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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: 2624   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.


4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1557) - 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.

4.2
   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!

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
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2128) - 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.

4.5
   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.

4.2
   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.


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