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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,360 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,360
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 185
Gots: 310 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours basically black. Nice and creamy medium-sized light brown head. Smells of baker's chocolate and freshly roasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Tastes of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, and some coffee notes.

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12oz. clear (blah) bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with 1 thick finger of light tan foam. There is a slight bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and nutty, full of burnt malt too. The taste is heavy roasted malt with coffee and caramel lingering in the background. There is just a little bit of hops on the back of the tongue for balance. The mouthfeel is thick and very smooth. The drinkability is pretty nice for 7%. The benchmark for all imperials!

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Poured from 550 ml bottle into a snifter.

Appears almost opague black, but when held up to the light some red highlights are visibile. Nice one finger dark tan head.

Aromas of dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, coffee, molasses, cookie dough, and a bit of alcohol.

Flavors live up to the aroma. Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor profile, while a fruity character emerges alongside it. It finishes kind of creamy almost like a milk stout with a certain smokiness to it as well. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, yet still a bit thin I think. Doesn't detract much overall though. If anything it just raises the drinkability.

Most Samuel Smith offerings have pleased me and I knew this one would too. I swear the aroma reminds me of the best chocolate chip cookie dough. Flavors are so complex here. I just want to take another sip right after I put the glass down. Excellent stuff.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,360 ratings.