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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Pours very big carbonated head, which dissipates to lumpy foam. Deep dark brown - almost black in color. Medium to big nose of baker’s chocolate and roated coffee. Make sure you let this beer warm up to appreciate the big, bold and complex flavors: roasted/burnt malt (not sweet!!) along with coffee. Long delicious and smooth finish - slight bitters on the backend that come from the roasted malt, not hops!! And thank you for not over-hopping this beer!!

This beer is a pleasure and true to the IS form where hops should take a back seat. One of my favorites - bravo!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Very dark, roasted flavor that leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. Scares people who can’t appreciate anything but clear yellow beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shipman (48) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2002
Pretty good stout..Sam Adams is the premium!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
That Sam Smith makes some of the best beer around. Better than the Oatmeal Stout, I wish it came in the large bottles too. A little light compared to the new breed of American imp Stouts, but you can taste the breeding in this refined beer. Never disappoints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2002
A good brew. Has a huge coffee like flavor to it. Has a small brown head on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Very malty with a burnt taste to some degree. Choclolate and alcohol taste obvious. (Why the clear bottle?) A good bear and wothy of repeated samples especially if you are a fan of the dark beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Pours a bit watery, with a light head. Has a trade mark aroma noteable of most of the Sam Smiths. Taste is initially sharpe with big chocolate and coffee tastes but disapears quickly leaving a hint of sweet lingering. Tasts best slightly warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2002
A stout of amazing depth and complexity. Pitch black with a small beige head. The flavor has to be tried to be believed: The first impression is that of raisins and plum, and coffeeish roasted malts appear in the middle. The finish is that of a strong, black coffee with no sugar. American micros tend to overhop their imperials, so few have the complexity of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Roasted chocolate malt feathers going down to rest in a puddle of molasses...Berry wine vapors and rich licorice intermingled with great chocolate, finishing in a bitter roastiness...Full-bodied for its size, very complex sweetness and fruitiness...A truly great stout...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
All the Sam Smiths beers used to be MUCH better when the Samuel Smith brewery was independent and you could find Sam Smith pubs throughout London. The new brews from Tadcaster just are not the same: they are pale imitations of the original.

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