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

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Ratings: 3,425
Reviews: 1,709
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 199
Gots: 343 | FT: 2
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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Photo of maedhros09
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown/black with moderate tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: roasty, dark fruit
Taste: Roasty chocolate/coffee with dark fruit and mild herbal hoppiness. little bitterness
Feel: medium body, smooth

Overall: This stout has the typical hallmarks of imperial stouts - sweet roasty chocolatey maltiness and a dark fruity acidity with a moderate bitterness. What is most different from american imperial stouts I've had is that it's not as thick and sweet. Also, accounting for the lower ABV, it is less boozy. The flavor balance is really remarkable - proof that you don't need a crazy high ABV to achieve an exceptional imperial stout.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-amazing thick thick head foam that lasts and a midnight black body
- roasted barly smells with a alcohol warmth
-one of my favorite Russian imperials alcohol warming roasted grains and slight oat cream
-a little to creamy for this style but great overall
-great beer will drink agian ideal russian imperial stout

Photo of Geoffq
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

awessome beer
reminds me of home

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color with a one a finger mocha colored head produced.

Aroma- Consists of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

Taste- Semi sweet chocolate is big upfront along with some bitterness from the roasted malt. Towards the finish a slight fruity aspect comes out showing flavors of orange and cherry, but not acidic or hoppy, rather esters from the yeast.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, and a creamy yet semi dry overall feel.

Overall- A 7% percent imperial stout is a unique thing to see, but regardless as a stout this is a great beer. The orange/cherry aspect gives this a really nice flavor dynamic with the roasted malt, espcially as it warms. Overall, this is very flavorful and easy to drink, and its definitely worth revisiting.

Photo of marieli
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. This was a great beer. Appearance dark brown. Wish the aroma had a little more oomph. I did not get the fruits many document. Maybe it was just me that day but otherwise this stout packed a lot of well balanced flavor. Coffee rose above chocolate and malts. A great blend. Creamy and delicious. Can't wait to see if the next one lives up to the first!

Photo of LAND_MINE
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a cellared version and a fresh one side by side. Okay for a imperial stout. Nothing special.

Photo of avwrite
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic. Dark, rich in flavor, and smooth going down, it's what a stout should be. Perfect balance of bitterness and coffee/chocolate tastes. Superb.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit. Taste dark chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee & smokeyness, licorice.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a one finger caramel-colored head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is roasty with a subtle sweetness along with hints of licorice, espresso, toffee, molasses, and a touch of dark fruits. The taste follows suit with hints of roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, dark fruits, licorice, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a nice bittersweet finish and great drinkability. Overall, another solid offering from Samuel Smith's.

Photo of Lida
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heck yes! This is one outstanding real Russian style beer! Amazing!

Photo of infinitebruner
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

January 21, 2015

550 ml bottle, snifter

A – Jet black and moderately thick, opaque. About an inch of medium-tan, big-bubbled foam with fairly low retention.

S – Sweet malt with deep toffee and roasted coffee and licorice notes. Hops are herbal, slightly woody. A bit of oaky, earthy character, and some fruity esters.

T – A lot of malty sweetness with licorice and light tobacco high in the mix. Roasty coffee notes and sweet molasses. Herbal, medicinal hop flavors and some moderate hop bitterness.

M – Moderately low carbonation, fairly smooth and lighter than expected. A lot of residual sweetness and moderate bitterness. Balanced toward sweet.

O – Fairly complex and enjoyable flavor profile, would like a little more bitterness for balance.

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

samuel smith always has good suds

Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in every way. Balance at its best

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a great stout. Smell is chocolate, raisins, must, and feet. Taste is cleaner but fairly plain and one dimensional. Mouthfeel is the strong suit, silky smooth and very chewy.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App - Pours like motor oil with brown head which resolves to fine brown lacing and minimal effervescent.
Smell – roasted malts, burnt caramel, dried leaves, fresh wood shavings, dried figs/dates

Taste – malt forward, bittersweet with a lot of dark, dried fruits notes (prune/raisin), bready (rye), a lot of dry woodsy notes. Fairly clean finish with only a hint of residual sweetness (almost like a fig).

Mouthfeel – medium bodied (akin to 2%milk) with a fair amount of carbonation as it warms, dries the palate and leaves a bit of syrupy stickiness in the mouth (not unpleasant)

Overall: very good imperial stout, a complex blend of flavors that make it a good winter sipper, with less alcohol than other beers within this genre. I enjoyed it, though there are several great American RIS that I’d prefer (at a more reasonable price point!) My current fave is the Yeti imperial Stout – very similar in complexity with a sweeter profile, cleaner palate and a bit higher ABV.

Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bit pricey, but definitely worth it. T: toasty malt with a hint of coffee. S: burnt chocolate and alcohol. M: full flavored malt profile. Very tasty. I will definitely get more next time.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Nice label that has a very classic look and color scheme. Label gives a bit of brewery info, has an awesome eye-catching font, states “Fermented in stone Yorkshire Squares”, “1896 Gold Medal Winner International Brewers Exhibition” and “1930 Silver Medal Winner Brewers and Allied Traders International Exhibition and Market”. Gold foil wrapped neck and cap. Back label gives ABV info, brewery info, web info, and a nice description of the beer. Embossed on the bottle are “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires oldest brewery est 1758”.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550mL brown home into a 16oz Imperial Pint led to a thick creamy 4 finger cappuccino colored head atop a thick opaque black beer that lets no light through. Head retention was an amazing 6min 19sec before dissipating to a thick ring and 1 finger rocky coating with an amazing amount of lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of sweet dark fruits such as prunes or plums along with a bit of cooked molasses, slight coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of dark fruits and cooked down brown sugar and molasses with a bit of milk chocolate on the front end. Mid point becomes very roasty with a deep fresh roast coffee bean flavor along with a roast chocolate malt coming through. Back end again has a deep roast coffee bean flavor that becomes slightly smokey with a sweet milk chocolate taste for a nice balance. Finish and aftertaste is very roasty. Just phenomenal!!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Very drinkable brew!!

Overall/Comments: I have to say that this is one of the more impressive beers that I have had. Many RISs try to be so over the top with ABV and flavors that they become a bit overwhelming. Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout combines perfect ABV, flavor, and mouthfeel to make a must try beer! Classified as a Russian Imperial Stout @ 7% ABV. Consumed 1/8/2014.

Photo of TeamMathis
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black. Kept a decent head.
Smell: sweet malt, cocoa, coffee.
Taste: same as smell with a bit of a bite.

This is excellent. It has a nice creamy if not oily feel to it. Tastes like it'd have a bigger ABV. Overall, I'm very impressed and will certainly get it again.

Photo of pagriley
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Almost opaque black. Light mocha head that dissipated quickly. No lacing but some syrupy legs
S - Coffee, dried fruit and caramel. Some sweetness
T - Coffee and bitter chocolate. Firm bitterness on finish. Something in the flavor has a bit of belgian yeast to it - a hint of estery fruitiness
F - A bit thin on the finish. Really wish there was more malt backbone to this

Overall solid, but not feeling the love entirely. Interesting but probably not something I will re-visit again.

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one a few times now and I just can't behind those flavors. I think its the yeast, which comes off as a bit Belgian to me. I think it needs less yeast and more roast.

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fine stout, a benchmark for me.
Pours dark, light head.
Moderate mouthfeel for an imperial stout.
Very nice flavor. Coffee, cocoa, mildly bitter, not overly sweet.
Finish is subtle but long; classic stout flavors

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a snifter at fridge temps. No freshness date but was purchased in 12/2014.

Appearance: very dark brown with a nice and thick tan head. Fairly effervescent considering this is a low carbonation style. It was not as thick as some other examples of an imperial stout but was decent.

Smell: raisins, prunes, and other dark fruits, notably fruity (Ringwood yeast maybe), sugar plums. No alcohol, coffee, chocolate, dark malty character at all. Weird from an imperial stout with this pedigree.

Taste and Feel: pretty thin but very tasty, no alcohol at all, roasted character in the middle where I'd expect some classic stout chocolate or coffee notes would be, there is a roasted malt finish and the mouthfeel is rather dry for the style.

I have to say, this was not at all what I was expecting from a very classic imperial stout. Maybe it's because I'm used to the amped up American versions here in the states. I'm going to have to try to get a hold of some more classic English examples of this style to see if this is what it's supposed to be. I have another bottle that I'm going to try in a few months. Lets see if I can find a Courage RIS to try.

Photo of majorbase2
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very dark (possibly black) color with a very large, thick, brown head. Not the best retention. Recedes leaving a small amount of lacing around the edges.

Aroma leads with milky chocolate. Very very sweet. A bit of dark fruit, most noticeably raisin. Chocolate really dominates here.

Taste is more of the same, although not necessarily in a bad way. Some notes of biscuity malts, a bit more of the dark fruits, with a hint of black licorice. Sweetness dominates. Once again, raisin is the most noticeable dark fruit. Honestly not as much going on in the taste as I had hoped.

Although I have been disappointed to this point, mouthfeel knocks it out of the park. Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Nice and creamy, goes down very smooth. The most easily downable Stout I've ever had.

Overall, I'm honestly a little disappointed in my first entry from Samuel Smith. Although they completely nail the sweet, milky chocolate in the taste, I wasn't moved by any other aspects of the taste. Still a good Stout, but not what I had hoped.

Photo of Arminius757
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Outstanding.
Dark black coloring with mocha head.
Sweet smelling, with hint of chocolate and dark maltyness.
Sweet taste, super smooth, very dark taste. Dark fruity undertones. Some hint of coca and barley as well. Complex without being overpowering or underwhelming. Easily one of my new favorites.
Overall a truly excellent beer.

Photo of SeanMurray
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Another great beer by samuel smith. Alot of raisin and grape. pretty good.

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,425 ratings.