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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
I was actually quite disappointed by this one. This might be false thinking on my part, but I associate Imperial Stouts with a more bitter, hoppy flavour than this one presented. I thought it was too malty and treacly, with not enough bitterness to balance it out. Alright, but I wouldnít rush back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours an almost opaque black colour with a thin, but dark tan head. Great nose of roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavour is wonderful moving from coffee to chocolate to a sort rasin sweetness in the finish. Delicous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2005
12oz bottle, no date but Iíve been holding it for about 2 years. Dang, I thought this was bottle-conditioned!?! oh well, pours with good carbonation and head, jet black, but not oily thick. Smells like my grandmaís old butter churn...not quite that strong, but like that...I used to love taking off the wooden cover and seeing how big a huff I could take out of that churn. Even though it hadnít been used in decades, it still stank...gets an extra aroma point for reminding me of that experience...Taste is a bit roasty and chocolately, palate a bit thin and lacking. Finish just drops off into a lingering coffee sensation. As far as Imperial Stouts go, this one is pretty empty. Just not much there. Nothing bad, but I guess Iím just expecting something massive, and this isnít. And at only 7%ABV, Iíd say calling it Imperial is a push. Just not my idea of a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Poured black with dark brown head. Had aroma of fruit , wood, and roasted malt. Tastes is very similar to aroma with chocolate and a fizzy on the palate. .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Aroma:chocolate,iron and skunk Appearance:Black good white head\ Flavor:Torefaction and iron Not my favorite imperial sout :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
550 ml clear bottle courtesy of Radek. Opaque dark brown colour with a frothy light brown head. Warming chocolate and coffee aroma with lightly acidic notes and unfortunately a quick hit of skunkiness. Roasty and astringent dry coffee flavour, surrounded by some light chocolate and vinous character, finishing dry and roasty. Medium to full bodied, dry mouthfeel. Good, but a bit of a disappointment overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Pours a deep cocolate brown color, along with lite head and a roasted slightly sweet scent. A sour/sweet taste upon drinking, but I also got a wiff of bubble gum when I was drinking it. ;)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Dark dark, yet surprisingly crisp on the palate for an imperial. Sweet, honey, coffee, milk chocolate, and lingering aftertaste without overpowering. Would definitely try again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2004
33 cl bottle; Pitchblack, with creamy beige head. Nose i vineous. Flavour of roased malts and desserwine. Not particularly sweet. Thin body. OK Impy stout, but not awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Deep black color with a ring of foam around the glass. Appealing aroma of raosted malt and fruit. The flavor is pretty much the same : roasted malt and fruit. Full body, slightly liquorous texture, soft carbonation. A classic.

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