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 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 (1635) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6267) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Bottle: Poured a opaque black beer with a medium dark brown head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite incredible and consists of pure black chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. Taste is also quite a treat with the chocolate hitting first (without too much sweetness) and followed by the roasted malt and coffee to finish the whole thing. Very well balance with limited bitterness, which probably makes it one truly good dessert beer. Wow!!! Re-rate 2008: Body si bit thin but chocolate notes are still as sublime as ever. NOt really complex but realy well done nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1257) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Deep dark ruby black. WIth large pillowy light brown head.. light aroma with fruity essences... has a rummed christmas cake aroma.. with warming alcoholicness present palate is decent bitters on back of tongue light oiliness.

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