Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Ysgard:
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A world class brew, no doubts.
The head was not explosive as Old Rasputin's, though it stuck around through the end, the perfect brown cloak for this balanced black beer.
The smell is led by roast espresso and dark fruit, with sweet milk and caramel around the background.
My favorite thing about this beer is that although the flavor changes as it warms, as with any stout, it is excellent both warm and cold. When cold at the start, the sweetness is balanced by tart dark fruits and bitter chocolate. As it warms, the coffee and hops come out to the front. The path between cold and cool is one fine walk in the dark.
Smooth, with moderate carbonation, thick enough to roll through the mouth, but not chew, the mouthfeel is easy to get along with, and keeps the drinkability reasonable.
This I could drink everyday, if I could afford it.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2008 12:55:06 | More by Ysgard
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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)
93 out of 100 based on 2,791 ratings.