MarcoDL (2548) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black brown pour, brown head. Aroma of licorice and coffee. Taste is oily and round, with licorice, dark coffee and a little bitterness. Elegant stout.
Nejhleader (1290) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice dark chocolate malt aroma. A creamy body, great chocolate, molasses, good stuff
matbli (82) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355ml, dark black with beige head, very fast falling. After 5 minutes not even a lancing is visible. Aromas aren’t very intensive and get stronger when the beer gets warmer. Imediatly after opening olives are noticable, later the aroma gets sweeter and richer with notes of cocoa, vanilla and red fruits. Nice balanced taste with medium sweetness and flavour of vanilla beans and chocolate, medium bitterness and light sourness. Dry and bitter finish. Not an outstanding RIS but a quite pleasant one.
Pedrens (102) - SPAIN - JAN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color chocolate muy oscuro. Espuma marron, no muy persintente, olores a malta tostada, algo a humo, al nuez, higo seco, cafe, chocolate. En bOca todos esos sabores perfectamente equilibrados, con alguntoque mas floral. muy agradable de beber, el alcohol no se nota apenas, y la carbonatacion es baja, muy facil de beber para ser una stout. El final no es muy duradero, con un toque acido....muy buena birra, creo que es muy recomendble para los que prueben una stout por primera vez ...
HenriqueBraga (125) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Negra, espuma bege de boa formação. Aroma intenso de tosta e café torrado.
Na boca igual com amargor marcante da tosta. Final seco, amargo. Corpo alto, licoroso. Boa cerveja.
luegomeloacabo (65) - A Coruña, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2015 It pours dense and dark, with a toasted coloured smooth head. Also, it has such excellent taste with bitter marks and toasted coffee notes. A very good imperial stout.
mecafilo (124) - Perugia, ITALY - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Pours with a pitch black colour, small tan head. Aroma is medium malty, with rich fruity notes; other notes are coffee, dark chocolate and little licorice. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, very slightly sour. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
CraftBeerNick (1098) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home, 16th January 15. Pours too lively for the style, big bulging head on it. Aroma is metallic, marmite, burnt malts. Taste is metallic, slight liquorice, some marmite, chocolate and booze. What really let’s this poor example of an imperial stout is the thin fizzy mouthfeel. This reality has lived up to my perception, god knows why it is so over rated here
rondphoto (2545) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Good aroma of toasted malt. Clear very dark brown/black, full beige head cover, full sheet of lace. Taste is toasted malt that adds body as it moves through the palate, Turning more bitter as it hits a lingering finish. Straightforward, clean, a terrific brew.
Hanoi (532) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is cream, touch of vanilla, hint of coco. Taste is coco, light latte, dark fruits, prunes, licorice a slightly unpleasant sweet note in the short too sweet finish. The mouthfeel is far too thin and carbonated for the style.
For a long time Sam Smith was a brewer one could reliably get interesting beers from, but they have been left behind by the revolution in craft and the flagship beers are showing their age badly.