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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: 2758   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
A copper color (clear), light carbonation and an off white foamy head. The lace is nice and clingy. The aroma is malty with light hops and bready ? light and not overwhelming. The flavor is sweet, and the finish is hopped and not over the top. Mouthfeel is light and a little creamy, with low effervescence and a light but lingering hop bite. A good light Scottish Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Re-rateThis time I cheated, I paired it with white chocolate and my impresion grew. The vinous aspects and bitterness were more pronounced.
Pours black with a nice fluffy head. I’m immediately hit with a wonderful aroma of the vine, with a little bit of roastiness. The flavor wasn’t as full as the appearance and aroma promised. Anise is the dominant element. The finish is pretty non-distinct.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Sweet aroma of roasted malts, plums and raisins. Black, thick body with a thin brown foam. Wow! Very smooth with great body and mouthfeel. Delicious roasted flavor, coffee and licorice. Finishes clean with little bitterness. Alcohol is masked very well. An excellent stout!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Deep black color with a thick tan head. Samuel Smith stouts always look like they come in a black bottle, but turns out the bottle’s clear. Rich, roasted aroma with a smell that reminds me of liquor. Very sweet and chocolaty as well. Very nice roasted flavor with a wonderfully smooth malt and chocolate middle and a smooth and creamy finish that warms you on the way down.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Roasty aroma that to me almost smells like a sweet wine or syrupy liquor. Appearance is jet black with a nice thick tan head that lasts. The palate is a perfect 5! Slides accross your tongue and down your throat like velvet. Flavor is roasty with a hint of chocolate and a finish of alcohol taste. Overall, an amazing beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Color is black as black can be, and the head is proud, large and a creamy tan color. Aroma is warm and wonderfully delicious, soft, creamy, notes of chocolate, slightly roasty, and edging into darker flavors, but not quite there. Palate is deliriously sweet and inviting. Mouthfeel: sursprisingly smooth and untroubled, gentle, harmonious, thick with malt, mellow with hops. Very smooth drinking for an Imperial. I haven’t had one of these in a long time, and have spoiled myself with the bolder, brasher, and far more adventurously flavored (roasted, malted, hopped, everywhichway) American versions, the Old Rasputins, Stormkings, Expeditions, Rogues, and Stones... But, I can’t help liking it. Great stout, delicicious,delightful, but a bit weak, at a "mere" 7%, compared to similar brews from "the colonies". Quite tasty, but I’d love it if they’d ever stretch out some.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Poured black with red borders if held up to light. Large brown head is resiliant. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, fruit. Mouthfeel is medium. Roasted flavors predominate with hints of chocolate. Some tartness towards the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1773) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
8 May 2004 - Stone fruit and choc malt aroma. Clear dark brown-black colour, with a brown head. Lovely balanced sweet mocha flavour. Spiritous/fortified flavour/body mouthfeel. Slight sour aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndersR (196) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2004
Very dark brown color with a small brown head. Roasted aroma with hints of banana. Flavor is roasted, licorice, with bitter chokolate on top. A very good Imperial. I would even think i would prefer it to Limfjords porter...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Very dark body with a lasting tan head. Aroma is malty, sweet and slightly fruity. Flavor is a well balaced dark chocolate and spicy hoppiness. Even at only 7% the alcohol flavor/effect is quite up front.


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