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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2814   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Quite deep brown color with a bubbly dark tan head. Looks apetizing enough, though not quite Imperial. Smell is nice, reminds me of the Oatmeal, with more dark fruits. Candied prunes, chocolate, a hint of day old cold coffee, molasses. Smell is pretty sweet, but nice. Doesnt really smell boozey. Taste is solid, but again lacks Imperial elements. Oddly enough, the alcohol is felt, warming the chest. A nice feeling. Taste is a little sour, dry, big roasts coming through. A bit thin compared to some, even thinner than Storm King. Definite chocolate flavors, distant whiskey tones, some anise in the finish. Gently hopped to round it out with a dry coffee aftertaste. Quite the drinkable Imperial, and affordable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2005
From bottle pours quite black with some red poking through at the edges. Not much head or lacing in mine. Very pleasant aroma of smoky dark chocolate, molasses, licorice. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor with a dry finish and a burnt aftertaste that coats your mouth. Thick mouthfeel. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Wow. A style defining Imperial Stout. The tan/copper head started creamy and thick, then dissipated after a few sips. Nearly opaque crimson/black. Strong carmel scent in addition to sweet malts. Crisp and robust mouth feel, strong flavors of coffee and chocolate malts...maybe some treacle. Im drinking my last one as I write this; I wish my fridge was full of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2005
Deeeeelicious. I love Samuel Smith and I love stouts. Pours a very very dark red (looks black) with a nice coffee colored head that sticks around. Tastes malty and rich-sweet with a definite alcohol taste in there. 7% will do that. Mmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2005
It smells like a rattlesnake. Real creammy, exceptionally smooth. Very well-balanced. A slight, rather enjoyable alcohol burn at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
Bottle at APK. Poured a thick black (maybe dark dark dark ruby) with a large and persistent mocha head. Aroma of molasses and roasted barley. Taste was of molasses and...coffee? tar? I cant quite place it, but it was an enjoyable drink. Chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (9140) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-brown/black beer with a thin cocoa head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a bit of chocolate. Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and some coffee flavors. Medium body and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2005
Rich Black Beer with an abundance of different aromas..chocolate,treacle toffee.Brilliant sweet marzipan taste and malty finish.This really hides its alcohol well,( I could neck it! Lol!) Great Beer!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - APR 7, 2005
this is a gret stout i hav only had it once because i cant seem to find it anywhere but it is full of a flavor mostly non sweet choclate and cherries with a pleasant bitter finish not as thick as most stouts but this a great smooth taste i it might not be s good as i said because it has been a while and i mos likly was drunk

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - APR 3, 2005
Bottled. Chocolatey, raisiny, cocoaish, dark fruits aroma. Mostly black cherries. Bitter-chocolatey, cherry and toffee taste. Roastmalty. Some coffee, but in this case chocolate flavours dominate. Lasting bitter finish that is somewhere inbetween chocolatey- and medicine-bitter. Mediumbodied. Rather normal mouthfeel of a stout, nowhere near as thick as the American Imperials Ive had. It certainly is an excellent beer, but nothing that left me overexcited. Thanks to yogi_beera and pivo for this one.

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