overall
99
87
style
Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
Tessic (1249) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
This stout pours a deep black colour with a deep tan head. Scents include roasted malts with hints of ripe fuits. A little coccoa and a slight alcohol warming. First sip was very rich and strong tasting. Very sweet and thick. Tastes of molasass and a tiny bit of menthol? The fruit in the nose also comes out in the taste. The finish is a little winey with lingering ash. The palate has a almost oily finish with lingering roasted malts and a nice stout flavour????

3.8
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
Opaque dark body. Almost black in colour. Head is full of nice creamy brownish bubbles. Looks great! Aroma is hoppy, coffee beans, and bitter sweet. Taste is Coffee beans, chocolate,and alcohol. Perhaps a little too bitter for my taste, but still a great beer. Would have rated higher if the finish wasn’t as bitter and alcoholy.

4.2
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
Pours an opaque dark brown, almost blackish body. Head is medium sized, light brown, and creamy looking. Like liqified chocolate! Aroma has definite strong hops, with a slight coffee hint as well. Aroma is bitter sweet with earthy, nutty tones as well. Vanilla extract also present. Taste is immidiate coffee and hops bitterness. Followed by subtle nutty notes. Also present are hints of whisky, woodiness and slcohol. The beer left a slight alcoholic burn in my throat, but it’s not a bad thing, as it is acting as a nice winter warmer. Bitter aftertaste, in fact this is the bitterest imperial stout I have had to date. Impressive! Sam Smith’s keeps on suprising me!

4.3
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
bottle: thanks to yayforbeer for sorting me out with this one. Had to don the Sam Smith pinter for this. boh!. Darth Vader dark. Multi coloured mocha head, I poured this one big. Heavy bittersweet chocolate, some hazel nut and berrie flavour. Doesn’t Milka make a chocolate like this? I think so!! Simply smooth but big in taste. Perfect for making tunes.

4
mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2004
Bottle. raisin, and heavy roasted malt aroma. heavenly! pitch black colour with a small mocha head. velvet smooth body, bold. This is a complex beer to say the least! Bittersweet chocolate finish. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout

4.1
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2004
From 550ml bottle. Poured ink black with a khaki head that dissapated after a minute or so. Samped at 53 degrees. Roasty/sweet nose with raisin. The aroma is nice and strong. The taste is almost identical to the SS oatmeal stout, maybe not as sweet. Roasted malt flavor with some coffee. The finish is roasty and yeasty and sticks around. The mouthfeel seems watery compared to other Imperial stouts. All in all, it is a good stout, but it seems to lack some of the depth of other imperials, in fact it tastes just like a (very good) stout.

3.2
biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Pours a deep black color that is mostly opaque with a thick but quickly dissipating head...Lots of roastiness in the nose...Flavor was of roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffe...Body I thought was way thin for the style...Decent but certainly not exceptional.

4.3
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Aromas of plums and raisins. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and raisin flavors. Soft bitter finish. Fantastic!

3.3
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the LCBO. Tasted in Maudite snifter. Pours a thick syrupy deep black colour with an initially big head which quickly dissapates in the glass to a thin ever present head. Fairly sweet aroma with a rich and creamy coffee scent. Some roasted bitterness also present in the aroma. Taste is sweet and creamy. Deep bitter roasted flavour also apparent.

4.1
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
This is definitely one of the best stouts on the market. An extremly hoppy, chocolate aroma. The body of this beer is excellent - the thin creaminess of a classic stout, with plenty of carbonation kicking in after it’s all settled in. The flavor has just enough sweetness - at 7% many other stouts overdo it on the sweet element. At $3 per bottle, this is definitely a best buy!


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