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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: 2574   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2020) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2002
This stouts’ sweet overtones complement its coffee taste

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
This has to be the best Imperial stout I have sampled since Old Rasputin. Too bad it’s so expensive or I would make this a staple in my pantry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3176) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Imperial Stout Blind Tasting (11-16-02): Not reall dark for style. Ruby flashes. Head is a little thin, but pretty average for style. The aroma is big alcohol, sweet chocolate and roasty malts. The flavor is less heavy on the alcohol and is more sweet chocolate. Nice roasty malt underneath, hay-like almost. Really nice fruitiness. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin for style. Really sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Black body, brown head that diminshes to thin. Lots of hops in the nose. All malt in the mouth.Thick and smooth. The black patent malt really sticks out in the mouth with alcohol in the finish. Heavy lacing.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
I don’t like the foil at the top. The flavor is too metallic for me, and too bitter without enough body or complexity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Darker than dark. Aroma has coffe, roasted malts, and maybe a little anise. Flavor is coffe, roasted malt, chocolate, anise, and semi-fruity - I almost want to chew it because it is so big.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2002
The aroma was great. This stout was very tasty. Very strong as well. I love Samuel Smiths Brews, they never disapoint!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Dark black opaque hue. Burnt grain, chocolate/coffee head. An incredibly complex palate, chewy, dark fruit, raisons, plum, currant, blackberry, black cherries. Vinous qualities, port, licorice. Lovely dryness in the end. A perfect brew, im speechless.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Bottled. A special beer selected for my 200th rating. Almost totally black - held up to the light and it couldn’t even been seen through! - though there is a slight hint of red. The aroma is of roasted malt, alcohol and coffee. The flavour is also predominantly a roast malt flavour, with coffee clearly there. The alcohol is not so high as to ruin the beer - but is certainly not a beer you would want to drink many of in one night - both because of the strength and the price!.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 A classic. Strong taste of coffee mixed with light malty sweetness. If you can find this beer fresh its a real treat.


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