Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by sk8man121:
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
550 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice. This is my second review of this beer (last reviewed on 3/30/10).
A: Pours a completely opaque pitch black with a massive three-finger brownish-beige head. Settles at one-finger, leaving no lacing on the glass. Excellent retention.
S: Dark chocolate, caramel, bitter fruit and alcohol; I even get a little bit of subtle banana. There's a lot going on in here, but it smells very cohesive.
T: Intense dark fruit up front, followed by sweet dark malts and lots of dark chocolate. Extremely complex, with everything working in perfect harmony.
M: The moderately heavy carbonation takes what seems at first like a rather thin stout and transforms it into a creamy, almost chewy drink. Velvety smooth, and perfect for the style.
O: Figured I'd re-review this one given the fact that I haven't had a bottle in close to a year. Little has changed in terms of this being one of my favorite beers out there, and quite possibly the best imperial stout on the market. And for under $4 a bottle!?
Serving type: nitro-bottle
04-19-2011 23:46:31 | More by sk8man121
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4.69/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I'm very happy that I bought this. Here goes:
A: A dark black that lets no light through - completely opaque. The beers pours a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing upon consumption (good protein content). Lovely, but not that impressive for the realm of imperial stouts.
S: Exquisite. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and milk chocolate at the forefront, but can also detect many dark fruits like plums and raisins. Emphasis on the milk chocolate bit. Can't detect any hops and the English brewer's yeast is also imperceptible (which is to be expected; it's not a Belgian ale).
T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of dark malt leading to an obvious chocolatey flavor profile, but there's also a lot of raisins and plums that linger in the aftertaste. Rather, the initial taste is one of robust chocolate but this gives way to darker, sweeter fruit. Very nice and well balanced interplay of dark fruit and chocolate.
M: Nice. Decently carbonated and well-rounded thickness/creaminess.
O: A very nice, well-balanced stout bursting with chocolate and dark fruit.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 18:09:42 | More by leantom
4.06/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was not a typical imperial stout. It has a good look, but the smell and taste is overwhelmingly choclately, with little of the hoppy roastiness that typical RIS boasts. Some of this may be the result of the unusually low ABV of 7%. It is still a very good beer, but anyone looking to buy this would be well-advised to purchase a single first if he can. I bought an entire 4-pack for $10 at Total Wine, and it just hasn't really panned out for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 22:05:57 | More by DanielMB
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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