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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2525   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.

soulgrowl's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, - MAY 7, 2008
Aroma: Rich, dark chocolate and deep licorice undertones. Some coffee, a bit of caramel, and a mild black cherry aroma. Alcohol is also present. Not the most complex imperial stout, but one of the most alluring I’ve smelled. Appearance: Velvety smooth and blacker than black coffee; very thick and opaque. Light brown sugar head with a texture like merengue. Gives the impression of a double chocolate cake. Flavor: Heavy licorice taste, a touch of cola. Very flavorful but also quite smooth and subtle; not overwhelmingly or aggressively bitter like some imperial stouts. Excellent chocolate finish, a great brew to serve with dessert. Palate: Very creamy and exceptionally smooth. Could be a bit more chewy, but overall, outstandingly pleasant on the palate. Overall: Perhaps the most drinkable imperial stout I’ve had, well balanced and with an alcohol content of only 7%. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
A great English stout. I've got some on my shelf waiting for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (60) - POLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Pitch black with average, beige, dense head. Aroma is complex - roasted malts, plums, deep, some booze. Taste is complex - there are for sure some dark fruits along with chocolate and roasty malt character. Full bodied and oily texture. Too lively for stout. Finish is chocolate/coffee and litte sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (744) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Aroma is rich roasty maltz with slight smokiness. Black licorice, biscuit and oats prominent here. Taste is rich malts, caramel, toffee and slight earthiness on the tip. The famous mineral water adds excellent mouth feel and finish. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (419) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 16, 2014
Pint bottle from Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours black with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of chocolate, liquorice and toffee. Dry bitter finish. Going back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (942) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from Melbourn Bros in Stamford. Deep black with a thick head. Aroma has toasted malt the taste has more if the with subtle cocoa. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bork (318) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Full, rich and creamy stout with a nice mixture of caramel, toffee and faint roasted coffee beans. Wee tad of fruitiness does not improve score. No noticeable alcohol. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (564) - CROATIA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle; pours nearly black with a mocha head; aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruits; taste is chocolate, roasted coffee and malt; light bitter finish; I was expecting a little bit more of an American style imperial stout but by no means was I let down with this beer. It is a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (186) - GERMANY - NOV 9, 2014
Schwarz, beiger Schaum. Frisch, wenignKaffee, Honig, viel dunkle früchte in der Nase. Am Gaumen kaffee, dunkle Früchte, Kakao, trocken. Leicht staubig,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (724) - POLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle Aroma-caramel, coffee, chocolate, Appearance-black, cloudy, brown foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebwaw (22) - POLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Served in TeKu. Great dark beige, creamy head, appears totally black colour. Rich aroma with chocolate, toffee, caramel dominating with a distinct hint of cherry, noble sourness. Very pleasant. Taste is delightful, lots of dark chocolate, quite sweet, but finish is definitely bitter, even earthy a little. Full bodied and very creamy/oily. Extremely enjoable, seems heavier than 7% which lowers drinkability. Its a great example of just straight and plain strong stout without any peculiar additions like US brewers got me used to. Price is also extremely encouraging (less than 5 bucks).

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