Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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5/5 rDev +19.6%
A- complete black except for a tiny shred of burgundy at the very bottom. thick dense dark-khaki colored head is firm and wiggly as jello and as it slowly settles down it leaves gobs of lace behind.
S- alot of roasted malt sweetness and a little bit of smoke. well water, plum, currant, some anise, cocoa powder, and earthy hops with mild citrus aroma. toffee, marshmallow, and caramel stand apart from the roasted notes with a very appealing dessert-like sweetness. raisin, fig, date, cedar. chocolate instead of coffee. doughnut, funnel cake, creamstick, etc. this baby smells like a pastry.
T- huge amount of malt flavor with a touch of smokiness, over-ripe sour dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, and earthy hops makes for a nice bitter burnt biscuit aftertaste and moderate hop bitterness. the malt profile here is sublime, and any more hops would be a hindrance. sweet and roasted, everything burnt, with the perfect balance of burnt and sweet. tastes exactly like bittersweet chocolates. with a coffee-ish edge. and a shiver of alcohol as i swallow. citrus and blackberry syrup notes on the backside, long burnt finish.
MF- thick and rich with its melted chocolatey self, has a slight grainy cocoa powder feel and i'm not surprised because this right here is a lunch in itself. somewhat of a light minty colling effect as well, probably from drying and evaporation of alcohol on the inhale/exhale. carbonation is low low and almost nitro tiny and hell, even if there were no bubbles at all, this would still feel like heaven.
D- a benchmark indeed, that goes without saying, and though our american brewers make some great RIS, this one takes the cake for me. Old Rasputin might give it a run for its money, but sammy wins in the long run cuz of the mysterious D factor. in this case it's not so mysterious- the 7% abv. yeah and the incredible flavors and smells and everything else, but with that 2-4% lower alcohol come less knock you out of your chair intensity, allowing this one to drink as good as their oatmeal stout. this is unquestionable perfection. i could easily (if i wanted to wind up with my face on the concrete) sit and enjoy pint after imperial pint of this magical elixir.
04-07-2008 05:28:33 | More by hustlesworth
5/5 rDev +19.6%
Dark 12 oz bottle with the golden foil on top. Poured into a guinness pint glass (sorry...pretty funny!). No freshness date.
A: Very dark brown with small hints of red. Brown and creamy head and a very beautiful lacing.
S: Coffee, chocolate, fruits.
T: Bitter chocolate, Raisins, prune. A magnificent finish. The alcohol is present (maybe because I know it's there), but the balance of the flavors with the alcohol is amazing.
M: Medium + bodied, medium carbonation. Very silky.
D: I am very impressed with this beer, it feels like Cognac in your mouth ( I meant it as a compliment). This Imperial Stout is very drinkable, and again, I think it could suit a lot of paladates. Balance!
01-01-2009 01:24:35 | More by jazztoloc
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,063 ratings.