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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2726   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
Yep I had this one in the bottle who hasnt? It looks like the real deal and sucks you in with all Her Majesty stuff and troops and all. But this wasnt the real Imperial Stout at all. This is a bit sweet and heavy and tastes as dead as a rotting corpse be god! That said the Sam Smith lads do do a bottle better than most and this aint that bad really. Dark enough with flavour chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2004
Definitely a very good beer, although not as good as I'd expected from the rating. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and a vague alcohol scent. Pours black in the glass, with a small, fleeting head. The flavor was malty, and roasted, but fairly mild, even for a standard stout, much less what I'd expect for an Imperial. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, not much carbonation. Finishes with a bitter roasted malty flavor. Not worth what it costs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours dark black, with medium tan head. Smells strongly of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes very malty, very strong, with hints of molasses, dark chocolate, and port. Finishes smooth, slightly bitter, and very malty. Great beer. My only beef is the clear bottles, although with beer this dark, UV light probably doesn't hurt it much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 6, 2004
Strong, bitter chocolate taste lasts after the swallow. Tan head was short lived. Light body for an imperial. Metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Crazy aroma of muscat, sultanas and rum. Definitely seems like theyíre using a LOT of cane sugar in there. Some smoke and dark chocolate in the background. Lots going on aroma-wise but Iím not sure I really like it. Very nice malty flavour, not particularly bitter, but smooth with a salted licorice finish. Great appearance, thick head, thick body. Fascinating drinking certainly, but it smells way too much like muscat and I really donít like muscat.
RR: the more I drink of this the more I love it. It has an amazing creamy body (moreso than their Oatmeal Stout), with loads of sultana flavours and aromas and heaps of burnt, smoky, ashy stuff. Yum. Bumping this up several points.
RR: Iíve finally finished off my stash of this beer and even four months after its BB date this is great. The sultana and sherry is still there but has subsided a little as more malt comes through. Quite smoky too. Looks fricken awesome in a brandy snifter. And to think I didnít like this beer initially!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
Great stout. Pours a nice black color, good lace, taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some spice and a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2208) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2004
Excellent stout, black in color, tan head, thin edge laced around the glass, nose of roasted grain & burnt chocolate, smooth & drinkable, great mouthfeel, lots of roasted & deep flavors, dry & bitter finish, nice balance, very drinkable beer, nice stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
bottle...black opaque pour with medium tan head. Roasted grain, burnt chocolate on the nose. Very smooth, odd beginning, with chocolate and roasted malt to finish. Nice bitter ending also.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Sweet hoppy nose that's very well balanced with the roasted malt. Medium bodied dark brown almost black stout with a small dark tan head. Feels a lot thicker than it looks. Great roasted coffee bean taste with the perfect hop balance giving it an orangey tasting finish. Friggin' good imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2004
The aroma smells as it tastes, of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, roasted malt. Smooth and creamy and mouth-filling, it does not taste exceedingly of alcohol - as might be argued that the Old Rasputin Rusisan Imperial Stout does. The yeast taste is less noticeable but there. I think the 7% ABV is a good round number - a heavenly number, and appropriate - a sort of golden mean between the slightly weak or average 5% and the stronger 9% Old Rasputin. This beer may also be comparable to the quality beverage called Rogue Mocha Porter - but the Rogue is more chocolatey, I should think. Compared to other beverages of Mr Smith, it is better than the Taddy Porter and possibly better or about equal to the Oatmeal Stout.

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