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

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3,410 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,706
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 194
Gots: 335 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 3,410 | Reviews: 1,706
Photo of wguy14
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass revealing a half finger head which disappeared quickly. The color was dark brown. The smell brought on coffee mostly, and maltiness along with subtle chocolate nodes. The taste was coffee, raisins, and some chocolate. The taste was not overwhelming or overly impressive and left much to be desired. I tasted more malt and less coffee and chocolate than I expected based on the smell. Overall I was a little disappointed with this brew. The oatmeal stout was much more enjoyable in my opinion.

Photo of Marraybay
2.16/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like others have said, I keep trying S.Smith with the hope of really liking one of their offerings, but aside from their choco stout, it just isn't happening for me. This one had possibilities, but just far too much roast and bitterness, without anything pushing back the other way. If it had opened with some nice brown sugar/dark fruity sweetness, this might have been interesting.

Somewhat small head and no real lacing; Pours a dark brownish black. Boozy nose and taste to go along with the puckering finish. Fairly thick and filling. There won't be a rematch.

Photo of captainkrad
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, sweet, smokey caramel malt. Smooth, full bodied and delicious.

Photo of drmeto
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with a small khaki head
S:
-sweet chocolate,slightly roasty,caramel,toffee,vanilla,mocha
T:
-chocolate,toffee,plums,raisins,dates with a strong coffee finish
F:
-low carbonation,medium-full body
-alcohol not noticeable
O:
Lovely imperial stout.

Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a 1 finger tan head of foam. Pleasant aroma which has notes of chocolate, coffee, chai spice, vanilla, and roasted malt. Quite light weight for an imperial stout, but rich and creamy nonetheless. A bittering, roasty chocolate/vanilla mixture on the taste at first. Middleways, coffee notes start to shine through, with more bitterness on the tongue after the finish. A bittersweet char is left on the palate after it's all said and done.

Overall, very enjoyable. Has quite a bit of tang to it, and doesn't finish as smooth as I'm used to. Not a bad thing, however. This beer has its own characteristics, and while it's different from the Americanized RIS's I'm used to, it's a solid example in its own right. Definited worthy of its reputation.

Photo of ptrck_nl
2.89/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Watery, flat, thin, lacking depth ... was expecting a lot more. Such a let-down.

Photo of BWood
2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a great Imperial Stout. Bland and watery. Lacking the meat on the bone. Left me feeling empty and wanting a real beer after.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
2/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is a super weak imperial stout, It's malty and watery. Not a huge fan... the abv is much lower than your typical RIS, yet it really has no flavor to it.

Photo of shroyer5
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very light tasting for a stout. However I enjoyed it

Photo of Vogelino
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taste is amazing, smells great. Won't bs, drink it.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting more from this after hearing much about it. Pours dark as hell, black. Nice thick dark tan head which stays all thru with thick lacing also. Smells to me almost like oats, nuts? and sum sweetness. Taste is actually alil bland for me.. nuttiness with some bittersweetness to it. Overall I've had better (Lagunitas Imperial Russian Stout). Hoping the Tady Porter will be better.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lower alcohol stout. Good smooth, but not light flavor. Has a slighty barrel aged flavor to it even though it's not.

Photo of GMan310
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great imperial stout i really enjoy it. specially because they sale the beer at corner liquor store from my house.

Photo of Cantram88
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stout says it all. I enjoyed the first taste of this sense savoring sixteen ounces of brown goodness after a long 12 hour shift. It's bold fragrance and phenomenal character make it a special occasion drink, but definitely one to keep around and share with other die hards.

Photo of AirBob
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 12/22/14

A - 3 fingers of super dense, chocolatey head. Dark black body. Excellent retention. Great lacing.
S - Light milk chocolate notes. Slight notes of coffee grounds. Molasses.
T-Bitter, light roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Touch of molasses. A little metallic in the finish. More cocoa.
M - Creamy but on the thinner side for the style. Bitter finish keeps it drainable. Latte like.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith has been making their beers for hundreds of years and has their stuff together. Consistently perfect in everyway.

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pies and pints. Morgantown, WV

Photo of dacrza1
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: April 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter.. OCCASION: celebrating the O’s opening day win while watching the NCAA finals... APPEARANCE: ominous black body that allows a swiftly simmering brown head to halo at the glass ... AROMA: powerful rum, vinous port, strong Spaltz and chocolate make for an inviting complexity--not to mention the roasted malts that provide a wicked balance... PALATE: smooth, slick, a bit dry, yet full-bodied--a paradox resolved only through a beautifully lingering aftertaste... TASTE: chocolate, roasted cracker, slight alcohol in a whiskey-like allure; the components make for a rich, dark, strong stout that is sweet and rewarding; some nut, raisin and cask wood further the experience...OVERALL: Once more, another brewery that does so little wrong--this beer commands the taste buds with strength and subtlety, rewarding the drinker with a sweet, powerful sip...

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - extremely dark with a massive beige head that has extreme retention. Ruby highlights against the light and loads of lace.

S - Extreme heavy burnt malts some sweet brown sugar and dark fruit and plenty of boose.

T - Wow what a mix from burnt malt to treacle like sweetness with a sour pang, good boozy punch. Almost like a stout meets barley wine.

MF - Pretty smooth and creamy with boozy nip and warmth coupled with moderate drying.

O - A great drink with ample flavour and clearly a winner for those who like big taste.

Photo of BuccoFan
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the head, the lace, and most certainly the body--very solid. However, the taste has a tangy finish. I wasn't crazy about this one.

Photo of cyoung35
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drink this beer with your mouth hole. Appearance is black in the natural light. Lovely fuggle aroma and light hop bittering. Tastes and feels like a smooth cold coffee.

Photo of maedhros09
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown/black with moderate tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: roasty, dark fruit
Taste: Roasty chocolate/coffee with dark fruit and mild herbal hoppiness. little bitterness
Feel: medium body, smooth

Overall: This stout has the typical hallmarks of imperial stouts - sweet roasty chocolatey maltiness and a dark fruity acidity with a moderate bitterness. What is most different from american imperial stouts I've had is that it's not as thick and sweet. Also, accounting for the lower ABV, it is less boozy. The flavor balance is really remarkable - proof that you don't need a crazy high ABV to achieve an exceptional imperial stout.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-amazing thick thick head foam that lasts and a midnight black body
- roasted barly smells with a alcohol warmth
-one of my favorite Russian imperials alcohol warming roasted grains and slight oat cream
-a little to creamy for this style but great overall
-great beer will drink agian ideal russian imperial stout

Photo of Geoffq
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

awessome beer
reminds me of home

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color with a one a finger mocha colored head produced.

Aroma- Consists of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

Taste- Semi sweet chocolate is big upfront along with some bitterness from the roasted malt. Towards the finish a slight fruity aspect comes out showing flavors of orange and cherry, but not acidic or hoppy, rather esters from the yeast.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, and a creamy yet semi dry overall feel.

Overall- A 7% percent imperial stout is a unique thing to see, but regardless as a stout this is a great beer. The orange/cherry aspect gives this a really nice flavor dynamic with the roasted malt, espcially as it warms. Overall, this is very flavorful and easy to drink, and its definitely worth revisiting.

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