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

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RATINGS: 2495   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.


abemorsten's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2782) - Mosterøy, - JAN 29, 2013
330 ml bottle at home. Black body with a small light brown head that lingers as a film. Inviting port, liquorice, raisin nose. Wonderfully pungent prune, raisin liquorice roastiness in the mouth. Full bodied and thick with a generous carbonation. Long roasted finish.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (983) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 30, 2014
Botella de 35 cl en el lúpulo en octubre de 2012. color negro intenso con sabores y aromas tostados con cacao y algo de café. Cuerpo medio con 7 vol que le dan buena sensación alcohólica. Buena en general aunque un poco falta de mayor densidad y sabores mas intensos.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
makenzi (32) - SLOVENIA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle 355 ml@ home. Pours very dark brown to almost black with good lacing beige head. Aroma is sweet, dried fruit, roasted malts, dark chcolate. Taste is complex, light sweet at the beginning, with lots of roasted malts, raisins, prunes and chocolate. It finishes slightly bitter, somewhat acidic and dry, what perfectly match the sweetnes. Full body, medium carbonation. Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unplenitude (1) - - SEP 15, 2014 does not count
Black color with a brown head. Strong notes of chocolate and coffee. Medium roasted bitterness, creamy texture and a long sweet finish. An outstanding Imperial Stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmr (37) - - SEP 15, 2014
Barleywine shop Copenhagen A: poured pitch black - huge mocha head (5 fingers) dissipates quickly - lots of lacing S: coffee - caramel - dark chocolate - toasted malts - hint of vanilla T: burnt coffee - caramel Body: milky - creamy - heavy - burnt aftertaste Common Imperial stout...

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (94) - Montesarchio, ITALY - SEP 14, 2014
Birra scura, bella impenetrabile, densa con una schiuma fine e persistente, color cappuccino. L’aroma non è imperdibile, con sentori di lievito, coca cola e caramello. Ma alla bocca, dopo l’iniziale amaro si dimostra quasi dolce, e poi nuovamente amarissima come una vera srout. Grandissima birra, dal sapore di prugna, uva sultanina e caramello.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
camoes (123) - PORTUGAL - SEP 12, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 13F). Bottle 36cl - Batch L14023. AROMA: roasted aromas mixed with port-like vinous notes. chocolate aromas and dried fruits (figs). APPEARANCE: black and opaque with a Brown head with average retention. slight legging. TASTE: roasted malt, chocolate, strong coffe and slight dried dark fruits. faint hop flavours and some vinous like notes. medium-low bitterness with a relatively sweet finish. low alcohol warmth. PALATE: medium body with low alcohol warmth. medium carbonation. OVERALL: an intense and complex imperial stout with a good range of aromas and flavours. lacks a bit of body and alcohol presence.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1234) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle shared from MikeE. Pours dark, muddy, brown, with a thin tan head. The aroma is chocolate, lightly burnt toast, and toffee. Sweet and malty, with a smooth, pleasant bitterness to balance it out. Medium to heavy body, chalky, smooth, and a clean finish. Overall, this is a pretty nice stout. Nothing special going on, but a good, balanced flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (615) - Orsenigo, ITALY - SEP 3, 2014
Clear dark brown with ruby highlights, brown head. Caramel roasted malts with intense riped yellow fruits, plums, lmaraschino liquor, hint of licorice. Tastes of roasted malts with a light ashy ending, coffee beans, raw licorice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moolesen (200) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle 35,5cl. Black with a small brown head. Strong nose of coffee, chocolate and hints of truffel. Extreme rich flavour where chocolate is dominant followed by coffee and english liquorice. Very long finish. Great beer

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
A classic, one of those impies that revived the style in the previous century. Brownish beige, creamy, stable head and black colour with ruby hue, only under bright light. Dense and complex aroma of coffee, dry sherry, pear syrup, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate sauce and cocoa powder. Refined, rich taste with lots of chocolate and candied fruits, sweet but subtly evolving into a mouth-filling, creamy but not too sharp roasted bitterness (black coffee), nutty, caramelly and a bit woody, with a meaty finish with delicate aromatic hops. Not as ’agressive’, spicy or bold as many of the imperial stouts that followed in the Anglo-Saxon world, but well-rounded, very rewarding and very well-balanced.


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