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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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5/5  rDev +19%

jnjander, Jul 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

hncowden50, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I travelled all the way to Tadcaster itself to drink one of these "Extra Stouts" from a hand pumped cask at the actual Samuel Smith's Brewery in England! Since I had never seen this style Sam in USA, it was a treat indeed to find this new variety in such a special format. I normally drink the bottled Oatmeal Stout and love that type - but the Extra Stout was amazing! It was thick, creamy, rich and extra dark in color. A slightly sweet milk style stout best enjoyed in an imperial pint - sevred not too cold - so this was perfect in the way it was served. A must try if ever in the Heartland of England.

Brouwerij78, May 28, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Had this brew on tap at Ye Old Cheshire Cheese pub in England (great place to have a great beer). The pour was a rich dark brown with a very attractive tan head. Smelled nutty with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. I was hooked at first taste. It was brilliant, one of the best brews I've ever had. It was creamy, thick, and perfect for a brisk November night in England.

dcoux09, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of EJNibs
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

EJNibs, Nov 23, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

agsourdough1, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

pfhanlon, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jmejones, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Boto
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a VERY old pub in London. I also had mine at the Old Cheshire Cheese. Served at the proper cool temperature. The beer is very opaque in color. It has a thick, creamy head that is a bit tan. Lingers all the way down the side of the glass. The aroma is made up of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Similar flavoring, with a bit of roastiness.

Boto, Jun 08, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a Rising Sun in London, on a Rising Sun Ct. in London with a sausage sandwich on a beautiful Spring day.

A - Spoungy thick tan head on a jet black body.
S - Lovely chocolate aroma, great, but one dimensional.
T - Amazing fruityness with a very nice dark chocolate finish. Bitterness not showing up until the very end and then lasting a pleasantly long time.
M - smooth and delicious. Medium body.
D - Refreshing and delicious, what more could someone wand from a stout. Could have everyday without complaint.

Naerhu, May 05, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +6%

robotiks, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 27, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Danny1217, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

endless1408, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

John, Jun 10, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

spointon, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

diverite, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Harrister101
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Harrister101, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Chris_Burton
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft to give a solid black body with a finger of thick, creamy head. There's only a faint aroma of chocolate that doesn't quite prepare you for the taste. The flavour is quite strong given the modest ABV, with roasted chocolate and coffee notes. The mouthfeel is thick and dry, as one would expect from the style.

This is definitely one of my favourite stouts; a solid offering from Samuel Smith's that makes a visit to one of their pubs well worth it (I believe it's only available on draft). It's the beer that other dry stouts wish they could be!

Chris_Burton, Oct 28, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed fresh on tap in London at a Samuel Smith pub.

A - deep black that shows only a hint of light at its very edges. Half finger tan head stays permanently and leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S - not a lot of nose with just a hint of smoky malt.

T - bitter and powerful: strong initial bitterness underpinned by chocolate, coffee and smoke. Even with only 4.5% this is a delightfully powerful beer.

M - spectacularly creamy, but also surprisingly light. Coats the mouth and sticks!

D - very drinkable and smooth

This is a classic; delicious!

DoktorZee, Aug 21, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer by a pint at the Captain Kidd pub, Wapping, London. Right beforehand I had a half-pint of Sovereign Best Bitter and didn't feel impressed, so I guess a change of taste would do me some good...?

A: this pint comes in an almost opaque, extre...mely dark brownish to pitch-black hue, with an inch-thick, incredibly tight and frothy, light-ovaltine-coloured beer head which lasts throughout the drink... Decent looking.
S: roasted barley and crystal malts(?) prevail immediately in front of my nose yet not overpowering, with a light touch of burned wood-chip and fruity sourness. Hop aroma remains refreshing, but quite mild.
T: deeply java-coffeeish to espresso-beans' flavour flows in, followed by a lightly-burned woody and very very dark chocolatey taste, garnished with a tinge of chocolatey sourness... a constant bitterness sustains well underneath, becoming increasingly dryish bitter towards the finish. As the temp. gradually warms up, there is more suble nutty sweetness towards the end on top of the lovely bitterness.
M&D: surprisingly smooth and light in texture, while the flavour is retained to the full; this is a light-medium bodied and full-flavoured stout to quaff for sure. Alas it also suffers from being over-chilled, though slightly better than the Sovereign Best Bitter as its full flavour could struggle through. Still, this beer tastes much better and more complex when warming up.

wl0307, Aug 26, 2005
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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.