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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2570   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.

olie's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olie (21) - Greater London, - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Wonderful colour - deep, dark black with a slightly brow, foamy head. Aroma a bit strange - has the expected toasty malt, with hints of coffee and chocolate, but also a definite note of banana. No banana in the taste - bit disappointing compared to how I remember it from before Iíd tried more ímoderní imperial stouts. Definite chocolate, coffee, bit of smoke, and a slightly vinegary sourness. Salty aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (242) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2015
Pitch black with light brown color. The smell is insanely sweet and a bit roasty. The taste is a tiny bit watery but quite sweet. Still, this is a creamy, but well carbonated stout. Sweet aftertaste with light licorice and roast notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alomtnez (47) - SPAIN - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours medium brownish creamy-frothy head, not very lasting. Dark mahogany colour with dark caramel hues. Aroma is complex with prune, toasted malt, caramel and some slight bitterness. Taste is similar, adding an acidic start, dry cocoa, black coffe and liquorize sweetness. A very flavourful and balanced imperial stout without ashes notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rkehlet (14) - - FEB 13, 2015
Illegal this beer. Balanced sweet and bitterness, chocolate and malt and a treat for the eye

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1314) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2015
18.7 ounce bottle, consumed on 2-5-15. Pours a dark brown with a small amount of bubbly, taupe/tan head. Nice shade of head. Chocolate milk, cocoa, and carob scents. English yeast smell. Roasted malt and burnt toast flavors. Lively and crisp in the palate. Medium body. This is a nice beer, but itís not as good as I remember it being from drinking it years in the past. This is not at all what would be considered an imperial stout if it were first brewed today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (1015) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
355ml. Bottle.
Pours black with light brown head.
Aroma chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla.
Taste caramel vanilla sweets, little roasted bitter.
Mouthfeel thick, smooth.
Great Imp. Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (149) - ITALY - FEB 6, 2015
35 cl @ bottle. Scura inglese cremosa e cioccolatosa. Molto buona e indubbiamente da riprovare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekboniek (94) - POLAND - FEB 5, 2015
Butelka, piwo czarne nieprzejrzyste z szybko opadającą beżową pianą. W aromacie i smaku czekolada, suszone owoce m.in. śliwki, nuty likieru kawowego. Pojawia się lekka kwaskowość. Wyczuwalny alkohol. Niska goryczka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2502) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Black brown pour, brown head. Aroma of licorice and coffee. Taste is oily and round, with licorice, dark coffee and a little bitterness. Elegant stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1283) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
A nice dark chocolate malt aroma. A creamy body, great chocolate, molasses, good stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matbli (52) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle 355ml, dark black with beige head, very fast falling. After 5 minutes not even a lancing is visible. Aromas arenít very intensive and get stronger when the beer gets warmer. Imediatly after opening olives are noticable, later the aroma gets sweeter and richer with notes of cocoa, vanilla and red fruits. Nice balanced taste with medium sweetness and flavour of vanilla beans and chocolate, medium bitterness and light sourness. Dry and bitter finish. Not an outstanding RIS but a quite pleasant one.

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