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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: 2754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Wow! This is a great stout, it is everything a stout should be, dark, thick, complex, fulfilling. It pours a wonderful deep black with a full thick tan head that lingers and when it falls leaves a good lacing. The roaster at Sam Smith did his work, the precision of his efforts come through from the moment the bottle is opened and lasts until the final hints of flavor finish deep in the throat and sinuses. This stout is all about the roast, the deep caramelized sugar in the barley dominant through out. This beer lacks the hard hitting hop attack upfront found in so many American stouts, but this is not a bad thing. The hops are there, balanced w/ the sweetness and alcohol to prepare the palette for an exquisite deep finish. This is a must have for any stout drinker.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Very nice sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Sweet toasty and complex with a good dry finish, but quite smooth for an imperial stout. Not the best in this style but certainly a very good effort.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Black with a full tan head and a thick lacing down the side of the glass. Sweet malt aroma including chocolate and fruit. Rich creamy sweet malt, chocolate, and a mild roasted bitterness. Leaves a slightly syrupy sweet aftertaste that is accompanied by a mild roasted bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Bottle. Bold aroma of fruity malt, prunes, slightly chocolately. Medium to full body, lacks the hop bite of American imperial stouts, but that's not a bad thing. Slightly roasted, simliar to the oatmeal, more bitterness in this one of course. Nice warming beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 4, 2003
Now this is what a stout should be. Very rich, but a decent beverage. Full bodied, with a little bit of bitterness. Very nice

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Pours a two-fingered light tan head that goes slowly and leaves traces of lace. Black as the ace spades. Moderate carbonation. Molasses/malty nose. Starts malty, finishes malty, hoppy and Pours a two-fingered light tan head that goes slowly and leaves traces of lace. Black as the ace spades. Moderate carbonation. Molasses/malty nose. Starts malty with sweet licorice, finishes malty. Sweeter than a Guinness. Medium to heavy bodied, very good imperial stout. $3.89 for a 550ml bottle. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 I can't imagine a more perfect sight than having SS Imperial Stout served in a SS pint. Beautiful black stout with a tan head. The nose is full of roasted grain and bitter chocolate. Some coffee is also present. The body is rich and complex. Surprisingly, the alcohol seems to play a dominate role the overall flavor. Sweet as can be with a very complex flavor. One of the easiest drinking Imp. stouts around. One word....yummie

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Near black with a small dark brown head. Nose was rich toasty malts with hint of licorice and smoked fruit. Taste was robust malt and coffe mix, with a good bitterness on the finish. Warm, dry sensation plays well with the flavors. Great stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Pours dark black, light tan head. Very malty aroma and flavor. Roasty flavor, still can't seem to shake the metallic tinge that I find in all the Sam Smiths beers.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottle, importerd and doubtless very old. Dark and carbonated. This black liquid purported to be a stout is the shittiest smoke-infused bottle of drain cleaner I've ever tasted. I've had a lot of stouts, and I usually like stouts--I HATED this. Liquid Smoke in a bottle--I dumped damn near the whole thing. I'd like to try a fairly fresh one to see if this bottle was bad, because no one can make money selling a beer that bad.


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