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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2469   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.

zmanzorro's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a dark rich malty and slightly acidic. Taste is very rich and malty with an acidic bite. Average carbonation that leaves the palate cleanly with a slight tingle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkomar (4) - Poznan, POLAND - JUL 29, 2014 does not count
Roasty, chocolaty aroma with a hint of dry fruits (plums and the likes), alcohol also easy to sense. Rich, tan coloured head, very good lacing, leaves a nice, thin layer. Liquid is black, not transparent, clear. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, even more roast and chocolate after tasting it, leaves a very pleasurable aftertaste. Alcohol warms the oeasophagus and throat. Low carbonation. Long finish. Overall, it’s a good beer. Could have had a better aroma. It feels like a light version of imperial stout, especially looking at its abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mastelefish (81) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a dark black with an average tan head. Aroma has a very roasty, chocolately feel. The surprise for this stout for me is the taste and mouth feel. Not too bitter, almost tangy on the tongue that other Samuel Smith’s share, and has a wet mouth feel; all combined for a refreshing stout. Thick, tan lacing down the glass. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PawelD (142) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Piwo butelkowe, w aromacie toffi, kawa, gorzka czekolada. Kolor czarna smoła, nieprzejrzyste. Niska piana i ładny lacing. Wysycenie zerowe. W smaku czuć mocną kawę, paloną czekoladę, piwo jest lekko kwaskowate. Na finiszu gorycz od palonych słodów. Lekko wytrawne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rewo (10) - Katowice, POLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Pours clear black body with weak, puncturing head. Aroma of dark malts, some coffee and chocolate getting stronger overtime and minimal herbs in the back, could’ve been stronger. Taste is semi sweet and dry, a mix of dark malts and oatmeal sweetness getting stronger over the time, a bit sour at the start, minor bitterness. Pretty slick and light for an imperial. It’s good, but that’s it, expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (55) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2014
Cervesa negra amb tocs robí. Escuma beige de bombolla fina. Aromes fruitats de pera, platan o pruna seca, també Porto i dioxid de sofre. Sabors torrats de cacau i café amb un amargor molt ben integrada. En boca es cremosa pero un pel acre. Molt bona, bona composició.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiamiBarman (29) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
A beautiful looking pour. Very dark brown but not quite black with a beautiful tan head that lives forever and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark caramel, and coffee, lots of coffee....I also detect hints of maple syrup. The taste is very rich, can also be verified when you see the remnants of the beer slide down extremely slowly down the side of the glass....Thick like syrup. Full-bodied. I like it alot, probably a great night-ender, but not as extreme as a Russian Imperial. Would drink again, but only 1 at a time for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingstoni (1473) - FINLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown color with a medium thick light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, peat and oak. Medium sweet taste with some bitterness. Flavors are roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. Oily feel. Medium to full body. Well balanced.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KeefOz (855) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
Poured an opaque black colour with a thick looking appearance. Dark tan foamy head 5mm thick with lots of lace sticking to the glass. A great looking beer. Aroma of semi-sweet slightly roasted coffee, a trace of milk chocolate and possible licorice. Taste persistently and strongly of roasted coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Medium to heavy body. Smooth and creamy on the palate and with a semi-sweet but lingering roasted coffee finish. A good imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (2796) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at barely legal tasting room Pours black , small white head Smell is sweet , offee , chocolate Bitter chocolaty , coffee , sweet , complex , fruity , roasty , honey . Very nice beer !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmiller54hr (41) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours jet black with one finger khaki head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of the same. This is a great stout. One of my favs. As drinkable as some of their sweeter stouts even with the higher abv.

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