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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Pours dark, with small dark brown head which grows slowly downward. Smell is of fruit : plums or apricots. Roasted taste, almost too sweet. Finish is grainy and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Pours opaquely with a creamy tan head that coats the glass. Aroma of sweet plums, mildly roasted malt and some soy. Silky, rich, malty palate hides the alcohol magnificently and finishes a great roasted chocolate. Has a touch of sour toffee from age I'm guessing, but otherwise a nice, very drinkable example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Excellent Imperial. Dark dark brown in color. Nice creamy beige head that slowly disapated before my first swig. Malty/Roasty aroma that has some slight chocolate/alcohol notes. Smooth roasty start with a nice full/silky palate. Nice hop bitterness finished the beer. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
obfuscatex (9) - USA - JAN 5, 2003 does not count
Almost as good as S.S. Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
I had a bad Sam Smiths once, and grew very leery of imported beers in clear bottles. I couldn’t resist this one for too long though, and thankfully finally sucumbed. Truely fantastic. Aroma of port, chocolae, spiced pear, raisin. A very warm flavour, some coffee, chocolate, roasty. Discrete alcohol. Perfect palate, creamy, tad bit carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Colorful head that disappeared quickly. Medium to full body for an Imperial. Chocolate, coffee, black licorice. Slightly sweet. Very little alcholic bite. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coopec (20) - Portland, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2003
One word - Incredible and then several others, very pleasing to the palate, outstanding after taste and the aroma when enjoyed from my favorite pint glass is heavenly. After several more 4 packs of this I’ve found it just gets better. Try letting it warm (drink half cold) then you can really experience the complexity of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Eclipse Black color. Nice big frothing foamy head. Its alive..Its alive..Its alive... Aroma is chocolate and plums. A full-bodied stout. Deeply roasted chocolate malts. Deep and rich chocolate flavor. Very flavorful and complex. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and fruit. Some hop bite. Nice beer. Worth trying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 1, 2003
I would usually not rate a beer that I thought was stored improperly. This one, though, is in a clear bottle! They are asking for such troubles, and for $3.50, I do not expect an imperial stout with substantial sourness in the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
This has all of the great qualities of a world class imperial stout but is somehow cleaner and crisper tasting.

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