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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

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3,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 138
Gots: 177 | 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 -4.1%

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
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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 26, 2014
Photo of SteveB3014
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%

SteveB3014, Yesterday at 02:28 AM
Photo of calebv2
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

calebv2, Saturday at 06:09 PM
Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 13F). Bottle 36cl - Batch L14023. AROMA: roasted aromas mixed with port-like vinous notes. chocolate aromas and dried fruits (figs). APPEARANCE: black and opaque with a Brown head with average retention. slight legging. TASTE: roasted malt, chocolate, strong coffe and slight dried dark fruits. faint hop flavours and some vinous like notes. medium-low bitterness with a relatively sweet finish. low alcohol warmth. PALATE: medium body with low alcohol warmth. medium carbonation. OVERALL: an intense and complex imperial stout with a good range of aromas and flavours. lacks a bit of body and alcohol presence.

titvs, Saturday at 01:46 PM
Photo of Jeff_Benson
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Jeff_Benson, Friday at 10:22 PM
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

ChrisForman, Friday at 05:54 PM
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

DutchmansFlat, Friday at 05:52 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

hoplover66, Friday at 03:51 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Brewsed, Thursday at 02:50 AM
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

ejimhof, Wednesday at 09:01 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Bought a bomber from Market Basket (go ATD!) and poured into my trusty kitchen glass.

A- As black as the IKEA table that it's resting on, nice tan head, about two fingers high (4)

S- I get chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, some booze, very floral and nice overall (4.25)

T- Milk chocolate, sweet, but not much else. I am somewhat disappointed considering the nose was huge with all the aromas I listed above. At least the booze is hidden rather well (2.75).

M- Heavily carbonated for a stout, more porter-like, somewhat watery and thin (3)

O- Looked good, smelled good, but did not deliver on the tongue. I was somewhat disappointed, maybe if I had not drank it chilled it would have been better. Oh well, next time I will not refrigerate it and try again (3.5)

risendragon, Wednesday at 01:25 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

This was very good. Some interesting toffee notes, etc on the nose, however the deep, full flavors and dark roasty nightmares I expect in an RIS were a bit lacking. That said, this is a really nice beer, and I would definitely drink again (esp. if I were out of my homebrewed RIS!).

Mikus, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Robyn, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Tafyob41, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

I suppose I've been ruined by American Imp Stouts weighing in at 10% ABV and higher. My first time with
this one, and I've been left wanting more. It's great, no doubt, with sweet toasted malt and dark fruit hitting home.
I like it. It's great. But I passed up an Expedition Stout in my fridge to have it, and there's where I went wrong.
I would gladly have this again, but I'd say think of this as a bigger single porter or a smaller imp stout...

beerdedking, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

johnwetterstrand, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

StevenK708, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JavierGC, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

AmishLightning, Sep 03, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +9.4%

emerald27, Sep 01, 2014
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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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