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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: 2469   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
Very dark, very roasted. Wonderfully opaque. pretty yet subdued head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2002
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts), with notes of prune, toffee, vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Very easy-going and mild for an Imperial stout (one of the lowest ABV "Imperials", surely), but still pleasant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Sam Smith has one of the strongest entire lines of British beer, and their Imperial Stout is no different. Rich and buttery with slightly more carbonation than expected for an imperial. Strong roasted flavor and malt complexity. Conjures images of Russian troika’s exiting the palace on a mid-winter day.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Pours very big carbonated head, which dissipates to lumpy foam. Deep dark brown - almost black in color. Medium to big nose of baker’s chocolate and roated coffee. Make sure you let this beer warm up to appreciate the big, bold and complex flavors: roasted/burnt malt (not sweet!!) along with coffee. Long delicious and smooth finish - slight bitters on the backend that come from the roasted malt, not hops!! And thank you for not over-hopping this beer!!

This beer is a pleasure and true to the IS form where hops should take a back seat. One of my favorites - bravo!!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Very dark, roasted flavor that leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. Scares people who can’t appreciate anything but clear yellow beers.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shipman (48) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2002
Pretty good stout..Sam Adams is the premium!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
That Sam Smith makes some of the best beer around. Better than the Oatmeal Stout, I wish it came in the large bottles too. A little light compared to the new breed of American imp Stouts, but you can taste the breeding in this refined beer. Never disappoints.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2002
A good brew. Has a huge coffee like flavor to it. Has a small brown head on it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Very malty with a burnt taste to some degree. Choclolate and alcohol taste obvious. (Why the clear bottle?) A good bear and wothy of repeated samples especially if you are a fan of the dark beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Pours a bit watery, with a light head. Has a trade mark aroma noteable of most of the Sam Smiths. Taste is initially sharpe with big chocolate and coffee tastes but disapears quickly leaving a hint of sweet lingering. Tasts best slightly warm.


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