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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2814   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 14/20
Towey1989 (2561) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle from Bottlecraft, Hanley. Pours a deep brown to black colour with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, treacle, some dark fruits, a hint of caramel and slight liquorice. Taste of roasted malts, treacle, liquorice, some chocolate, slight dark fruits, plum, date, a little sugar and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied and a smooth texture. A bittersweet and slightly sour, roasted bitterness in the finish. An interesting imperial stout, a look back at the original style. Lots of chocolate, treacle, some roastiness and a hint of sour fruit, plus a medium body unlike other modern imperial stouts. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JavitxuSoto (20) - SPAIN - JAN 30, 2017
Botella comprada en vivalabirra(Oviedo). Color marron oscuro con espuma beige. Aromas a chocolate y a pan de hogaza. Buen cuerpo para su graduacion, dulce al principio con un final largo ligeramente licoroso, recuerdo a whisky

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1865) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2017
Voici donc une anglaise avec une tiquette trs amricaine .. et pour un imprial stout, destin au dpart la Russie, cest assez amusant!! La belle, car cen est une, a reu une mdaille dor en 1896 et une dargent en 1930 .. Elle nest donc pas ne dhier, mais elle se porte comme un charme!! Niveau abv de 7 % , pour un format de 35,5 cl, un peu plus gnreux que sur le continent... Very english, isnt it? Mon exemplaire tait 4 mois aprs sa date. Couleur noir profond, avec une opacit trs forte. Mousse qui est un nappage soyeux brun moyen. Armes de malt torrfi, baies noires, cerises noires, mres, caf, chocolat. 1re bouche trs souple, au magnifique ensemble torrfi avec une pointe fume dlicate. Arrire-bouche longue, profonde, complexe, superbe. 2me avec caf, chocolat, brownie. Arrire-bouche complexe, avec ganache, pralin. 3me au trs bel quilibre malt/houblon/caf. Arrire-bouche avec beaucoup dharmonie. Longueur la trs belle texture, et un superbe dveloppement de toutes les nuances prcdentes, avec une belle originalit et un grand caractre. Jambes fines, serres, groupes. Levure boise, grande ligne. Alcool vraiment progressif, il soutient saveurs et architecture. Il fait dailleurs plus que son niveau thorique .. trs bien. Finale de pleine matrise. CONCLUSION: un superbe nectar, qui se dguste dun bout lautre du verre. Et croyez-moi que lon regrette que le dernier bout ne soit pas le premier .. Une bire de haut vol, qui dveloppe un caractre du tonnerre .. Superbe. Et je justifie pleinement la mdaille dor de 1896 .. il faudra que jcrive au Prsident du jury!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
makapaka (67) - Tczew, POLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Cienki jak na RISa, ładnie utleniony w stronę wiśni i śliwek obok tego czekolady gorzkiej nieco. Ładna piana, wysycenie. Dość wytrawne jak na imperiala. Pite z butelki 330ml.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jashiu (933) - Gdask, POLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Smells of cherries and chocolate. Some roasted scents.
Taste is malty caramel and molasses.
Not realy strong taste paired with a rather weak body and medium carbonation does make a rather bland impression...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PowY (651) - AUSTRIA - JAN 24, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2017 355 ml bottle. Pours nearly black with a light brown creamy head. Mild aroma of lightly roasted malt some fruity notes. Medium watery body with a low carbonation, a light sweetness and a light bitterness and a light sourness. The taste is a little thin, some roasted malt, some cacao, some fruity notes, apples, plums. Overall a little thin and disappointing for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazka (95) - Milan, ITALY - JAN 20, 2017
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, licorice Appearance: black, brown foam, hazy Taste: medium sweetness, lightly sour, lightly bitter Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (3930) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2017
Resampled since 2010. Here 33cl bb12/2017, Maruhn. - Had this down as a suave and chocolatey mild ImpStout classic, but upon resampling found after a good while was astonished to smell and taste: damp vegemite yeasts covering salty liquorice and dried plum and date jam. Mineral, briney even among the thin-spread barley roast. Little cocoa powder. A wild, near barnyardy (as in animal husbandry), a tart musk. Leathery throughout, a well worn jacket nibbled on for odd comfort. Odd what those square open fermenters can do in Old European recipes...Honestly hard to finish this time around. Will revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1528) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2017
550mp bottle from the Firefly Cambie. Pours an almost black with a dark beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, dry, dark fruits, slightly vinous. Taste is very smooth, pretty similar to aroma. Dark chocolate and roasted malt dry aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (2555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2017
33cl bottle. Clear, dark brown pour with a tall tan head that gives way to a thin lacing. Notes of roasted malts, light bitter cherries, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smoke, a bit of salt, some hops. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. A really good old-school imperial stout.

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