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

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | 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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jnjander

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-13-2012 16:38:22 | More by jnjander
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hncowden50

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-21-2011 03:39:49 | More by hncowden50
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Brouwerij78

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2011 15:01:39 | More by Brouwerij78
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dcoux09

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 01:59:57 | More by dcoux09
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EJNibs

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-23-2010 00:09:36 | More by EJNibs
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agsourdough1

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-30-2013 01:39:42 | More by agsourdough1
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-06-2014 19:32:47 | More by pfhanlon
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2013 00:38:28 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-15-2012 04:31:55 | More by ChaseTheAce
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Boto

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-08-2003 06:40:23 | More by Boto
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Naerhu

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2007 06:37:27 | More by Naerhu
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
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!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-27-2004 05:22:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-28-2013 14:39:26 | More by Seaba
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Danny1217

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-10-2013 04:38:42 | More by Danny1217
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-01-2014 17:42:31 | More by endless1408
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John

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-10-2002 12:02:27 | More by John
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spointon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2013 20:57:13 | More by spointon
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diverite

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-15-2013 16:08:56 | More by diverite
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Harrister101

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 15:50:33 | More by Harrister101
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-21-2011 16:22:43 | More by DoktorZee
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-26-2005 14:18:49 | More by wl0307
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neil

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a lovely pub in London. Served very well with a nice 1 inch head on the pint. Beer is very dark with highlights of brown under the right light.

This beer is a lovely stout. Very drinkable with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Feels like velvet on the tongue and slips down with ease. The taste is dry with a low malt flavour. Head stays firmly on beer as it is drunk.

Excellent beer. Highly recommeded.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2004 01:30:39 | More by neil
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pauljmccain

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 01:56:19 | More by pauljmccain
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2008 03:23:54 | More by Nickls
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-19-2013 07:50:08 | More by Josiah2729
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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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