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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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3,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,086
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 138
Gots: 179 | 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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3/5  rDev -28.1%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a pint bottle into a mug.

A Pours a nice black color topped off with an off white head that has excellent retention.

S Some roasted malt notes along with some fruit

T Lots of roasty flavors along with some fruit and chocolate. All accompanied by the distinctive Samuel Smith's hard water taste.

M Nice and smooth, almost creamy.

Overall I really like this beer, it is a great example of a nice well balanced stout. It is also quite well served by the distinctive hard water taste that all Samuel Smith's beers have giving it a unique flavor that you can't find anywhere else. Plus at $4.00 a bottle and 7% abv this is one I can see my self drinking quite a bit.

beerandcycling88, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

s1ckboy, Dec 13, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -7%

550mL bottle (no dates or codes) into a snifter. Pours a slightly thin, dark brown w/ a crackling 1-finger tan head that settles slowly.

Aroma is roasted malt, black licorice, dark fruit, alcohol, and just the faintest hint of chocolate.

Taste generally follows nose: sweet, dark malt, caramel.

Really smooth, clean mouthfeel w/ a great dry finish.

Overall a good stout but not a great one. Won't be seeking this one out again.

draheim, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

joesc230, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

skinnybear, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

wyonono, Dec 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours black with rich creamy brown head that rather soon fades, almost no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, sweetish dark fruit, raisins.

Taste is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, as well as caramel; long lasting smoky, roasted and slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full with quite low carbonation.

Overall, a very flavourful and drinkable porter. I appreciate also its comparatively low ABV.

atis, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

eddiechilton, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Stouttyme, Dec 08, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a puffy tan head that quickly recedes to a thin mousse.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, woodsmoke, peat, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits are present on the nose. The aromas of this beer are not as intense as many modern imperial stouts.

T: After a gritty, grainy entry, this beer displays lovely notes of roasted grain, black currants, black cherries, prunes, coffee, dark chocolate, woodsmoke, and peat. The finish is mellow and delicate with a slight alcohol presence and notes of dark fruits, roasted grain, and coffee.

M: Full bodied, smooth, and luscious, but a bit dry. Carbonation is gentle and expressive. The alcohol presence is tremendously restrained. Very, very drinkable for the style.

O: This is an excellent imperial stout. It has long been a personal favorite of mine. If you're a fan of the bitter, explosive American double/imperial stouts, then this beer may be too restrained for you, but if you're a fan of traditional stouts, then you'll probably love this one.

mrfrancis, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Unchi, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Allurex, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Anew, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

thedamnscott, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

deapokid, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,086 ratings.