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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: 2592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This is quite an enjoyable brew. The first aroma that I noticed was licorice and very subtle coffee, but the coffee taste was absent. Sweetness is actually very nice, not too sweet and sticky, which was my initial fear. I haven't had many imperial stouts at this point in my life, but I certainly like this one. Nicely carbonated with a nice long buzz on the tongue. Black as coal on the pour with a nice creamy head. Good body to this beer. Worthwhile for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
very pleasureable drink. alchohol is neither high nor noticable. tastes unlike any imperial stout i've had, i.e. not very strong. well balanced with no off tastes or dominating flavors. rich. will put a smile on your face

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1557) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Deep black pour with a 1 inch tan head. Aroma full of chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Complex flavor of chocolate, milk, and maybe some coffee. Very full bodied and very well done!! A great brew!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2004 Pours deep dark BLACK, with a smooth tan head. Nice roasted malt and chocolate taste. Very little bitterness but a somewhat sourness to it. I like pouring this into champagne glasses.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8221) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2003
Jet black; dark accajou head, reducing itself to a few mm. Chocolate nose, sweeter as expected. Hint of pine. Taste is more as expected from an I.S. Bitter, dark chocolate, quite some hops - British ones, please, nothing so exotic as American sorts. A bit of sweeter malt just peeps trough in the finish. Seriously carbonated. Full bodied. Aftertaste is coffee or "hopjes" - coffee bonbons. Somehow, I'd expected more fireworks. Dull is certainly isn't. It's a stout from the British empire, rather than the Russian: very reserved.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Aroma of dark chocolate, with hints of chlorine and red wine. Tastes of chocolate with a spicy molasses or toffee finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Black with a small tan head. The aroma is wonderful. It is smooth and sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (331) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2003
black with small tan head, nice mellow roast malts, toffee, cocoa and coffee. Terrific soft palate, medium body, I like hoppier american Imperials a bit more but this is a winner

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Wow! This is a great stout, it is everything a stout should be, dark, thick, complex, fulfilling. It pours a wonderful deep black with a full thick tan head that lingers and when it falls leaves a good lacing. The roaster at Sam Smith did his work, the precision of his efforts come through from the moment the bottle is opened and lasts until the final hints of flavor finish deep in the throat and sinuses. This stout is all about the roast, the deep caramelized sugar in the barley dominant through out. This beer lacks the hard hitting hop attack upfront found in so many American stouts, but this is not a bad thing. The hops are there, balanced w/ the sweetness and alcohol to prepare the palette for an exquisite deep finish. This is a must have for any stout drinker.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Very nice sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Sweet toasty and complex with a good dry finish, but quite smooth for an imperial stout. Not the best in this style but certainly a very good effort.


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