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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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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 17/20
Hangover (1124) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2004
First off, I want to gripe about the clear bottles. Sam Smith is a pretty solid brewer, I wish they would get away from these. Anyways, to the review. BLACK pour, with a wonderful reddish brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is excellent. Smokey with some molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit mostly plum and more roasted/toasted malts. Pleasant mouthfeel with top notch hopping at the end. Dry, slightly bitter finish, just how I like stouts to end. Im glad that sam smiths didnt go with a higher abv and perhaps lose some of the complexitiy that this brew has. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Black black black...I even put a small flashlight up to the mug and it didnt shine through. Seriously. Aroma of malt and coffee with perhaps a milk chocolate overtone. Nice head, about the same color as a root beer slush. Taste of malt and coffee on the front, with a smokey, bitter chocolate finish. An almost sickly sweet finish as I close on the bottom of the mug. Thin, and a bit greasy like all Sammy Smith products Ive tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1064) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2004
The beer came in a 550 ml. sturdy looking clear (why?) bottle that released an a dark brown liquid with red highlights. This beer does not have the inky black look of other imperial stouts. The head was coffee-colored and formed at about 1 inches thick initially, but then quickly dissipated to a thin layer of foam and some decent lace. The aroma was roasted coffer and dark chocolate goodness, with a dollop of dark skinned fruits thrown in the mix. The taste was a delightfully intense balance between the sweet flavors of raisins, figs, toffee, and apples; and bitter notes of old coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The alcohol warmth was pretty tepid for an imperial stout, and is clearly not the draw in this beer. The mouthfeel was also quite a bit lighter that the big boys, but was satisfying nonetheless. An easy drinking stout that is clearly a step above the ordinary, but remains very approachable still. A sessionable imperial stout if you will.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Poured almost black with a fairly big tannish head. Aroma of Chocolate and mild coffee. Licorice came out as it warmed in both aroma and flavor. Also chocolate and a roastiness in the flavor with a slight bitterness in the finish. I felt the body was too thin and ABV too low for its style. Tasty but nothing stellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Black color, roasted malts, liquorice coffee aroma and taste, Full body, smooth finish. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Very dark and tan head, this is a good beer. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate, and not too sweet, which is a good thing for me. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Poured very dark, with a light, tan coloured head. Aroma is chocolate with some liquorice. Flavour is chocolate, roast, and dry bitter at the end. Thick bodied, very smooth. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 550 ml bottle. Pitch black beer with a large lasting light brown head. Rich chocolate aroma with a prominant coffee aroma. As it warms, even more sweet malty aroma come to the front, especially caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Flavour is also sweet milk chocolate and coffee on the front with a nice molasses and licorice flavours before fading into a roasty, slightly smokey finish. The finish has some faint bitterness and leaves a nice long vanilla flavour. This brew is as smooth as silk and incredibly delicious. Pretty solid brew, but not really much of an imperial these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pretty good Imperial Stout. Deep brown, black appearance. Nice tan head. Strong alcohol, coffee, slight roasted aroma. BItter taste. Also strong coffee and alcohol. I might have to give this another try, then again, maybe not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Beautiful black body with full tan head. Aroma of bitter choolate and roasted coffee and a little anise. Full bodied and creamy but a tad more carbonation than I like in a stout. Flavor was sweet but not cloying, robust and full. Classy stout.

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