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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,359 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,359
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 183
Gots: 306 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in pursuit of reviewing the top 100 beers of fame. The price was really affordable at about $4-5 a bottle for such a highly rated beer.

I paired this beer with an Argentinean spiced flank steak. I think it worked well, which is to be expected for red meat.

I used a snifter glass. It is black, but not pitch black. The head is spot on. It is tan, sticky, and about two fingers.

The smell and taste are off light coffee, raisins, boozy sweetness, and a very good dose of malt.

I liked this imperial stout. It is a very good offering. It probably isn't in my top 5 imperial stouts... but we've been blessed to have many great offerings from this style out there. AND, they are readily available.

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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.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,359 ratings.