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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2788   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Pours an opaque ebony with medium tan head. Nice lacing. Medium to heavy bodied. Very malty, sweet aroma with chocolate notes. Flavor is very sweet, very malty, and almost a little tangy, or fruity. I think it might need a little more hop to it. Overall, though, a very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Chocolate taste but with a great full palate. Very nice with anything edible! Deep, dark color a pleasing aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
So black I forgot the bottle was clear. Very thick tight head almost seems to have glitter in it. Strong molasses and licorice aroma with a trace of ginger. Feels like a pillow across your tongue. Roasted and smoked licorice flavour. Reminds me why this is my current favorite style. Just a little short on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Smells delightfully chocolately and coffee-like. Gigantic tan head on this puppy thats hanging around like a wino outside the Salvation Army. My fiance looked at this when i poured it and said "I thought the bottle was brown." Verrry thick and juicy, like a steak turned into a beer. Roasted to a crisp, toffe and a bit of fruit and nuts hits me and then dissipate slowly. Smells beter than it tastes, truth be told. I like the thickness but the taste is somewhat lacking. Still darn good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 This one has a complex nose,and taste. Not a thirst quencher,but its not suppsed to be.This is more of a winter warmer.Easily one of the tastier stouts Ive tried.Nice chocholate,and coffee flavor's.Smooth,but also very full bodied.At 7%ABV it is a fairly potent beer,and they sneak up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Mmmm. No surprise that Sam Smiths Imperial is quality ... everything Ive ever had from the brewer is top-notch. Poured an opaque black with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to the light; creamy tan head that lasts; aroma of dark chocolate and roasted barley ... sweet, but not overly so. Flavor is robust and complex: dark chocolate, roasted-bordering-on-burned malt, flavorful hops on the back end ... lingering aftertaste. Smooth on the palate. Damn. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1161) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2004
looks absolutely gorgeous with a long-lived tan head on a black body. it would have been more perfect if it were opaque but still a stunning-looking beer. LOTS of roast in the aroma, some hops bitterness, some dark and unsweetened chocolate in there. complex flavor of malt, caramel, chocolate, burnt toast, roasted barley. extremely smooth, leaves the slightest tingle on my tongue with some warming alcoholic notes. very good beer, better than their oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2004
Dark brown to black with some red hues when held to light. Small brown head which does not really last. Hints of sweetness and acid in the aroma, with a touch of chocolate. Flavour shows the bit of acid, along with roast barley type bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours black with a thick tan head. Taste is strong chocolate and mild alcohol. Thick, more chocolate than other stouts. Warming. A classic from Sam Smith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7162) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Samuel Smiths products and I go way back, so I have a bit of a bias towards some of them. My only real complaint is the clear bottle. +++Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer pours a thick dark black color with a large brown head that lingers and made good lacing. The aroma is thick with roasted malt, light hops and a bakers chocolate, and malted milk. The flavor is malty, has some molasses a moderate element of bakers chocolate, malted milk and a bitter fruity hop note. The finish is lightly bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and very creamy. Well done, but there are so many better beers in this category.

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