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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2583   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Opaque black beer with brown head. Complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, dried fruit and roasted barley. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Complex flavor with well-balanced bitterness. This is a slow-sippin beer. I felt like I had eaten a big meal after just one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2002
I really don’t understand why so many people think this beer is so great. I think their oatmeal stout is much better. [re-rate] OK, now I’m starting to get it. There are a lot of subtle things going on in this beer...molassas, prunes, brown sugar. Nice chocolate/coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2002
The flavor was something like coffee and maple syrup. It smelled much better than it tasted. The alcohol was too evident and it burned. At least the appearance was great - rich black body and tan head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
This is an amzing beer. Pitch black in color, dark tan head, roasted malt/bittersweet chocolate/coffee taste. Definitly one of the best stouts in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2002
This has become the standard by which I measure all other Imperial’s. Dark and malty, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Very, very smooth, front to back. Only a couple I have tried have ever measured up to this classic(Tugboat Chernobyl Imperial, Stone Imperial).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 24, 2002
nose and flavors of blackberry and anise. little bit of chocolate - but not as bitter as in other imperials. alchohol is well hidden. body is fairly thick - little bit of malt - but not too much. am I crazy - or is there a bit of bubblegum in here someplace? quite good if not as "medicinal" as some russian imperials (stone’s comes to mind)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5346) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2003 Prunes, chocolate and all things dark and wonderful. A liquid Christmas cake - sweet, dark, fruity, spicy, creamy, smooth. Toasted marzipan. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Rum and port. O my God, this is heavenly! An excellent after dinner drink. [4.0] Re-rate: Had this again as a comparison with Old Rasputin. The sweetness and complexity seemed to have gone, and (despite storage in the dark, and still being within date) a metallic quality had now entered the flavours. Hum! Moved down a few points.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
This is a great Imperial Stout. Mildly alcoholic, burnt, thick rich flavor. Jet black with a tan head. Wonderful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
Dark brown appearance, little head. The nose is alcoholic, heavy roast, slight sweetish organic notes. The body starts slightly sweet and moves quickly into a good roastiness. Hints of tin, salt and alcohol. Finishes Slightly roasty and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Rerate: Mostly chocolate in the nose, perhaps a bit of coffee, black body, good head. Chocolate and fruit in the flavor with a hint of anise. Just plain tasty.

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