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

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3,339 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,339
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 177
Gots: 290 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black, with some brown light coming through on the sides. Hazelnut colored head.
S: Dark chocolate that's not too dark, say 70%. Dark fruit character, like plums and prunes, not overwhelmed by roasted malts. .
T: Sweet astringent roast malt on front of tongue. Biscuit. Toffee. Chocolate. Coffee. A slight amount of acidity makes it more drinkable. Alcohol is present but blends in well. Finish is fairly clean with a little astringency lingering.
M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Very creamy, like butterscotch.
O: Very balanced Stout. Extremely drinkable due to relatively low ABV and balanced flavors. This is what you expect from British breweries. The roastedness you find in American RIS's is not as forward in this one.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of dgeebs07
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of swaghawk
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Insanity55
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Darkness, with a tan head coming off the body rising to roughly 1" and a half.

Smell: Wine, more like the alcohol scent of it.

Taste: Yeast meets chocolate, little bitter and you can feel the complexity of it.

Mouth: Light to medium carbonation with an after taste to lust for.

Overall: You are crazy to leave this on the shelf, well rounded beer that reminds you what real beer is. Salud!

Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, molasses. Taste is good, chocolate, malts, a touch of coffee, just a hint of bitterness, complex and tasty. Feels full bodied, a bit creamy in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big mocha head on a dark body. Only a slight amber at the bottom of the tulip glass.

Dark fruit seems to dominate the smell for me with some coffee, sweetness, and a touch of alcohol.

Again with the dark fruit and coffee in the taste. Quite a hit of bitterness. A little licorice going on. The slight chocolate aroma doesn’t seem to translate into the taste.

Seems like quite a bit of carbonation for a RIS. Medium bodied. Leaves this drying unappealing aftertaste.

Samuel Smith again comes through with a good beer, but maybe blasé by today’s standards especially in regards to a RIS.

Photo of druptight
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of vbiliyar
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 18.7 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black with a huge fluffy chocolate colored head. A ton of lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Definitely a ton of malts, vanilla, cocoa, cream, earthy smell, and a wood-like smell that almost reminds me of barrel-aged.

Taste: Fine and malty. Very creamy and a hint of cocoa and hops. That woodsy, barrel-aged character is still there for me, and there is an extremely mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, it's medium/full bodied with mild carbonation, and really creamy.

Overall: Highly recommended for a lower ABV Russian Imperial.

Photo of PierceMyers
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick dark brown 3-finger head that slowly dissipates into a persistent lace, leaving a great trail down the glass.

S: Strong malt syrup aroma with a dark chocolate and espresso background.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a strong syrup malt backbone. Mild chocolate and coffee overtones and finishes slightly bitter and dry.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Good imperial stout. Not a huge beer at 7% - but the alcohol is strong in every sip. A little too syrupy for me – but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of hlaus
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Murrhey
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a huge two finger mocha head, thick bubbles below and creamy on top. Long retention and sticky lacing. Extremely dark brown, almost black color. Very little light comes through. Wonderful looking beer.

S- Strong toffee scents. Never smelled a Russian Imperial Stout like this before. Deep caramel and some chocolate smells as well. Brown sugar, oatmeal-raisin cookies and a touch of alcohol. This smells divine.

T- Not as appealing as the smell, but I could get lost drinking this. Sweet and toffee-d, with a touch of bitterness in the tail end. I might even detect a bit of cherries in there.

M- Creamy, smooth and just a touch dry.

O- This may legitimately be my favorite beer I've reviewed on this site, and possibly the best one I've had. Drinkability is through the roof, smell is exquisite, the taste is wonderful and the mouthfeel is like a massage for your tongue. ...no but really this is great.

Photo of cisteve
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of smi
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black (not the darkest black I have seen in a stout) in color with hints of dark brown and red when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a thin patchy layer covering the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Definitely some sweetness in the smell with some dark fruits as well as toffee/caramel coming through. After that the dark roasted malts are noticeable. Overall, some nice complexity.

T: Starts with some nice dark roasted malts and some dark fruit, more plum/raisin than fig. After that some of the caramel sweetness comes through.There is a light amount of milk chocolate presence and light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable and very drinkable stout. The beer has a nice complexity of flavor and aroma while still keeping a relatively low ABV. Not exactly sessionable but definitely easy to approach and not a beer that requires a lengthy time sipping. No noticeable alcohol present.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.