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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2511   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2003
4 years old (not bottle conditioned)
Dark color, brown head. Aroma of liquorice, paper, malt, black pepper, coffee, toffee, hazelnuts; light tar, phenol…; very nice and complex. Strong mouthfeel, dominated by the liquorice, supported by some malt and replaced at the end by the roasted barley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2003
Very dark with a medium light brown head. The aroma is dark bread, coffe and chocolade. The taste is dominated by roasted coffee-chocolade but I sense there is more fore me to extract in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Deep dark brown color with cola colored head. Taste of bitter chocoloate, raisins, dry hops, and toasted malt. Also has that unique samuels smith's sweet and tangy flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel with light and fine carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 I love the flavor of this one. Good overall mouth feel and well rounded flavors with a lot of raisiny dried fruit. Thank God its easy to get here. UPDATE 12/24/2003: I do not know if it is because I have the new batch, but the flavor really lacked the depth as when I rated this earlier. It still looks fine with a nice attractive tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, some hops for bitterness, and latic notes. The palate is fairly rich. Overall, not bad, but there are many more Imperial Stouts that I like better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2003 Really good, but having it right after Linc's awesome homebrew made it taste a litlle predictable. Solid and serious stout all over the place. The room is spinning anti-clockwise. Coffee for sure with that kind of dark chocolate they always put over father's day ginger. Alcohol is up front and then dissipates. I got some bank tobacco as well. Anyway, if they made it for her majesty's forces I bet it was for the smart ones who stayed home: dad's army. Great beer anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Pours a deep brownish black with a thin, brackish head. Nice nose on this. Seems spiced but also licorice, and hops. Not overpowering. Taste has some spice and hop character but has definite malt and ginger with a hint of cocoa. Perhaps some nutmeg as well. Surprisingly not as strong as I expected. Still good stuff though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 had one of these for new years warming up and it was a good way to go. absolute velvet in the mouth. a rich, fruity, porty chocolate smell. big fat malty base with choc, rum, plums, overripe red grapes, and a slight sourness. not very roasty or hoppy, or intense in any particular direction, but as long as you’re not expecting stone RIS this is lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Black and nearly opaque with a massive, gravity-defying, creamy, tan, foamy head. Roasted, smoky aroma with dark fruits, esters, toffee, and mocha. Flavors of smoke, black coffee, and licorice with a dry, bitter finish. Smooth and luscious palate. This stout is superb paired with strong cheese, melon and chocolate.

   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).

   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.

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