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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pours dark, with very nice beige head. Coffee, Mollases aroma. Smokey, deep coffee, taste, fairly smooth on the palate. A very nice beer, but what Imperial Stout isn't?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2004
Bottle. Dark pour with a beige head. Nose is complex as all get out with the smell of strong licorice, coffee, and berries. Mouthfeel is strong of carbination. Taste is smokey, malty, and of bitter roasted hops. Finish is slightly astringent and bitter, almost like iced coffee. This is a very complex beer that is not at all unpleasing. I would recommend this as an after meal or dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Very dark brown body with a finely laced beige head, short-lasting. Aroma is very malty, full of dark chocolate, very roasty with coffee notes. A good hops mariage complement it all. I don't get much fruitiness in the aroma, but in mouth, there's plenty of them, lots of blackberries and plums. Mouthfeel is full, more carbonation than most. This possesses one of the most balanced roastiness I've met in the dry, almost smokey finish. Alcohol appears more and more as it warms, I'd have thought this is higher than 7%, I guess they sure didn't want to make it weak, it worked. Very full-flavoured and pleasant. Refined and less acid than most american renditions. Cheers to Matta for sending this a few decades ago!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Jan 2006 Bottle, approximately two years old. Black body, big creamy beige head. Boozey, anise and amaretto, mild roast malt and bits of licorice in the aroma. Mild roast flavour with prominent alcohol over raisins, notes of boozey licorice. Medium palate. Alcohol is a bit harsh actually, much more so than when it was fresh. 4/7/7/4/14<P> April 2004 Bottle. Black body with a light beige head. Nice sweet malty flavour with a touch of dark cocoa roasty bitterness in the finish. Slightest hint of dark fruits at times. Leaves behind a nice film on the glass. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2004
Complex nose - smells of roasted grains and licorice. Black body, small brown head. Deep roasted taste. Sweet initially then fades into a hop bitterness. Not bad, but not as great as I expected due to the high ratings.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
Yep I had this one in the bottle who hasnt? It looks like the real deal and sucks you in with all Her Majesty stuff and troops and all. But this wasnt the real Imperial Stout at all. This is a bit sweet and heavy and tastes as dead as a rotting corpse be god! That said the Sam Smith lads do do a bottle better than most and this aint that bad really. Dark enough with flavour chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbrock81 (314) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2004
Definitely a very good beer, although not as good as I'd expected from the rating. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and a vague alcohol scent. Pours black in the glass, with a small, fleeting head. The flavor was malty, and roasted, but fairly mild, even for a standard stout, much less what I'd expect for an Imperial. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, not much carbonation. Finishes with a bitter roasted malty flavor. Not worth what it costs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours dark black, with medium tan head. Smells strongly of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes very malty, very strong, with hints of molasses, dark chocolate, and port. Finishes smooth, slightly bitter, and very malty. Great beer. My only beef is the clear bottles, although with beer this dark, UV light probably doesn't hurt it much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 6, 2004
Strong, bitter chocolate taste lasts after the swallow. Tan head was short lived. Light body for an imperial. Metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Crazy aroma of muscat, sultanas and rum. Definitely seems like they’re using a LOT of cane sugar in there. Some smoke and dark chocolate in the background. Lots going on aroma-wise but I’m not sure I really like it. Very nice malty flavour, not particularly bitter, but smooth with a salted licorice finish. Great appearance, thick head, thick body. Fascinating drinking certainly, but it smells way too much like muscat and I really don’t like muscat.
RR: the more I drink of this the more I love it. It has an amazing creamy body (moreso than their Oatmeal Stout), with loads of sultana flavours and aromas and heaps of burnt, smoky, ashy stuff. Yum. Bumping this up several points.
RR: I’ve finally finished off my stash of this beer and even four months after its BB date this is great. The sultana and sherry is still there but has subsided a little as more malt comes through. Quite smoky too. Looks fricken awesome in a brandy snifter. And to think I didn’t like this beer initially!

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