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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: 2758   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
Inviting dark color with brown head. Powerful roasted coffee aroma. Delicious chocolate with roasted malt taste. Long romantic warming finish. Exactly what you would expect from Samuel Smith.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Yum! A thick, black pour with a creamy tan head, this is a fine imperial. The aroma is full of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and alcohol. Very creamy in the mouth. This has complex tastes... roasted malt, chocolate, anise, fruits, a hint of smoke, some spiciness. Nice mildly bitter, dry finish. Although not having a hefty abv, this Imperial is a great warmer nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
I havenít had a bottle of this in years, basically the last time I had it I was still drinking craft brew from the bottle. So seeing how it is right behind on of my favorites in Stone Russian imperial stout I had to pick it up to review it. Pours out used oil black that looked a little thinner than other RISí I have had but great nonetheless. A full dark tan head formed atop the oily liquid and left no much in the way of lace as it faded away. There seems to be a strong smell of chocolate liquor coming from this with fruits and a bit of alcohol as well. Sweet chocolate covered fruit came to mind when I first sipped this. Chocolate and a touch of coffee were also present as well as a bittersweet finish. There was an odd sour taste that hit me a few times that was very unpleasant, not sure what this is from. Mouthfeel was good but not as thick as other Imperial Stouts but creamy still. Drinkability was lower than I would have though with that odd taste really putting me off. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what but I plan on revisiting this in the future and giving it another chance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Poured a very dark brown with a tan head that left a film on the beer. Strong aroma of dark chocolate and some roasted coffee--quite pleasant. Taste is rich roasted malt, slight vinuous character, and a touch of alcohol. Body is good but slightly thin for a stout. I till like the oatmeal stout more, but thatís probably because Iím more of a sweet stout person than an imperial stout person. Still, very drinkable and satisfying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
550ml clear bottle. Pours dark brown, purple/red highlights. Thick well formed tan head, very dense. Inviting aroma, noticable hops, roasted malts and raisin notes. Quite a lot of bitterness and dryness from roasted malt and hops. Roastiness lingers for quite a while. Alcohol was noticable in finish as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (1036) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
This stout pours a deep black colour with a deep tan head. Scents include roasted malts with hints of ripe fuits. A little coccoa and a slight alcohol warming. First sip was very rich and strong tasting. Very sweet and thick. Tastes of molasass and a tiny bit of menthol? The fruit in the nose also comes out in the taste. The finish is a little winey with lingering ash. The palate has a almost oily finish with lingering roasted malts and a nice stout flavour????

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
Opaque dark body. Almost black in colour. Head is full of nice creamy brownish bubbles. Looks great! Aroma is hoppy, coffee beans, and bitter sweet. Taste is Coffee beans, chocolate,and alcohol. Perhaps a little too bitter for my taste, but still a great beer. Would have rated higher if the finish wasnít as bitter and alcoholy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
Pours an opaque dark brown, almost blackish body. Head is medium sized, light brown, and creamy looking. Like liqified chocolate! Aroma has definite strong hops, with a slight coffee hint as well. Aroma is bitter sweet with earthy, nutty tones as well. Vanilla extract also present. Taste is immidiate coffee and hops bitterness. Followed by subtle nutty notes. Also present are hints of whisky, woodiness and slcohol. The beer left a slight alcoholic burn in my throat, but itís not a bad thing, as it is acting as a nice winter warmer. Bitter aftertaste, in fact this is the bitterest imperial stout I have had to date. Impressive! Sam Smithís keeps on suprising me!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
bottle: thanks to yayforbeer for sorting me out with this one. Had to don the Sam Smith pinter for this. boh!. Darth Vader dark. Multi coloured mocha head, I poured this one big. Heavy bittersweet chocolate, some hazel nut and berrie flavour. Doesnít Milka make a chocolate like this? I think so!! Simply smooth but big in taste. Perfect for making tunes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2004
Bottle. raisin, and heavy roasted malt aroma. heavenly! pitch black colour with a small mocha head. velvet smooth body, bold. This is a complex beer to say the least! Bittersweet chocolate finish. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout


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