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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2789   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
Impervious black with a lasting butterscotch head and decent lacing. The carbonation is dead on, making this immensely quaffable for such a relatively heavy beer. The alcohol presence approaches zero. Thick pour with a vineous nose initially, accompanied by coffee, burnt grain and metallic notes. Residual oiliness in the finish, plus a bitterness that seems to stem from the burnt malts as much as the hops. Not too sweet -- actually a bit sour upon warming, but thats when the iced coffee flavours begin to emerge. Not as much chocolate/toffee flavour as some Imperials and in fact, its not really that complex. However, its quality and drinkability are excellent. No surprise from this popular stalwart brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5840) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Wow, just great through and through, from the full tan head and sweet smell to its smooth ending (could have a slightly more flavorful/lasting finish). Truly an excellent beer. Drank slightly chilled, mostly warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
Sweet and malty aroma with plenty of roasted malts and minor hints of alcohol. Opaque black with decent tan/brown head that recedes slowly to cover. Roasted malts offset an intense sweetness leading to a slightly salty bitter finish. Some alcohol warming. Medium full body and smooth texture with engaging carbonation. A very straight forward and enjoyable strong stout. Bottle (clear).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005 does not count
Apart from the look, and a faint nose, nothings going in this all-diacetyl stout. Not even enjoyable on toast!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours an engine oil black colour with a thin-to-medium brownish head. Beautiful roasted malt aroma with noticable alcohol. Faint wet blanket smell. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malt, caramel and coffee dominate the taste. Although alcohol is present in the nose ot isnt noticable in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (3067) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Scent of alcohol, roasted malt and coffee. Dark black color with minimal but long lasting light brown head. Rich wonderful palate - velvety with the alcohol, hops, coffee tastes. Rather carbonated. Finishes dry. My first Imperial Stout. I love their Oatmeal, originally I thought I like that one better, by the end this one was as good or better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2005
bottle. dark black stout nice thick brown head. creamy, very sweet, pretty low alcohol for an imperial stout. Liked the Rouge imperial better. impressive but not exactly amazing. Dont get me wrong I really liked it, but i feel something was missing...maybe it was just a bit too sweet. oh yeah...best part: great aroma!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Black. Small tan head. Intense roasted aroma and sweet chocolate as well. Flavor is very sweet and roasty/toasty, almost cloying. Chocolate is dominant and bittersweet. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
Jat-black colour with a small chocolate-brown head that leaves some great lacing. Rich aroma & flavour with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, raisins and slightly burnt caramel. Full mouthfeel, with barely a hint of alcohol. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1345) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From a bottle.Black as my cloak,poor head,chewy and very rich.Too much for me.A pint of Bertie Bassetts.

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