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

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3,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,148
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 144
Gots: 201 | 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 at7000
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Second time I have bought this. English "bomber" sized bottle. Raisin to the extreme, even prune juice. That sounds horrid, but this is indeed a great beer. Definitely works. The Brits know what they are doing I suppose, after all those years. I'm an IPA guy and still like this one. Like a Guinness Stout that has some extreme flavors going on. Intense. Complex. Nuff said.

at7000, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Black, barely perceptible ruby when held up to light, foamy, well-retained head (3/3)
S: Lots of chocolate, alcohol, raisin throughout (10/12)
T: Imperial, lot of sweet maltiness in beginning, roasty, light chocolate undertones, and light metallic/astringent on finish (15/20)
F: Very bubbly and light, pretty dry finish (3/5)
O: The longer it lingered on the palate, the more I got used to it, but the body was surprisingly light in comparison to the flavor, and left it a little hollow therefore. (7/10)

TimZebGir, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says SE12N1.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with an 1/8 inch dark tan head that immediately fades to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and the faintest specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Quite sweet-smelling with notes of dark roast, wood and raisin.

T- The sweetness continues and the raisin notes are even more apparent here. Almost tastes like a barleywine with its dark fruit complexity however it's not very boozy. Biscuity, buttery and, once again, woody.

M- Dry and slightly chalky with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Although I like the Oatmeal Stout better, this one is quite enjoyable as well. A lot different than the American RIS's out there with its high level of sweetness and what is likely English yeast.

Immortale25, Aug 27, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

too sour for me

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bluegrass49, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Sampling right now on 10/8/14. Comes in a single 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle for $4.99 but seen it in 330ml (11.2) 4-packs as well. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger beige head that settles finally down to a 2mm head after about 20 mins of sipping on it. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen that clings all the way up the sides of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit (plums?) with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The taste has even more going on that starts out with the roasted malts at first, with a slight sweet raisin-like taste than ends with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Actually very smooth and goes down easy. Medium+ bodied but a tad below average for carbonation that is good for this style of brew. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have tasted.

BeerWithMike, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -4.1%

I've seen this beer 100 times but never could convince myself to spend $4 on 12oz of 7%, and then that day came.

A - Deep chestnut black/brown color. Khaki colored head with good lacing.

S - Strong chocolaty aroma with some toffee, roasted, and malty tones. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out above the rest and swirl together to and mix well. There may seem to be some coffee tones but no alcohol present.

T - Tons of chocolate flavor that shines through but is mixed with the roasted/burnt flavor. It is some how complex and easy to dissect which makes this stout very tasty. Overall it is slightly sweet but it is balanced with the roasted character. Not as sweet or as chocolaty as Young's and it is a much better beer for it.
M - Moderate to high mouth-feel especially for being only 7%. Moderate carbonation which somewhat helps the beer not be cloying. It's not the heaviest or the lightest Imperial stout and it goes down very smooth.

Overall, this is a delicious "imperial" stout (i.e. imperial on flavor but not on buzz). Not my #1 imperial stout ever but is still very good with a tilt towards the chocolate side. I'd prefer the beer to be ever so slightly more balanced and with more booze but it's very good. This beer would make a great desert beer but it isn't one I could drink over and over again. I would get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan. Just not every week.

Glass- Snifter

dmgeng, Oct 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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