Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Thur123:
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A heavy pour yields a two and ha half finger head that's toffee in color and is suspended over a nearly opaque reddish black color. The smell is light roasted malts and a big fruity sweetness. Cocoa, caramel raisins and plums dominate the odor. The head recedes slowly leaving sticky clumpy lacing on the edges.
Reminds me of Old Ras, the first ImpStoudt I tried.
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The flavor is bigger on the roasted malt, which tastes like charred bread or meat, you k now the black caramelized parts. In addition a kind of mellow creaminess pervades allowing the raisins and cocoa to complement, not dominate, the roasted malt character. There's also a slight cola taste, which is really just caramel that seems to pick up towards the end. Over all the texture on this is very thick and authentic feeling. I can see how this inspired what American brewers are doing with stouts and to compare it to those ImpStoudts would be unfair as it helped give birth to the idea of bigger and bolder stouts. An excellent and simply traditional Stout, very tasty.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2010 20:38:46 | More by Thur123
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)
93 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.