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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


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4.6
   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaVillum (300) - Valby, DENMARK - APR 19, 2014
355 ml, flaske, 7,0 % ABV, gave fra Ann Dorte - tak! 20. april 2014. Sort, ikke tyk, men fin olie med meget flot moccafarvet skumtop, tætskummende, på 1-2 cm tykkelse: ypperligt syn! Toppen mindskes til et par millimeter efter 4-5 min. Duft af chokolade, kaffe, havregrød. God cremet mundfølelse er det første indtryk, jeg får. Dejlige smagsindtryk det næste: sødme, sødme/bitterhed, kaffesmag, chokolade-ditto, en fjern anelse af syrlighed. Meget kompleks øl og utrolig meget smag af Imperial Stout i.f.t. alkoholprocenten. Den cremede mundfølelse har noget at gøre med det - IMA -nedjustere og sådan og du kommer hjem...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (269) - SPAIN - APR 19, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en La Birra. Color negro. Sabor a malta, chocolate, dulce. Muy buena Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewhemia (14) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 17, 2014
I enjoy pouring a Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout. First of all I think the bottle is really cool. I like the aroma of black currant and chokolade and the taste of smoked almonds and bacon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (2744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, average to large and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, light roasted malt and coffee/chocolate, faint licorice and hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, light caramel and faint roasted malt, light coffee. Finish is average, malty and, lightly sweetish - sweetish, light caramel and roasted malt, light coffee and faint licorice, light hoppyness. Bit too sweet for my taste. Could also use more body and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (623) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle fron the York Beer and Wine Shop. Pours black with a tan head. Quite a meaty aroma. Notes of chocolate and roast flavour. Just a hint of coffee. A little sharp perhaps. Quite rich, but not as luxurious as the best imperial stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (138) - ITALY - APR 15, 2014
Dark color, creamy white head. Smells of bitter chocolate, molasses and alcohol preserved cherries (ciliegie sotto spirito). Rich complex taste of chocolate, lightly smoked toasted malts, dark fruits and some alcohol. Some coffee pops out in the dessert-like finish. Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackafholmes (39) - - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from blacker Hall farm. This is a perfect stout Imo. Deep, dark, almost opaque black with a handsome head. Aroma of blackcurrants, treacle, and rich olive oil. Similar taste but not as treacley as you might expect, still rich but remains refreshing and tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerseyjohn71 (140) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
nuts, coffee, caramel, roasty, resin, dough, earthy, alcohol, licorice, vanilla, brown, black, clear, tan foam, brown foam, rocky head, medium body, creamy, fizzy, average carbonation, long finish, good stuff,,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5581) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (254) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2014
12 oz bottle. The beer pours to a medium black color with a thin off white head. The aroma has a strong dark fruit & licorice with some roasted malts in it. The taste was a little on the sweet side for my taste & overall was just pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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