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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 2493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wdfod99 (4) - Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2002 does not count
True to style if just a touch thin.A marked diffrence between this and the oatmeal stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Re-rate: Not as good as i remember, sweet, flat and slightly stale mouthfeel (which seems common with Sam Smiths beers), some chocolate and mocha, not as intersting, rich or intense as i seem to remember.Original rating(4.1): A very very good Imperial stout, enticing roasted coffee aroma, lots of flavour big chocolate coffee flavour and a bit of licorice in their aswell.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2002
Coffee, chocolate, liquorice, brown sugar and black bread aroma. Black as coal, cappuccino head. Dark caramel flavour, coffee, chocolate and treacle, as well as roasted malts. Complex and ultra smooth. Lace is incredible. Sensational!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
Perhaps this beer doesn’t travel well, but 3 out of 4 bottles that I’ve had have all been dominated by diacetyl and butterscotch. The complexity is there but unappetizing. I prefer imperial stouts with more body and flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 1, 2002
I hate to even rate this beer because im pretty sure i got yet another skunked beer do to the clear bottles. But even through that, i could tell that this one lives up to its high ratings. I will be sure to re-rate after sampling again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Holy cow! Smooth like the dickens, full-bodied and creamy. Longer lasting head than almost any impy I know. And incredibly balanced. Sure, the American Impys challenge the palate and tastebuds in different ways, some more malty and some hoppier. Nils Oscar is wonderful roastiness with a bit lighter body. But this is a different animal in its refinement. I love it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
Bottle. Black as night with basically no head. Not as thick as some of the other top Imperial Stouts. A sour chocolate flavor, semi-sweet, bitter, and alcohol noticable. I did not find the complexity nor the richness I expected.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Wow. The granddaddy of imperial stouts, and still a leading contender. Blacker than the ace of spades. Nose is sweet, with notes of figs, fruit, and brandy. Flavor is extremely rich, with the major impression being that of almost straight molasses, but somehow I mean that in a good way. The very definition of what it means to drink a vinous beer, with its richness, smoothness, and strength. Would prefer a bit more carbonation. As it finished, it winds up with just a hint of chocolate for a pleasing end to a lovely experience. A beauty, but Stone and Victory have surpassed this one, as nice as it is.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2500) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2002
Black. Thick palate. Bitter and roasty flavour. Aftertaste is almost salty.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Opaque black w/ a frothy head that settles down quickly, this Imperial Stout has more of the ’coffee’ taste than other I.S.’s I’ve tried. I didn’t think that the overall taste was that strong. Also, the alcohol wasn’t well hidden. A decent imperial stout, but I prefer others.


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