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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: 2733   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.


SNAKEFOOD89's rating

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SNAKEFOOD89 (4) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Aroma is little weird: wheat and hot pastrami with Swiss. -Might be just me. Rolls down along the tongue in mild caramel and hazelnut waves, each receding into a mellow bread-like after taste. Very understated for an imperial stout, not too bold in flavor. But perfect. Not brazen, but confident. I’m probably going to waste a lot more money on this beer in the future, or not <- depending on how you define a waste of money ;)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beggard (53) - - MAY 26, 2016
0,355l bottle, Känguruh pub Vienna. Caramel, sweet, slightly alcoholic aroma. Black color with light brown 2 finger head. Roasted caffe, chocolate, caramel, fruity taste with a bitter not irritating ending.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (1051) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 24, 2016
0.355l bottle. Pitch black body, thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, reisins, caramel and coffee. Taste of caramel, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, sour cherry, floral hops and a hint of booze. Sweeter and fruitier than the average imperial stout. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wozap (620) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - MAY 21, 2016
Butelka w końcu daty do 04.2016 Czarne, na brzegach lekko prześwitujące, piana brązowa, drobna, zostaje obrączka. Aromat to czekolada, pralinki, i nuta szlachetnego alkoholu. Smak to gorzka czekolada, trochę kawy, raczej wytrawne z paloną nutą na finiszu. Średnie nasycenie.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3007) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice, caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, touch of raisins. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium to full. Not the most full-flavoured Imperial Stout, but it has great drinkability and I can see why it’s a classic of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (449) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is black currant juice, vanilla, red wine, chokeberry, some metal, sourness. Taste is currant juice, oily, coffee, roast, cream, some dark chocolate, alcohol. Quite weak taste for imperial stout and ABV is not hidden.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (2659) - ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle. Black beer, big brown head. Nose is mildly bready, vague chocolate and coffee, caramel, but again, vague and weak. Flavor is roast, some metallic hints, coffee, some warmth from the alcohol. Finish has some more roast and alcohol warmth, chocolate and caramel. The finish is the best thing about this beer, as are the chocolate retronasals. OK, the aftertaste with lingering hop-tinged chocolate is pretty nice too. Smells unremarkable, and the first two thirds of the taste are also unremarkable. An odd one, but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2125) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle @ home, split two ways. Almost black pour with a light tan head. Loads of roast, bitter coffee, some dark chocolate and light licorice.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LLaurin (221) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2016
Nose is fruity and almost herbal. Taste slight sweet maltiness with toffee and touch of coffee. Thin on the palate and not very creamy. Good but no sensation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (352) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2016
From bottle courtesy of Johnny Horn. Pours opaque jet black with a lovely deep brown head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, raisins, spiced rum. Boozey yet balanced on the palate, complex and very smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (786) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2016
Sweet, tart, dark chocolate with cherries and raspberry. Sweet, raisin tart taste with a little dry finish. Alcohol.


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