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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Valgreen (457) - - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle at beertasting with Carsten Bertelsen 19 / 6 2013. Pitch black, with small tan head. Aroma, hops, roasted malts, raisins, figs. Taste, bitter, coffee/chocolate, raisins. Very carbonated, but that is nicely countered by the bitterness. Oily mouth feel. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (616) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle fron the York Beer and Wine Shop. Pours black with a tan head. Quite a meaty aroma. Notes of chocolate and roast flavour. Just a hint of coffee. A little sharp perhaps. Quite rich, but not as luxurious as the best imperial stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (126) - ITALY - APR 15, 2014
Dark color, creamy white head. Smells of bitter chocolate, molasses and alcohol preserved cherries (ciliegie sotto spirito). Rich complex taste of chocolate, lightly smoked toasted malts, dark fruits and some alcohol. Some coffee pops out in the dessert-like finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackafholmes (37) - - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from blacker Hall farm. This is a perfect stout Imo. Deep, dark, almost opaque black with a handsome head. Aroma of blackcurrants, treacle, and rich olive oil. Similar taste but not as treacley as you might expect, still rich but remains refreshing and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerseyjohn71 (140) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
nuts, coffee, caramel, roasty, resin, dough, earthy, alcohol, licorice, vanilla, brown, black, clear, tan foam, brown foam, rocky head, medium body, creamy, fizzy, average carbonation, long finish, good stuff,,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (251) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2014
12 oz bottle. The beer pours to a medium black color with a thin off white head. The aroma has a strong dark fruit & licorice with some roasted malts in it. The taste was a little on the sweet side for my taste & overall was just pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerich0 (1) - - APR 1, 2014 does not count
Botella 33cl. Muy oscura y con espuma media de color crema. Aroma a malta tostada con caramelo, café y algo de chocolate. Sabor dulce al inicio y que se tranforma en café y chocolate con el trago. Amargor suficiente pero no destacable. Se nota el alcohol pero sin desagradar. Acabado perdurable en boca. Perfecta para acabar una comida.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (429) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2014
(Bottle): Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of super-heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is a lot more chocolatey than I expected, very smooth with a coffee, liquorice, malt and charred aftertaste. I didn’t know what to expect really but it was delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TizzleJizzle (529) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a dark brown/black with a beautiful khaki head and tons of lacing. Taste of cocoa malts, roasted malts, fudge, slight coffee, High fizzy carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbeatdano (28) - - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle 2013. Pour - black with medium creamy tan head. Aroma - chocolate, figs, caramelized malt, licorice, smoke, Taste - chocolate covered cherry, toasted malt, licorice, espresso beans, lemon rind, citrus hops Palate - oily mouthfeel, very slick. Sweet and sour taste that finishes with swift roasted malt finish. This is one of my new favorite beers. Surprisingly complex, very delicious and chocolaty.

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