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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,113 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,113
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 141
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Second time I have bought this. English "bomber" sized bottle. Raisin to the extreme, even prune juice. That sounds horrid, but this is indeed a great beer. Definitely works. The Brits know what they are doing I suppose, after all those years. I'm an IPA guy and still like this one. Like a Guinness Stout that has some extreme flavors going on. Intense. Complex. Nuff said.

at7000, Sep 05, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Black, barely perceptible ruby when held up to light, foamy, well-retained head (3/3)
S: Lots of chocolate, alcohol, raisin throughout (10/12)
T: Imperial, lot of sweet maltiness in beginning, roasty, light chocolate undertones, and light metallic/astringent on finish (15/20)
F: Very bubbly and light, pretty dry finish (3/5)
O: The longer it lingered on the palate, the more I got used to it, but the body was surprisingly light in comparison to the flavor, and left it a little hollow therefore. (7/10)
38/50

TimZebGir, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev -5%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says SE12N1.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with an 1/8 inch dark tan head that immediately fades to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and the faintest specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Quite sweet-smelling with notes of dark roast, wood and raisin.

T- The sweetness continues and the raisin notes are even more apparent here. Almost tastes like a barleywine with its dark fruit complexity however it's not very boozy. Biscuity, buttery and, once again, woody.

M- Dry and slightly chalky with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Although I like the Oatmeal Stout better, this one is quite enjoyable as well. A lot different than the American RIS's out there with its high level of sweetness and what is likely English yeast.

Immortale25, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black, light brown foam, not bad.
Good but not too intense smell. Coffee, toasted, almond.
In the mouth a good toaste note, chocolate, some vanilla.
A good hoppiness, balancing the present sweetness.
Some artichoke and nut hints.
After a bit of warming, the flavours and aromas are more opened and intense. Good balance.
It remains a quite drinkable beer, despite its 7 ABV, and it structure.

stcules, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

One of my favorites. Easy mellow drinking.

finz2thestout, Sep 22, 2014
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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,113 ratings.