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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2619   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1093) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Every time I drink a SS I remember why my trip to london was spent primarily in a SS pub. They just make great beer with excellent consistently. If an imperial stout can be subtle, this is it. Instead of crashing into your senses it offers all of the deep, satisfying aromas and flavors of an IS in a wonderfully smooth and satisfying fashion. Delish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2003
very, very dark color, with a brown, thin head. Aroma smells of grapes and maybe raisens, very much like red wine. Not a particularly great aroma for a beer. Flavor is a good balance of sweetness and malt, with an undertone of figs present. Not the greatest imperial stout, but pretty good. Although I have to say, they need to ditch the clear bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
a dark poor that leave little head that slowly runs. a good blend between hops, cocoa, and sweet and bitter malts. good one to have a taste of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OriginalCheeser (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
Bold taste with no single distinct flavor overpowering the rest. D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Smooth and rich, with a steady and thick chocolate-looking head. No extreme flavors immediately, although I find the balance of sweetness and tart, dry malts very refreshing. A little thiner and less intense than others I've had in the style, but this doesn't necessarily detract.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
1/19/03: bottle. good amount of bubbly head when poured. brown- black color. sweet, heavy malt smell. light, watery malt taste. i would like to try one of sam smith’s on tap to find out if their beers taste better that way (…maybe they just don’t travel well!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Beautiful black stout with dark brown lacing but no real head. Nose of sweet malt, hops, and cocoa. Taste of sweet malt, hops, cocoa, bitter espresso, with a bitter hop finish to counter the sweetness. Mouth feel is a bit thin for an imperial stout; not surprising, since at 7% ABV this is more a session beer than an imperial. With American IPAs coming in at close to 10% and imperial stouts coming in at over 15%, this is sort of a session imperial!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choket (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003 does not count
dark in color with a very smooth and chocolaty flavor. has a dry after taste and almost no head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Smooth palate, deep chocolate flavorwith a hint of fruit, bit of an odd aftertaste though... Very thin head.

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