Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass
Pours a nice deep dark brown color. It's definitely brown, especially at the edges. Lots of head on this beer (which makes sense, given that this is only a 7% ABV beer), light beige and voluminous. Lovely lacing, too.
This beer has all of the flavor notes that a straight-up Imperial Stout should have, only in more balance and subtlety than in most renditions of the style. You've got roasted coffee aromas, dark chocolate aromas, notes of blackcurrant, and a vanilla bean component.
The taste follows the nose. There's lots of brown malts here, supplemented by roasted notes. More chocolate and vanilla than coffee on the palate. Dark fruits on the back end.
The mouthfeel is quite full and creamy for a 7% ABV beer. There are American IPAs (not even Double IPAs) that have more alcohol than this beer, but aren't as full in the mouth. Overall, this is a lovely beer. A staple of the style.
Pro-tip: drink this beer with creme brulee. It is one of the finest food pairings you will ever have.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2012 03:23:57 | More by Reaper16
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