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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


BigHoss' rating

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Black color small brown head. I smell coffee and malt, I taste chocolate, fruits, and raisins. It finish with chocolate..... Great Stout!!!!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blastomorpha (26) - - AUG 29, 2015
A beer that shows its royal status just from the bottle. If you like this style this is a must.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patersoi (61) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2015
Pours nearly black with dense honeycomb head. Smells and tastes like black treacle. Not your traditional stout then. Taste lingers with sickly sweet malt on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoplover66 (65) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 27, 2015
Color negro, espuma beige que no desaparece completamente. Aroma chocolate, café. Sabor tostado, chocolate negro, café y un toque dulce aterciopelado . Cuerpo medio, carbonatación baja. Final amargo y seco bastante persistente. Una excelente RIS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PabloZab (577) - Wroclaw, POLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle 355ml. Beer is totally black with beige, frothy head and very nice lacing. Dark chocolate and roasty notes in aroma with small hint of alcohol like liqueur, very nice and quite intensive especially when beer is getting warm. Roasty and chocolate notes in taste with small sour hint in aftertaste but there in not full body and oily texture as I expected. Bitterness small to medium, long, roasty with chocolate hint, very nice. Beer is more dry than sweet so there is next suprise for me but generally it’s OK. Alcohol very good hidden. Nice, medium body, drinkable but there is no "alcohol claw" which is characteristic for RIS. Anyway good beer, not so rich of alcohol as most of RIS but very nice in such issuance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Very dark with tan coloured head and a rich aroma of coffee and muted chocolate. Flavour is sweet with some molasses and palate as oily as would be expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raychao (2) - MACAU - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
Chocolate and soy sauce aroma, also can feel inside alcohol, sour and Obsolete taste Color like engine oil, little brown head, can’t see the bubbles Chocolate, smoke and soy sauce’s salty taste in the mouth, tongue can feel a few bubbles. Sour and chocolate’s bitter, little bit sweet aftertaste. Body is not too heavy for imperial stout Quite good but not the best

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Filipbeer (122) - - AUG 15, 2015
Completely black beer with creamy head and good lacing Coffee, vanilla and chocolate aromas but also some liquorous and sweet notes such as blackberries and strawberries. Despite this, aroma is note very complex. In mouth it is sweet but well balanced by the hop bitterness. Full-body and an oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Medium aftertaste. Good and enjoyable imperial stout

4.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (728) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (352) - 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!


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