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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: 2806   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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4.1
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
I, too, love dark beer, and this is no exception. Pours a lovely black with a brownish head. Very smooth for the style, but nonetheless makes its presence known in the aftertaste.

4.2
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 20, 2004
First off, my must tell you--I LOVE DARK BEER! This beer DIDN"T let me down. Terrific melding of hops and malt, The lacing on the glass is like looking at a beautiful painting. If you love stouts as much as I do, buy this beer!!! If you don’t---BUY THIS BEER!!!

4
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
nice medium head, very rich with a nice bitter taste not feeliing the christmas cake but chocolate for sure.

4.6
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 My wife brought this back from her trip to New York for me and since I have only ever had the Oatmeal Stout from SS, I thought it was a good choice. After having a bottle, I can say I enjoy it even more than the Oatmeal, a beer I am quite fond of. Deep black pour, small brown/white head. Heavy chocolate and roasted smells. Good carbonation for a stout. Lots of chocolate and roasted barley in the flavour with a really good hop bite at the end. I didn’t notice the alcohol until it warmed up. My wife’s comments was that there was quite a bit of flavour for a stout and I agree – all the usual suspects are there, but it really comes together quite nicely, while not being overwhelmed by alcohol like many in this style are. Quite good.

3.9
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Nice dark brown/black pour, tan creamy head. Leaves a nice ring around the edge. Aroma is deep with chocolate, licorice. Taste is a bit burnt, with dark cherry licorice, burnt chocolate, and a slight bitterness. Feels a little oily on the palate, and its thick overall.

4.3
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Deep opaque black color. Sweet nose. Coffee, chocolate, and sweet flavors. Very creamy texture. There is also a light hop. Very drinkable. Samuel Smith never ceases to please.

4
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
imperial stout tasting, march 04: black, tight beige head. nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee, red liquorice, and a bit of fruit(apple?). more dried fruit in the flavour with dark chocolate, sweetened coffee and a biiter finish balanced between hop and roast. very nice.

3.9
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2009 Bottled. An aroma of bitter chocolate as well as prunes dates and Christmas cake. The beer is black with an off-white head. The taste is full roasty and stout like with just a hint of mild coffee. Very nice. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9

4.5
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2004
Large, creamy caramel coloured head. Very nice dark dark brown colour. Smells of coffee and sweetness. Tastes of yeast, citrus and coffee. Smooth. Very near perfection.

5
wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Big, thick head. Beautiful fruit and coffee flavors. Bitter. Very smooth to the palate. Awesome beer.


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