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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,982 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,982
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 123
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

550ml bottle poured into pint.

Mega head on the pour. Tan in color and thick and foamy. Looks like watered-down molasses. An antiquated brown-black that just looks black in the glass. Lacing in layered rings.

Smells like roasted grains and dark fruit preserves. Artificial blackberry, South American coffee, hinting at traces of citric hops trying to permeate the nose.

Rich malt bill attracts the attention to dark grains, bitter crusts, damp earth, tinges of peppery spice in the pockets of the mouth, and molded berries. Aged hops are earthy, musty, and a bit piquant. There's a backend tanginess that can't quite be associated with one kind of fruit. There's a little molasses quality in the taste, as well as some lingering alcohol. This RIS is on the dry side of middle.

The mouthfeel is impressive. Velvety on the tongue with a back-half 'bushy tail' of carbonation that brushes the palate. Surprisingly overly noticeable in strength at 7.0%.

It's a classic, and a great brew. Not my favorite take on the style, but they practically invented it. A complex and satisfying version that would work wonders as an entry-point to a novice beer enthusiast to the magical world of Russian Imperials.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:52:43 | More by thecheapies
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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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