overall
99
87
style
Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2807   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Benzai (15624) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2011
Black colored beer with a small brown head. Smell earth and ashes. Taste earth as well. Hmm not my favorite stout. Nice carbo and body though.

3.5
bhensonb (15237) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Aroma of chocolate and toasted malt, along with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown/black color with ruby hints at the edges. Ferocious tan head that laces. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with chocolate and coffee. A bit of sour followed by toasted malt. The malt tends to overpower the hop. There is some sort of fruit component accompanying everything; it’s almost apple. Not strong, just present. Interesting stuff.

4.1
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle. Shared with Mette. Black big head. A lovely thick black stout. Malts, roasted, prunes, fruits, sweetness, coffee, hop and some licorice. Very nice and complex.

3.7
gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted chocolate and fruits. Flavour is roasted chocolate and malt.

4.2
Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
550 ml bottle poured a nearly opaque reddish black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of plum, licorice, cocoa, raisins and a bit of coffee. Palate was light bodied. Flavors of dark fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate, some coffee notes and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

3.8
DSG (14838) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 Re-rate 2/29/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Dror. Black-colored with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and quite a bit of plums. Sweetish roasty flavor with chocolate and a bit of fruitiness. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Re-rate 8/24/09: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Black-colored with a big brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, some nuts and light fruitiness. Sweet chocolate flavor with roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit notes and a bitter finish with roastiness and earthy and herbal notes. Full silky body. 7/4/7/4/15=3.8

(3/14/08) Bottle bought at De Bierkoning and drank at a friends’ house in Amsterdam. Black color, seems opaque, with a medium light brown head. Aroma of coffee and some chocolate. Sweetish roasted malt flavor with coffee, cocoa and some light fruit notes. A slightly drier finish. Medium to full body. Great. 8/4/8/4/16=4

3.7
Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle from Nelson Wines. It pours darkest brown, approaching black, with a thin fizzy beige head and high carbonation. The nose is caramel, honey, roasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste is charcoal, dark chocolate, liquorice, caramel, wood, currant, raisin, smoke, sea salt, coffee and brown sugar, with bitterness towards the finish. Quite a light and drinkable imperial stout.

4
djd07 (14564) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown almost black with a large frothy tan head. The aroma is a strong roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a burnt malt with a sweet finsh and quite thin for an imperial stout. A very good imperial stout from Sam Smith.

3.6
imdownthepub (14557) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2009
Bottled, 330 ml, pasteurised. Black as yer ’at with cream collar. Tongue coating sweetness interlaced with a burnt, roasted malt and fruit and then a sweet yeasty alcohol. rich and smooth, some caramel notes giving extra depth, port like sherry notes too. Not perhaps as complex as I am making out here, but certainly a fine beer.

4.1
Borup (14550) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Black with a nice thick beige head. Aroma and flavour of chocolate, roasted malt, hops, yeast and dark fruit.


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