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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2758   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. The pour was a deep dark murky black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that lasted a decent while leaving behind some really nice residue floating on top thus producing some really excellent lacing. The aroma was wonderfully robust with a burnt dark bread malt and a mild sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, some dark fruit and a hint of molasses. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a hint of chocolate from the onset then became a mild bitter sweet with a nice note of coffee at the end with the flavor lasting a nice long while proceeding the swallow. Mouthfeel was nice a full in body and rather creamy and a tad dry in texture with a mild carbonation. Overall a superb Imperial Stout, very easy to drink and very enjoyable on the taste buds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McSherman (541) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2016
Tiefschwarz, blickdicht mit hellbraunem Schaum. In der Nase tolle leicht süßlich malzige Aromen: Kakao, Sherry, Dörrobst und Pumpernickel. Im Antrunk ist das Bier zunächst überraschend süß karamellig. Schnell jedoch übernimmt eine alkoholische, malzige und würzige Note mit einer tollen Aromatik von Schokolade und Rosinen die leicht lakritzig bitter abklingt. Tolles Imperial Stout, nicht ganz so wuchtig wie andere Vertreter, aber sehr stimmig!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1125) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a rich beige head. Aroma is malty chocolate, some subtle plum and raisin, hints of coffee and very slightly roasty. Taste is much the same, malty chocolate, dark fruits, a little sweet up front but finishes a little roasty with some bitterness to balance. Quite tasty and balanced, but not quite the rull richness of most imperial stouts. More like a really nice strong oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoTheO (112) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle 355ml. Deep black and a thin light brown head. Aroma is sweet with dates and plums. Smooth palate. Taste adds coffee and some burnt caramel with some molasses sweetness. Really good for an Imperial Stout with a reasonable abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10200) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle @ DŘE "Řllets Dag"/Brdr. Schmidt, Viby centeret. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light chocolate, little cake, light dark fruits. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, bread, chocolate, licorice, little fruit. Medium body, average carbonation, dry finish. 030916

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (513) - - AUG 26, 2016
Jet black body, capped with a thick mocha head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and brownies. Lighter mouthfeel than expected. I guess less creamy is the way to put it. Flavours are an extension of the aromas, but getting black liquorice as well. A very nice, very flavourful, very drinkable stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FinnIckler (44) - GERMANY - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle From maruhn. Pours pitch black. Smells of liccorice and toffee. Taste like chocolate, toffee and very bitter. Nice imperial stout, but won’t be my daily Drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaserov (174) - Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de un dedo de grosor. Carbonatación media. Aroma a malta tostada y alcohol (más prominente este último), no demasiado agradable. Sabor a café, malta tostada y un ligero regusto alcohólico (menos pronunciado que en el aroma). No es una mala cerveza, pero tampoco encuentro nada que destacar. No entiendo su fama, pero ya me voy acostumbrando a entender poco en el mundo cervecero.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Warehouse7 (1) - Durand, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2016 does not count
So far, it’s my beer-of-choice. Full flavored, dark, but without the bloating and "gut rot" feeling afterwards. Looking to order a case for myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerowl80 (226) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma of coffee, fudge, malt loaf and molasses. Roasty flavour with hints of liquorice and vanilla. Light to moderate sweet and bitter. Not as luxurious as the bigger higher abv stouts but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
I_LUV_BEER (175) - - AUG 7, 2016
Served in a Teku glass from a 330ml bottle. Pours opaque black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, chocolate, bread, malts. Taste is bitter chocolate, molasses, smoke, well hidden sweetness with slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body with medium to lively carbonation. Very nice stuff (actually reminds me very much of one particular beer from a macro brewery which, funnily enough has scored much lower than this one despite very similar aroma/taste etc. descriptions by the beer connoisseurs... what an irony...)

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