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

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3,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,332
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 175
Gots: 285 | FT: 0
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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 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

550ml bottle poured into pint.

Mega head on the pour. Tan in color and thick and foamy. Looks like watered-down molasses. An antiquated brown-black that just looks black in the glass. Lacing in layered rings.

Smells like roasted grains and dark fruit preserves. Artificial blackberry, South American coffee, hinting at traces of citric hops trying to permeate the nose.

Rich malt bill attracts the attention to dark grains, bitter crusts, damp earth, tinges of peppery spice in the pockets of the mouth, and molded berries. Aged hops are earthy, musty, and a bit piquant. There's a backend tanginess that can't quite be associated with one kind of fruit. There's a little molasses quality in the taste, as well as some lingering alcohol. This RIS is on the dry side of middle.

The mouthfeel is impressive. Velvety on the tongue with a back-half 'bushy tail' of carbonation that brushes the palate. Surprisingly overly noticeable in strength at 7.0%.

It's a classic, and a great brew. Not my favorite take on the style, but they practically invented it. A complex and satisfying version that would work wonders as an entry-point to a novice beer enthusiast to the magical world of Russian Imperials.

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Poured near-black with two fingers of khaki head. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla with just a touch of roast.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel -- full but not too heavy. Dry, roasty coffee and dark chocolate up front followed by a touch of molasses and caramel sweetness.

Full-flavored without being too heavy; nicely balanced and easy-drinking.

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,332 ratings.