Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.48/5 rDev +7.2%
Look: Pours pitch black with about two fingers of head. Head actually sticks around for awhile, but does eventually reduce to a small layer.
Smell: Carmel, brown sugar, some dark fruits, cherry, chocolate. A lot going on here!
Taste: Not quite as good as I was hoping, but still excellent. Not as sweet as the smell.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall: A little let down by the flavor. and I must say, the flavor is the biggest factor in a beer to me. But, just because I was a little let down does not mean this is not a good beer. I always get excited about an RIS and always expect the world. RIS's always score big with me, and this is no exception.
07-15-2014 00:38:38 | More by EvoRich
2.68/5 rDev -35.9%
A: Jet black with 1 finger head that quickly disapates.
S: Dark fruit and licorice
T: Malts, raisins and dark fruits. Sweet finish with no bitter taste at all.
M: Not as sily or smooth as I would expect.
O: Nose is weak for an Imerial Stout. The mouthfeel is watery for an I.S. I prefer a coffee or chocolate forward I.S.
07-14-2014 02:23:33 | More by fscottkey
4.69/5 rDev +12.2%
I'm very happy that I bought this. Here goes:
A: A dark black that lets no light through - completely opaque. The beers pours a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing upon consumption (good protein content). Lovely, but not that impressive for the realm of imperial stouts.
S: Exquisite. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and milk chocolate at the forefront, but can also detect many dark fruits like plums and raisins. Emphasis on the milk chocolate bit. Can't detect any hops and the English brewer's yeast is also imperceptible (which is to be expected; it's not a Belgian ale).
T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of dark malt leading to an obvious chocolatey flavor profile, but there's also a lot of raisins and plums that linger in the aftertaste. Rather, the initial taste is one of robust chocolate but this gives way to darker, sweeter fruit. Very nice and well balanced interplay of dark fruit and chocolate.
M: Nice. Decently carbonated and well-rounded thickness/creaminess.
O: A very nice, well-balanced stout bursting with chocolate and dark fruit.
07-11-2014 18:09:42 | More by leantom
4.06/5 rDev -2.9%
This was not a typical imperial stout. It has a good look, but the smell and taste is overwhelmingly choclately, with little of the hoppy roastiness that typical RIS boasts. Some of this may be the result of the unusually low ABV of 7%. It is still a very good beer, but anyone looking to buy this would be well-advised to purchase a single first if he can. I bought an entire 4-pack for $10 at Total Wine, and it just hasn't really panned out for me.
07-10-2014 22:05:57 | More by DanielMB
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,041 ratings.