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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2513   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2001
this dark stout is strong and roasty. hints of coffee but retains an uncommon smoothness for the style.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuKKet99 (39) - Republic of Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2001
Excelletn stout. Blacker than black (look at that picture on the left and realize it comes in a clear bottle). Fun earthy aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheDarkertheBetter99 (27) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2001
Not much to the schnaz, but once in the mouth, quite impressive. A very well made generic Russian Imperial. No frills, just right. Smooth, very little alcohol bite or aftertaste. Easy to find. Sam Smith sure has a great line up. I prefer this to their Oatmeal hands down. I’d always pick Old Rasputin over this one, but it is a great one to introduce Imperials to someone. Buy the big bottle, you’ll finish it and want more,trust me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyMoss99 (3) - USA - DEC 1, 2001 does not count
Truly outstanding. Tasted as teh ’finle’ of a Samuel SAmith tasting, and what a finish!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian99 (3) - USA - DEC 7, 2001 does not count
A beer that seems worthy of the country that produced the Westminster Confession. Smoother than some of the other stouts I’ve tasted. Rich flavor. For the price, however, it’s one I’ll have to enjoy but once in a great while.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2002
Pitch black, and with aromas of burned sugar,raisins and chocolate - delicious

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 A beautiful, robust stout that would please the most descerning of beer lovers, lots of roasted malts. The only thing I would change is the abv which should be higher for an imperial. 9,5,10,4,17 re-rate (4/1/06)-Pours a deep black with a lasting tan head.Aroma is heady and with that SS diacetyl kick and a lot of ripe dark fruits like raisins and plums. The Body is med. with a perfct amount o CO2. The flavors are chocolate coveed fruits with a distiguished amount of diacetyl that somehow fits the beer perfectly. The finish is slightly burnt making it somewhat dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYDennis (64) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2002
Impressive stout. The aftertaste was excellent. Didn’t last too long. Beer didn’t have the extremly dark taste to it as some other stouts do.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
outlaw99 (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2001
Excellent. Very smooth with full-bodied, rich taste.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Down In Flames99 (7) - USA - DEC 5, 2001 does not count
Nearly perfect. You can actually feel it warming you as you drink it. Minus the sweetness of the Oatmeal Stout, the Imperial has a smoothness and warmth all its own. If only it were less expensive.


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