Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
550ml bottle and I feel sorry for you poor bastards with the 355's. Dang it. It just looks the part. The bottle looks straight out of the Victorian era. It is oily coal black with a deep tan head that yields neither for man nor beast. Smells of fruit soaked in rum in a barrel. With a cocoa powder sprinkled on top. Yes, I filled a barrel with fruit, rum, and cocoa just to confirm that so you can believe me. Taste starts with prunes, then moves to a surpisingly mellow coffee/dark chocolate mix that melts to a pleasantly dry chalkiness. WOW! This is the subtlest stout I've ever had and it is just off the charts. Mouthfeel is soft if a bit undercarbonated but its English so it comes by it honestly. Drinkability is fantastic for a stout. Not bitter or over-roasted at all. Not what I expected, the style is not my favorite but this is just phenol-menal, if you'll forgive me. I bow to the altar of Samuel Smith's on this one.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2009 03:39:07 | More by roblowther
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