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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2003
This is what you call a full bodied beer you are just about eating it! Wonderful complex flavours too many describe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
nice and dark with a nice head that disappeared, with a horrible iodine scent and flavor to it, i dont know what was going on with this, it wasnt all bad it did have good smoky chocolate flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Black! There is a small head that dwindles away. The smell is sweet, like caramel and toffee. The taste is sweet but the alcohol gives it a nice kick around the mouth. The malt is nice and the finish pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 10, 2003
Extremely dark, onyx colored body. Mighty, toasted-brown head that lingers throughout the whole tasting, though there is barely discernable lacing. Sour smell, accompanied by malt aroma, chocolate and grapes. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, figs & prunes, sour/spoiled milk, and some alcohol. Hopping is very mild, and malts seem lazy. The aftertaste is bitter with some notes of coffee. Overall, this is one of the easier drinking Imperial Stouts with an enormous palate that really gets you thinking. I just wish they could have left out the sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Still a pretty tasty Impy, dark looks, darker chocolate along with some roast and dark fruit. Still avery nice body. An enjoyable imperial stout, although I think some of the higher marks are due to this being one of the better gateway beers and such a shock to the newbies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Wonderful malt aroma with hints of roasted grain, dard chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Beer pours dark chocolate with a light brown head which is fully diminishing. There is very little lacing with this brew. Multiple layers of flavor start with moderate sweetness and is followed by a smoky finish which is fairly long lasting. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Dark, anise, toffee, some dark friut in the nose. Roasty approaching sweet taste. Some bitterness at the finish. Needs more alcohol!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Pours like syrup with a beautiful cocoa head, black as night. Gads, but this is a great beer to look at. But drink it, too! Smells like the coffee roaster, tastes like someone dropped raspberry preserves in the mix. Hang on, I think it's raspberries, but maybe I should drink more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensaint (3) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2003 does not count
Outstanding beer! Thickish and dark, sweet and smooth to drink. It poured nicely, forming a dense head that parts at the mouth to let the raisiny sweet brew glide past the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Nose is nearly as roasty as the mouth, but the bouquet also displays a nice array of fruity esters. Strong and thick, one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts.

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