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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Very cool label, but...a clear bottle? I had a skunked S.Smith's a while back (thankfully this wasn't) and swore I wouldn't have another of thiers from a clear bottle, but given the color of the beer I thought this was brown. Tradition is good, but com'mon and get some real bottles! Anyway... Pours a dark black with a long-lasting head that reminds me of hot cocoa, leaving a beautiful lace all the way down the glass. Smells of sweet malts and coffee with just a hint of hops. Very nice smell. Tastes, well, good, but I don't see this as an imperial stout. I find Rogue, Deschutes, *and* Sierra Nevada's stouts to be more "imperial" than this, and they're not imperial. Roasted malts predominate with a hint of hops, but there's nothing outstanding. I was expecting something more here. There's some buttery taste here as well. Still nothing exciting. Call this a regular stout and I'll give it much higher marks. Mouthfeel is good and full with a nice mineral feel to it. Drinkability is good as I could have several, but I'm not exactly craving another after this. Bottom line: A very good stout. As an imperial stout, I'm not that impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Lots of alcohol taste and smell. A little grape in the taste and aroma. Nice dark full body. Has a little smoky smell and a bitter finish. Overall, a solid stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Very chocolately alcohol aroma. Thin head and pitch black in the glass. Nice chocolate and cherry flavor. Alcohol is noticable but fits well.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Slightly disappointed with the smell (skunked) and the lack of complexity. Deep roasted malts with just some hints of licorice and unsweetened chocolate. Long, lingering roatsed bitterness in the finish. A good stout nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This is quite an enjoyable brew. The first aroma that I noticed was licorice and very subtle coffee, but the coffee taste was absent. Sweetness is actually very nice, not too sweet and sticky, which was my initial fear. I haven't had many imperial stouts at this point in my life, but I certainly like this one. Nicely carbonated with a nice long buzz on the tongue. Black as coal on the pour with a nice creamy head. Good body to this beer. Worthwhile for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
very pleasureable drink. alchohol is neither high nor noticable. tastes unlike any imperial stout i've had, i.e. not very strong. well balanced with no off tastes or dominating flavors. rich. will put a smile on your face

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Deep black pour with a 1 inch tan head. Aroma full of chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Complex flavor of chocolate, milk, and maybe some coffee. Very full bodied and very well done!! A great brew!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2004 Pours deep dark BLACK, with a smooth tan head. Nice roasted malt and chocolate taste. Very little bitterness but a somewhat sourness to it. I like pouring this into champagne glasses.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8570) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2003
Jet black; dark accajou head, reducing itself to a few mm. Chocolate nose, sweeter as expected. Hint of pine. Taste is more as expected from an I.S. Bitter, dark chocolate, quite some hops - British ones, please, nothing so exotic as American sorts. A bit of sweeter malt just peeps trough in the finish. Seriously carbonated. Full bodied. Aftertaste is coffee or "hopjes" - coffee bonbons. Somehow, I'd expected more fireworks. Dull is certainly isn't. It's a stout from the British empire, rather than the Russian: very reserved.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Aroma of dark chocolate, with hints of chlorine and red wine. Tastes of chocolate with a spicy molasses or toffee finish.


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