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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2794   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2856) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Large brown head, lasting with a nice lace. Black, nuthin but black. Licorice, vinous, chocolatey nose. Full/medium body, velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted flavors. Notes of berry and smoke also. A surprisingly complex brew! Finish is fairly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2420) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2004 Ok can't believe I havent had this classic before. Comes in the usual clear Sam Smith pint bottle.. This is athe classic looking stout..black for the most part though mahogany accents round the edges appear when its held to the light..lovelly tan head..great looking lace. The smell is dominated by the roasted, toasty malts, sweet black fruits, slightly milky. Sweet when it first hits the tongue then a lemon rind bitter zestiness seems to clean that off the palate..then the esspresso coffee bitterness takes over..with creamy undertonesfinishes of with a nice hop kick at the back of the throat..alcohol is barely tastable. An adventure for the taste buds, excellent on the palate. ASn exceptionally drinkable Imperial Stout..maybe lower in alcohol than many others nowadays..but its big on taste and character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Deep black color with a brown head. Roasted and smoke smell. Flavor is full of smoke, has this been skunked in some way? Not very flavorful as others have reported. Alcohol is well hidden and can sneek up on you. 2.8 Re-rate: This time I dont smell or taste the heavy smoke flavor. Instead a roasted and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet at first with a roasted bitterness in the end. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Pours with a chocolate milk colored head that lasts a pleasing while and leaves some nice lacing. Looks velvety and smooth like a good cappuccino. The body of this beer is as black as crude oil. This could possibly be the thing that bought old Jed that Beverly hills mansion. I didn't realize until I poured it that the bottle was clear, but somehow it lacked any off flavors. Has a light iced coffee aroma with a hint of English hops. Has a gorgeous flavor profile of roasted malt and coffee beans with a slightly bitter finish. A light traditional stout flavor permeates the body of this beer and a sweet alcohol flavor lingers in the finish. This is a beer that I would definitely like to enjoy again but I really wish there was a canned widget version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (16466) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2004
Dark chestnut colour. Aroma has light chocolate, hints of grass, white sugar, and orange. Body is thick, especially for the size of beer, with chewy malts, lots of deep fruit (plums, peaches, raisins). Sweet, rich, fruity finish. Sheer quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
When pouring the beer into a glass you will notice that the bottle is clear. The aroma is coffeeish sith hints of dark chocolate, grain, toffee,and a hint of smoke. Flavor is kinda sweet, lightly bitter with a medium body and a creamy texture. This is by far a very good Imp. Stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 24, 2004
A very different Imperial Stout compared to the heavily dark roasted and bitter American versions, and still a solid favorite; Initially, very sweet and oatmealy as compared to other Imperial Stouts, but the moderately strong dark roasted malt flavor and the bitterness kick in and modestly balance the beer fairly quickly, though the sweet oatmeal flavor remains the dominant force here; Very rich and creamy mouthfeel coddles the palate; The nose is sweet, sweet, sweet, with some maple syrup thrown in for good measure; Jet black in color and very nearly opaque; The bubbly, light tan head is huge during the pour with a nice creamy coating, and retention and patchy lacing are fairly good; Truly a delicious beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 A great beer. Appearance: pours like a bottle of pure darkness; darker than the inside of a coffin at midnight, with a decent but diminuitive head for a stout. Aroma: deep almost musky aroma, like wet cedar chips. Taste: Cuts almost straight through you. No nonsense flavor that gets right to the point. Nothing complex about this one, actually refreshing in a way. Mouthfeel: great palate...leaves a dry feeling on your tongue that only more samuel smith imperial stout can satisfy. Overall I think this is one of the best Imperial Stouts around!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Dark as night. A brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. A roasty, coffee flavor with less alcohol feel than most imperials. A bit of fruitiness hidden in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4425) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Rich, cough syrup/raisin aroma. Impenetrable balck body with slim brown skin of froth. Bold coffee taste. Thick mouthfeel with a warming quality, especially through the finish, where th ABV hits home. Sets the taste buds buzzing it does. Lingering chocolate and almost cheese in the finish. Bold, balanced and rewarding. Thick, tasty and fulsome.

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