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

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Reviews: 1,697
Hads: 3,463
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 207
Gots: 369 | FT: 2
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 teromous
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from one of the smaller narrow 12oz bottles.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a small light brown head from the start that fades out to a ring and a film on the surface. It does impart some spotty lacing from the minimal ring of foam.

Aroma: There is a strong chocolate aroma along with what smells a bit like coffee. There is a spun-sugar aroma to the beer which is quite nice. It is a really nice smelling beer. It is actually very addictive. As the beer sits the scent of caramel comes through. This beer smells like a sweet shop.

Taste: It has a very rich dark caramel flavor with the flavor of dark chocolate and just a bit of carbon at the end. It is absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Despite the fullness of flavor and dark appearance this beer supports a medium-weight body. It has a good amount of carbonation and it is very drinkable.

Overall: This beer has a substantially lower mouthfeel and ABV than many other Imperial Stouts but it boasts a fantastic aroma and flavor that is sought after in a beer such as this. It really was very enjoyable to drink and I will seek it out again. I am really blown back by how good this beer is. (1,158 characters)

Photo of akolb
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 550 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Very dark, near black in color. Foamy coffee head. Decent retention. 4/5
Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, coffee in the aroma. Very strong and nice. 4.5/5
Sweet and rich in taste, a bit of spiciness, light bitterness. 4.75/5
Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. 4.5/5
A lovely, rich beer that would be great for dessert or by the fire on a cold day. 4.75/5 (400 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled & review from notes
Look black body with good thick tan coloured head
aroma more muted than expected, burned toast & brown sugar
dark fruit & charcoal flavours with a little hint of coffee
I found it a little thin for the strength & style (246 characters)

Photo of johlac66
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque chocolate brown with a dark khaki head that stayed for a little bit leaving some lacing.
Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Taste followed with slight roasted chocolate.
A little more carbonation and thinner mouthfeel than what I'm used to for this style, but overall quite tasty nonetheless. (306 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Black as oil, mocha colored head, creamy, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, looks a little thin, but just a classic looking Russian Imperial Stout.

A: Dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, lot of sweetness, slight chocolate aromas, not a lot of roasted malt or coffee aromas, leans sweet.

T: Like the nose, dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, hit of coffee/dry chocolate bitterness in the middle, finishes dry, with a dark fruit finish, alcohol is well hidden, very tasty.

M: Very creamy, nice balanced carbonation, finishes dry, medium mouthfeel.

O: Love this beer, I've had it several times before realizing I've never reviewed it, sweeter than American RIS I've tasted, but full of flavor, a great creamy mouthfeel, and a wonderful beer to enjoy after dinner. (804 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 1/2" coffee colored head which leaves nice rings of lace. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is complex and rich and slightly sweet. Full body. (177 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours pitch black under a 3” dense dark tan foam collar that slowly recede to a thick film and leaves thick lace.
S: Winey malt with roast and light chocolate
T: Malt forward with light roast, chocolate, traces of licorice, and a moderate hop bitter accent on the finish.
F: Creamy full body with fine soft carbonation.
O: This beer has an incredible texture and is a delight to drink. (394 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown almost black opaque with a tan and white 1 finger head that dissipates in average time with minimal lACINg. Smell is of dark chocolate, dates, salt water taffy, and a bit of a black coffee. Taste is not a whole lot different first the dark chocolate hits then a bit of a roasted malt then coffee and surprisingly a bit of lemon or citrus in the aftertaste? Mouthfeel is about on par with other stouts I like the tad bit more of carbonation in this one. Overall a 4/5 pretty darn good stout better I've had in a while wil definaytely have again and seek on tap or cask! (616 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black with thin head
S- Old raisins and dust?
T- Strangely sweet. Raisins, dates...
F- Medium body and fizzy. Way too thin for a stout IMO
O- Picked up this shelfie as I has heard good things about Sam Smith beers. Mouth feel was just too thin (250 characters)

Photo of Overworkedta
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Delicous. I'm a big fan of imperial stouts and barrel aged beers so this was not a departure from my usual. Good mouthfeel and good appearance. The head settles after a bit but it pours caramel chocolate in color.

Would but again. It's a solid beer I've had several years ago but wanted to try again recently. It's no whale but it's a delicious treat to someone who loves stouts. (409 characters)

Photo of NordicIslander
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tight carbonation on the pour; two finger head. Nice dark black tint, unable to see through the glass when holding up to the light. Great licorice taste and a tinge of fruit on the end,.. banana? Very subtle bitter at the end but I guess I'm looking for that at the end of a swallow of stout anyway. A little thinner tasting than I expected but still flat out delicious. I'm more enthralled with Old Rasputin R. I. S. but this is more than ample as a go to stout all day long. Stored at room temperature, placed in refrigerator for 25 minutes then poured into a pint glass. (573 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer. Black with frothy tan head and strong licorice and anise flavors, as well as roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Feel is thin for an imperial stout. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout was one of my early introductions to craft and stout, so I'd looked forward to trying this for years but had never come across it. I suspect that 10 years ago this would have blown me away but now it ranks as a bargain imperial stout and a good introduction to the style. (465 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa which improved as it warmed. The taste follows closely, but is very reserved. The malts do not taste heavily roasted and the bitterness is low. Almost a subtle banana like taste. Thin body for the style. Overall, I'd guess this was a porter in a blind taste test. (358 characters)

Photo of wguy14
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass revealing a half finger head which disappeared quickly. The color was dark brown. The smell brought on coffee mostly, and maltiness along with subtle chocolate nodes. The taste was coffee, raisins, and some chocolate. The taste was not overwhelming or overly impressive and left much to be desired. I tasted more malt and less coffee and chocolate than I expected based on the smell. Overall I was a little disappointed with this brew. The oatmeal stout was much more enjoyable in my opinion. (517 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
2.16/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like others have said, I keep trying S.Smith with the hope of really liking one of their offerings, but aside from their choco stout, it just isn't happening for me. This one had possibilities, but just far too much roast and bitterness, without anything pushing back the other way. If it had opened with some nice brown sugar/dark fruity sweetness, this might have been interesting.

Somewhat small head and no real lacing; Pours a dark brownish black. Boozy nose and taste to go along with the puckering finish. Fairly thick and filling. There won't be a rematch. (573 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with a small khaki head
S:
-sweet chocolate,slightly roasty,caramel,toffee,vanilla,mocha
T:
-chocolate,toffee,plums,raisins,dates with a strong coffee finish
F:
-low carbonation,medium-full body
-alcohol not noticeable
O:
Lovely imperial stout. (275 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a 1 finger tan head of foam. Pleasant aroma which has notes of chocolate, coffee, chai spice, vanilla, and roasted malt. Quite light weight for an imperial stout, but rich and creamy nonetheless. A bittering, roasty chocolate/vanilla mixture on the taste at first. Middleways, coffee notes start to shine through, with more bitterness on the tongue after the finish. A bittersweet char is left on the palate after it's all said and done.

Overall, very enjoyable. Has quite a bit of tang to it, and doesn't finish as smooth as I'm used to. Not a bad thing, however. This beer has its own characteristics, and while it's different from the Americanized RIS's I'm used to, it's a solid example in its own right. Definited worthy of its reputation. (795 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
1.48/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is a super weak imperial stout, It's malty and watery. Not a huge fan... the abv is much lower than your typical RIS, yet it really has no flavor to it. (158 characters)

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

Was expecting more from this after hearing much about it. Pours dark as hell, black. Nice thick dark tan head which stays all thru with thick lacing also. Smells to me almost like oats, nuts? and sum sweetness. Taste is actually alil bland for me.. nuttiness with some bittersweetness to it. Overall I've had better (Lagunitas Imperial Russian Stout). Hoping the Tady Porter will be better. (390 characters)

Photo of Cantram88
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stout says it all. I enjoyed the first taste of this sense savoring sixteen ounces of brown goodness after a long 12 hour shift. It's bold fragrance and phenomenal character make it a special occasion drink, but definitely one to keep around and share with other die hards. (273 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 12/22/14

A - 3 fingers of super dense, chocolatey head. Dark black body. Excellent retention. Great lacing.
S - Light milk chocolate notes. Slight notes of coffee grounds. Molasses.
T-Bitter, light roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Touch of molasses. A little metallic in the finish. More cocoa.
M - Creamy but on the thinner side for the style. Bitter finish keeps it drainable. Latte like. (410 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: April 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter.. OCCASION: celebrating the O’s opening day win while watching the NCAA finals... APPEARANCE: ominous black body that allows a swiftly simmering brown head to halo at the glass ... AROMA: powerful rum, vinous port, strong Spaltz and chocolate make for an inviting complexity--not to mention the roasted malts that provide a wicked balance... PALATE: smooth, slick, a bit dry, yet full-bodied--a paradox resolved only through a beautifully lingering aftertaste... TASTE: chocolate, roasted cracker, slight alcohol in a whiskey-like allure; the components make for a rich, dark, strong stout that is sweet and rewarding; some nut, raisin and cask wood further the experience...OVERALL: Once more, another brewery that does so little wrong--this beer commands the taste buds with strength and subtlety, rewarding the drinker with a sweet, powerful sip... (908 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - extremely dark with a massive beige head that has extreme retention. Ruby highlights against the light and loads of lace.

S - Extreme heavy burnt malts some sweet brown sugar and dark fruit and plenty of boose.

T - Wow what a mix from burnt malt to treacle like sweetness with a sour pang, good boozy punch. Almost like a stout meets barley wine.

MF - Pretty smooth and creamy with boozy nip and warmth coupled with moderate drying.

O - A great drink with ample flavour and clearly a winner for those who like big taste. (529 characters)

Photo of cyoung35
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drink this beer with your mouth hole. Appearance is black in the natural light. Lovely fuggle aroma and light hop bittering. Tastes and feels like a smooth cold coffee. (168 characters)

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. (654 characters)

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.