Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
08-26-2005 14:18:49 | More by wl0307
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-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.
06-17-2011 02:49:43 | More by woosterbill
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
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-08-2003 06:40:23 | More by Boto
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-16-2013 14:39:03 | More by FLima
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-05-2007 06:37:27 | More by Naerhu
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
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
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
08-21-2011 16:22:43 | More by DoktorZee
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
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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