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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: 2758   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1327) - 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 (1587) - 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%.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - OCT 7, 2004
Solid black with brown head. Aroma is definite coffee. Taste has same roasted barley/coffee taste. Overall excellent standard for the imperial stout

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours black with a small brown head. Aromas of alcohol, malt, and roasted barley. Flavor is sweetly bitter then chocolate. Palate is full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
An exceptionally fine looking ale. Pours black with the faintest hints of drying molten lava just under the head. The head is light tan and dies rather quickly but leaves a nice ring around the Goblet. Some of the lace sticks to the glass while other parts fall back into the head. The nose is awesome! A definate sweet smokiness shines through. Dark malts topped with melting caramel and chocolate with a tub of I cant Believe it’s not butter thrown it. Absolutely fantastic aroma. I can’t wait to try this. Very drinkable. Exceptional flavor. Nice sweet chocolate flavor with burnt caramel corn, toffee, roasted coffee, butter, dried plums and alcohol. Poor mouthfeel which set this beer back quite a bit but very drinkable with an nice lingering aftertaste that stays in your mouth minutes after swallowing. I enjoyed this Imperial but I surely have had some that I enjoyed more. Not a very robust Imperial Stout and a little too sweet. But it was still pretty damn swell!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2004
aroma notes of cherry, oak, grape, chocolate, and orange; flavor includes roasty caramel, raisin, caramel, coffee, plum; dry finish and great balance for an impy stout. Total British character and completely wonderful

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Bottle. Wow. This is the benchmark Imperial Stout the way Guiness is the benchmark stout. Big creamy head, light brown lacing. Thick, rich, chewy beer, flavors are well blended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Bottle. This has the same subtle balsamic vinegar smell that I absolutely love in imperial stouts. Other than that a fairly decent imperial stout. I really enjoyed this, yum.


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