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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2806   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (191) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 22 oz. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a brown finger width head that sticks around for a while. Tastes strongly of chocolate, raisins, prunes and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours out pitch black with a big, fluffy but quickly diminshing head. Very strong but not easily discernable aroms. This stout is less coffee/chocolate as others have mentioned but has a roasty malt and vanilla flavour...oily texture. Very enjoyable brew, only thing preventing me from buying a bunch for the cellar is the clear bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1630) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours a near-opaque black with thick brown fluffy head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasty malts, brown sugar, vanilla, licorice and a touch of alcohol. Taste is nicely balanced. Pretty rich and thick. Kinda oily too. Alcohol, licorice and some raisins are noticeable. Not quite as bitter as other rich imperials. Finish is a little dry.

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