Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Re-review! Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a borderline pitch black color that does a good job of obscuring the light. I love the quality of the head, it's a two finger mocha color featuring wonderful frothy thickness and impressive retention.
S: It smells more like a good Pinot Noir than a RIS in my opinion - and yes, that's a compliment. There's a fantastic fruity depth to it, loaded with raisins, figs, black currants, ripened grapes, plums, and cherries. Beneath the the melange of fruit lies a subtle undercurrent of chocolate.
T/M: This doesn't have the robust roast profile of other imperial stouts. Instead, the dark fruits from the smell immediately make themselves apparent on the tongue. Has a wonderful vinous quality to it. The fruity opening provides nice complexity as the dark fruit and lighter fruit constantly battle for dominance on the palate, with one never overpowering the other - almost reminscient of a good Belgian ale. Chocolate and caramel appear on the midtaste. The finish is vinous with slight dryness/bitterness which does a fantastic job of complementing the initial silky smoothness. Through the progression of the beer, the slight favor towards sweetness turns into a more neutral character as the dryness and (slight) astringency builds up on the tongue. There are a couple of niggles, the aforementioned lack of robustness, and the flavor profile doesn't linger the way I want it to in a RIS. Still, a fantastic brew. Finally, the carbonation is low.
O: It's not like the typical imperial stout I'm used to, but its vinous characteristics combined with some of the flavors the dark malts provide (such as chocolate) make this such an enjoyable sipper (but it's not a chugger by any means, even if it's only 7%!) It's a world class imperial stout I can get for $4 a bottle. Enough said.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2012 21:11:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.56/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: pitch black with thick tan head that drops slowly and marks the glass nicely.
Aroma: mostly dark chocolate and coffee, a bit roasty and malty. Some fruity sweetness in the back. Aroma is not very intense, but not weak as well. This is a classic imperial stout, so there's nothing wrong.
Taste: first comes dark chocolate, than coffee, which is a bit acidic, than average roastiness. Malty, rather sweet and averagely bitter.
Mouthfeel: full bodied, oily, very soft carbonation, almost flat.
Overall: Highly recommended to every stout and imperial stout lover out there. Classic, great beer.
Enjoyed from a snifter glass.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 19:23:32 | More by beholder_pl
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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