Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.22/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
A: Looks great. Black with a dense inch thick tan head. Head stubbornly recedes leaving lots of unmoving lacing. Tilting towards the light shows a coca-cola color around the edges.
S/T/M: Smells are chocolate, molasses, faint alcohol and an odd kind of waxy black licorice. Tastes better than it smells, but still the same theme of flavors. Not off-putting but it does seem strange I'm even tasting the 7% abv when many 9+% Imperials manage to hide it so well. Nice feel, smooth, almost slick. Creamy and well carbonated.
D: Highly drinkable. Lower ABV and lighter than the American incarnations of the style I've mostly been trying, but still having enough... ponderability?. Great for when you want an RIS but its 105f in Texas. Will definitely pick up again.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2010 23:27:56 | More by deadliest
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4.39/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 55°F
Appearance: Medium pour with a thin tan head. Black as can be with no light coming through.
Smell: I get a ton of dark fruit in the nose (prunes and raisins) along with roasted malts.
Taste: Like the nose; Roasted malts balanced with dark fruits. The flavors are mellow compared to American counterparts yet blended extremely well.
Mouthfeel: Very light compared to the American version. Low on bitterness and goes down smooth. Drinkable for a imperial.
Overall: As with most English beers, I find this light compared to American examples that I'm use to. However, it is extremely balanced and I'll grab this again when I'm in the mood for a drinkable yet balanced and flavorful Imperial Stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 06:16:09 | More by Bone53
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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