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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2464   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Re-rate: No description, just a remark. I had this a few times now and it still rocks. But not as it used to. Did the recipe change? Dit my palate change? Am I getting spoiled? Don’t know but I felt light downgrading the ratings a little. Bottled, 4.5: Nice chocolat aroma. Black color, brown almost creamy head, good lace. Smooth, strong chocolat, hint of coffee, well hopped, well balanced. Long lasting coffee finish with a little alcohol burn. Man! I might have to change my favorite style from Unblended Lambic to Imperial Stout. I love it!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2003
If I must pick 5 Stouts in the World this is one of them. Heavy on the O.G. makes it quite "stocky" full of burnt sugar and a dry finish makes this beer a complete meal.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2003
tastes exactly like an Irish Car Bomb

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 22, 2003
Brown head, opaque black in color. Sweet, starchy aroma. Tastes a little like a smoked ham (in a good way), obviously very thoroughly roasted, judging from the color and the burnt taste. Medium heavy body, goes down very smoothly. Aftertaste of the roasted barley, missing in any kind of lightness or fruit sweetness. Regardless, a very good beer. Correction: The aftertaste does lighten and sweeten a bit, about 20 minutes after the beer is gone. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Pours black with a small tan head that quickly diminishes. There is a nice oily sheen to this. A wine like aroma. Very smooth. A good combination of roasted malts and sweetness that is not overpowering. A good introduction to someone who has never tried this style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Pitch black with a very quick dissolving head. Initial smell of roasted barley, but also some detectable malt. A very thick body leads to a complex initial flavour, which subsides to a subtle yeasty flavour. I like this as much as the Oatmeal Stout, but I wouldn't say I like this more! If you've tried one but not the other, then try them both!!!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 Wow, this beer looks great in the glass! It pours with a nice thick tan head that doesn't disappear right away. It smells like Molasses when swirled. It starts off sweet and thick in the mouth, and ends w/ a bitterish yeast flavor. Caramel-roasted sweet cherries, if such a thing existed, are in there too. There's a little alcohol at the end too, but it's masked very well. Recommended! Its palate is a bit thick for me, but it has great flavors and looks.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Great Stout. Kinda thinner than I expected, but that's not a knock on it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Well it's a good imperial stout. I guess I was expecting something spectacular, but it fell short. Good, just not amazing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 A nice appearance with a dark black color and a big, light brown head start off this brew. Unlike many stouts, this black is truly black. Holding the beer up to a light, you simply cannot see through it. To quote the great Spinal Tap, "how much more black could this be? And the answer is none --- none more black." The nose is nice, though it goes from fairly non-existent to pronounced as the beer warms, and it marked by alcohol and chocolate notes. Flavor is nicely balanced and combines the chocolate and roast flavors well, though it is perhaps a tad thin for the style.


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