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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2816   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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EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
A well rounded and flavorful drink without going nuts with the alcohol level like some other imperial stouts. Dark roasted malt, coffee, dark toffee some hop and moderate alcohol. Fruitiness apparent. I'm not a stout fan but I liked this one.

jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This is a beautiful beer all the way around. Nice smooth finish preceded by an initial bite that kicked my butt. I can see why this is rumored to be Prince Charles' favorite beer.

tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Great imperial stout. Very dark and very full flavored. Not as enjoyable as brooklyn chocolate stout, but a nice beautiful bottle and a wonderful brew.

roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a solid black that light can NOT penetrate with very little caramel, copper-colored head. Aroma is of molasses, coffee with sweet fruit. Very smooth with a medium coffee flavor and a medium bitter finish. This beer is well balanced and very enjoyable. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2003
This is what you call a full bodied beer you are just about eating it! Wonderful complex flavours too many describe.

lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
nice and dark with a nice head that disappeared, with a horrible iodine scent and flavor to it, i dont know what was going on with this, it wasnt all bad it did have good smoky chocolate flavor

SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Black! There is a small head that dwindles away. The smell is sweet, like caramel and toffee. The taste is sweet but the alcohol gives it a nice kick around the mouth. The malt is nice and the finish pleasant.

JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 10, 2003
Extremely dark, onyx colored body. Mighty, toasted-brown head that lingers throughout the whole tasting, though there is barely discernable lacing. Sour smell, accompanied by malt aroma, chocolate and grapes. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, figs & prunes, sour/spoiled milk, and some alcohol. Hopping is very mild, and malts seem lazy. The aftertaste is bitter with some notes of coffee. Overall, this is one of the easier drinking Imperial Stouts with an enormous palate that really gets you thinking. I just wish they could have left out the sourness.

IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Still a pretty tasty Impy, dark looks, darker chocolate along with some roast and dark fruit. Still avery nice body. An enjoyable imperial stout, although I think some of the higher marks are due to this being one of the better gateway beers and such a shock to the newbies.

TChrome (1468) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Wonderful malt aroma with hints of roasted grain, dard chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Beer pours dark chocolate with a light brown head which is fully diminishing. There is very little lacing with this brew. Multiple layers of flavor start with moderate sweetness and is followed by a smoky finish which is fairly long lasting. Very good.

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