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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,980 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,980
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 123
Gots: 147 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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Disease

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-19-2014 01:03:13 | More by Disease
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DGreene697

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-19-2014 00:45:48 | More by DGreene697
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-18-2014 04:08:25 | More by Bnoise11
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.2%

07-17-2014 16:20:14 | More by DrMindbender
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noperative

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-17-2014 00:31:12 | More by noperative
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huntermop

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-15-2014 23:50:03 | More by huntermop
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EvoRich

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black with about two fingers of head. Head actually sticks around for awhile, but does eventually reduce to a small layer.

Smell: Carmel, brown sugar, some dark fruits, cherry, chocolate. A lot going on here!

Taste: Not quite as good as I was hoping, but still excellent. Not as sweet as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: A little let down by the flavor. and I must say, the flavor is the biggest factor in a beer to me. But, just because I was a little let down does not mean this is not a good beer. I always get excited about an RIS and always expect the world. RIS's always score big with me, and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 00:38:38 | More by EvoRich
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_morandi_

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-14-2014 22:49:23 | More by _morandi_
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jmejones

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-14-2014 13:35:52 | More by jmejones
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fscottkey

New York

2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Jet black with 1 finger head that quickly disapates.

S: Dark fruit and licorice

T: Malts, raisins and dark fruits. Sweet finish with no bitter taste at all.

M: Not as sily or smooth as I would expect.

O: Nose is weak for an Imerial Stout. The mouthfeel is watery for an I.S. I prefer a coffee or chocolate forward I.S.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 02:23:33 | More by fscottkey
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halo3one

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-13-2014 22:04:45 | More by halo3one
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2014 02:24:28 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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leantom

Indiana

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm very happy that I bought this. Here goes:

A: A dark black that lets no light through - completely opaque. The beers pours a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing upon consumption (good protein content). Lovely, but not that impressive for the realm of imperial stouts.

S: Exquisite. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and milk chocolate at the forefront, but can also detect many dark fruits like plums and raisins. Emphasis on the milk chocolate bit. Can't detect any hops and the English brewer's yeast is also imperceptible (which is to be expected; it's not a Belgian ale).

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of dark malt leading to an obvious chocolatey flavor profile, but there's also a lot of raisins and plums that linger in the aftertaste. Rather, the initial taste is one of robust chocolate but this gives way to darker, sweeter fruit. Very nice and well balanced interplay of dark fruit and chocolate.

M: Nice. Decently carbonated and well-rounded thickness/creaminess.

O: A very nice, well-balanced stout bursting with chocolate and dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 18:09:42 | More by leantom
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JLeet

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-11-2014 17:20:59 | More by JLeet
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Wtmcdonald


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-11-2014 00:52:29 | More by Wtmcdonald
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DanielMB

South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was not a typical imperial stout. It has a good look, but the smell and taste is overwhelmingly choclately, with little of the hoppy roastiness that typical RIS boasts. Some of this may be the result of the unusually low ABV of 7%. It is still a very good beer, but anyone looking to buy this would be well-advised to purchase a single first if he can. I bought an entire 4-pack for $10 at Total Wine, and it just hasn't really panned out for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 22:05:57 | More by DanielMB
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-10-2014 16:59:24 | More by joemetric
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-10-2014 15:54:00 | More by atlbravsrno1
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chip26

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-10-2014 03:11:47 | More by chip26
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-07-2014 16:48:49 | More by bismarksays
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seakayak

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-04-2014 17:31:27 | More by seakayak
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nofunyons

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-04-2014 02:06:33 | More by nofunyons
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Tarps68

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-03-2014 01:43:41 | More by Tarps68
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nleaders

Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-02-2014 17:04:38 | More by nleaders
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Wayne17

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-02-2014 02:15:01 | More by Wayne17
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,980 ratings.