Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Ratings: 2,785 | Reviews: 1,625 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mjtiernan:
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
550ml bottle poured into a globe glass. Bottled March 19, 2012 (SC19L1).
A: Couldn’t ask for a prettier pour. Slow rising thick light brown three-finger head. It oozed with smooth creaminess. It even sounded creamy. Having a hard time getting a good gauge on the body color due to low lighting.
S: Licorice, molasses, and dark chocolate. Some dark fruit. Sorta reminds me of rum-soaked cake.
T: A lot of the aroma comes through in the palate but the dark fruit stands out a bit more. There’s a little roastiness in there, but not as much as you would expect from a RIS. I’m not 100% sure I know what cocoa nibs taste like, but this is what I imagine it to be.
M: It’s a little bit watery compared to how thick it appeared to pour, but that helps the drinkability. Finishes a bit dry and chalky...nothing new for an English ale. Carbonation is dialed in nicely as it adds a creamy texture rather than a fizzy thin feel.
O: More complex than rich. It’s a classic English stout that is notably different than most American takes on the style. Give me this with a nice stew or bowl of chili and I’ll be fine.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2012 01:38:38 | More by mjtiernan
More User Reviews:
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 2,785 ratings.