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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 28, 2001
good hardy beer,strong intaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kodos (200) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
Chocolate and coffe notes...Two of my other favorite thinks besides beer..Not a big stout fan, but I would drink this anytime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 11, 2001
very dark beer , almost opaque. thin head. nice ’chewy’ mouthfeel. very smooth. has hints of fruit(plums?), coffee and sherry. A great stout, very filling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 I absolutely hate stouts, but this was actually really good. This is the only stout that i would drink twice. If it came in a case i would drink the whole thing. Its like a meal in a bottle. Update- i cant believe i didnt like stouts when i first had this, i only had drank mgd and red dog then. So lets do this right, black with a very muddy brown head. Skunked aroma at first, then going into roasted chocolate and nuts. Really creamy, chocolatey, still smooth though, followed with some bitter dark chocolates, very wintery, very smoked, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 20, 2001
black, opaque, fine head, chocolate and plum aroma, thick, oily, a little bit overcarbonated, sweet with a very long complex aftertaste (bitter, fruity, molasses, chocolate); hard to think it’s only 7% - a wonderful beer !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2001
a quality stout, worth every penny!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2001
This is expensive, but well worth the extra dough! A true stout that somehow manages to be smooth and just a little fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2001
This has come fom a very long trip (from the brewery, to Merchant du Vin, to VENOM, to me), and I am forever greatful! A very wine-like finish, with a (grape?) aroma... Kind of confusing, but well worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 23, 2001
Dark brown to black, nary a bit of light passes through. Creamy tan head. Smells mostly like cocoa powder, or even Kahlua. Very heavy mouthfeel, almost like a thin syrup. Tastes of coffee, almost espresso and baker’s chocolate(slightly bitter). Very slight alcohol taste, still very good, but also very thick, I doubt I could drink more than a bottle in a sitting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 22, 2001
The first quality I noticed is its syrupy constitution. Completely black with a thick brown head, the aroma instantly reminded me of Kahlua. Fairly malty with a strong cocoa flavor that is reminiscent of Nestle Quik powdered drink mix. Very thick, rich and heavy, this is also quite smooth. It was late, so I split a bottle with Fishman; had I finished the bottle, I think the sweetness may have gotten to me and my rating would be lower. I’ll see how I feel after drinking an entire bottle before passing final judgment on this beer. Until then...

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