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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

3,258 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,258
Reviews: 1,665
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 154
Gots: 241 | 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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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours black with a fluffy, brown head that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes are similar: dark cocoa, chocolate, slightly boozy (even for 7%), and slightly bitter on the finish from the roasted barley presence. Mouth-feel is velvety, smooth, and full bodied. Overall, even though this isn't over-the-top in alcohol % or boldness, its delicacy makes it a great example of the style.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. My first Sam Smith's brew - a bit of an omission given that they're just down the road.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. An exceptionally dark brown; no light penetrates it's black depths. Yields a small head of light-brown foam that settles within a minute. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with notes of sweet dried fruit, christmas pudding, caramel, brown sugar and marzipan. Syrupy and boozy.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a slightly cloying, alcoholic finish. Notes of dried fruit, dates, plums, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and nuts. Hints of stewed hops in the background provide a subtle bitterness. A considerable whiff of booze upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick, tingly and velvet smooth. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of syrupy, fruity malt and booze.

Impressive - a sweet melange of preserved fruit flavours. Rich and thick, perfect for sipping. A bit cloying; would probably only want one of these in a sitting. Quality.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wages
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's been a long time since I've had any Samuel Smith. I had a few different kinds about 4 years ago which I really just didn't like at the time, so only recently have I decided to try it again, and what better way to start than with Imperial Stout?

Appearance - 5/5 - It has a deep rich black color with a thick creamy brownish head

Smell - 5/5 - Roasty and ..maybe a plum brandy. Hard to describe but wonderful.

Taste - 5/5 - Rich roasty and estery. Bitter, roasty, slight fruit (plum or raisin) aftertaste that lingers. Somewhat minerally (albeit from the well water used). Perhaps that is what put me off years ago, but I've since gained appreciation for the uniqueness of flavor imparted by the water.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Semi-thick, biscuit (?) body. Very well carbonated. Pleasant but the body could limit me to two.

Overall - 5/5 - In the end, my interest in Samuel Smith has been greatly revived! I'm looking forward to re-trying all of their non-fruit brews. And of course, more Imperial Stout is in the future.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint class

A- Very dark, black, copper head

S- Coffee is at the forefront. Some dark chocolate. Can smell the roasted malts

T- Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Some fruity taste, like cherry or raison, sweet but not really sweet- more of a tart flavor. It has a metallic taste like most Sammy Smith beers. I am sure that it must have something to do with their yeast or something. As weird as this sounds, the metallic taste does not take away from the beer at all

M- A bit thin for a Imperial Stout

O- you have to take value and how easily available into account here- and it deserves a high overall rating. For 3.50 for a 22, it is an excellent deal, when many lesser imperial stouts go for 2 to 3x as much

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,258 ratings.