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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2753   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Jet black in color with a thick tan head that thins out. Smells of roasted barley, coffee, and alcohol. Slightly sweet flavor with a semi-mouthcoating feel. Hints of black licorice in the flavor. Not as heavy as other great imperial stouts but still a very good beer none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Deep black glass of oil. Extremely viscous and extremely tasty! Not quite as good as the porter in my book, but just a notch below. Inherently heavey and heavenly as weel. Very good winter beer. Enjoy in front to the fire on a cold winter night. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Dark as hell,slight to almost no head.Nice aroma of sweet malt and some slight hints of fruit possibly raisin.Taste is malty with chocolate and coffee thrown in for a nice balance of flavor's kind of weak though meaning it was a little thin in the mouth feel.I thought that it should of had a heavier feel for an imperial but in this case it seems to work just fine for.i would have to recommend trying one of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
This black beer has a thick, light brown head. The nose has a sweet vinous character (sweet raisins and alcohol?) The palate has a nice coffee/burnt grain backdrop with nuances of vinous fruit with a slight sweet malt (caramel) on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Every time I drink a SS I remember why my trip to london was spent primarily in a SS pub. They just make great beer with excellent consistently. If an imperial stout can be subtle, this is it. Instead of crashing into your senses it offers all of the deep, satisfying aromas and flavors of an IS in a wonderfully smooth and satisfying fashion. Delish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2003
very, very dark color, with a brown, thin head. Aroma smells of grapes and maybe raisens, very much like red wine. Not a particularly great aroma for a beer. Flavor is a good balance of sweetness and malt, with an undertone of figs present. Not the greatest imperial stout, but pretty good. Although I have to say, they need to ditch the clear bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
a dark poor that leave little head that slowly runs. a good blend between hops, cocoa, and sweet and bitter malts. good one to have a taste of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OriginalCheeser (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
Bold taste with no single distinct flavor overpowering the rest. D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Smooth and rich, with a steady and thick chocolate-looking head. No extreme flavors immediately, although I find the balance of sweetness and tart, dry malts very refreshing. A little thiner and less intense than others I've had in the style, but this doesn't necessarily detract.

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