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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2754   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
This is definitely one of the best stouts on the market. An extremly hoppy, chocolate aroma. The body of this beer is excellent - the thin creaminess of a classic stout, with plenty of carbonation kicking in after itís all settled in. The flavor has just enough sweetness - at 7% many other stouts overdo it on the sweet element. At $3 per bottle, this is definitely a best buy!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
This one had been built up a bit and I really expected it to fall shot of the build up but it was everything I had heard and then some. Nice cocolate flavor. Dark and creamy. Goes down very smooth. Loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2004
Pours a thick black body with creamy light brown head. Aroma has lots of roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is dominated by the roasted malts and the chocolate. Finish is bitter. Palate is soft and creamy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2004
a good imperial...black pour with brown head; aroma is abundant of roasted notes, filled with sweet chocolate and coffee flavors...it was very similar to what id expect from an imperial porter; great creamy palate; somewhat weak for an imperial, but tasty nonetheless

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
1/2 liter clear bottle: poured in beautiful black color with garnet hues when held to a light......marvelous 2 finger mocha frothy meringue head. aromas of coffee-cocoa-dates-sweet anise...the anticipation is running wild at this point. Taste...where to start?...very complex start without a sharp edge .....near complex layered stout perfection...molassass-licorice-espresso-cocoa-bur treacle all these flavors in a milk body that slowly give way to a slight hop drying in the long finish. One of the best Imp-stouts Iíve tasted ...needs little finishing in a cellar. itís very mellow and complex and flavourful when fresh. Highly recommended....I will be cellaring a case this winter for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Black with a proud beige head. Rich chocolate milk aroma, with slight licorice aspect. Nice flavor with some notes of coffee, accompanied by just enough bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
So smooth! Itís like butter! Aroma has banana and cherries on top of the always omnipresent chocolate, coffe and sugar notes found in stout. Something about it reminds me of fresh laminate. There is a bite of malt to it initially on the palate, but it smooths out to finish amazingly. Licorice is there, but not distracting... Yep! Like butter!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Poured an opaque black w/ sizzling, very active brown foam which dissipated & disappeared very quickly, leaving sporadic bubbles of carbonation coming to the surface, looking much like a lake in light rain. Roasty, slightly burnt aroma of raisins & dried fruit, banana & apricot, licorice & molasses w/ some soft lactic sourness & notes of spicy hops. Full-bodied, creamy feel. Rich, complex Christmas cake & brandy flavour gives way to a fruity, spicy, hoppy, bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle poured black with a nice chocolate but fast dissapating head. Faint but clean roasty aroma. Flavor is great with a medium heavy body with malty Robust roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate, very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2004
deep black with moderate tan head. Aroma of roast coffee. Flavor is complex: peat, must, black coffee, dark fruits.


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