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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Great stuff. what separates this from the others is that you dont get overwhelmed with that big alcohol aftertaste, but you know its good strong stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 16, 2003
Dark beige creamy head. Black color. Aroma is roasty with licorice, coffee and dried fruit notes. Flavor is roasty too with licorice tones, ending in a pronounced smokey finish. Medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Bottle: black as night. A minimal dark brown head. Roasty, chocolatey, raisiny. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 Dark black with a creamy tan head. Great tasting stout with hints of chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Pours and incredibly sexy black with a thick creamy tan head. The head lasts forever and leaves a thick lacing. Great taste of coffee and roasted malt. Smooth full bodied beer, will drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2003
4 years old (not bottle conditioned)
Dark color, brown head. Aroma of liquorice, paper, malt, black pepper, coffee, toffee, hazelnuts; light tar, phenol…; very nice and complex. Strong mouthfeel, dominated by the liquorice, supported by some malt and replaced at the end by the roasted barley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2003
Very dark with a medium light brown head. The aroma is dark bread, coffe and chocolade. The taste is dominated by roasted coffee-chocolade but I sense there is more fore me to extract in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Deep dark brown color with cola colored head. Taste of bitter chocoloate, raisins, dry hops, and toasted malt. Also has that unique samuels smith's sweet and tangy flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel with light and fine carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 I love the flavor of this one. Good overall mouth feel and well rounded flavors with a lot of raisiny dried fruit. Thank God its easy to get here. UPDATE 12/24/2003: I do not know if it is because I have the new batch, but the flavor really lacked the depth as when I rated this earlier. It still looks fine with a nice attractive tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, some hops for bitterness, and latic notes. The palate is fairly rich. Overall, not bad, but there are many more Imperial Stouts that I like better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2003 Really good, but having it right after Linc's awesome homebrew made it taste a litlle predictable. Solid and serious stout all over the place. The room is spinning anti-clockwise. Coffee for sure with that kind of dark chocolate they always put over father's day ginger. Alcohol is up front and then dissipates. I got some bank tobacco as well. Anyway, if they made it for her majesty's forces I bet it was for the smart ones who stayed home: dad's army. Great beer anyway.

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