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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johndoughty (3844) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2002
A heavy beer with a liquorice like taste.Its not meant for session drinking but rather for supping like a classical port.Unique and easily identifiable. Whe you find a bottle enjoy it-slowly.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2002
August 01: Thickest brew I’ve ever had; like drinking milk, or.. well, something else thick. Black as night; brown head dies quickly. Very vinous nose, flavor has expected bitterness, coffee and chocolate notes, and some sweetness. Good, but I’ll take McNeills anyday. Oct 02: Bumping it up a little; palate is certainly close to perfect, smooth and soft, then a hint of bitterness creeps in, then softens again into a gentle warmth, like a bubble bath. Great beer, and one of the more accessible Imperials out there.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2002
A tastey and very satisfying stout. Nice pitch black appearance and a great simple aroma. The flavor was slightly reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale but certainly enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I do not remember much about this brew, I had it after quite a few Belgian Strong Ales, but as a person who dosent like Stouts, I though this was pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Your basic stout aroma coupled with neato packaging and the smoothest buttery palate make this almost as good as standing outside a taco bell wearing raRocky Raccoon pelts and throwing rocks at the drive thru window. The head on this was beige that gave way to a deep red color when bubbles perforated it. Very good stout with a light molasses taste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Rust head on midnight body. Nose of grapes-to-raisins-to-sherry. Same in the mouth, with charcoal, tobacco and plum/prune. Long lovely finish providing a much-needed dryness for all the dark fruit lushness. A classic.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - OCT 4, 2002

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frpst9 (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2002 does not count
I ditto everything good everyone has said about this brew. My only objection is that I found it to be a little too much in the alcohol department, not way too much, but enough that it bothered me at times. I’ll be trying Oatmeal next.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Calusa99 (8) - Lynn Haven, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002 does not count
Enjoyable stout, had first one twelve years ago, and last one few days ago, and seemed exactly as I had written down my first impression. Sammy Smith is good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2002
A very enjoyable Imperial Stout. Starts slightly sweet and finishes a bit to the dry side. A perfect beer for dessert.


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