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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

2,993 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 125
Gots: 150 | 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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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-15-2011 18:49:21 | More by richbrew
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 11:21:47 | More by eerbayman
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 07:24:29 | More by ej285701
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Autoeros

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a Maudite Snifter.

A: Dark with mahogany edges against the light and a big reddish-brown head on first pour, with good lacing.

S: Burnt malts and nice booze that mixes with the malts for a nearly minty freshness, and light floral notes from the hops

T: Burnt malts typical of the style lead nicely into the hops, followed by warming alcohol on the end. The burnt malts keep it from getting too sweet while still balancing this very nicely, with chocolaty raspberry notes on the front and side of my palate. What a nice slow-sipper!

F: Very thick around the palate, almost chewy, with a nice long finish that takes a long time before it turns a bit sour.

O: Beautiful and balanced. Not very complex, but it serves this beer very well. This is my first Samuel Smith brew, compared to the Old Rasputin, which is the only other RIS I’ve had, and it holds up very well, though of course profoundly different in its UK vs. American styling. I'm a big fan, and can't wait to try more from SS.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 06:04:07 | More by Autoeros
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MrVonzipper

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-15-2011 05:53:56 | More by MrVonzipper
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shatnerosmotic

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-15-2011 04:55:38 | More by shatnerosmotic
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 04:53:54 | More by patm1986
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BigJarv79

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 03:26:55 | More by BigJarv79
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IpeeA

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-15-2011 02:12:24 | More by IpeeA
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.58/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured deep dark brown body with thin dark beige head. head lasted 15 seconds.Slight lacing of glass.
Choco-coffee dark rotting fruit smell.

The bottle tells me it is brewed with well water from a well first used in 1758. It tastes as if they forgot to filter the mud out from the water!! Too bitter, burnt coffee. I am going to pour out the rest. (My sink is becoming an alchoholic!). I am giving up on Russian Imperial's!!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:54:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 01:38:54 | More by plumcrazyfx
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BearsDitkaBears

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-15-2011 00:30:17 | More by BearsDitkaBears
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corzocl

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-15-2011 00:29:33 | More by corzocl
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 23:18:24 | More by Elfastball7
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EmmetD

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 22:33:36 | More by EmmetD
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 19:15:55 | More by BobZ
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 19:05:44 | More by sbricker
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-14-2011 18:46:28 | More by nanobrew
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dnh2

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-14-2011 17:39:10 | More by dnh2
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 14:40:38 | More by justintcoons
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bombadil

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 08:34:57 | More by bombadil
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a coffee black. The head is a pillow of dark cream, awesome head retention -- it doesn't dissipate at all. Nice sticky lacing. The aroma is that of bitter chocolate, raisins, and burnt malts. The taste is wonderful as it mimics the aroma: bitter chocolate, a hint of sweet raisins, mellow roasted malts, and a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is just light enough and it's very drinkable at 7% ABV. Overall, and exceptional brew. It's delicious, looks good, and is very smooth. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:16:47 | More by JuicesFlowing
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tkelley

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Dark body, pillowy brown head that dissipated quickly. A thin layer of foam stayed around for quite a while.

Smelled liked dark sugar (think brown sugar, rum, or molasses). Taste was very similar, but also had noticeable fruit tones and tasted a lot like the burnt/almost burnt underside of homemade bread -- the part that was touching a pan and got a little too brown. That was mostly in the back of the tongue. The front was roasted malts and english hops (not spicy or bitter, but... just there).

It gave me a nice warm feeling. I didnt keep this in the fridge when I bought it today, but rather stuck it in my cabinet under the counter. It looked really thick and viscous when it poured into the glass, but it didnt feel too thick when drunk. There was noticeable carbonation, but not too much. You could leave it in your mouth for a while without getting that bubbly feeling on your tongue.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:48:08 | More by tkelley
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greenborn

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was yet another beer recommended to me by a brewer friend of mine that knew I was into English Ales. This was a pretty good beer. Much more flavorful than the Fullers ESB or Belhaven Wee Heavy but just as good but not as smooth. The flavor was more complex than most of the English ales I have had but more malty and less hoppy. The color was dark and rich just as its flavor. I found this beer to be great with a white/milk chocolate and/or cheese- oddly. Good to drink- better with food.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:15:24 | More by greenborn
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jegross2

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a Samuel Smith Imperial Stout by Samuel Smith Old Brewery.
Score: 94

2011 vintage bottle served in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: A finger's length of fizzy heady pours and subsides into a thin blotchy tan lace. The color is as dark brown/black as midnight, and no light even pretends to permeate through. 4/5

Smell: A very sweet, vanilla-extract nose. Faint dark rum and unsweetened dark chocolate notes. I go back and forth as to if I smell faint oak flavors, though that might just be the vanilla. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex, malty and balanced. Flavor toggles between sweet/dark chocolate, and then smoky roasted coffee. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: A viscous, sticky beer. Slightly foamy, and the finish is of delectable coffee breath. 4.5/5

Overall: Wow. This is light in alcohol, but big in flavor. This beer is super smooth, and certainly one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts I have had to date.

Recommendation: This is one of the better beers I have ever had the pleasure to drink. This would be a great first Russian Imperial Stout to drink in order to get into the style, as the flavors are less aggressive and more balanced than some other Russian Imperial Stouts.

Pairings: Dark meats or chocolate dessert.

Cost: $3.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:51:00 | More by jegross2
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.