Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Single bottle poured into a nonic glass. No date on bottle - just a laser marked batch code (SG13I1).
Appearance: Very dark brown/black that lets no light through except at the edges where it's just barely a cola-brown color. Poured a thick head that died down to a 1/8" persistent dense tan foam across the top with some chunks of lacing here and there.
Smell: Some chocolate along with a burnt sugar (caramel / roasted malt) smell. This smell is consistent regardless of the beer temperature.
Taste: I think I have to describe the taste of this beer like a dark chocolate + caramel candy bar. The dark chocolate is has just enough of a bittersweet flavor that you know you're drinking a beer and not eating a candy bar, but the sweetness of this beer is noticeable. It's a very tasty beer - it's a dessert in itself.
Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation. Clings a tad to the teeth, but not excessively.
Drinkability: This has to be the lowest ABV RIS beer I've ever had, but after awhile I can note the alcohol. Still - even though this is a one beer a night for me, it's a fantastic beer. Good with a meal (balsamic chicken and rice pilaf), good for sipping and savoring afterwards, and still appealing that now I want dessert. I think if you have a sweet tooth, this beer is for you, but I think it's a damn good stand alone beer in it's own right.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2010 22:14:33 | More by damndirtyape
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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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