Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into an oversized wine glass. My excitement to drink this stout proved a little detrimental to the initial experience, as I drank it a little colder than I should have. This affected the head too, I think, or perhaps it requires a more vigorous attempt than I provided, as it was around 1 finger high, and faded quite quickly. The lacing left was thick and sticky. Reminded me of an off-colour, not quite symmetrical spider web.
Smell was of slightly burnt espresso, dark malt, and definite medicinal qualities. The same medicinal taste was present, although greatly subdued. Early on in the drink I decided to try and warm the glass with my hands, and this paid dividends after a few minutes. Sweet, dark toffee/caramel flavours delightfully played off the malt. Quite a complex stout.
A smooth drink, with a substantial but not over the top body, I was more inclined to sip than gulp. I would have to say that this is now my favourite stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2006 17:10:33 | More by musingmonkey
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