bclasen (17) - USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A treat for me on Halloween. Pours to a beautiful beige head, long lasting. Has a great appearance, very dark, nice lacing. Aroma was great & roasty, a bit of chocolate & raisin? Great tasing, a bit sweet, but some slight bitterness. Dry finish, an excellent brew, a real sippin' treasure.
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was delighted by my first imperial stout. Very dark brown colour, almost impenetrable to light; short, lasting brown head. Oustanding aroma (marsala wine, chocolate malt, caramel, coffee) and rich taste. A licorice touch in the finish, which is long, bitter, and delicious.
Seadonkey (5) - Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has less alcohol than most imperial stouts. A pretty typical mix of coffee and chocolate smell with a hint of fruit. Very dark and oily in appearance. You think if you put a finger in it may feel greasy. Fantastic taste! Just the right amount of bitter. A surprisingly pleasant amount of carbonation. Good bit of sweetness can be recognized before the bitter hits home. I'm a stout drinker, and this is definitely on my favorites list.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark with an excellent light brown head and lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma, slightly smoky and fruity, and a touch vinous. Full bodied and sweet up front, with bakers chocolate and dried fruit flavors, turning more bitter with a faint sourness. The finish was medium and well balanced. A rich and satisfying stout.
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i must have missed something about this beer. it had the right ingredients - port tobacco aroma, tasted of chocolate powder and compost. but it was very flat, far removed from the full and silky texture i expected. not that it was that bad
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smelled like coffee and whisky. Tasted like chcolate liquer with a buttery licorice flavor in the finish. It didn't hide the alcohol very well. How can they bottle their beers in clear bottles without any skunky tastes and aromas? There were a lot of flavors going on in this stout, however not all of them were pleasant in a beer.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oily brown color with a tan cappuccino-like head. Very fruity, chocolaty aroma. Nice malty, sweet flavors balance out a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is smooth and a little oily, with S.S.’s trademark yeast flavors that are so soft and full. As I drink it I imagine the old guy tending the timeless Yorkshire Square fermenting tanks and I'm very... thankful. One of my all-time favorites.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Re-rate: Opaque with a brown creamy/frothy head. Touch of lace. Just beautiful. The aroma is layer upon layer...smoke, fruit, caramel malt, chocolate, coffee....Taste is layer upon layer as well. Touch of licorice towards the end. A little bit sour, a little bit sweet. Hint of carbonation that adds a lively presence to the medium body. Nice hop balance on the finish. This is clearly one of my favorites - in fact, it's perfect. The Imperial Stout I hold all others up to measure on!!!
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown, not opaque color with a large tan. It left some lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of chocolate malt, and fruits, most notably raisins. Taste of coffee, chocolate malt and some hops as well. It finished with a quick oily taste. The best session Imperial Stout I had tonight, if there ever was one.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful black body and a tan head, now diminished but a little lacing. Great smell of coffee and bitter chocolate, maybe raisin. Great taste. Same as the bouquet. Very rich like cold espresso. Great mouth feel. The beer itself is very smooth and pleasing to multiple senses. Not as bitter as other imperials, and not as strong alcoholically. Awesome. Best of the Samuel Smith's, and they're all good.