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

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3,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 147
Gots: 202 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

bbadger, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of legalpete19340
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured perfect. Completely black with a tall tan head. The head was around for the entire session.

S: Decaf coffee, lots of salty sweet: Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and an odd sweetness i cant place. Maybe dark chocolate.

T: Smooth, malt and grain bitter-sweetness with a hint of smoke. Lots of decaf coffee flavor. This comes across as a very grain and grass strong beer and the sweetness comes from that. It is not a candy or chocolate sweet beer. At the hinting of a friend I can identify white grape juice.

M: Thick but not chewy. Somehow it manages to be smooth and big without being a meal.

O: This was a very good RIS, but just not my favorite. I prefer more roastiness and darker flavors with less sweetness (Old Rasputin). Nice work but the decaf flavor limits me to one.

legalpete19340, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +19.9%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of rpjordan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

rpjordan, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev -4.1%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ledzeppelin4
5/5  rDev +19.9%

ledzeppelin4, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of chilly460
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean black body with thick one finger mocha head. Good retention for the style, very nice stripes of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S: Plenty of roasted malts hit immediately. Get lots of dark berries, but also grape jelly somehow. Some molasses like sweetness. Nice.

T: Interesting brew. RIS can start to blend together, I think this one stands out. It definitely has a solid dark roast backbone, but doesn't get overly bitter. Differentiator to me, is it has a light fruitiness to it. Sweet cherry comes to mind, maybe grape jelly as I picked up in the nose. It's a lighter take then some of the RIS I've had, but it's not a "thinner" beer by any means, and the flavor is just as robust. Killer beer.

M: They nailed it, velvety smooth, slick, chewy.

O: It has all the huge flavor of a good RIS, but somehow comes in as a more "delicate" beer if that can be said of a RIS. Fantastic stuff.

chilly460, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of blackwingedhorde
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Daniel9913
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Daniel9913, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

rickym, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a big brown head, looks nice so far, maybe ill find a Sam smith beer I actually like. Nose is heavy on alcohol prunes and licorice.

Beer has a big medicinal hop presence which is balanced extremely well by roasted malts, peppery flavors.

Lacing is incredible.

amazing drinkable for such a big beer. Grape like sweetness contends with the big hop presence extremely well making for a greatly balanced beer. Alot going on here. I had a lot more written but my browser crashed twice while reviewing this beer. I loved it though.

jtierney89, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Siopisophy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Siopisophy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 355ml bottle into a chalice.

Black with ruby red at the edges when held to some light, a great amount of lacing and some solid retention. Nose has chocolate with a great dark fruit character, sweet and rich dark malts with a dry and lightly toasty grain character. A touch of licorice as well. Taste has some dried dark fruits lightly coated in chocolate, some brown sugar and caramel. Light roastiness in the finish. A bit of the Samuel Smith hard water character too. Drying, creamy and great mouthfeel for the style - real bang on for what I dig. Low carbonation. An excellent imperial stout. My only point of contention? I wish this was bigger, maybe a few percent higher in the ABV category. Sam Smith does dark ales well.

liamt07, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

a - pours black and forms a finger of light brown head that dissipates fast. no lacing.

s - roasted malt, leather, faint grassiness.

t - strong roasted malt flavor, almost burnt. dark chocolate notes, faint fruitiness. a tinge of earthy bitterness with a dry finish.

m - full bodied but never feels too heavy or syrupy. has just the right amount of carbonation.

o - pretty damn good, but imho other brewers have outdone this one stylewise. very drinkable for a bigger beer. can't go wrong picking up a 4 pack of these though.

divineaudio, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

settles in the glass a pitch black with half a finger of sand colored head. within a minute the head is gone, leaving no lacing and a still glass of motoroil. nose and taste are both pleased with the typical aromas of stouts. roasted malts provide coffee and chocolate for the senses, a little alochol on the back end of both is nice, not over done. the biggest draw back to this beer is the mouthfeel. i think it should be thicker and sticky, like a syrup. this one is thinner, like a porter. other than that this is a good imperial stout for the money.

match1112, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SoGreasy, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,151 ratings.