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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2742   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 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Beautiful black stout with dark brown lacing but no real head. Nose of sweet malt, hops, and cocoa. Taste of sweet malt, hops, cocoa, bitter espresso, with a bitter hop finish to counter the sweetness. Mouth feel is a bit thin for an imperial stout; not surprising, since at 7% ABV this is more a session beer than an imperial. With American IPAs coming in at close to 10% and imperial stouts coming in at over 15%, this is sort of a session imperial!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choket (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003 does not count
dark in color with a very smooth and chocolaty flavor. has a dry after taste and almost no head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Smooth palate, deep chocolate flavorwith a hint of fruit, bit of an odd aftertaste though... Very thin head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Pours dark, with small dark brown head which grows slowly downward. Smell is of fruit : plums or apricots. Roasted taste, almost too sweet. Finish is grainy and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Pours opaquely with a creamy tan head that coats the glass. Aroma of sweet plums, mildly roasted malt and some soy. Silky, rich, malty palate hides the alcohol magnificently and finishes a great roasted chocolate. Has a touch of sour toffee from age I'm guessing, but otherwise a nice, very drinkable example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Excellent Imperial. Dark dark brown in color. Nice creamy beige head that slowly disapated before my first swig. Malty/Roasty aroma that has some slight chocolate/alcohol notes. Smooth roasty start with a nice full/silky palate. Nice hop bitterness finished the beer. Alcohol well hidden.

   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.

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