overall
99
87
style
Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2789   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head...sweet chocolate aroma and a thick & creamy body with dark chocolate malts as well as a slight smokiness, very rich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
This is a beer I like to have in my house at all times. Not to expensive, but full of a flavor I never ge tired of. First sip is as good as the last.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
A Deep Dark Brown Stout. The chocolate aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Pours with a thick light brown head.. I smell chocolate and raisin. This is a full and thick drink that feels a bit heavy in your mouth, but tastes good. Best to drink it slowly. This is not something that you can chug down fast. I taste coffee and some chocolate. I feel a slight alcohol sting and some malty sweetness. The finish leaves a hoppy bitterness mixed with the roasted coffee flavor on your tongue. Lots of flavors in each sip. A really good stout.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Great brew. Gives hints of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and oatmeal. Pours very dark (it comes in a clear glass, look at the picture), leaves a generous tan head. tastes great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (190) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
I sampled the 325ml(?) bottle at the Lost Dog Caf, Arlington, Virginia. This rich stout pours dark chocolaty brown with a small, tight tan head. It left little lacing. The aroma is quite heady with chocolate, black raisin and prune. Initial flavor is dry sherry, giving way to molasses or caramel and dark chocolate. The finish of this full-bodied stout is quite dry, and long-lasting, with hints of coffee and a warming flavor of alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Raisins, prunes, wine and chocolate on the aroma. Very nice in that respect but it didnt translate into the taste like I was hoping. Still and excellent stout that just needs a little more kick.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Pours opaque black with a dark brown medium head. Well carbonated for a stout. Aroma is very complex: burnt chocolate, roasted malt, sweet molasses, maple syrup and even a woody smell are all detectable. Flavor is smokey with lots of roasted malt. Body is smooth, chewy, and quite full. Finish leaves a coffe flavor in the mouth. The first few sips were great, but something gets to me after awhile. Its not he alcohol, perhaps the acidity. After a short time this beer becomes much less enjoyable. Good beer, could have been better.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Pours perfectly pitch black with a small frothy tan head that floats on top leaving a long lasting lace. Nose is alcohol, rotten fruit and must. Tastes strongly of molasses and brown sugar. A good beer thats available anywhere.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Deep brown/black color with a thinnish head. Musty nose that seemed fitting for a sam smith. Flavor was complex with chocolate and coffe and strong alcohol presence. Very enjoyable and worth repeating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Very, very dark pour with decent tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavors of the same with some licorice or molasses as well. A little dry, but pretty well balanced and definitely drinkable.


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