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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2004
Dark chestnut colour. Aroma has light chocolate, hints of grass, white sugar, and orange. Body is thick, especially for the size of beer, with chewy malts, lots of deep fruit (plums, peaches, raisins). Sweet, rich, fruity finish. Sheer quality.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Deep black color with a brown head. Roasted and smoke smell. Flavor is full of smoke, has this been skunked in some way? Not very flavorful as others have reported. Alcohol is well hidden and can sneek up on you. 2.8 Re-rate: This time I don’t smell or taste the heavy smoke flavor. Instead a roasted and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet at first with a roasted bitterness in the end. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Wow!! A top notch imperial stout that is full of roastiness and carmelization. Also a nice bitter aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
One of the absolute great beers I've had. Dark ruby, with a tan, foamy head. Chocolate and coffee notes, with a perfect balance of malt and hops. As creamy as a beer can be. The only downside is the possibilty of skunk, due to the clear bottle. I've only experienced that one time. A great alternative to the more over-the-top micro imperials.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2004
my first imperial stout- and lets just say i was impressed. this is a really good beer that i found myself smelling as much as drinking. pours out like motor oil. despite the low alc for an imperial, it still had a kick that gave me a nice warm feeling after consumption. this was great- cant wait to rate a better one than this. awesome

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Black as ink, with a creamy sepia head. The nose is a religious experience- concentrated deep, dark chocolate and cherry/berry aromas, charred wood, grape, candied orange peel, and currants. Incredibly mellow and creamy flavors of roasted malts, chocolate milk, molasses bordering on maple, cranberry, and vinous oaky vanillans. Glides oh-so-smoothly over the tongue and teases with lightly prickly acidity when swallowed. Long, not too bitter aftertaste of ground coffee beans and creme brulee with orange zest, and more than a hint of cognac or brandy . Weird as it sounds, this is a sexy beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2642) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Large brown head, lasting with a nice lace. Black, nuthin but black. Licorice, vinous, chocolatey nose. Full/medium body, velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted flavors. Notes of berry and smoke also. A surprisingly complex brew! Finish is fairly dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Very dark brown/red with a creamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with medium cherry spice. Light roast. Medium body is smooth as silk. Grape toffee/coffee bitters. Chewy chocolate chip cookie. Some pepper. Good carb. Light in alc ABV for an imp, but the flavours and palate is wonderful. And Sam products are almost always very smooth. Stands up well against the stronger of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2080) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2004 Ok can't believe I havent had this classic before. Comes in the usual clear Sam Smith pint bottle.. This is athe classic looking stout..black for the most part though mahogany accents round the edges appear when its held to the light..lovelly tan head..great looking lace. The smell is dominated by the roasted, toasty malts, sweet black fruits, slightly milky. Sweet when it first hits the tongue then a lemon rind bitter zestiness seems to clean that off the palate..then the esspresso coffee bitterness takes over..with creamy undertonesfinishes of with a nice hop kick at the back of the throat..alcohol is barely tastable. An adventure for the taste buds, excellent on the palate. ASn exceptionally drinkable Imperial Stout..maybe lower in alcohol than many others nowadays..but its big on taste and character.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Pours with a chocolate milk colored head that lasts a pleasing while and leaves some nice lacing. Looks velvety and smooth like a good cappuccino. The body of this beer is as black as crude oil. This could possibly be the thing that bought old Jed that Beverly hills mansion. I didn't realize until I poured it that the bottle was clear, but somehow it lacked any off flavors. Has a light iced coffee aroma with a hint of English hops. Has a gorgeous flavor profile of roasted malt and coffee beans with a slightly bitter finish. A light traditional stout flavor permeates the body of this beer and a sweet alcohol flavor lingers in the finish. This is a beer that I would definitely like to enjoy again but I really wish there was a canned widget version.


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