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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2807   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (2834) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle from Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cherry Hinton Road. Dark indigo/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Opaque. Caramel, salt liquorice, seawater and a generous amount of tar in the aroma. Sweet taste with a decent balancing sourness. Theres a salty/umami note in the long finish with liquorice and tobacco in the aftertaste. Body is oily and fairly think. Really nice beer, would have scored even higher if it didnt smell so weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Appearance: opaque black with a thick tan head. Nose: roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso coffeestandard notes in stouts. Taste: a big arrival of dark chocolate at first and then develops with a little more bitter coffee notes. The roasted malt flavors stand out more during the finish and some toffee is present in the finish as well. Once the beer warms, it almost takes on a whole new characteristic with the dark roast coffee dominating the palate while some subtle raisin, booze, and hops linger in the background. Mouthfeel: smooth, full body. When cold, the finish is sticky; when warm, the finish is much drier. Overall: nice complexity all around. This beer is only 7.0% ABV, which is weak compared to most other imperial stouts, but thats absolutely fine. At this strength, there isnt a compromise in flavor, and it wont be too strong that it knocks you off your feet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (3141) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Dark. Sweet malts, faint roasted notes, dark fruit, dough. Medium bodied. Lingering fruit and malt in the finish. Easy drinking impy. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (3498) - Minsk, BELARUS - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle. Almost black with creamy foam. Rich aroma, esters, caramel, roasted malt, butter, chocolate, wine. Taste: malt, caramel, butter, port wine, whisky, good balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalspice (880) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2016
Svart med lavt lysebrunt skum. Lakris, mrk karamell og ntter i duften. Frst og fremst lakris og karamell i smaken. Bitter og lett metallisk avslutning. God, men hadde forventet mer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matzou (175) - SPAIN - OCT 14, 2016
Small 1cm head on a black body. Smell of nutty, roasted grains. Taste of bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee on the finish. well balanced on the palate, body on the thin side. No lasting taste beside a little dryness (imperial dry stout?) Grainy feeling

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2016
- tiefschwarze Farbe mit leichter, schnell zerfallender Schaumbildung - Aromen nach Trockenfrchten, Karamell, Sherry und eine etwas zu stark hervortretende Alkoholnote - die Carbonisierung ist mir fr diesen Biertyp eine Idee zu moussierend - genau dies strt auch sofort etwas im Antrunk - die im Mittelteil angenehm auftretende Lakritzbeigabe wird durch den Alkoholgeschmack schnell wieder bertnt - ein bitter-suerlicher Abgang findet auch nicht unbedingt Beifall Fazit: bertriebene Alkoholnote

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzatoadisback (145) - ITALY - OCT 12, 2016
Opaque black with a low mocha coloured head which show decent retention but no lacing at all. Fine but not too intense aroma: moderate/delicate roasted malts, milk coffee, red fruits and a light alcohol note. Overall somewhere in the likes of a fruit cake. Taste follows the aroma with low bitterness if compared to the average imperial/export stout. Nice sweet/warming fruity/alcohol finish and aftertaste. Medium body, very low carbonation, nice silky, delicate mouthfeel. An enjoyable strong stout, well balanced and nicely complex, though not too intense

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alvaro78 (442) - Sevilla, SPAIN - OCT 8, 2016
Aromas a chicolate, toffe, galletas y alcohol Buen aspecto espuma color crema poco persistente En boca cuerpo pleno. Chocolate, café y un punto ácido de la cebada tostada ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (1763) - Hannover, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2016
Aroma: roasted dark malts, dried fruits, burnt malt. Appearance: jet black and creamy head. Taste: roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, slightly acid, dried fruits, dry. Palate: medium/low body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Tastes like a FES, but still a really nice and complex beer. Maybe too dry.

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