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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
obfuscatex (9) - USA - JAN 5, 2003 does not count
Almost as good as S.S. Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
I had a bad Sam Smiths once, and grew very leery of imported beers in clear bottles. I couldn’t resist this one for too long though, and thankfully finally sucumbed. Truely fantastic. Aroma of port, chocolae, spiced pear, raisin. A very warm flavour, some coffee, chocolate, roasty. Discrete alcohol. Perfect palate, creamy, tad bit carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Colorful head that disappeared quickly. Medium to full body for an Imperial. Chocolate, coffee, black licorice. Slightly sweet. Very little alcholic bite. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coopec (20) - Portland, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2003
One word - Incredible and then several others, very pleasing to the palate, outstanding after taste and the aroma when enjoyed from my favorite pint glass is heavenly. After several more 4 packs of this I’ve found it just gets better. Try letting it warm (drink half cold) then you can really experience the complexity of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Eclipse Black color. Nice big frothing foamy head. Its alive..Its alive..Its alive... Aroma is chocolate and plums. A full-bodied stout. Deeply roasted chocolate malts. Deep and rich chocolate flavor. Very flavorful and complex. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and fruit. Some hop bite. Nice beer. Worth trying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 1, 2003
I would usually not rate a beer that I thought was stored improperly. This one, though, is in a clear bottle! They are asking for such troubles, and for $3.50, I do not expect an imperial stout with substantial sourness in the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
This has all of the great qualities of a world class imperial stout but is somehow cleaner and crisper tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Awesome, what more can be said about it. Full bodied, nice sweet aroma. Rich and complex. The flavors are dark, roasted malt, nice hop blend. Warms you up as it goes down. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Awesome beer and one of Sammy Smith’s best offerings. Roasted aroma with traces of licorice and chocolate and coffee on the palate. One thing I noticed about this brew compared to other beers of the style is the lack of presence of alcohol (which certainly isn’t a bad thing because the beer is still 7%). One of my standards - if only I could buy this in South Carolina...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Rich and creamy very high in alcohol. I will def buy it again..

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