Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pours out black with a hint of red. Creates an enormous head with good lacing as you drink. The smell has a faint roasted character to it, some deep sweet, chocolatey smells, but not a whole lot to speak of. This is easily my favorite style of beer, it wasn't the first I had, but I tasted this a long time ago, and am now revisiting it and loving it just as much. Smoth, with a great roasted taste, hiding the alcohol the way I prefer. The sweetness is really great, without being cloying. I have a feeling that this should be the taste that every other person making an RIS should strive for. The fact that the alcohol isn't huge and the hops aren't overpowering means that you can drink this one fresh and not be overpowered a challenged to wits end (not that it's particularly a bad thing when you are), but it's difficult not to enjoy this beer. Really smooth, and drinks fairly quickly for an imperial stout. An old recipe and one that should be continued.
It's also worth noting that this beer is generally a bit cheaper than the other members of this style, which is always a plus.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2008 02:16:10 | More by taylorhamrick
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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)
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