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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: 2619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


4.4
   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!

3.9
   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.

4.3
   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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Excellent stout. Pours a deep black with a thick brown head. Nice roasted malty chocolate-ly aroma. Great deep chocolate, coffee and roasted malt flavor with some hops. Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Recommended!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Very dark in color with a tan head. Aroma is chocolately. Very smooth beer. Really good. Roasty coffee flavors. Good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
The Beer Dean (5) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004 does not count
This is what Imperial Stout is all about. High in alcohol and roasted barley but still crisp.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3514) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Pours very dark brown, almost black. Roasty, slightly chocolate aroma. Smooth malty, chocolaty, coffee taste. Good balanced bittersweet aftertaste, leaving a creamy, mouth-watering, full palate. As far as price and availability, its one of the best beers around.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Very dark brown with a lasting tan head.Aroma is subdued, yet chocolatey. Very smooth creamy chocolate-coffee flavor. the chocolate lingers. The roasted barley bitterness becomes more evident as it is consumed. YUMMY!


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