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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Pours dark black, light tan head. Very malty aroma and flavor. Roasty flavor, still can't seem to shake the metallic tinge that I find in all the Sam Smiths beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottle, importerd and doubtless very old. Dark and carbonated. This black liquid purported to be a stout is the shittiest smoke-infused bottle of drain cleaner I've ever tasted. I've had a lot of stouts, and I usually like stouts--I HATED this. Liquid Smoke in a bottle--I dumped damn near the whole thing. I'd like to try a fairly fresh one to see if this bottle was bad, because no one can make money selling a beer that bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 ----This rating needs redone----

Pretty good stuff. Their best brew (that Iíve had so far). Nice chocolate aftertaste. Fulfilling flavor. You can tell itís a Sammy Smithís. Pours black as night, nose is sweet and inviting. Canít help but want a little more from it though. Low alcohol for the style. Iíd comsider this more just a standard stout. A great beer, but not quite imperial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Dark enough to block out the sun with a small tan head. Smells like fruity bitter chocolate and coffee liquer. Sweet, roated malt taste, sligtly alcoholic. Full mouthfeel, want to keep it there for a while before swallowing. Dry slightly bitter finish with an Engish hop presence. This is good stuff.{duh}. The aromas and flavors are plentiful, and they are all making me happy. I'm sure Sam Smith beers are better in England- I must go there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Black with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, roast, coffee and a hint of fruit. Slightly metallic, seems to be common for the Sam Smiths I have had. Medium thick creamy body with low carbonation. A great semi-sweet flavor with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast, with hints of molassess, plum, and blackberry. Excellent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Often imperial stouts are too sickly malty for me or just ridiculously bitter for no reason. This one is well balanced with a fruity, acidic taste to counter the stout "richness". Very well rounded and changes character nicely as it warms. I was very surprised to find the bottle clear when finished pouring. Over-priced for what it is. Wimpy, short lived head. Uninvolved smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Full aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. Very dark to black with little carbonation but with a full lasting head. Flavor was rich and balanced. Very creamy across the palate. Great Stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Just a beautiful beer to drink. Pours thick and syrupy, and appears to be black as night. Head is a light tan and appearance is very murky in the glass. Body is very medium and has a great creamy roasted mouthfeel. Lots of coffee with some maple syrup and brown sugar hints. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
This beer's appearance included a small sized tan head with fine-small bubbles that completely dissipated.The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a black hue.The nose of this beer was that of sweaty feet (oh yum) with a very mild coffee flavor.It had a smooth, watery and thin mouthfeel and it was light bodied.The lacing was very sparse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5160) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 9, 2003
This brew poured asmall head of fie to large sized mostly diminishing brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and an opaque black body with no visible carbonation. It had a strong dark malt aroma that reminded us of sweaty gym socks and a hint of ammonia. The mouthfeel was smooth and tingly with a lingering tingly finish. It also had a very nice dark malt and mild coffee flavor with a very well hidden mild alcohol content.

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