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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Black, almost purple. Thin, lacey caramel to white head, Smells great! Mild, dry port wine, similar but a little more pungent , more sweet even than the taddy porter aroma. Bottle. Ripe plum, sweet with burnt notes throughout. Has a chocolatey finish. The roasted malt is almost ash/tobacco like with a very dry flavor, but very understated. This is in stark contrast with the ripe plum flavor that hits the top of the palette. A bit too much carbonation upon first opening, gives an improper texture and disrupts the body. Not as much body as I was hoping for, though it is still medium-full. Aftertaste lingers, like sucking on a caramel chocolate chew (after trying this some more, I’d say more like peanut brittle! yum). As the beer warmed, carbonations became perfect, and the flavor warmed and became much fuller. I sat there with a thermometer and tried it at many temperatures. It seemed best around 57-59. Again, the initial bittersweet-oil taste is a bit too much and detracts some, but other than that, a hell of a solid beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Totally opaque black color, dark beige head. Dark chocolate and crushed roasted coffee beans aroma mixed with a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body and oh so chocolaty still somewhat woody with just a touch of acidity. As time goes by, hop start to show up. Acidic/bitter finish, quite long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1532) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Beautiful, deep dark color. Good sized head with nice lacing. Multi-dimensional aroma of coffee, licorice, caramel and molasses. Equally interesting taste with the roasted chocolate malts setting the tone. Smooth, lasting malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
Chocolate, roasty, sugary aroma. Smoked oak, bitter, burnt butter flavours, thick body, finishes well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2004 Deep brown with small tan head, good lacing, full-bodied. Vinous aroma, hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, leather, very complex. Surprising fruity undertones on the palate (plum?) and a serious roasted taste. Port like warmness and finished dry, great mouthfeel. Not an "over-the-top" Imperial like some American versions, just a darn good classic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Dark red-black with a tan head. Very bold alcoholic aroma. Very sweet in flavor with a noticable alcoholic kick to it. Very warming to the stomach. A slight roasted/coffe flavor was noticed as well as bit of spice but to me it was mostly just sweet. Almost similar in sweetness to a red wine. I was somewhat disappointed to see that it comes in a clear bottle. Not really my cup of tea. I don't think that i have really developed a taste for this style yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Pours very dark, almost black, with a short lived light brown head. Smelled almost like a red wine. Lots of sweetness came through, and it seemed to mask the roasted barley flavors a bit. Just a very slight alcohol feel in the finish. A fairly impressive imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Unexpected translucent dark brown pour. Awsome aroma of brownies, light burnt stuff, cocoa powder, tartness, and vinous qualities. Sweet roasty lavor finishing roasty and smokey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 I've had this before several years ago and haven't tried it again until now. Very impressive stout and a sweet surprise. Poured very dark almost black with short but tight tan head. Smell of roasted malt and usual english hop nose. Feels like velvet on my tongue and one of the smoothest stouts in recent memory. Taste is malty and rich with chocolate and roasted malt prevailing. Great to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2003 This is a very high-quality imperial stout. The darkly roasted malt is apparent in appearance, nose, head, and taste. The head on this beer is small, and chocolaty. I have had this beer many times; some of the older beers are skunky in taste, so try to find a fresh beer. Must try!

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