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


on tap

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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (141) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (60) - 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 Id have liked, with the medium body and moderate carbonation adding a sharpness Im not too keen on in imperial stouts, but the rather pleasing taste makes up for it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (77) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Good strong stout. Drinkable but not so much memorable flavour/aroma wise. reliable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingvit (131) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voras (61) - - MAY 25, 2014
Almost black, beige head. Theres black chocolate, bitter, coffee and maybe vanilla in the aroma and taste. Good, but I remember better...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 21, 2014
After four years of NO ALCOHOL, this was my reintroduction to imbibing. a few months later and im thinking this was a great choice. full of flavor. earthy, hints of raisin and vanilla. its like a meal in a glass. love looking at the label. thinking of getting it tattooed somewhere on my ugly unworthy body. my dream is to tour the brewery and then expire, hopefully to be laid to rest on the street corner outside.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alethol (102) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2014
Black with big beige head. Strong aromas of coffee, roasted malt and molasses. Also, strangely, old sherry. Weird. Medium body. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilverfoX (248) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
chocolate, nuts, coffee, banana aromas on a deep murky brown body with a tight creamy head, tastes bitter/sweet with a dark chocolate flavour medium body, sticky, average carbonation, astringent finish. nothing incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MWMBeerguy (102) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Wonderful chocolaty, roasty aroma. I poured it a bit too cold but as it warmed, it became more complex. Smooth taste with no hint of alcohol. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2205) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Murky dark brown pour with a mocha head. Roasted malt and banana aromas. Bitter chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt notes with hints of toffee and vanilla. Very complex considering the age of the recipe. Good body and mouthfeel.

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