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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2525   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2002
This one give off a very sweet aroma, with a smell hinting of caramal and molasses. A very unique a pleasent tasting stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Black with a big brown head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Thick and malty, rich and pretty sweet. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5737) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2002
Pitch black, and with aromas of burned sugar,raisins and chocolate - delicious

   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.

   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. Didnít last too long. Beer didnít have the extremly dark taste to it as some other stouts do.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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 Iíve tasted. Rich flavor. For the price, however, itís one Iíll have to enjoy but once in a great while.

   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. Iíd always pick Old Rasputin over this one, but it is a great one to introduce Imperials to someone. Buy the big bottle, youíll finish it and want more,trust me.

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