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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,958 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 117
Gots: 142 | 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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Beernoisseur

Utah

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a sublime beer. Near perfect, if not perfect in every category. The bottle is badass looking, like opening it is going to be a historic event in and unto itself. Gold foil, awards won in a different century, things of that nature- they all add to the feeling of ceremony associated with this beer.

Appearance is so dark that it might be sucking the light out of the room like a black hole. The head was smaller than I expected, but the pour was not aggressive.

The first aroma to greet me was the scent of fine bourbon. This quickly gave way to toasty, fruity notes, with maybe a hint of caramel coffee in the background.

The flavor is excellent. Everything is in balance. Toasiness leads the charge, but in there is a citric fruitiness that delights to no end. The hops are muted, but only just. There's almost like a barbeque like flavor in the mix. This beer would be great with a huge cheeseburger grilled right before you put the barbeque away for winter. you know, sometime in late october, early november.

I love stouts, and this is certainly a front runner for my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:03:45 | More by Beernoisseur
More User Reviews:
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leantom

Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm very happy that I bought this. Here goes:

A: A dark black that lets no light through - completely opaque. The beers pours a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing upon consumption (good protein content). Lovely, but not that impressive for the realm of imperial stouts.

S: Exquisite. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and milk chocolate at the forefront, but can also detect many dark fruits like plums and raisins. Emphasis on the milk chocolate bit. Can't detect any hops and the English brewer's yeast is also imperceptible (which is to be expected; it's not a Belgian ale).

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of dark malt leading to an obvious chocolatey flavor profile, but there's also a lot of raisins and plums that linger in the aftertaste. Rather, the initial taste is one of robust chocolate but this gives way to darker, sweeter fruit. Very nice and well balanced interplay of dark fruit and chocolate.

M: Nice. Decently carbonated and well-rounded thickness/creaminess.

O: A very nice, well-balanced stout bursting with chocolate and dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 18:09:42 | More by leantom
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JLeet

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-11-2014 17:20:59 | More by JLeet
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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DanielMB

South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was not a typical imperial stout. It has a good look, but the smell and taste is overwhelmingly choclately, with little of the hoppy roastiness that typical RIS boasts. Some of this may be the result of the unusually low ABV of 7%. It is still a very good beer, but anyone looking to buy this would be well-advised to purchase a single first if he can. I bought an entire 4-pack for $10 at Total Wine, and it just hasn't really panned out for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 22:05:57 | More by DanielMB
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-04-2014 02:06:33 | More by nofunyons
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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Italy

5/5  rDev +19.6%

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Texas

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California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.