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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2599   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Still a pretty tasty Impy, dark looks, darker chocolate along with some roast and dark fruit. Still avery nice body. An enjoyable imperial stout, although I think some of the higher marks are due to this being one of the better gateway beers and such a shock to the newbies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Wonderful malt aroma with hints of roasted grain, dard chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Beer pours dark chocolate with a light brown head which is fully diminishing. There is very little lacing with this brew. Multiple layers of flavor start with moderate sweetness and is followed by a smoky finish which is fairly long lasting. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Dark, anise, toffee, some dark friut in the nose. Roasty approaching sweet taste. Some bitterness at the finish. Needs more alcohol!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Pours like syrup with a beautiful cocoa head, black as night. Gads, but this is a great beer to look at. But drink it, too! Smells like the coffee roaster, tastes like someone dropped raspberry preserves in the mix. Hang on, I think it's raspberries, but maybe I should drink more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensaint (3) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2003 does not count
Outstanding beer! Thickish and dark, sweet and smooth to drink. It poured nicely, forming a dense head that parts at the mouth to let the raisiny sweet brew glide past the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Nose is nearly as roasty as the mouth, but the bouquet also displays a nice array of fruity esters. Strong and thick, one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Whoah. This beer gave me a good ass-kicking. Guess that's why it's sold in 4-packs. Well worth the 6-pack price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Smells very nicely of malty goodness, seeping roasted smell followed by some more floral and fruity hints. Color is black, whit barely any head. For some reason it's in a clear bottle, which probably isnt the best way to store it. Either way it has a great flavor overall, but it lacks in the body department. Palate is thin but still pulls of a nice alcohol and hoppy bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Deep burgandy-black color with an off-white medium thich head. Smelled of dark fruit, port wine and liquorice. Incredibly smooth silky mouthfeel. Tasted of chocolate covered cherries, raisons and prunes. A rich decadent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4058) - 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

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