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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

GuamVice's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GuamVice (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2012
From bottle. Aged 2.5 years in cellar. Ive been waiting a while to drink this beer. Smell is bitter cocoa with a surprising hint of fruit. Pours deep black and slightly thick with a big creamy tan head that lingers for about 2 minutes before lacing. Taste is rich, roasty, and sweet, with a bit of fig and yeast profile at the end. Almost no hint of the high alcohol, which makes sense from the aging. Palate is chewy, but much lighter body and mouthfeel than a lot of American Imp. Stouts. Overall excellent beer; I can see why it is a classic which other stouts were built. I was surprised how much I liked it given all the new aggressive styles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertoJimenez (5) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2015 does not count
Best imperial stout ever, rich, deep chocolate color, roasted barley and coffee, aroma, fully body and fruity bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (723) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Visual: Foil sealed cap. Pours coffee black with very minimal head, a thin layer of fine retention, lots of micro streams near the surface. Nose: light burnt bread, sweet baked molasses. (lvl-4)-pungency Attack: watery-slick, immediate burnt light-sour liquid malt Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) cacao, roasted barley, caramel, coffee sourness, soy sauce, hints of vanilla Finish: lingering roasted malted barley, partially thin finish. Summary: A bit dry on its own but goes nicely with a meal. Not what I’d expect from an Imperial Stout, it’s rather light but where it lacks in body it makes up for it in composure and balance. This one makes you notice subtlety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (318) - POLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Po przelaniu do szkła tworzy się nieduża, sycząca pianka, szybko opadająca do cienkiej warstewki. Barwa prawie czarna, nieprzejrzysta z brązowymi refleksami. Aromat głównie kakaowy, śliwka w czekoladzie, likier kawowy i nieco palonych nut. W smaku dość słodkie, treściwe, gęste, powtarzają się elementy z aromatu plus rodzynki, winogron, trufla... Alkohol obecny, ale dobrze wkomponowany w całość, na finiszu lekka kwaskowość ciemnych owoców. Goryczka nie jest wysoka, ale obecna, długo pozostająca miło pieszcząc podniebienie, razem z dość wysokim jak na RISa nagazowaniem fajnie kontruje nieco wyklejającą całość. Przyznaję się, że nie spodziewałem się tak dobrego RISa. Przy stosunkowo niewysokim alkoholu wydawało się, że będzie to raczej FES czy mocniejszy Stout niż porządny imperialny stout, a tu miłe zaskoczenie. Przyjemnie w aromacie, bogato w smaku i zaskakująca pełnia, przy czym jest to trunek po bardziej słodkiej niż wytrawnej stronie mocy. Mimo wszystko bardzo pijalne piwo. Polecam!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (1087) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 15, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2015 Black color with nice head. Coffee, milk chocolate, sweet. Bitter finish. Tangy and a bit spicy. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (323) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle. Dark. Aroma of sweet chocolate, taste more like coffee. Well balanced, but not all too complex. Still, a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Paladares (69) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2015
Botella. Color negro opaco. Espuma cremosa que mantiene una fina capa. Aroma a chocolate, café, pasas, algo de tabaco... En boca encuentro mucha presencia de tabaco y caramelo. Fuerte amargor y punch final de alcohol pero compensado con un toque dulce a caramelo. Una muy buena stout, pero me quedo con su compańera la Chocolate Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ston3s42 (41) - - JUL 5, 2015
Pitch black appearance with no head. Tastes of roasted coffee, complex dark caramel, nuts and vanilla

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (121) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 4, 2015
aroma: dark fruits, ash, burned coffee. taste: moderate sweeteness, moderate biterness, light sourness. flavour: bitter chocolate, ash, dark sour fruits, some alcohol. overall this is good and not so strong as usual imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mister_Li (124) - GERMANY - JUL 2, 2015
Tiefschwarz mit hellbraunem cremigen Schaum. Röstaromen, Karamell, leicht süßlich, langer bitterer Abgang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (1064) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle. Black body brown head. Aroma is dried fruits with vanilla and toffee. Taste is also dark caramel with vanilla with some dried fruits. Aftertaste is very well balanced between roasted malts sweetness and some roasted malts bitterness. Very nice and drinkable.

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