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

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
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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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

03-03-2013 00:43:52 | More by Pelicanrocks
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Soozy

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 20:44:16 | More by Soozy
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 17:57:40 | More by ManforallSaisons
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 02:01:45 | More by Tone
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-19-2014 14:30:50 | More by Sellen
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-02-2011 13:45:19 | More by BlackHaddock
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 23:10:05 | More by tempest
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

06-27-2004 19:28:36 | More by ybnorml
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2011 12:14:37 | More by StJamesGate
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FLima

Brazil

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with the thickest possible head with excellent retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Predominant aroma of milky chocolate.
Bold and yummy flavor. Very creamy with notes of coffee, cacao powder and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a lingering coffee taste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
Very good stout, quite malty and roasted, but with a smooth feeling.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 14:39:03 | More by FLima
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap halfpint at the Angel in the Fields.

A: Black body that glows red-brown when held up to light. Solid 3/4" of dense tan head that sticks around nicely and leaves some thick lace. Very pretty.

S: Roasty, smoky, meaty. Some chocolate and coffee, but this is all about the smoky char. Cool.

T: More malt sweetness comes through here, balancing the harsher aspects of the roastiness. Chocolate starts things off along with caramel, and it finishes with coffee, smoke, and ashy burnt notes. A little astringent, but nicely intense.

M: Smooth and creamy, but a little thin.

O: Good beer; I really appreciate a low-ABV stout that doesn't skimp on the flavor. If anything, this one goes a little overboard with the roast and char. As much as I'm enjoying it, I'm rather glad I got a half-pint.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 02:49:43 | More by woosterbill
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-19-2013 07:50:08 | More by Josiah2729
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Shanop1288

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-09-2013 07:46:37 | More by Shanop1288
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pauljmccain

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -4.5%
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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neil

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -4%
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Harrister101

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-15-2013 16:08:56 | More by diverite
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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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