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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: 2754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
dark brown/black body with a chocolate looking head that simmered down to almost nothing.smells like all the other sammy smith’s.nice roasted malt taste with a bit of molasses.very good but a bit light for an imperial.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle: Strong chocolate and black licorice aromas. Light coffee and light alcohol in the nose as well. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, but looks a little thinner coming out of the bottle than you’d expect from an imperial. Nice big tan head with good retention. Great lacing. Coffee, licorice, and raisin in the taste the front. Chocolate really seems to come more in the finish which diminishes the black coffee bitterness. Alcohol is virtually covered up 100%. Flavors are nice but not as strong as most imperials.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004 does not count
very dark with a quickly dissapating head. very smooth with little carbonation. slight bitterness and alcohol finsh. nothing was too overpowering, well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12716) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 A beautiful black stout with a rich malty aroma filled with licorice. A pleasant warm flavour without being too sweet. One of the Kolding Beer Fest beers I must find and give a closer inspection. Re-rate: Holds up on closer inspection.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Nose of sweet plummy roasted liqorice barley.I poured this 18.7 oz. bottle into my sam smith imperial pint glass.Very nice toffee colored head that hung around the whole beer with a lot of rich lace.The taste is nice,sweet,roasted,some chocolate,hops.The palate comes off low carbonated,very nice med-full bodied stout.This was pulled straight from the case to avoid the dreded lightstruck beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Black color with a beige head. The taste is sweet and roasted. Has notes of liqourice and light chocolate bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pours and almost total black with mahogany hues. Smells tart, of chocolate, leather, maybe a little plum. Has no head to speak of. Rich, round, luxurious body. Has a the expected burnt and caramel flavors of a good stout but also a unique candy and sherry finish that I have never found in another. The sour twang has thrown me for years and I have only recently been able to appreciate this ale for what it is. Low in alcohol by current American standards.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Impressive. Everything about this was complex and high quality. Robust roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, all laced with a smokey character and perfectly balanced.. This was meant to be sipped slow and enjoyed..

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2004
My first imperial stout. Strong alcohol taste but wonderful aftertaste. Chocolate and a sort of coffee flavor. This one converted me to this style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1583) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Almost jet black with a small tan head and good lacing. Huge aroma that I could smell from 5 feet away that was like coffee and malt-o-meal. Flavor was chocolate, coffee, oak, and a shocking amount of alcohol flavor considering it was only 7%.


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