Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Soozy:
3.55/5 rDev -15.9%
Poured with a decent finger-thick off-white head. Jet black in color. Aroma of some burnt grains, a little bit of coffee. Big time chocolate in taste, roasted grains. Smooth, creamy, a pretty good stout in all.
Not great for drinkability, just because of its thickness and chocolate taste. Great for an afternoon pint though.
01-28-2009 20:44:16 | More by Soozy
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3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
On nitro tap at The Cock in Westminster City, London. Lookked pitch black with an off-white head. The initial flavor is a bit bland, but this beer comes back with a big, black roasted grain aftertaste. This is a great English stout (not a foreign/export) and reminds me of Beamish, but a bit cleaner.
04-13-2009 23:10:05 | More by tempest
3.58/5 rDev -15.2%
Just had my pint poured at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London. Maybe it's the gloom of the pub, but the beer is inky blank, maybe a tinge of brown when held next to a light. A thin layer of foam persisted from the serving until, well, I'm two fingers from the bottom, and laced the side of my glass along the way. The nose is grainy, hints of vegetal chocolate, coffee and some red fruit, no real evidence of dry hopping. Flavor is burned malt, caramel, grain matter, chocolate finnisb. Mouthfeel is thinner than it could be, not evincing a dangerous alcohol content. This is not a session beer; I would neither object to a second or make time for it.
07-21-2008 17:57:40 | More by ManforallSaisons
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
Cask pulled from Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London (ha, agreed with dcoux09, it's a great place, perhaps my favorite pub in the world).
Pours a beautiful deep black with 2 fingers of head that hold on tenaciously for almost ten minutes, leaving pretty nice lacing.
The nose is burnt chocolate and coffee, with a hint of malt.
Beautiful silky mouthfeel, with great body but managing not to be too heavy. The dark chocolate and coffee come on strong with almost a toffee note up front, but some malt flavor with just a hint of bitterness to balance the finish.
Hands down the best stout I've eve had. If you're lucky enough to see this, grab it. And if you're in London, make a trip to 145 Fleet St; you won't regret it.
11-23-2010 00:09:36 | More by EJNibs
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev -10%
Half pint: taken in the upstairs bar of the Princess Louise, Holborn, London.
Deep dark black body, with a good full head on top, this was sat in a UK half pint sleeve.
Smells covered all the usual dry stout areas you’d expect, coffee, chocolate and roasted/toasted malts, a hint of smoke, but only a hint.
The taste is semi bitter and certainly dry, those aroma ingredients also found in the flavours. The dryness becoming more evident as the mouth gets used to the drink.
Smooth and silky, even though it’s dry: couldn’t drink it all night, but two pints would be fine.
11-02-2011 13:45:19 | More by BlackHaddock
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
On tap in London at one of the great Sam Smith traditional bars.
This stout is a very deep brown, as expected. Head that lasts nicely, with great lacing. Smells of roasted grains, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Heavy, dark smells. Definitely an extra stout. Tastes are similar. Very nutty, dark roasted malts, and grains. Not a lot of sweetness. Dry. The feel is average for a stout. Not heavy, but chewy. Good low level of carbonation.
This is a good example of an English stout. Nothing particularly amazing, but overall, a great beer.
08-30-2010 01:56:19 | More by pauljmccain
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev 0%
On tap at the British Legion Club in Chapeltown, Sheffield.
Very Dark, with coffee and oat like smells and taste, but this is balanced well with the chocolate flavours and the fact that this is as smooth as texture can get. The burnt taste is also present, so its not the sort of drink you could drink a lot of.
Good lacing, but obviously compromised for the head being so thick.
Overall, A very good stout, Perfect as a one off pint.
12-10-2010 15:50:33 | More by Harrister101
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hop, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.
09-27-2012 02:01:45 | More by Tone
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
Sampled on Tap at the Albion Inn, Wakefield, England on 4-6-04.
Served from a Black, Gold & White Blue Samuel Smith box shaped Keg Font – i.e. Brewery Conditioned (*NOT* Cask)
Served on Mixed N2 - CO2 Gas Dispense.
Imperial Pint, served in a Straight Sided Glass – Cost £1.30
Appearance: Served in a straight-sided Imperial Pint Glass, the body is a dark almost impenetrable black, with a superb light brown head that is perfection in its fine bubbled smoothness. I believe that this is served with mixed gas dispense which aids its overall creamy appearance and assists in creating a slow pour. It is however, far from over gassed. Classic Stout presentation, moustaches beware! Served chilled to a degree, or two, below the other Keg beers on sale in the Albion I noted, but far from the “Super Cool” crap that some other Irish Stout purveyors gimmick with.
Nose: Lots of roast malts with some dark chocolate hints, in the nose. Not overwhelming but above average in strength, yet it does more than enough to reveal its wares and let you know what to expect in the body of the drink when your tongue gets involved.
Taste: Wow, from the initial mouthful, you know that this is a very special Stout, and not one of your run of the mill over-priced watery alternatives. Solid dark malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a lovely burnt bitter finish. Astringent bitter roast finish in the mouth with some dark Cadbury’s Bourneville chocolate in the aftertaste. I think I got the feeling of biting into one of those thick expensive cherry brandy licquor dark chocolates at times also, or was I just imagining that?!
Mouthfeel: Pretty solid in this department, thanks probably to the “Extra” in the title and the Nitrogen in the mixed dispense. Lots of smooth creamy surface texture on the tongue but a nice body that is packed with roast malts and dark chocolates. Wholesome and bold!
Drinkability: Incredibly quaffable, the smooth creamy texture positively coats the tongue with a velvety blanket of Extra Stout that you could sleep under. The wholesome body, the thick roast malts and the nice dark chocolate bitterness all contribute to what is a very impressive Stout.
Overall: Quite simply - an excellent draft Stout. Samuel Smith’s Extra Stout far surpasses all of the UK’s best selling thin, watery, bland, over-priced, over-chilled, over-hyped and over-marketed Irish alternatives, in my honest opinion. Not every Samuel Smith’s outlet sells this on draft, but if you are lucky enough to see it, make sure you do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a Pint of it. In fact, considering the low price (£1.30/pint), you can actually almost treat yourself to Two Pints for the price of just One Pint of the 3 Irish alternatives (typically sold around £2.40/pint).
Absolutely superb and tremendous value!!
04-27-2004 05:22:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
On cask at Cittie of Yorke, London.
Ruby black and a nitro head that leaves sheety rings.
Big roast nose with coffee and dark cherry.
Espresso ground and ash sourness, big cola and brown sugar middle with some chocolate malts in there, and faint cinnamon hops. Toffee comeback and roast bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, some stick.
Candy sweet stout! Lots of roast, lots of sugar. Good thing it’s only 4.5%, because I could see tearing through this.
06-20-2011 12:14:37 | More by StJamesGate
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
I had this after a pint of the Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London. A remarkable place in itself, extremely well preserved. Dickens drank here for crying out loud! Black, nearly opaque in color. Big dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aroma. More of the same flavors, finishing with the emphasis on roasted bitterness. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink and with the atmosphere, truly an experience to be savored.
06-10-2002 12:02:27 | More by John
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Fingertip of creamy off-white foam; no lacing in the sample. Completely jet black color
S - Subtle smokey malt and some grain aromas (smells like a Sam Smith brew)
T - Roasty, toasty malt flavors with barely a hint of malt sweetness, with a dry finish
M - Creamy, but not close to viscous. A touch of carbonation, as expected with the style and serving type
D - Great drinkability for the style, and easy to work through
Overall, thought this was a pretty good brew. I liked the traditional elements of the style and thought it was a nice example. Would definitely recommend.
10-29-2008 03:23:54 | More by Nickls
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
This beer is obsidian black in color with a light brown head. There is just a hint of chocolate in the aroma. Coffee and chocolate both show up in the flavor with a serious raosted malt bitterness throughout the finish. A nice beer to sit and savor for a couple of pints.
06-27-2004 19:28:36 | More by ybnorml
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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