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

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3,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,086
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 138
Gots: 179 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

LowDrag, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

poured into a proper pint , dark, hardly any light gets through at all, 2 inch head the nose is great, coffee, chocolate, toffee, hint of caramel, absolutley outstanding
first sip is all coffee and burnt malts. with a slight hop in the back, , not much alcohol at all which doesn't suit the style but thats fine.
mouthfeel is a bit thin for a imperial stout, kinda disapointed in that aspect
i could have several of these, not a session beer by any means but still so tasty that i wish i had bought more than one
overall this is one of the best imperial stouts i have had.

redneckchugger, Jul 19, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mfgreene, Jun 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

hmich176, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

rrski198, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

tviz33, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DarthKostrizer, Apr 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DirkNachbar, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bunny_Shawe, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

pathman, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

johnkyoungoh, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Appearance: Utterly black in color with a large, dense, and persistent tan head, and thick, patchy lacing, quite magnificent in appearance.

Aroma: Dark fruits dominate the aroma, with lesser notes of spiced rum, molasses, earth, and vanilla.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt, and a strong earthy note. Coffee and bitter chocolate soon follow, with a pronounced alcohol note. The finish is dominated by earth and toasted malt, as well as a slight and lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth, soft, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: A truly spectacular beer, more than worthwhile for anyone who appreciates fine beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce clear glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jan 29, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Comes in a tall, clear bottle with gold foil covering the cap and bottle neck. Pours a wonderful BLACK with a tan, frothy, one finger thick and very long lasting head which sticks to the glass wherever it touches. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Scents of plumes are also present. Wonderful rich deep and complex flavor. The taste of chocolate and fruit (plumes) really comes forth. Very smooth and sweet, this full-bodied beer is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

tar, Aug 27, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

akokinakes, Sep 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

This was my first R.I.S. and from what I've read, one of the best. Poured from the foil sealed bottle into my Duvel tulip. Nearly pitch black, maybe a touch of ruby color. Tan head diminished to a wisp of foam here and there. Roasty smell, quite inviting actually. The taste was smooth and balanced. Roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, etc. Malt and hops in balance. Mouthfeel was actually thinner than I expected but nice nonetheless. A solid brew, can't wait to try more Russian Imperial Stouts to compare.

rdub, Aug 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

cosmonick, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 355ml bottle into a chalice.

Black with ruby red at the edges when held to some light, a great amount of lacing and some solid retention. Nose has chocolate with a great dark fruit character, sweet and rich dark malts with a dry and lightly toasty grain character. A touch of licorice as well. Taste has some dried dark fruits lightly coated in chocolate, some brown sugar and caramel. Light roastiness in the finish. A bit of the Samuel Smith hard water character too. Drying, creamy and great mouthfeel for the style - real bang on for what I dig. Low carbonation. An excellent imperial stout. My only point of contention? I wish this was bigger, maybe a few percent higher in the ABV category. Sam Smith does dark ales well.

liamt07, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

I didn't realize that the bottle was clear until I poured it. Pours straight black with a good tan head that leaves a good lacing. Smell is somewhat sweet with roasted chocolate and coffee. Taste is incredible. Strong roasted creaminess with bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol taste is very well hidden and has a sweetness to it. Slightly woody finish. Creamy and rich feel and I loved drinking it and wanted more. Perhaps this is my favorite stout.

mattviator, Nov 07, 2005
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

drtth, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

vidguy17, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bilco, Nov 23, 2011
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,086 ratings.