Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by mactrail:
2.71/5 rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
The smell is really peculiar. I finally realized, since we had been painting, it smells exactly like house paint. It's that damp, fumey smell of water-based paint that's different from other solvents.
The appearance is quite attractive, with a dark amber brown color and ample off-white head, and loads of lacing in the small globe glass. The flavor continues on the strange trip. It makes me think of prune juice, with the same sweet and tart flavors. Not that sweet, but dark and fruity. I can't get that smell out of my mind, it's back with every sip. I taste pomegranate, bubble gum, and some charred grain.
On the positive side, it's quite a creamy carbonation with a substantial mouthfeel. From the 500 ml bottle bought at a random liquor store.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2013 04:50:58 | More by mactrail
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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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