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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2584   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.

Hugerat99's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hugerat99 (26) - USA - FEB 1, 2002
Oh yeah! Big burnt chocolatey flavor. One of my absolute favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle: Black pour with deep brown edges; fluffy, deep-khaki head forms & slowly settles to a thick film. Aroma of roasted malts, laden with a rich, chocolate undertone. Chocolate bar. Hints of nuts, some residual brown sugars. Maybe some anise. Smells a bit underattenuated. Flavor is more black licorice heavy, but still has plentiful bittersweet cocoa, roast, & toasted nuts. A touch of brown sugar & caramel in the finish. Maybe some smoke? Overall, it seems like there’s a bunch going on, but it’s rather mild & timid for the style. A tad thin, too. Not bad, but not great, either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (949) - HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2015

550 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Deep blackish brown colour; Three finger head with crumpety lasting dark beige foam which lasted for 4 minutes. Excellent sticky lacing with very small carbonation.

Aroma: Rich, very fragrant and sweet roasted malt, with strong cookies, fruitcakes, thick dark bread, dark chocolate, alcohol, sugar, plums, strong raisins, strong caramel, toffee, heavy cream, faint soy sauce, light milk coffee and fairly light grass. Wow!

Taste: Close to medium sweet, strongly-roasted dark malt, with strong metallic, strong roasted coffee beans, strong dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, strong raisins, strong dark bread, very light soy sauce, strong molasses, yeast, moderate lime, fairly strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body; Thick and smooth palate.

Mouth Feel: It’s intense liquid dark bread all the way – very strong roasted dark malt in a thick body. Initial strong metallic is quickly blanketed by thick, flour-dusted dark bread. I swear I never tasted dark bread so strong in a beer so this is it! Nuts is surprisingly low. Sweetness and booze is well hidden you simply don’t notice most of the time. Another bright spot is its dark chocolate, very loud and clear and I love it! Soya sauce is relatively timid. Limey hops tops it all. Very satisfying!

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose, strong lime and lemon in taste. Bitterness is moderate to high for a lasting, medium bitter sweet finish.

After taste: Fairly dry. Very roasty, dark-bready and quite rich to mouth.

Comments: Don’t think this one will impress due to its rather low booze level, but man this is impressive in its own way - headline grabbing dark bread and chocolate aroma and taste, beautiful and lasting beige head and retention, comfortable booze and sweetness, and matching hoppiness. Who say an Imperial Stout has to be more than 10% to be great? This is a very well balanced Stout, and if you enjoy dark bread like I do, this is a perfect choice as a liquid meal. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adasko (661) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 26, 2015
W aromacie mleczna waniliowa czekolada, w połączeniu ze śliwkami w czekoladzie i nutami winnymi. Piwo jest czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana niewielka, beżowa. Piwo jest średnio wysycone. Brakuje mu zdecydowanie ciała. Jest dość wodniste. W smaku słodowe, z niską goryczką, która narasta i w posmaku jest już całkiem spora. W posmaku też nuty kakaowe, czekoladowe. Piwo ogólnie słodkie. Klasyczny, stylowy imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1159) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (600) - 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)

   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

   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KW92 (193) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
willisread (406) - 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.

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