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

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3,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,148
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 145
Gots: 201 | 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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Photo of mrfrancis
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a puffy tan head that quickly recedes to a thin mousse.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, woodsmoke, peat, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits are present on the nose. The aromas of this beer are not as intense as many modern imperial stouts.

T: After a gritty, grainy entry, this beer displays lovely notes of roasted grain, black currants, black cherries, prunes, coffee, dark chocolate, woodsmoke, and peat. The finish is mellow and delicate with a slight alcohol presence and notes of dark fruits, roasted grain, and coffee.

M: Full bodied, smooth, and luscious, but a bit dry. Carbonation is gentle and expressive. The alcohol presence is tremendously restrained. Very, very drinkable for the style.

O: This is an excellent imperial stout. It has long been a personal favorite of mine. If you're a fan of the bitter, explosive American double/imperial stouts, then this beer may be too restrained for you, but if you're a fan of traditional stouts, then you'll probably love this one.

mrfrancis, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Unchi, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Allurex, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Anew, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

thedamnscott, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

deapokid, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of maxk
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter. Served lightly chilled. Purchased from the Great Grog in Edinburgh.

A: Very dark brown with minimal light penetration. Nice one finger head, milky coffee color. Not much lacing.

S: Fruity dark chocolate, coffee, little bit of raisin sweetness.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate and delicious. I taste lots of big, roasted malts. There's a tiny hint of alcohol in this one, but it's by no means a bad thing.

M: A big bodied beer, very well carbonated such that the flavor is accentuated by it.

A good imperial stout. Not such high alcohol compared to some of it's American counterparts, but it still packs a good punch. Very pleasant to drink.

maxk, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

blange3, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

GHeinze89, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of LeoPanna
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into pint glass...Dark brown, red, huge creamy head...
S: malts, chocolate, caramel, paprika... river water?
T: delicious...heavy malts.. coffee and sugar...good amount of alcohol... a slight maple syrup, well water after taste... it's spicy as well
MF: very little carbonation, almost like a flat cola... refreshing and prefect to sip on.
O: this is one of my all time favorites.... packed with flavor... cheap as hell...

LeoPanna, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jmponder, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this RIS into a glass stein.

Appearance- The head crept to two-fingers of dense and foamy head with a brown sugar tint. A small smattering of bubble is seen in the top of the cap, not really any less on the glass as it degrades, decent retention.

A very dark brown and opaque body with some barely perceptible dark auburn highlights. It definitely looks like a good beer.

Smell- Whoa, a very decent amount of raisiny bourbon on the nose. Also some roasted malt that has a definite wheat bread smell to it. May be more subtleties, but those are the dominant aspect of the nose. Definitely more "sweet" than "roasted" on the RIS scale. Very good.

Taste- Plenty more of the brandy on the palate as I let the beer float around before swallowing. I also can distinguish more of that bread malt near the beginning and end of the drink.

Also get that distinct hard water tinge of a Samuel Smith beer, and it compliments this offering really well. The water gives the beer a slight edginess that a roasted malt usually brings to an RIS. What great Imperial Stout flavors!

Mouth feel- A really big body on this one, absolutely fills the mouth. The carbonation pumps up the creaminess very well, and does this one ever finish smooth. Maybe just a little dry from that boozy aspect.

Overall- A wonderful RIS that has that distinctive Samuel Smith hard water flavor and fantastic mouth feel. Some may find it simplistic or not enjoy the boozy character; others will relish these characteristics, like I have.

If you have not had this one already please wait no longer. There are still easily available beers out there that are more than worth your time and money.

Pintofbrown, Nov 28, 2011
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,148 ratings.