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


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RATINGS: 2478   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUN 29, 2014
Koromfekete, átlátszatlan színű főzet, mely lebilincselő aromával bír: a könnyed, leginkább meggyhez, cseresznyéhez hasonlító édesség felől fokozatosan közelít a kakaós, forró csokis, majd kávés, pörkölt illatok felé. Ezt követően egy élénk, kissé savanykás, de határozott pörkölt malátás karakterrel megtámogatott zamattal találkozhatunk egy édes, kávés beütéssel, valamint az alkohol szájmelengető jelenlétével gazdagítva, mely sajátosságok elegánsan, mégis kellően intenzíven állnak össze egy kerek egésszé.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boomersmancave1 (58) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Dark colored head. Pours out blackish. Coffee, chocolate with a light licorice aromas. full bodied. Average to thick textured. Not a lot of carbonation in this beer, but the finish is semisweet with a roasted coffee and dark chocolate taste. This is a great stout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (456) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2014
0.355 bottle. Pitch black color and a medium, thick, brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, caramel, coffee, and a touch of toffee. Taste is very malty with loads of coffee, licorice, some roast, and a delicate sourness. Full body, thick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is a bit sweeter than the bitterish taste and also less sticky but in essence features the same flavors. Overall the beer is really tasty, well-balanced, does not commit the mistakes of many other stouts, and gives an impression of excellence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zaf (239) - ITALY - JUN 25, 2014
scura..schiuma poco persistente..aroma dominato dalla liquirizia,inizialmente piacevole si rivela stucchevole dopo un pň..gusto sbilanciato a favore della liquirizia,con note di caffč amaro..corpo medio,poco frizzante..non entusiasma

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (481) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. A- Cocoa, roasty, coffee, rich, alcohol. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, robust, malty. P- Medium full body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty finish. O- Good and not overpowering. I’m surprised that it’s only 7% for an Imperial Stout yet you can still taste the alcohol in it. While it’s a solid stout, it’s not really more than average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HKdIPA (226) - HONG KONG - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from Craftissimo at home. Pitch black pour, thin dissipating tan head. Raisiny roasted malt aroma - licorice too. Taste is very sharp/metallic with roasted malt in background. Palate seems too light for this style. Not that great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CacheManyHose (175) - HONG KONG - JUN 21, 2014
From Craftissimo. Pitch black opaque with dark tan small bubbly head. Smells extremely raisiny, dried fruit, burnt almost ashy malt, a bit sour. Not a fan of such a cloyingly raisin aroma. Tastes less raisin than the smell and balanced by more bitterness. Quite acidic/sour. Body is medium and frothy. Has a lot of Belgian flavours. Too much raisin and sharpness for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (2059) - FINLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Black. Dryish chocolate, some ashy licorice, light herbal greens. Full bodied, robust, good intesity. Nice strong,stout. Quite easy drink.

-- bb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SperkeleForce (532) - FINLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle 33 CL. Pours black with brown mushroom like fast vanishing head. Roasted, chocolate, licorice ,herbs. An ok imperial stout.

- beerbasher

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bahumat (105) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Aroma: 7/10. Toasty with notes of raisin and rum, and the hops give it a particularly citrus-resin hint. -- Appearance: 5/10. Nice dark beer with a thin brown head. Just what I like my stouts to look like. -- Taste: 8/10. Bready and sweet, but surprisingly dry for an Imperial stout. Notes of cocoa and chocolate on the finish, with that appealing rum-raisin-ey sweetness at the beginning. -- Palate: 5/5. Gently astringent, fizzy on the tongue, light carbonation, aftertaste is a gentle warming coffee-chocolate in the back of the throat. Comes on nice and leaves just as pleasantly. -- Overall: 18/20. It’s not quite got the whomp that I expect from something calling itself an Imperial Stout, and I was hoping for a little more intense sweetness and flavors from this beer, but it’s still a champ. Samuel Smith excels at making stout, and this is a great example.

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