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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: 2626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (2071) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Dark as night. A brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. A roasty, coffee flavor with less alcohol feel than most imperials. A bit of fruitiness hidden in there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4146) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Rich, cough syrup/raisin aroma. Impenetrable balck body with slim brown skin of froth. Bold coffee taste. Thick mouthfeel with a warming quality, especially through the finish, where th ABV hits home. Sets the taste buds buzzing it does. Lingering chocolate and almost cheese in the finish. Bold, balanced and rewarding. Thick, tasty and fulsome.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7668) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2004
Poured dark and with a fine, lacing head. It dosn't have any real special aroma or flavor exept fore the classic Stout aromas and flavors. Roasted, dark and pure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Poured dark brown, clear; black as night in the glass. Medium sized, initially fizzy head that smoothed out nicely. Froth is a bit thick to lace, so it blotches and coats, but in a nice way. Wonderful smell of cooked bananas and a hint of plum (now prunes?). This beer is a one thing beer, as in palate and taste combined: very malty intake, hit by a burst of lovely, dry carbonation, followed by a sour and fruity(prunes and oh so mild licorice) sweet. Mouth starts watering immediately after carbonation burst and sour(hops)//sweet flavors kick in. Good alcoholic flavor as it warms up. A bit alcoholic warmed up considering the strengths of the other flavors, but overall very good, dry; not overly flavorful, but good flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Nice, dark pour, with small but fluffy head. Great dark chocolate, smoky flavor, with a hint of skunk.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2076) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 Very very dark, small brown head. Great aroma, roasted malts with some port-notes and some fruit. Malty flavour, some (dried) fruit, quite bitter but with some sweetness to compensate. Once and awhile some lactic notes shine through. Perfectly balanced and long lasting finish, it makes you want more and more. One of the rare Imperial Stouts that is actually pretty easy to drink. Everything is in perfect harmony, really good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
almostfrozen (26) - USA - FEB 9, 2004
Dark brown with medium-sized, fluffy, tawny head. Sweet smell. Rich, malty, almost chocolatey. 12 oz. bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Paid $2.99 for a 550ml bottle. Mindblowingly beautiful beer. Black as night, with a beautiful brown soft, fluffy head. Smell... ahhh. Sweet chocolate, cherry cordial scent. Extremely appealing!!!! Oh man, fives all over the place. GREAT taste, unbelievably good! Delicious chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, with the slightest hint of liquor-- really reminds me of a rich cherry cordial at christmas. Great beer! I might even say it's a candidate for a session beer if you're not trying to outdrink your friends.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Beautiful stout, black as the night with a tall light brown head. Delicate sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and liquorice. Flavor is bitter/sour with penetrating notes of malt, fruit, chocolate and coffee. Another excellent and very smooth stout from Samuel Smiths.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2004
A powerfull imperial stout with a nice chocolate taste. A great beer to enjoy while watching the greatest TV show ever - Firefly.


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