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

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RATINGS: 2484   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
Very, very dark ruby color, nice head for a stout. A little too vinegary for my liking, but still good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. I like the carbonation, but then I'm that way. Good, but not fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2003
Bottled. A very good stout. Poured jet black. The only problem with it was it wasn't roasty in the beginning, however it came on once it warmed up a bit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - APR 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 certainly better than the first time i tried it (purchased at a shop that i know takes better care off their beers) pour was dark black with a thin head, assertive malt flavor with undertones of chocolate and currants. perfect mouthfeel for the style, finish was long and bitter (perhaps a little too bitter)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2003
Thick looking black, with a small whitish mist of head floating atop. Completely opaque. Very nice. Aroma is very big and roasty, with a subtle hopping. Flavor is very bold, with huge sweetness and a big roasted flavor. It is subtle, however, and fairly easy drinking for an imperial stout. A great dessert beer. Probably one of my top three imperial stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2003
Pours a nice silky dark brown with little head. Aroma of roasted malts greets you and leads into a well balanced flavor profile of malt sweetness, roasted barley, chocolate, and a slight fruity taste (plum?). An excellent imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4502) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
(355ml Bottle) Thin, brown head and opaque, black body. Strong molasses nose. Flavours of molasses and chocolate. Finishes very bitter and dry. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2003
Another good beer from Sammy. Choclate and fruit notes (plums, grapes, bananas, and even an apricot). Choclate and roast malt flavor. Light on the hops. Left over from winter, may have been affected ny the light. Damn you Sam Smith and your yuppie bottles.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
Good quality, it remindsme of Guinness draught without the creamyness. However it has a woodsy feel Gunniess lacks. It is still way too bitter for me to drink repeatedly. I would recomended it to fans of the style. I like the oatmeal style better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
Creamy, tan head. Light begs to get through this extremely dark brew, but, to no avail. It is stopped in its tracks. Malty, chocolatey nose. The alcohol is fairly apparent in this. It feels a little vinous in the mouth. The carbonation is not very apparent. Malty and thick in the mouth. Overall, not bad, but I liked Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
A very good, and strong Imperial Stout. The hops come through very well. An excellent stout.


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