Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout... in a snifter at cellar temperature.
A breath-takingly beautiful beige head, a plump three fingers high, graces this Russian imperial stout. And it its black, as it should be.
It pretty much smells like it should too. Malty milk chocolate, a little dark chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy raisins. It's a sweet scent.
The flavor is refined and balanced, with no overwhelming qualities. Just pleasant and satisfying chocolate, coffee, and earth. There's a a little bit of fruity tartness in the beginning. Then comes a mellow but magnificent finish that I describe as rich dark soil mixed with ground coffee and soaked with chocolate milk. Really, REALLY far into the aftertaste some nice smokiness shows up.
A pretty full body and some real smooth creaminess only enhances the experience.
Can't go wrong with this stuff.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 04:16:57 | More by Kuaff
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4.39/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 55°F
Appearance: Medium pour with a thin tan head. Black as can be with no light coming through.
Smell: I get a ton of dark fruit in the nose (prunes and raisins) along with roasted malts.
Taste: Like the nose; Roasted malts balanced with dark fruits. The flavors are mellow compared to American counterparts yet blended extremely well.
Mouthfeel: Very light compared to the American version. Low on bitterness and goes down smooth. Drinkable for a imperial.
Overall: As with most English beers, I find this light compared to American examples that I'm use to. However, it is extremely balanced and I'll grab this again when I'm in the mood for a drinkable yet balanced and flavorful Imperial Stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 06:16:09 | More by Bone53
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,843 ratings.