Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation - Attractive clear (why do so many British breweries use clear bottles?) bottle with white label declaring Sam Smith's as the "contractors to Her Majesty's foces" haha.
Appearance - Dark with red tint around the edges. Big, tightly packed tan head. Lacing clings nice and thick to the side of the mug - very nice touch.
Aroma - hmm...very different from the other Imperial Stouts I have tried (Stone '04 and Old Rasputin). I would describe it as sort of a musty smell with grassy hop hints and some alcohol. Very strong, especially as you get ready to drink.
Mouthfeel - full bodied, decent carbonation
Taste - Like Sam Smith's India Ale, this beer is a far cry from its American style cousins. Strong grassy hop flavor up front that gives way to an ample roasted malty sweetness. Hints of bitterness left on the lips and in the back of the mouth, but otherwise turns into an almost candy like sweetness on the sides of the cheeks and tounge. Also leaves a nice fruity tartness. Lots of flavors going on here and it changes quite a bit from sip to swallow. Finishes very clean, no alcohol flavor to speak of, except a warm feeling as it goes down. Quite tasty and complex, though I wish there were little more of a bitter kick, but that is just my predilection.
Drinkability - Thought by the size and pungent aroma this beer would not go down easily, but was suprised about how easy it was to drink.
Final Words: Bought a 4-pack of this for $10, can't wait to finish the rest. The best of their beers I have had so far. It is hard to say how this compares to the American Double Stouts, they seem so very much different.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2004 05:36:49 | More by dmbfrat420beers
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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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