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

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3,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,063
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 135
Gots: 172 | 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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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 04:53:54 | More by patm1986
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 03:26:55 | More by BigJarv79
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

2.58/5  rDev -38.3%

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!!

11-15-2011 01:54:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 01:38:54 | More by plumcrazyfx
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-15-2011 00:30:17 | More by BearsDitkaBears
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 23:18:24 | More by Elfastball7
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 22:33:36 | More by EmmetD
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 19:15:55 | More by BobZ
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 19:05:44 | More by sbricker
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-14-2011 18:46:28 | More by nanobrew
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-14-2011 17:39:10 | More by dnh2
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 14:40:38 | More by justintcoons
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 08:34:57 | More by bombadil
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

11-13-2011 18:16:47 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%

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.


11-13-2011 02:48:08 | More by tkelley
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

11-12-2011 22:15:24 | More by greenborn
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

11-12-2011 05:51:00 | More by jegross2
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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Big frothy pour, almost black. Huge thick head dark tan in the middle fading to darker brown on the edge. Nose is faint. I pick up alcohol, coffee. On to the taste. Can't get here quick enough. This is so good, every time. Coffee and dark, charred mocha and sweet toffee are blended perfectly. Finishes with bitter smoke. Mouth is very creamy and dense with just the right amount of carbonation. This is such a classic. It is different than any imperial by U.S. Just... done right and consistently great. The standard in my opinion, as is many from this brewer. Long live the Tadcaster!

11-10-2011 01:45:34 | More by JohnWaynes44
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2.15/5  rDev -48.6%

Shot glass-flight, unknown freshness

Pour-Dark brown with black tint, tiny effervescence and a good amount of it, light lacing, some head retention but not much.

Nose-Huge fruity nose, very familiar scent, after hearing the word Twizzlers I 100% agree, so it must be an artificial cherry kind of flavor.

Palate-Very sweet, some sour, some bitter. Red licorice, very fruity, some roast, off caramel flavor.

Body-Full, heavy, creamy. Don’t like this beer at all, the flavors are not for me.

11-07-2011 01:43:01 | More by seesnow3
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

[Best served in a snifter]

The pour was a deep dark murky black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that lasted a decent while leaving behind some really nice residue floating on top thus producing some really excellent lacing.

The aroma was wonderfully robust with a burnt dark bread malt and a mild sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, some dark fruit and a hint of molasses.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a hint of chocolate from the onset then became a mild bitter sweet with a nice note of coffee at the end with the flavor lasting a nice long while proceeding the swallow.

Mouthfeel was nice a full in body and rather creamy and a tad dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a superb Imperial Stout, very easy to drink and very enjoyable on the taste buds.

11-04-2011 22:56:54 | More by KajII
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from 550 mL bottle to an imperial pint. Bottling date was smudged off of this bottle.

A: Very dark, nearly opaque black. A few rays of light make it through if held up to the light and are cola in color. Active carbonation with a thick cocoa head with great retention and lacing. What a nice stout should look like.

S: Chocolate, prunes, oak barrels, and a strong vanilla extract presence. Slight hints of coffee, rum, and cane sugar.

T: Roasted barley up front, and the coffee flavor comes through much more in the taste department, holding down the middle. Prunes, molasses, hops, and biscuity yeast bring up the rear. Chocolate hints throughout. Well balanced and very, very tasty.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, with just a touch of a hops finish and a bit of spritz from the carbonation. Just a tad bit of dryness after the finish. A little on the thin side of stouts. A nice alcohol warmth, holds its ABV well.

O: Just a notch below the best I've had, but much more attainable. A wonderful find for me on International Stout Day. I'll definitely be coming back to this one!

11-04-2011 02:53:46 | More by tito42
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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Black as can be with a thick, persistent light brown head. Sheets and dots of lacing are left down the glass. Perfection!

An interesting aroma for an imperial stout: roasted malt, milk chocolate, and graham cracker crumbles. It's interesting and quite intoxicating.

The flavor isn't nearly as nice as the aroma, unfortunately. There's simply not a ton here: roasted malt, light chocolate, and a bit of sugary sweetness, but not much else.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

This was really disappointing (because I had such high expectations). While this is gorgeous and quite aromatic, it just doesn't do it for me in either the taste or mouthfeel departments. While certainly a decent big stout, I won't feel like I'm missing out if I don't ever have this again--which is too bad, because I was hoping I'd love this stuff--it's so inexpensive!

11-04-2011 01:58:34 | More by ehammond1
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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