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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2493   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
billypat99 (3) - USA - JUN 16, 2001 does not count

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cruz22499 (20) - Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2001
absolutely one of the best if not the best beer in the whole entire world highly, highly, recomemded if you enjoy drinking a world class beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
domedweller99 (6) - Bradford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2001 does not count
Quite simply (Nitrogen be damned) the best stout available. Wish I were either a rich man, or one of her majesty’s forces.. on account of it being awfully pricey and that it says right on the label ’Contractors to her Majesty’s Forces’ ..who says war is hell?

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coopec (20) - Portland, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2003
One word - Incredible and then several others, very pleasing to the palate, outstanding after taste and the aroma when enjoyed from my favorite pint glass is heavenly. After several more 4 packs of this I’ve found it just gets better. Try letting it warm (drink half cold) then you can really experience the complexity of flavors.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Rich and creamy very high in alcohol. I will def buy it again..

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Big, thick head. Beautiful fruit and coffee flavors. Bitter. Very smooth to the palate. Awesome beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2005
so very dark brown to black. light barely passes through. tight brown dense foam lingers. complex aroma. smoke, soy sauce, worsteshire sauce, burnt wood, dark chocolate and a hint of gunpowder. rich flavors and moderate carbonation provide a soft yet tremendous mouthfeel. dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted nuts, spice, soy sauce, and chocolate liqueur. nice moderate bitterness, probably east kent goldings. not at all harsh. every flavor lingers. complex and profound. simply and perfectly enjoyable. chocolate milk for adults.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 24, 2005
As per usual, another benchmark from one of my favorite breweries. This is the most finesseful, silky, refined, and balanced Imp. stout on the market. I love the Domestic interpretations I’ve had, but they all aim for overkill. This is a stout you can actually have a few glasses of. And how did they get all that rich chocolate, liquorice, vinous wine, and espresso notes crammed into a stout of such low abv.??? Classic, in every way, especially in the dance between the sweet almost apple-toffeish flavors and the bracing sourness of a truly aged ale???? Perhaps blending of old and new in Tadcaster??????? Grab yourself a pint today and ponder these questions and many more.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CiroFerrara (85) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
This imperial stout has got every little thing it takes to be considered as an absolutely world class beer, so damn good! Best aroma and flavour ever, toghether with this enormously thick and long lasting head, wonderful! FANTASTIC!!! My one was a bottle, like the one showed on the picture. I would like to try it on draft, if available.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dynamind69 (29) - San Miguel, California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 This stout pours deep black ,blacker than a black hole.It has a huge mocha colored head with hints of purple .The nose is of tangy fruits and heavenly sweet malts.The taste is very smooth with notes of ripe plums , dark chocolate and black cherries.The aftertaste is profound ,it makes your mouth water and your tongue tingle,incredible!!This imperial stout was well worth the price ,only for the true aficionado of fine brews.I highly recommend this one.


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