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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,300 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,300
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 169
Gots: 267 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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Photo of Israeldwilliams
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 mchengcit
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 misternebbie
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CTFalcon
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jschott75
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of waltc21
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Kegger37
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 TheBeerdedCharmer
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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