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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2538   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (206) - GERMANY - NOV 9, 2014
Schwarz, beiger Schaum. Frisch, wenignKaffee, Honig, viel dunkle früchte in der Nase. Am Gaumen kaffee, dunkle Früchte, Kakao, trocken. Leicht staubig,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (775) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle Aroma-caramel, coffee, chocolate, Appearance-black, cloudy, brown foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebwaw (23) - POLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Served in TeKu. Great dark beige, creamy head, appears totally black colour. Rich aroma with chocolate, toffee, caramel dominating with a distinct hint of cherry, noble sourness. Very pleasant. Taste is delightful, lots of dark chocolate, quite sweet, but finish is definitely bitter, even earthy a little. Full bodied and very creamy/oily. Extremely enjoable, seems heavier than 7% which lowers drinkability. Its a great example of just straight and plain strong stout without any peculiar additions like US brewers got me used to. Price is also extremely encouraging (less than 5 bucks).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Beautiful dark black thin tan head.. Deep roasted, almost burnt. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loco_gallego (148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Brune-noire foncée, mousse marron claire persistante. Quelques dépôts. Arômatique surtout sur le toastage café. Levures. Et un côté liquoreux assez prononcé. On sent un peu l’houblonnage fruité. En bouche pareil avec une forte présence de malts toasté et sucrés, un peu fruitée. Fin de bouche un peu amère et fumée, avec une présence liquoreuse-alcool. Carbonation moyenne. Très bonne stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
COMRADEJOSH (305) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Aroma is downright heavenly with a smell of toasted malt and dark chocolate. Appearance is spot on with a deep dark brown black body with a creamy off white head that retains well. Taste is creamy smooth that tastes almost like it is nitrogenated instead of carbonated. I mostly get a strong taste of chocolate with a bitterness I associate with that rather than hops. It finishes up with an earthy toasted malt and almost burnt toast on the aftertaste. For being higher in alcohol it is well hidden with the rich flavor. One of the better imperials out there and so far my favorite for this category as it is not just trying to take an ok beer and pump up the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mates (6) - POLAND - OCT 23, 2014 does not count
High rates was promising, let check this out, beer bought in centre of Warsaw, Poland. Aroma is very nice: dark chocolate, liquorice, bit of caramel, maybe raisins, slight or not at all coffee, something acidy in background. In glass it is jet black, when tilted on the edge brownish reflexes. Big head, but not so dense, diminishing in short period, at the beginning pretty nice lacing, in 20 mins head turns into thin circle. Taste - first impression, first surprise - green apple, in stout? This is not what I’d expect, google says that it means underfermentation (?), besides of that - nice dark chocolate, liquorice, in the back some roast, alcohol is obvious but in nice way. With every sips green apple taste diminishes, and liquorice strengthens. Despite of chocolate beer is sugary sweet as well. For me there is to much of co2 but some may like it. Bit dense, like a syrup but rather mid bodied, finish is long with majority of chocolate. This beer is undoubtedly complex, but effect would be much better without that apple. I rather won’t come back to this beer but I don’t regret anyway even due the price was quite O.K - 3 EUR.frothy, frothy,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"pretty thin compared to all the HUGE amaerican imperial stouts floating around these days, but that’s the only knock on this beer. The flavor and aroma are wonderful, and this one has a higher drinkability than some due to the lighter body. Still not a sissy beer, though. Sam Smith’s does dark beers well. 2011 - losing ground in the land of the impy stout. the last couple have been a touch boring. slight downgrade from over 3.9 to a 3.8."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (973) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
(Bottle) Black with thin tan head. Pleasant aroma with raisins, liquorice, dark toffee. Full body with velvety smooth carbonation. Taste is dominated by dark roast / burnt sugar notes, balanced with some acidity. There are some raisin / port notes at the start, some dark toffee in the mid palate and some bitterness in the finish. Good, but some of the flavours for me are a bit harsh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBaboon (1615) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown with light beige head. Aroma is licorice, roasted and dark bread. Flavour is roasted, dark bread and licorice. This is fantastic.

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