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.

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bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
poured dark brown/black. clear and light peaked its way through especially at the edges...thus could have been darker. aroma was sweet roasty with hint of raisin. the flavor was sweet and roasty/coffee like at the front and finished quite bitterly with the flavor of unsweetened dark chocolate. lingering aftertaste. mouth feel was a bit watery for an imperial. an ok.

Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Very dry, almost like sandpaper on your tongue. Goes down pretty smooth, but let it get to temp to really appreciate all of it. A little too sour for my taste, but still a classic.

SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 14, 2005
caramel, candy, and chocolate aroma. black with a frothy brown head. flavor of chocolate and dark fruit. sugary toffee as well.

LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
This was quite interesting... The flavor and the smell were both sort of skunked. However, what I could pull from the aroma and the flavor was excellent. The roasted chocolate marshmellowy nutty aroma matched the thicker texture and chocolatey flavors. Walnut and cremy malt flavors were also coming through for me. This is probably most excellent if drawn from the tap and nmot poured from a god-only-knows-how-old-clear bottle.

nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2005
This one was quite a surprise in both good and bad ways. The aroma is sweet, yeasty, and a little moldy, kinda like a laundry hamper. Appearance is nice, almost a black brown and it leaves wonderful lace. The flavor is as complex as any stout I have ever had. The flavors are vinegar, molasses, raisins, chocolate, and deeply roasted, almost burnt, malts. Plate was OK but could have been thicker. The aftertaste is acidic, sweet, and somewhat bitter but not overly so. Rather bewildered with this one. Even though it has some not so great qualities I can’t hate it. You will just have to try it to see what I mean.

ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Aroma is sugary sort of molassis like with malt. Looks nice and dark brown with a little brown head. Flavors are similar to smell would lead you to believe. At only 7% you can still taste the alcohol in this one. Kind of odd in that respect. Decent mouthfeel. I enjoyed this a lot, and once again I’m asking the question does anything not delicious come out of Samuel Smith’s brewery?

beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Pours a deep brown with reddish hints on the edges. Aroma is sweet and somewhat fruity. Flavors include the chocolately malts, with some roastiness and some licorice, and something almost port-like. Alcohol is too present imo, considering its only 7%. Also seems a little thin. Not my favorite.

notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
A good stout, but falls short of what I would call an imperial stout. Not enough roastyness, could use some more hoppyness, but a "good" stout.

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Poured a deep brown, almost black with a great looking 1/4" caramel colored head. The pour wasn’t as thick as your typical impy, but it certainly wasn’t weak. Aroma contained some deep burnt malt, chocolate, and some indistinguishable dark fruit. Aroma doesn’t surface until the brew warms up a bit. Medium mouth-feel with little carbonation... very smooth. Flavor picks up the roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, and some caramel. Alcohol is present, but non-invasive. As with the oatmeal stout, I wonder what this beer could do if it was unpasteurized and unfiltered...

MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2016 Bottle. Fruity aroma, marcipan, green apple. Black colour, small white head. Apple flavour with some liquorice. Salty liquorice aftertaste. 5 4 7 3 12

Bottle, 7% at KØ09. Very dark brown colour. Good powerful flavour, slightly roasted, some liquorice. A little sweet, nicely balanced. 8 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 7%. Surprisingly little aroma. Black colour. Big stable light brown head. The flavour is quite subtle. Roasted with a mild liquorice finish. Hint of syrup in the finish. Pretty good, but I guess I expected more flavour from a 7% beer. 6 4 7 4 15

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