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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: 2696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2002
This was a solid brew. The roasted coffee flavor & alcohol was nicley balanced with the hops and malt. You can just taste the alcohol, I wish this were a 10% I imagine it would have been better if it were in a dark bottle.... But still a good buy...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
re-rate - o.k. i may have been a bit naive, this is a fine and quality IPS, but it holds no candle to some others of the style.......original: thee undisputed king of stouts! (in my book, at least, so far,) truly exceptional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2002
This stoutsí sweet overtones complement its coffee taste

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
This has to be the best Imperial stout I have sampled since Old Rasputin. Too bad itís so expensive or I would make this a staple in my pantry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3354) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Imperial Stout Blind Tasting (11-16-02): Not reall dark for style. Ruby flashes. Head is a little thin, but pretty average for style. The aroma is big alcohol, sweet chocolate and roasty malts. The flavor is less heavy on the alcohol and is more sweet chocolate. Nice roasty malt underneath, hay-like almost. Really nice fruitiness. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin for style. Really sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Black body, brown head that diminshes to thin. Lots of hops in the nose. All malt in the mouth.Thick and smooth. The black patent malt really sticks out in the mouth with alcohol in the finish. Heavy lacing.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
I donít like the foil at the top. The flavor is too metallic for me, and too bitter without enough body or complexity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Darker than dark. Aroma has coffe, roasted malts, and maybe a little anise. Flavor is coffe, roasted malt, chocolate, anise, and semi-fruity - I almost want to chew it because it is so big.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2002
The aroma was great. This stout was very tasty. Very strong as well. I love Samuel Smiths Brews, they never disapoint!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Dark black opaque hue. Burnt grain, chocolate/coffee head. An incredibly complex palate, chewy, dark fruit, raisons, plum, currant, blackberry, black cherries. Vinous qualities, port, licorice. Lovely dryness in the end. A perfect brew, im speechless.


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