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

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RATINGS: 2581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


MichaelAwesome's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (4982) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle shared with McTapps. Pours in deep black with a medium light brownish head. Nose is sour with chocolate. Tastes like bitter chocolate. To recommend and very interesting beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (707) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
6.9.2014. Thick brown head. On the lighter side for IS, coffee, dryish, some chocolate. Good but somehow not perfectly balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (584) - CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Pours nearly opaque deep brown with amber-brown highlights, three fingers of pillowy tan head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is roasty malt coffee and chocolate, red berries, vanilla and citrus. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild sour. (7/10) Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky texture and lingering bitter finish. (4/5) Surprisingly light in both body and ABV for a RIS. Really quite similar to their Oatmeal. Though, the higher ABV and more syrupy texture does a better job of disguising what I’ve concluded must be a high metal content in the Tadcaster water. Ultimately, though, I’ve had better Russians. (15/20)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pottygok (517) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Aroma: Hints of dried fruit with a heavy sweet malt aroma. Appearance: Dark black with no head. Taste: Light sweetness with a hint of sourness. Palate: Medium body, slick sticky texture, soft carbonation, sweet finish. Overall: A bit too syrupy for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fabio7385 (1) - Catania, ITALY - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
Chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, retrogusto malvasia, schiuma persistente, impatto liquoroso

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCaptMatey (162) - Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Poured a dark brown to black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with hints of toffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, toffee, dark fruits and roasted malts. Light-medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Soft bitterness on a finish. A bit lighter from what I would consider an Imperial Stout in this modern age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KW92 (186) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 8, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa czarna z rubinowymi refleksami, nieprzejrzyste. Piana drobna, z początku wysoka, by po chwili opaść do pół centymetrowej warstewki.
AROMAT: Likier kawowy, kakao, wanilia delikatna paloność słodowa
SMAK: Podobnie do zapachu, z tą różnicą, że w smaku jest przewaga słodowości i czekolady deserowej. Goryczka niska. Wysycenie średnie.
OGÓLNIE: Muszę się przyczepić do jednej rzeczy, a mianowicie zapachu - mało intensywny.Sprawia wrażenie gęstego/oleistego, ale to tylko pozory, bo w rzeczywistości jest nieco wodnisty, co sprawia, że przez to jest dobrze pijalny. Oprócz tego nie mam nie mam większych uwag w kwestii smaku i ogólnego odbioru. Jest to dobry Imperialny Stout i nic więcej.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
willisread (388) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Aromas of vanilla, oak, dark fruit, cacao and star anise. Taste is more of the same with the malts really standing out. Very smooth and drinkable. Slightly bitter finish. Thin body and slightly watery mouthfeel.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
w_adwersarz (266) - Cracow, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Na początek z butelki pojawiły się przyjemne aromaty czerwonych owoców i lukrecji, a następnie czekolada. W szkle już niestety czar prysł, gazowało się jak cola, i piana równie szybko znikła, były to wręcz nanosekundy. Zastanawiałem się jak mrugnąłem czy mi się ta piana nie przewidziała. Wygląd rozgazowanej, tygodniowej coli. Barwa brunatna, prawie czarne, znikome prześwity. Aromat ze szkła też stracił, do owoców dołączył lekki kwach, a czekolada się ulotniła. W smaku jest trochę gorzkiej czekolady, trochę owoców czerwonych i mało przyjemny alkohol, odczuwalny z tyłu podniebienia i na tyle języka. Piwo ma tylko 7% a jest wręcz wodniste, wysoko wysycone. Do tego niska goryczka z czekoladowo kwachowo/alkoholowym posmakiem

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (5112) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
355ml bottle from Great Grog. 7.5%. Pours jet black, thin tan head, hangs around but. Aromas are light liquorice, tar, coffee. Taste is sweet, coffee, dark chocolate. Oily texture, but a tad thin at the end.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (292) - - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a quickly disappearing beige head that ultimately leaves a thin ring and very little lacing. Faint aroma of coffee and chocolate. Medium bitter, light body, average carbonation, lightly bitter finish. Not so hot.


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