma, with a touch of chocolate. Flavour shows the bit of acid, along with roast barley type bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Taste is strong chocolate and mild alcohol. Thick, more chocolate than other stouts. Warming. A classic from Sam Smith.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Samuel Smithís products and I go way back, so I have a bit of a bias towards some of them. My only real complaint is the clear bottle. +++Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer pours a thick dark black color with a large brown head that lingers and made good lacing. The aroma is thick with roasted malt, light hops and a bakers chocolate, and malted milk. The flavor is malty, has some molasses a moderate element of bakerís chocolate, malted milk and a bitter fruity hop note. The finish is lightly bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and very creamy. Well done, but there are so many better beers in this category.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A copper color (clear), light carbonation and an off white foamy head. The lace is nice and clingy. The aroma is malty with light hops and bready ? light and not overwhelming. The flavor is sweet, and the finish is hopped and not over the top. Mouthfeel is light and a little creamy, with low effervescence and a light but lingering hop bite.
A good light Scottish Ale.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Re-rateThis time I cheated, I paired it with white chocolate and my impresion grew. The vinous aspects and bitterness were more pronounced.
Pours black with a nice fluffy head. Iím immediately hit with a wonderful aroma of the vine, with a little bit of roastiness. The flavor wasnít as full as the appearance and aroma promised. Anise is the dominant element. The finish is pretty non-distinct.
kathouse (1413) - Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma of roasted malts, plums and raisins. Black, thick body with a thin brown foam. Wow! Very smooth with great body and mouthfeel. Delicious roasted flavor, coffee and licorice. Finishes clean with little bitterness. Alcohol is masked very well. An excellent stout!