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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: 2695   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Jet black color with a thick head which is mostly retained. aroma is unique - red wine, scotch, licorice predominate. Not as heavily bodied as I would have expected - a little too fizzy for a stout. Flavor is good, but the alcohol flavor is a bit strong in my opinion. Tastes like scotch whiskey - which then turns over to smoke and coffee in the finish. Not bad, but there are better Imperial Stouts out there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1665) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
Chocolate malt flavounr with black apperance and no head. Smooth malt flavour with long palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 very heady, with a nice sweet aroma of molasses and burning caramel, dark head. chocolate and toffee and slight burnt coffee taste with some butterscotch thrown in to mess with my mind. i wasnt that impressed with the aftertaste, a bit of a slick dry cocoa that does not jibe somehow. not bad overall. it is a weird bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (697) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Vinuous winey aroma with a generous amount of coffee, prunes and a hint of malt made me want to sniff this for hours. Appearance is fabulously black with a dark brown head, looks oily. Flavour was mochery and fortified wine fruity with a hint of yeasty balancing flavour. This was thick and smooth and incredibly balanced only loosing points because of the weird clear bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Bottled from happyydeli NYC- Smells and of coffee dark color brown head taste strong good shit thinner than i thought

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Uh, erm......prune and licorice juice. Little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel thin but intensely oily. Distinctive Sam Smith’s yeast. Rummy. If this were crystallized into candy, my grandma would love it. Of course, she’s into prunes and licorice and rum. I’m not.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2004
Jet black with small loose capaccino head. Vinuous and slight coffee aroma. Intense heavily roasted malt flavour, very nice at the beginning but then the burnt aspect takes over. Just too roasted for my taste. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the Taddy Porter.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2004
Pours dark, black. incredible nose. Sweet, chocolatey, raisiny, like an incredible port wine. Heavy mouthfeel with swirling flavors of malt, chocolate and mollasses. Smooth. easy finish. Outstanding beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2004
Higher alcohols in aroma. Flavor has butterscotch some chocolate, malt disappears into a dry finish. Could use more body and malt flavor, diacetyl detracts, but has a good bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Glad to have shared it as I couldn't get through the pint. Beautiful dark colour and barley wine taste. Chicory roasted and not too coffee was a plus. Creamy and bit chewy-was that supposed to be? Nice carbonation. Judging by the label, its been brewed for over 100 years so it was nice to participate in a tradition. Not the best Samuel Smith.


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