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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2493   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.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Whoah. This beer gave me a good ass-kicking. Guess that's why it's sold in 4-packs. Well worth the 6-pack price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Smells very nicely of malty goodness, seeping roasted smell followed by some more floral and fruity hints. Color is black, whit barely any head. For some reason it's in a clear bottle, which probably isnt the best way to store it. Either way it has a great flavor overall, but it lacks in the body department. Palate is thin but still pulls of a nice alcohol and hoppy bite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Deep burgandy-black color with an off-white medium thich head. Smelled of dark fruit, port wine and liquorice. Incredibly smooth silky mouthfeel. Tasted of chocolate covered cherries, raisons and prunes. A rich decadent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Black, almost purple. Thin, lacey caramel to white head, Smells great! Mild, dry port wine, similar but a little more pungent , more sweet even than the taddy porter aroma. Bottle. Ripe plum, sweet with burnt notes throughout. Has a chocolatey finish. The roasted malt is almost ash/tobacco like with a very dry flavor, but very understated. This is in stark contrast with the ripe plum flavor that hits the top of the palette. A bit too much carbonation upon first opening, gives an improper texture and disrupts the body. Not as much body as I was hoping for, though it is still medium-full. Aftertaste lingers, like sucking on a caramel chocolate chew (after trying this some more, I’d say more like peanut brittle! yum). As the beer warmed, carbonations became perfect, and the flavor warmed and became much fuller. I sat there with a thermometer and tried it at many temperatures. It seemed best around 57-59. Again, the initial bittersweet-oil taste is a bit too much and detracts some, but other than that, a hell of a solid beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Totally opaque black color, dark beige head. Dark chocolate and crushed roasted coffee beans aroma mixed with a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body and oh so chocolaty still somewhat woody with just a touch of acidity. As time goes by, hop start to show up. Acidic/bitter finish, quite long.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1503) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Beautiful, deep dark color. Good sized head with nice lacing. Multi-dimensional aroma of coffee, licorice, caramel and molasses. Equally interesting taste with the roasted chocolate malts setting the tone. Smooth, lasting malt aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
Chocolate, roasty, sugary aroma. Smoked oak, bitter, burnt butter flavours, thick body, finishes well.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2004 Deep brown with small tan head, good lacing, full-bodied. Vinous aroma, hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, leather, very complex. Surprising fruity undertones on the palate (plum?) and a serious roasted taste. Port like warmness and finished dry, great mouthfeel. Not an "over-the-top" Imperial like some American versions, just a darn good classic.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Dark red-black with a tan head. Very bold alcoholic aroma. Very sweet in flavor with a noticable alcoholic kick to it. Very warming to the stomach. A slight roasted/coffe flavor was noticed as well as bit of spice but to me it was mostly just sweet. Almost similar in sweetness to a red wine. I was somewhat disappointed to see that it comes in a clear bottle. Not really my cup of tea. I don't think that i have really developed a taste for this style yet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Pours very dark, almost black, with a short lived light brown head. Smelled almost like a red wine. Lots of sweetness came through, and it seemed to mask the roasted barley flavors a bit. Just a very slight alcohol feel in the finish. A fairly impressive imperial.


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