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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.


hfmejias' rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black with a nice brown head and very nice lacing. When it comes to aroma, this beer has so much going on that it’s hard to start, there is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and spices. Taste follow aroma in a pretty consistent way, this beer is malty sweet, lots of dark fruit flavors, caramel, chocolate, coffee and a nice bitter finish. What it is truly special about this beer is how well balanced are all the ingredients it has, very well executed great beer.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1423) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Wow, for the price. Near black pour with tan head. Aroma and taste are sweet roast malt and chocolate. Good shit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (2171) - CROATIA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml , courtesy of and shared with JFK10000. Pours black, small tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, quite sweet, smooth, easy drinkable for what it is, medium bodied, expected more in that compartment. Overall somehow light for a imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
indrekr (363) - ESTONIA - JUL 9, 2016
Aroma: weaker aroma than other imperial stouts i have tried. Dark bread, cocoa. Appearance: black, clear, brown foam, rocky head. Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness. Palate: medium body, flat, oily feel, astringent, bitter, long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hinez57 (236) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Love this beer for a change of pace Imperial Stout. Everything about it is standard Imperial Stout as you expect it from England. Well bittered, chocolate, cofee, nutty in aroma and flavor. No-low golding hop character. Lower alcohol than most IS but doesn’t subtract from the enjoyment. The big shine with this brew and all Sam Smiths’ is the amazing yeast character which is a little understated in the IS vs nut brown etc. A winner, never disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jakubwloszcz (158) - Piastów, POLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Barwa ciemnobrunatna. Piana obfita, beżowa, trwała, ładnie oblepia szkło. W aromacie czuć mleczną czekoladę, praliny, delikatną nutę kawy. Przyjemny aromat, ale mało intensywny i mało złożony. W smaku jest trochę wodniste (zwłaszcza jak na imperialny stout), ale bardzo smaczne: jest czekolada, kawa, ciemne owoce. Fajne piwo, ale jak na imperialny stout, brakuje mu wyrazistości.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bijl (151) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2016
Zwarte Imperial Stout met een bruine volle schuimkraag, deze zakt naar een mooi laagje..... mooie laagvorming langs het glas. Aroma: Geroosterde mouten, donker fruit zoals rozijnen, chocolade, vanille, karamel en een koffie hint. Alcohol ook al merkbaar in de neus. Smaak: Donkere chocolade, geroosterde donkere mouten, karamel, koffie / mokka en een fruitige zoet. In de nasmaak een flinke bitter van pure chocolade en kruidige hops. Alcohol warmte is flink aanwezig..... vind ik niet onprettig overigens. Ik drink deze rustig weg.... Body is vol, zacht mondgevoel en de afdronk is bitter droog en helemaal op het laatst iets plakkerig. Lekker !

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probabeer (154) - - JUN 23, 2016
Es curiosa. Aunque no tiene mucho aroma, luego tiene bastante sabor, yo diría que entre a chocolate y especiado.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ArtificialCyst (413) - Szczecin, POLAND - JUN 22, 2016
Aroma: Pralines, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, light fruit (plum and cherry). Appearance: Black color, nice creamy head which falls down quite quickly, leaves lacing. Taste: Cherry, chocolate, roastiness, some coffee, plum, pralines, medium-low biterness. Palate: Bit lacks body, finish is sweet, cabronation is low.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TH28 (355) - - JUN 17, 2016
355ml bottle. Can’t decipher the code date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with a low brown head that dissipates. Aroma: Dark fruit (cherry, plum, raisin) with a light roast and chocolate. Fruit and chocolate character most prominent. Taste: An earthy, caramel, roasted malt base, with a moderately strong bitterness and increasing astringent roast on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium body with some creaminess and low carbonation. No noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Leaves a crystal and roasted malt character long after the swallow. Overall: An earthier, more crystal malt based version of an American imperial stout. Also has a slightly more astringent roast character on the finish, and lacks the sometimes harsh alcohol warmth of American versions. A well made English version of the style reflecting on the harder water of the region.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kordestanchi (97) - - JUN 13, 2016
Quite disappointed with this imperial stout. Pours dark brown with mild cream head. aroma was very strange! Palate was roasted malt and chocolate, but very weak for an imperial stout.


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