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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: 2599   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Often imperial stouts are too sickly malty for me or just ridiculously bitter for no reason. This one is well balanced with a fruity, acidic taste to counter the stout "richness". Very well rounded and changes character nicely as it warms. I was very surprised to find the bottle clear when finished pouring. Over-priced for what it is. Wimpy, short lived head. Uninvolved smell.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patdelichte (14) - - MAY 18, 2015
Enorm lekkere imperial stout. Sterke chocolade smaak maar niet te sterk. Aroma is echt top.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piwotok (10) - - MAY 17, 2015
Klasyczny RIS z Wysp Brytyjskich. Polecam wszystkim moją recenzję na https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4CXFgrMa-8

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
racedom (23) - Guadalajara, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
Black brown pour, brown head. Aroma of licorice and coffee. Taste is oily and round, with licorice, dark coffee and a little bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cervezapapi (3) - - MAY 10, 2015 does not count
Piana obfita i trwała. W aromacie mleczna czekolada, paloność, delikatny alkohol. Wytrawne, lekko kwaśne, bardzo czekoladowe, średnia goryczka na końcu. Solidny RIS.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
huineman (252) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2015
Pours dark reddish brown. Tan head, long-lasting. Intense aromas of coffee, cocoa, iron and caramel. Creamy, thick, slow-moving through the mouth and throat. Very long finish. After-taste is complex: starts with herbal notes, then roasted coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
migwell (92) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2015
Wow! This stout is so opaque that when held in front of an incandescent bulb, no light shines through. Just one remarkable feature of this dry, roasted, full flavored (or should I say ’flavoured’?) dry stout. Not fruity, not yeasty, but dark, rich, creamy and highly drinkable. A classic. It’s got me dreaming how it would taste on nitro...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
Deep brown color, beige head. Roasted malt nose, chocolate, dried fruit, licorice. Sweet taste, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, hint of bread, light coffee bitterness. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (172) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 12, 2015
Dark black, almost pitch, medium tan lasting head. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt (much more than coffee) and strong licorice and dark fruits. Taste is medium sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, again strong licorice and dark fruits, roasted dry finish, weak alcohol when warm. Weaker side of full bodied and a bit creamy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
clockk (88) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 11, 2015
Una de mis cervezas preferidas. Cuerpo medio, sabor Chocolate cafe y regaliz. Una gran cerveza.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (593) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2015
DATE TASTED: April 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter.. OCCASION: celebrating the O’s opening day win while watching the NCAA finals... APPEARANCE: ominous black body that allows a swiftly simmering brown head to halo at the glass ... AROMA: powerful rum, vinous port, strong Spaltz and chocolate make for an inviting complexity--not to mention the roasted malts that provide a wicked balance... PALATE: smooth, slick, a bit dry, yet full-bodied--a paradox resolved only through a beautifully lingering aftertaste... TASTE: chocolate, roasted cracker, slight alcohol in a whiskey-like allure; the components make for a rich, dark, strong stout that is sweet and rewarding; some nut, raisin and cask wood further the experience...OVERALL: Once more, another brewery that does so little wrong--this beer commands the taste buds with strength and subtlety, rewarding the drinker with a sweet, powerful sip...


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