1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,165 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 146
Gots: 205 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 3,165 | Reviews: 1,653 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of at7000
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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
Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

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)

TimZebGir, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%

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
Photo of WeizenGuy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

WeizenGuy, Today at 12:08 AM
Photo of nick0417
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

nick0417, Yesterday at 10:18 PM
Photo of Bokanovski
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%

Bokanovski, Yesterday at 06:20 PM
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -4.1%

AlexM, Yesterday at 05:12 PM
Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jmryan8, Yesterday at 04:32 AM
Photo of TheCondor
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Of course I love imperial stouts. Of course I love everything I have ever had from Samuel Smith's brewery in Tadcaster. Of course I am watching the Royals put on a clinic in the World Series game 6. All that notwithstanding, let's side pour with standard aggression this beer into a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance - Just like you would expect, although it does have a nice three finger caramel colored head that lasts only for a minute or two and leaves little lacing. Deep chocolate brown coloring, cool packaging, everything I would expect from a world-class imperial stout.

Smell - As I poured this beer to take a picture of i t for my post on BA, I could actually smell the dark fruits and malts from several feet away when I went to pick up my camera. Roasted barley is also present in the nose, creating a strong, sensational olfactory experience. Raisins.

Taste - Like mothers milk. So smooth, deep and rich, its like drinking melted dark choclate ice cream, with beer and liquified dark fruits. Amazing. Intense raisin flavor makes for an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, rich. No alcohol bite.

Overall - This beer is raising the bar on beer like your loser brother raises his consciousness when he drops acid. This is probably the most amazing imperial stout I have ever had, it is so balanced, drinakable, and smooth. No amount of superlative speech can describe this brew. You need to try this one immediately if you like stouts or dark beer at all. Game changer.

TheCondor, Yesterday at 02:40 AM
Photo of Eman17
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eman17, Yesterday at 01:36 AM
Photo of LoganMc
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

LoganMc, Yesterday at 01:01 AM
Photo of Chief99
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Chief99, Tuesday at 11:10 PM
Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev -4.1%

wiescins, Tuesday at 03:34 PM
Photo of kevinmaher
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

kevinmaher, Monday at 03:36 AM
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -4.1%

marine1975, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

BeerForMuscle, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of sbangs
4/5  rDev -4.1%

sbangs, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Meyers1023
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Meyers1023, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

jaymo18, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of esmyth15
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

esmyth15, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Pandarus
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Pandarus, Oct 19, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,165 ratings.