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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: 2415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OriginalCheeser (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
Bold taste with no single distinct flavor overpowering the rest. D

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Smooth and rich, with a steady and thick chocolate-looking head. No extreme flavors immediately, although I find the balance of sweetness and tart, dry malts very refreshing. A little thiner and less intense than others I've had in the style, but this doesn't necessarily detract.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
1/19/03: bottle. good amount of bubbly head when poured. brown- black color. sweet, heavy malt smell. light, watery malt taste. i would like to try one of sam smith’s on tap to find out if their beers taste better that way (…maybe they just don’t travel well!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Beautiful black stout with dark brown lacing but no real head. Nose of sweet malt, hops, and cocoa. Taste of sweet malt, hops, cocoa, bitter espresso, with a bitter hop finish to counter the sweetness. Mouth feel is a bit thin for an imperial stout; not surprising, since at 7% ABV this is more a session beer than an imperial. With American IPAs coming in at close to 10% and imperial stouts coming in at over 15%, this is sort of a session imperial!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choket (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003 does not count
dark in color with a very smooth and chocolaty flavor. has a dry after taste and almost no head

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Smooth palate, deep chocolate flavorwith a hint of fruit, bit of an odd aftertaste though... Very thin head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Pours dark, with small dark brown head which grows slowly downward. Smell is of fruit : plums or apricots. Roasted taste, almost too sweet. Finish is grainy and full.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Pours opaquely with a creamy tan head that coats the glass. Aroma of sweet plums, mildly roasted malt and some soy. Silky, rich, malty palate hides the alcohol magnificently and finishes a great roasted chocolate. Has a touch of sour toffee from age I'm guessing, but otherwise a nice, very drinkable example of the style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Excellent Imperial. Dark dark brown in color. Nice creamy beige head that slowly disapated before my first swig. Malty/Roasty aroma that has some slight chocolate/alcohol notes. Smooth roasty start with a nice full/silky palate. Nice hop bitterness finished the beer. Alcohol well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
obfuscatex (9) - USA - JAN 5, 2003 does not count
Almost as good as S.S. Oatmeal Stout.


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