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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.

UnionBeerCzar's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12oz. Bottle to shaker, this feels like an old friend I haven’t seen in a while came back into town. Pours pitch black with a finger and half of light brown head. Aromas of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet malt, really classic stout nose. Perfect levels of carbonation create a medium mouthfeel that finishes quite smoothly. Overall sweet on the palate with enough roast to balance it out. Finishes malty and lingers on for just the right amount of time. Great beer, I don’t know its imperial by my jacked-up American standards but its damn good and that’s all that matters. Cheers to the Yorkshire squares!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Biroholik (236) - 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.
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1421) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1581) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
L_Lovecraft (20) - - JAN 30, 2016
chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, black, rocky head, medium bitterness, full body, soft carbonation, notes of coffe, chocolate, licorice. An irreplaceable classic that gives many emotions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is wet chocolate, come cherries, sweet malts. Taste is smooth and tangy sweetness, mildly fudgy with some sweet liqueur. A bit of smoke and bitterness in there. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rafatrojo (12) - - JAN 26, 2016
Deep black, with thin foam. Plums, dark fruits, roasted malta and brown sugar. Bitter roasted aftertaste. Great stout!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Listigovers (618) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
Black pour brown head. Nice creamy palate, full bodied, roasted malts, very smooth rich burnt caramel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartholos (140) - GERMANY - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle. Opaque black colored with a nice creamy brown head. Great aroma composition of fruity and roasted notes. Dark fruits and plum are in the nose, with a nice sherry note along with dark chocolate, light coffee notes and some toast. Already rich and complex. Bitter dry taste with a light balancing sweetness in the beginning and a light sour note. Thick body with low carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The roasted notes are getting stronger in the mouth, so there is more coffee, dark chocolate and toast while the dark fruits stay back. Some caramel and toffee come with the light sweetness. Great composition, very distinctive notes but put together in a very harmonic profile. With the bitter dry finish comes alcoholic warmth and a light peppery note. Leaves a light roasted bitter aftertaste. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Pours jet black, with a big mahogany head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, sweet, and some deep fruity esters. Tasting notes include coffee, dark chocolate, nutty, dried figs and plums. Delicious!

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