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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (403) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
At 7% this is an awful lot weaker than other imperial stouts... in fact I doubt a lot of breweries would name it so... but this has massive flavour for a relatively low ABV. Thick and rich, loads of roast, perfect balance of bitter sweet. Really good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MGantzel (193) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2016
Denne Imperial Stout har et mřrkt udseende med et svagt hvidt skum. Řllen har en sřd aroma og smager af lakrids, chokolade, kaffe og med noter af nřdder, samt sřd i smagen. Medium karbonering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerGantzel (274) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2016
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate , coffee and liquirice as well as fruity notes. Black with a beautiful brown head. Medium sweetness well balanced with bitterness. Taste of chocolate and liquirice. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, creamy texture. Great stout!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ametras (1208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
550ml bottle. Black with a foamy beige head. Flavors are roasted/toasted cereals, milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins, licorice and molasses with nutty and woodsy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (1290) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2016
550mL bottle. Opaque, stouty brownish-black pour with a rocky, mocha colored head with excellent retention. Nose is roast, toffee, cocoa, butterscotchy diacetyl . Mouth is medium bodied for a stout, bittersweet, dark malts, hints of vanilla, butterscotch, toasted pumpernickel, a bit watery palate. 20 years ago I would’ve been impressed by this, but after all these years and so many examples of the style to compare and contrast, this one comes across relatively boring and average. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
szymonskc (383) - Skórcz, POLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Aromat średnio intensywny, czekolada, palone słody, kawa, lekko alkoholowy, przyjemny. Kolor czarny, nieprzejrzyste. Piana obfita, beżowa, gęsta, drobna, trwała, ładnie oblepia szkło. W smaku wytrawne, czekolada, kawa, śliwki, lekka kwaśność. Finisz dosyć długi, czekoladowy. Goryczka niska, wysycenie średnie. Dobry, lekki RIS.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Biroholik (718) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Kolor: Czarny / Bardzo ciemny braz. Klarowne pomimo tego ciemnego koloru. Bardzo czyste.
Piana: Beżowa, drobnobąbelkowa, wysoka. Utrzymuje się przes optymalny czas, ale pozosatawia obrączkę aż do ostatniego łyka.
Zapach : Aromat palonych słodów oraz kawa. W tle zapach wytrawnego wina.
Smak: Kawowy. Dość kwaskowaty. Mało słodkości. Rodzynki i śliwka, ale z gatunku tych bardziej kwaśnych. Goryczka lekka. Procenty perfekcyjnie zamaskowane aczkolwiek po wypiciu całej butelki czuć rozgrzewanie. Bardzo treściwe piwo i wytrawne w smaku. Dobrze pijalne. Finisz kwaskowo-kawowy.
Wysycenie : Średnie. Za wysokie jak na moje oko.
Podsumowanie:
Z reguły podobno nie ma złych RIS-ów. Ten przez wielu uznawany jest jako przedstawiciel gatunku. Jest bardzo dobry ale tylko dla początkujących z craftem. Mało złożony jak na RISa. Trochę też zbyt wytrawny i brakowało mi w nim słodkich akcentów. Nuty słodowe były zbyt delikatne. Etykieta ciekawa - może ciut za dużo tych informacji na przodzie, ale podoba mi się pomysł z tymi złotymi dodatkami - nadaje to temu RIS-owi takiego cesarskiego , dystyngowanego charakteru.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1868) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 11, 2016
Botella. @La Barrica 13,Candas 11/02/2016 BBD: 09/16 Color negro opaco, aroma torrefacto, sabor dulce, regaliz, cuerpo sedoso

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1690) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle. Dark body, medium tall creamy head. Aroma has chocolate candies, sweet black licorice and a touch of coffee roast. Roasty yet soft mouthfeel with plenty of rich dark malts. Taste has medium intense roastiness and some sweet licorice. Smooth finish. Low ashiness/astringency. Due to the low 7% ABV for the IS style, the drinkability is really good. More stouts should be made with 6-8% ABV, that’s the sweet spot for me personally. Right now there seems to be a lot of strong stouts with 9%+ ABVs and also a lot of watery 4,5% stouts in the Guinness style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gukkor (1) - Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2016 does not count
AROMA: bread, hay, roasty APPEARANCE: dark brown to black; rocky, tan head TASTE: light sweetness; heavy bitterness; medium sourness; hints of umami PALATE: full body; thick, sticky texture; soft to average carbonation; bitter finish OVERALL: Not bad at all; in my limited experience, I’ve found I’m a fan of Samuel Smith’s in general, and this one’s no exception. I would’ve liked a bit less hoppiness and a bit more malt, personally, but still a very solid stout.


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