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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2695   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 Black, nice brownish head.Aroma from coffe and cocoa, sour but in a pleasant way. Flavor is bitter and from coffee, tar and cocoa. Great creamy palate and a hoppy, bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 Pours nice and black with a dark tan head. A chocolate nose, almost brownie-like, mixes with coffee and caramel. There is as massive assault of flavors that hit my mouth while tasting this... Coffee, liquorice, malt, chocolate, fruit, alcohol, yeast and a nice bitter finish. Gotta like something this complex.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Aug 07 Bottle from Bottles, York. Not sure what I got so excited about last time I tried this as I dont think I’ve ever liked sweet cardboard.. Strength noticeable and overly sweet with malt flavours verging on boiled and cardboardy. 2.6
May 04Massive vinous oaky sherry aroma with treacle, liqourice, chocolate and almonds, Very rich with thick sweet body. Very lively carbonation - odd contrast with the thick body. 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Best before June 01. Wonderful port aroma. Very complex taste, sweet and sour port. Fullbodied. A lovely bottle to enjoy for a long time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2004
550mL bottle, 05.19.04 Pours impossibly black; smallish, dark tan head, no lacing. Aromas of bananas foster, bubblegum, gumdrops. Delicious beer with flavors of plum, prune, charred fruits, burnt toast, licorice, dark molasses. Palate is chewy and burnt, but I could go for more sweetness. The malts are quite dominant until the bitter, burnt ending. Great, widely available beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Very dark brow in colour, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, almost burnt. The taste is malty, and roasted barley, with a splash of alcohol. Feels very smooth in the mouth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is very roasty and burnt. Flavor is quite nice too, silky smooth. Need to do a re-rate on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Sweet, thick, luscious, but as much as I like their other beers and others tend to love this, it’s just not all coming together for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Bottle. Dark with ruby hue. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty with strong alcohol smell. Smells like....it took me a while to get it...tequila. Yeah that sounds weird, but that is what the aroma smells like. Tastes roasty and malty, with slight bitterness. Alcohol is not as strong in flavor, but there is some tequila in the flavor as well. Not bad for SS, but next time I think i’ll try the Cuervo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Boy do I like this beer. This is a very good example. Great color, deep black. Nice dark tan head...and that aroma. Wonderful. I like the last rater’s comment who described it as "...scotch, licorice...". I agree. I always felt it had that liquor feel to it. It is a bit thinner than I prefer, but that’s not a huge deal. If I want a chewy one (and I love ’em), I’ll opt for a Speedway Stout. The flavor is alcoholic---tasting stronger than the 7% would indicate. Letting it warm a bit really lets it show the chocolate and prune flavors with a nice big wash of coffee and a little hops. A good impy stout in a stupid clear bottle....a train wreck waiting to happen in each and every bottle.

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