Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by DougT:
4.68/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured into a Sam Adams glass at 47 degrees.
Black as night, even to the edges of the glass. 2+ fingers of dark golden brown frothy head. Dissipates leaving considerable clingy lacing. A solid foam layer lasts throughout the drink.
Smells of roasted grains, toffee, some sweetness, a little hops. Smells a bit like a dark wine with hops added. A complex smell that makes my mouth water.
Tastes of Cognac or dark grape juice, just a subtle hop bitterness, slight coffee flavor, sweetness only in the aftertaste. Flavors don't follow the nose completely, which adds complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. Nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel is a strong medium. Nicely carbonated. Flavors are forward on the tongue. There is no alcohol burn on the throat.
This is a very complex, nuanced, flavorful beer worthy of praise. I am enjoying this more as time goes by. As it warms the wine flavors are reduced and more dark fruit and yeast flavors come forward. The hop flavors are not as prominent as I expected, the roast subtle, they yeasts are not overpowering, and thought I get a nice warm feeling the alcohol flavors are well suppressed.
This is a very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 03:03:04 | More by DougT
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
550ml bottle poured into Bruery snifter. Bottle date is June 17 2013.
A-oil black with mocha brown head. Great lacing.
S-chocolate, cherry, vanilla, coffee, very sweet aromas. Very nice.
T- follows up with aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate, incredibly smooth. No hop bitterness which is a plus for me.
M- full bodied and sticky. Insanely smooth, head makes it all the way down to the bottom of the glass.
O-perfect imperial stout, aged very well no offensive or off flavors. Would pair great with vanilla Ice cream
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 19:59:31 | More by Admbmb92
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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