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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

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2,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 118
Gots: 142 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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Photo of Ricelikesbeer


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the appearence is great. It poured with a big, sustained head. The bubbles were very fine and it is an attractive looking beer in my lion chalice. It smells very good too, smells like a ton of sweet, rich flavors. It smells very sweet, like caramel or toffee, or even a sweet chocolate. The taste is very clean and smooth. It tastes like it smells: very sweet. Again, a little bit of chocolate, and some sweet, caramel like malts. Not very dry or hoppy like some of the bigger imperials I have had recently, but more juicy and sweet. Definately a good offering from samuel smiths, which I never try, even though I see it all the time. (I might start after this one.)the mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, I'm not used to such a smooth and drinkable imperial stout. I would reccommend this stout to those that have a problem with this type of beer. It is sweet, malty, and very drinkable for a stout, let alone an imperial.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 06:13:06 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Photo of acat25


4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-28-2012 02:29:00 | More by acat25
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

02-02-2012 00:33:20 | More by redfacedshooter
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-09-2014 06:55:33 | More by kaelahann
Photo of skillerified


4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glass turns jet black once the stout finds it's way in. Head is about a finger and a half, tan and creamy looking, and fades to a small cap after a few minutes. Pretty nice lacing on the glass here. Lookin' pretty good.

Wow, what a scent that is. Black licorice, dark berries, medicinal qualities, red licorice, caramel, a touch of alcohol, spices (nutmeg, among others), some earthy tones, a hint of banana even. Where does it end?

Taste starts with a dark roasted malty character, but it's far less then some stouts I've had (pleasantly less, I'd say). Dark berries follow with hints of spice, chocolate, non-citrus fruit (can't quite place what fruit though), gingerbread, and some of the licorice is present too. Pretty tasty overall, but I think I expected a little more based on the aromatic character of this brew.

Nice and creamy with mildly aggressive carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Definitely dry in character. Some sourness in the middle fades to a light, but pleasant bitterness by the finish. Finish is long and strong.

Easily the most drinkable stout I've ever had. Lower alcohol (for the style) actually adds to the drinkability, I think. More alcohol could overpower some of the flavor and throw off the balance. As it is now, this is an exceptionally well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 22:41:04 | More by skillerified
Photo of Spaten454


5/5  rDev +19.6%

06-14-2014 21:02:10 | More by Spaten454
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-11-2014 11:19:13 | More by Snooprobirob
Photo of WaltTrombone

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been working my way through the Top 50, and IMHO this beer sets the standard for Imperial Stouts. It pours pitch black, with a huge tan head. Aromas of roast malt, chocolate, espresso, and currant tickle my happy nose. My mouth soon joins in the ecstasy, with chocolate, currant, espresso, malt, caramel, charcoal, and grapefruit doing the Dance of the 7 Veils on my tongue. Silky smooth caressing mouthfeel. Finally, it finishes with chocolate and grapefruit alternating little butterfly kisses on my sated palate. A truly sensual delight, if beers were girlfriends, this is the one you'd marry.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 16:33:03 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of Jables


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, very roasted imperial stout. Almost no carbonation. A beautiful roasted malt flavor with a slight hop balance. Roasted malt flavor persists throughout the finish. slightly heavy but the flavor picks up the alcholol warmth leaves off. a top notch imperial stout

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 01:40:50 | More by Jables
Photo of masikon


3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a lover of all stouts I was excited to try this offering, considered one of the best. Upon pouring I wasn't dissapointed... a deep brown bordering on black with a thick healthy looking head which I had to take action on before it overflowed. Head stuck around nicely, very thick and heavy head with a chewy texture. Smell was delightful with all the traditional coffee and chocolate notes one could ask for. smooth mouthfeel with flavors that change every second on your toungue, transitioning from chocolate milk to mocha to coffee and leaving your mouth with a great nutty aftertaste which invites you to drink more. The only real detractor for me was the mouthfeel which struck me as a little watery with a bit too much carbonation than I would like in my perfect stout, nonetheless one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 03:57:43 | More by masikon
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into pint glass...Dark brown, red, huge creamy head...
S: malts, chocolate, caramel, paprika... river water?
T: delicious...heavy malts.. coffee and sugar...good amount of alcohol... a slight maple syrup, well water after taste... it's spicy as well
MF: very little carbonation, almost like a flat cola... refreshing and prefect to sip on.
O: this is one of my all time favorites.... packed with flavor... cheap as hell...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:57:07 | More by LeoPanna
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-08-2014 03:30:51 | More by zachpaschal
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, tasty brew. Pours jet black with a tight, thick head.

Smell reveals alcohol, coffee, caramel/toffee, chocolate....Let this badboy warm up a bit to get the full release of flavors. This was my 1st imperial stout and one I revisit every so often.

Smooth, easy to drink, and hearty. Anyone who likes Imperial Stouts must try this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 23:59:28 | More by wingnutter
Photo of BigDaddyWil


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.
No freshness date.

Super dark black in color, with a huge three finger creamy tan head. The head lasts forever, leaving tons of clingy lacing. Awesome looking!!!! Smells of dark fruits, mostly prunes, roasted malts, and some rum like alcohol aroma. Complex taste of both roasted malt and hops, dark fruits, molasses. A slight smokey background, with some faint chocolate flavors. A full bodied brew, that is creamy smooth. This stout has a kinda chalky feel to it. A great example of an Imperial stout that is not overly alcoholic, and a pleasure to drink. A must try!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 02:42:48 | More by BigDaddyWil
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an almost pitch black color, with a big, fluffy, dark tan head.

The smell is a bit fruity, roasted malt, coffee.

Taste is dark fruit, alcohol, a little bit of chocolate and malts. Very little hops. Too much of a fruity taste, though.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, thick. Coats the mouth with little alcohol burn

Overall, a pretty decent brew. Aside from having a little too much fruit in the taste, a pretty good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 02:58:09 | More by Drewcifer
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A world class brew, no doubts.

The head was not explosive as Old Rasputin's, though it stuck around through the end, the perfect brown cloak for this balanced black beer.

The smell is led by roast espresso and dark fruit, with sweet milk and caramel around the background.

My favorite thing about this beer is that although the flavor changes as it warms, as with any stout, it is excellent both warm and cold. When cold at the start, the sweetness is balanced by tart dark fruits and bitter chocolate. As it warms, the coffee and hops come out to the front. The path between cold and cool is one fine walk in the dark.

Smooth, with moderate carbonation, thick enough to roll through the mouth, but not chew, the mouthfeel is easy to get along with, and keeps the drinkability reasonable.

This I could drink everyday, if I could afford it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 12:55:06 | More by Ysgard
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-21-2013 23:32:38 | More by dlcoblen
Photo of Charliechu


3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550 ML bottle from Whole Foods.

It looks and smells just like an imperial stout. The pour was smooth and everything you come to expect from the style, just that taste wasn't there for me. Personally I thought this beer was a bit light for an Imperial stout. I was expecting something a bit more... flavorful. I also thought mine was a bit over carbonated, but that could just be my bottle. It does leave though a very pleasure after taste of some sweet coffee notes. Overall, I thought it was a decent beer, but as fair as imperial stout goes, I wouldn't be picking this one for my first choice.

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Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 06:51:44 | More by Charliechu
Photo of Bone53


4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 55°F

Appearance: Medium pour with a thin tan head. Black as can be with no light coming through.

Smell: I get a ton of dark fruit in the nose (prunes and raisins) along with roasted malts.

Taste: Like the nose; Roasted malts balanced with dark fruits. The flavors are mellow compared to American counterparts yet blended extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Very light compared to the American version. Low on bitterness and goes down smooth. Drinkable for a imperial.

Overall: As with most English beers, I find this light compared to American examples that I'm use to. However, it is extremely balanced and I'll grab this again when I'm in the mood for a drinkable yet balanced and flavorful Imperial Stout. Not to mention affordable at $5 a "bomber". Can't go wrong!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 06:16:09 | More by Bone53
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-23-2014 04:05:09 | More by StonyB
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-22-2012 16:41:12 | More by TFMyriad
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-23-2013 00:17:18 | More by bt931912
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-06-2014 19:32:07 | More by pfhanlon
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550 ML bottle

Brew pours a DEEP black body, with a good sized tan/light brown head. The head slowly recedes to a nice creamy layer.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee beans. Strong scent of molasses in there as well, delicious.

Very nice. Somewhat light on the carbonation. No alcohol kick at all, as expected. Tastes almost exactly like it smells - dark chocolates, strong molasses, roasted coffee. Delicious.

It has a very interesting and pleasant mouthfeel, somewhat.... oily. Very creamy, medium bodied. I'm actually beginning to taste a slight citrus flavor towards the finish, maybe lemon.

A delicious, very creamy stout. Provides a great finish and a great aftertaste. Very, very drinkable. Has a great balance between bitter and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 14:41:55 | More by TMB0424
Photo of TheBeer


3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Beautiful color with a head that lasts throughout the beer.
S: Best aspect of the beer in my opinion. A chocolate/ molasses smell to it.
M: Pretty decent body to the beer. Expected from the style.
T: I'm hoping this is just a dud bottle, because this is not very appealing. A very potent taste of wine takes over this beer as it hits the palate. The aftertaste makes up for the former with lasting notes of what you would expect from an RIS.
O: Not very pleased with this beer, granted it was only round 1. I enjoyed the Oatmeal Stout and Taddy Porter much much more than I did this, which isn't what I was expecting. Perhaps I drank the only tainted bottle in the pack, or perhaps I just don't have the taste buds for the product they produced.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:43:19 | More by TheBeer
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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