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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkam (120) - POLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, slight hoppy notes. In taste similar - roasted malt, chocolate. Medium bitter aftertaste with a pleasant coffee flavour, slightly acidic. Overall - very nice stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Black with khaki head. Amazing aroma; chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt. Taste is chocolate, light coffee, general roasted flavor. Creamy, silky palate. Overall this has got to be one of the best easily available imperial stouts out there.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamf (34) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours black, mwdium beige head. Chocolate. Loads of chocolate in aroma. Taste is impressive. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a little bit of roastiness too. It’s very smooth and very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1081) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Can’t remember where from. Liquorice colour. Liquorice taste. Very tasty. It’s hard to be objective rating a Sam Smiths beer though, when you’re from where I’m from. Sam Smiths is all about sat in the Brown Bear, Sheffield, surrounded by punters clutching bags of slowly defrosting ready meals, recently bought from the nearby Jack Fultons. Not that’s there’s anything wrong with Jack Fultons...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (270) - Marysville, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Straight chocolate and sweet aromas come from this dark brown brew with a light brown head. Chocolate flavor and bitterness battle it out on my taste buds giving me a good combo for this full bodied brew. I expected a more of a fuller bodied brew and more chocolate possibly maybe even an alcohol taste. Not a bad brew at all. Pretty decent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
janubio (389) - SPAIN - JUN 3, 2014
335 ml. bottle. Pours an opaque black clour, with a tan head that lasts forever and leaves a ring all around the glass. Smell is impressive: chocolate is predominant, but there’s caramel, dark fruits, port wine, vanilla, liquorice, and ome coffee. Taste is more or less the same, chocolate everywhere, with coffeemore noticeable than in the nose, caramel, dark fruits and vanilla. The only that doesn´t do it justice, IMO is the medium body and thin palate. Anyway, a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (105) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
This is good. Nearly black, with ruby tones, beige head and good lacing. Medium to full bodied with just a hint of carbonation. A creamy sweetness offsets the roasted malt. Hint of dark fruits and something like pickled vegetables in there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (51) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml. Pours very dark, almost opaque ruby with about a finger of slightly soapy tan head, with significant, quite glittering lacing. Really quite a pretty one, this. Explosion of roasted/burnt (occasionally wholemeal bread-y) malts on the nose with significant chocolate presence (seems to me like a mixture of dark and milk chocolate) as well as notes of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and maybe a small hint of crispy bacon and some sort of cream; rather sweet overall. No significant alcohol. Initial hit on the taste is again roasted malts, even more reminiscent of wholemeal bread this time, with the chocolate being subtler than in the aroma and more definitely confined to the darker side of the chocolate specturm. Notes of caramel (maybe also honey), citrus, and dark fruits are also present, and this has perhaps a small earthen note to it too. Comfortably bitter, imparted mostly from the malts I think. Not quite as smooth on the palate as I’d have liked, with the medium body and moderate carbonation adding a sharpness I’m not too keen on in imperial stouts, but the rather pleasing taste makes up for it.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (42) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Good strong stout. Drinkable but not so much memorable flavour/aroma wise. reliable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingvit (105) - - MAY 25, 2014
Aroma: coffee, roasted nuts Appearance: blackish brown; medium foamy head Taste: medium bitterness, slight sourness Palate: long finish; soft carbonation; medium body; slick texture A Schwarzbier-ish decent imperial stout.


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