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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2478   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.


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 (4391) - 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 (1012) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Very black. Nice tan head that disappears quickly. Slightly sweet with chocolate, coffee, and perhaps a little black licorice. I am not sure about the after taste, though. Over all this is a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Jet black in color with a thick tan head that thins out. Smells of roasted barley, coffee, and alcohol. Slightly sweet flavor with a semi-mouthcoating feel. Hints of black licorice in the flavor. Not as heavy as other great imperial stouts but still a very good beer none the less.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Deep black glass of oil. Extremely viscous and extremely tasty! Not quite as good as the porter in my book, but just a notch below. Inherently heavey and heavenly as weel. Very good winter beer. Enjoy in front to the fire on a cold winter night. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Dark as hell,slight to almost no head.Nice aroma of sweet malt and some slight hints of fruit possibly raisin.Taste is malty with chocolate and coffee thrown in for a nice balance of flavor's kind of weak though meaning it was a little thin in the mouth feel.I thought that it should of had a heavier feel for an imperial but in this case it seems to work just fine for.i would have to recommend trying one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
This black beer has a thick, light brown head. The nose has a sweet vinous character (sweet raisins and alcohol?) The palate has a nice coffee/burnt grain backdrop with nuances of vinous fruit with a slight sweet malt (caramel) on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Every time I drink a SS I remember why my trip to london was spent primarily in a SS pub. They just make great beer with excellent consistently. If an imperial stout can be subtle, this is it. Instead of crashing into your senses it offers all of the deep, satisfying aromas and flavors of an IS in a wonderfully smooth and satisfying fashion. Delish.


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