Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 2,798 | Reviews: 1,625 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mpyle:
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Small tight head, tan in color. Head retention decent. Color very dark (almost opaque) but with red tints. Clarity looks good.
Plum, raisin, and some diacetyl (butterscotch) smells. Complex esters highly appropriate to the style. No hop aroma.
Big hit of dark malt flavor and fruity character (mainly plum) up front. Some alcohol taste evident, but not overpowering. Some sherry-like oxindation notes, which don't harm this style.
Fullish body and smooth despite the subtle warming alcohol presence. No astringency, carbonation subdued. Very nice mouthfeel.
A flavorful big but not overpowering stout. Fruity and complex, but possibly not at its peak of freshness (clear bottle can't help!) Alcohol is well controlled, allowing the malt and yeast by products to shine through. Would be easy to curl up and down a few of these on a cool evening.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2007 02:49:08 | More by mpyle
More User Reviews:
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,798 ratings.