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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: 2725   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Black color, roasted malts, liquorice coffee aroma and taste, Full body, smooth finish. Great stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Very dark and tan head, this is a good beer. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate, and not too sweet, which is a good thing for me. Great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Poured very dark, with a light, tan coloured head. Aroma is chocolate with some liquorice. Flavour is chocolate, roast, and dry bitter at the end. Thick bodied, very smooth. Excellent stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 550 ml bottle. Pitch black beer with a large lasting light brown head. Rich chocolate aroma with a prominant coffee aroma. As it warms, even more sweet malty aroma come to the front, especially caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Flavour is also sweet milk chocolate and coffee on the front with a nice molasses and licorice flavours before fading into a roasty, slightly smokey finish. The finish has some faint bitterness and leaves a nice long vanilla flavour. This brew is as smooth as silk and incredibly delicious. Pretty solid brew, but not really much of an imperial these days.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pretty good Imperial Stout. Deep brown, black appearance. Nice tan head. Strong alcohol, coffee, slight roasted aroma. BItter taste. Also strong coffee and alcohol. I might have to give this another try, then again, maybe not.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Beautiful black body with full tan head. Aroma of bitter choolate and roasted coffee and a little anise. Full bodied and creamy but a tad more carbonation than I like in a stout. Flavor was sweet but not cloying, robust and full. Classy stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. Good Head. Smells like Pumpernickel Bread. Chocolate. Coffee... a bit Bitter. Malt. Roasts. Thought this was very good and distinctive in its own right...would definilty save a bottle or two, but wouldn’t drink it all the time.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 Bottle 62F poured very dark brown with a thick tan head that has retreated to a film that will not go away. Leaving massive lacing. Aroma is a very rich sweet chocolate and coffee. Delicious. Taste is a bit different. The coffee is there but a bit more bitter. Almost a sour slant. A bit of a let down from the aroma. Not quite as full and rich as I was hoping but still very good. Aftertaste is smoke and coffee and the feel is soft and silky. One of my faves.

2.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 i dont really think it is as good as it was rated. Thick dark body and big thick head. Bittter aroma and bitter taste. not that pleasant to drink but better then other imperials.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2004
not by any means the best brew i’ve had. not even close to the best i.s. very surprised to see it rated as high as it was. im pretty sure i have a grudge against sam smith and his beers, not sure why.. maybe because i feel they are mass produced and too well known to be a good beer. maybe not though. this beer was lie any other stout i’ve had but with a bit less flavor. nothing to go back for agian, and nothing to lift my prejudice agains sammy smith and his beers.


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