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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2804   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Pours very dark, almost black, with a short lived light brown head. Smelled almost like a red wine. Lots of sweetness came through, and it seemed to mask the roasted barley flavors a bit. Just a very slight alcohol feel in the finish. A fairly impressive imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Unexpected translucent dark brown pour. Awsome aroma of brownies, light burnt stuff, cocoa powder, tartness, and vinous qualities. Sweet roasty lavor finishing roasty and smokey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 I've had this before several years ago and haven't tried it again until now. Very impressive stout and a sweet surprise. Poured very dark almost black with short but tight tan head. Smell of roasted malt and usual english hop nose. Feels like velvet on my tongue and one of the smoothest stouts in recent memory. Taste is malty and rich with chocolate and roasted malt prevailing. Great to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2003 This is a very high-quality imperial stout. The darkly roasted malt is apparent in appearance, nose, head, and taste. The head on this beer is small, and chocolaty. I have had this beer many times; some of the older beers are skunky in taste, so try to find a fresh beer. Must try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAY 17, 2003
Black colour, brown head, persistent. Roasty smell, with caramel hints. Roasty malt flavour, quite sweet with caramel and chocolate hints, balanced by a nice bitterness (liquorice and coffee). Maybe a bit light on ABV for an imperial stout, but really pleasant, with a good complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2003
I was on a role tonite. First Celebrator, and now this. Dark and dark from the bottle off set with a tan head. Sweet and roasty smell, a bit too sweet, but just a bit. Coffee, chocolate, and malty taste. Sweet finish. A great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Pours with an opaque black body topped by a thick lasting lt brown head with some lace. Rich, slightly sweet malty aroma with good roasty notes, hints of coffee and a touch of alcohol. Sweet roasty malt flavor with a touch of sourness and coffee/chocolate notes. A very slight alcohol flavor is evident. The finish is bitter sweet and roasty. Full bodied, smooth and slightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (12993) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2003
Almost opaque. Big brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, porto and chichorei. Bitter flavor with some sweetness, surprisingly fruity (grapes, mango). Long coffee bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dobbs (16) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Not much flash for this one, but, if you buy it often enough, the store will keep "unskunked" in stock for you. Worth it. Why won't they try amber glass though?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Pours dark. Chocolate aroma with a hint of fruit. Good head that lasts. A fairly complex stout that is one of my favorites so far.

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