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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,221 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,221
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 149
Gots: 224 | 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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too sour for me

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bluegrass49, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Sampling right now on 10/8/14. Comes in a single 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle for $4.99 but seen it in 330ml (11.2) 4-packs as well. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger beige head that settles finally down to a 2mm head after about 20 mins of sipping on it. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen that clings all the way up the sides of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit (plums?) with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The taste has even more going on that starts out with the roasted malts at first, with a slight sweet raisin-like taste than ends with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Actually very smooth and goes down easy. Medium+ bodied but a tad below average for carbonation that is good for this style of brew. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have tasted.

BeerWithMike, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

I've seen this beer 100 times but never could convince myself to spend $4 on 12oz of 7%, and then that day came.

A - Deep chestnut black/brown color. Khaki colored head with good lacing.

S - Strong chocolaty aroma with some toffee, roasted, and malty tones. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out above the rest and swirl together to and mix well. There may seem to be some coffee tones but no alcohol present.

T - Tons of chocolate flavor that shines through but is mixed with the roasted/burnt flavor. It is some how complex and easy to dissect which makes this stout very tasty. Overall it is slightly sweet but it is balanced with the roasted character. Not as sweet or as chocolaty as Young's and it is a much better beer for it.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel especially for being only 7%. Moderate carbonation which somewhat helps the beer not be cloying. It's not the heaviest or the lightest Imperial stout and it goes down very smooth.

Overall, this is a delicious "imperial" stout (i.e. imperial on flavor but not on buzz). Not my #1 imperial stout ever but is still very good with a tilt towards the chocolate side. I'd prefer the beer to be ever so slightly more balanced and with more booze but it's very good. This beer would make a great desert beer but it isn't one I could drink over and over again. I would get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan. Just not every week.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,221 ratings.