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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2002
deep-space darkness accentuated by only the thinnest shim of burnt orange. like our current executive branch of government, a token and unimpressive head. it’s vastly more substansial beneath that airy pate however, a concentrated doppelbock aroma of dried fruits steeped in brandy, sweet smelling but manifestly corpulent (you’d guess it was la brea tar, extra virgin whale oil and vegemite). very espresso-like taste, like sweet freeze-dried coffee disolving on the tongue, some sherry and black licorice, modest bitterness. delightful and perfectly interchangeable with a barley wine next time stephen hawking pops by for a night cap.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2002
One excellent imperial stout. Dark in color and nice coffee flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2002
An excellent stout. dark color. Light roast coffee flavor and just the right tint of alcohol flavor

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Beautiful opaque blackness, with a dull hint of maroon showing through if you hold it up to a bright light. Nice malty aroma. Superb body. Good but not overpowering hop presence. A definite hint of baker’s chocolate in the flavor. Bitter, but not too bitter; quite well balanced. Pleasant finish, though not as warm as I would like. A winner!

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2002
Wow. This is an incredablly smooth beer, with a bit of a coffee taste. The blackness that filled the glasses is the darkest beer I have seen yet. The aroma was very light and the head was not much to talk about. This is a filling and a great tasting beer. Thus far this is one of my favorite beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Beautiful body, but I expected quite a bit more flavorwise. Roastiness, some bitterness, and a hint of alcohol -- somehow, though, it just doesn’t come together.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2002
very good beer, with a hint of all the good things in life: chocolat, coffee, caramel ect.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2002
Very good beer. Strong taste, but not over powering. Very good beer for those liking a stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2002
Beautiful dark colour. Thr aroma and taste is intense and heavy consisting of burnt caramel, roasted coffee, liquorice and malt finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Very subtle flavor for a stout, but I really liked it. Quite thick, with an excellent dark color and roasted malt/chocolate aroma. Light coffee and alcohol tones with strong roasted malt finish. Well worth the money, as it is an excellent stout.


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