Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1787) - 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.

   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...

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
thick and creamy dark tan head, frothy at center and thick lacing. black body, no light shines through. burnt malt aroma, also some pine and grassy notes. cocoa powder nose too. very mild & complex flavor to start, medium body and low carbonation. smooth roasted malt flavor, mild bitterness. raisin notes after warming. light bitter and coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
This is my second imperial stout, and it gives me much greater hope for coming to love this style. It poured a nice pitch black with only the slightest tinges of red around the edges, capped off by a moderate brown head. Aroma was both roasted and fruity, recalling black cherry and plum. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a comfortable alcohol finish are most apparent, along with a nice complete roastedness. Most notable, however, was the sublime smoothness of this stout; despite the intensity of its flavors, it was lusciously thick and creamy and smooth in the mouth. A most excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub. There is no downside to this stout. It is the classic English style Imperial stout in look, smell, taste and mouthfeel. Soooooo drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Black apperance with a moderate sized head. The aroma is very chocolatey with some milk and licorice thrown in there. The flavor is somewhat sour with dark chocolate and licorice coming through. This is a nice stout although I still enjoy the Oatmeal Stout better. Good one.

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