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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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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an awesome looking 12 oz. bottle with a Old English style label. Very classic looking. Poured into a nonic pint glass and one in a snifter.

A - Black. Very dark. Hardly any garnet red when held to the light. A definite black beauty. A huge, rich, and creamy mocha head that seems to last forever. I had very nice lace. This has the ultimate look of any brew I've seen. I like my brew black.
S - She was definitely a sweet smelling brew. A little bit of dark fruit up front. Then came the rich molasses which dominated my nose. It was a good solid smell, but I was looking for more of the other sweet notes in my nose. It has the sweet milky smell with a hint of coffee(these were the smells I wanted more of) But I can't complain.
T - The bitterness of these chocolate notes were to die for. Absolutely A+. The hoppy taste was nice as well. I just got stuck with the chocolate like coffee taste it brought. Almost wanted everything else to go away. However the taste of dark raisins and prunes were a lot better in taste than smell. Great tasting brew nonetheless.
M - Medium to full body that is good all the way through. You can taste the alcohol, but it's less than most English style RIS.
O - A superb RIS. I really am fond of this style of brew. I've had many different ones, and they all seem to please in their own way. This is a winner for sure. World class, and one of the less alc % ones out there, so it's one of the best ones to get if you arent used to this style of stout. It's also great tasting to those who are. I buy at least a single bottle almost everytime I see it. A real deal winner here.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 20:45:50 | More by BradtheGreat7
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

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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

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