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

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3,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,220
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

ledzeppelin4, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of chilly460
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean black body with thick one finger mocha head. Good retention for the style, very nice stripes of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S: Plenty of roasted malts hit immediately. Get lots of dark berries, but also grape jelly somehow. Some molasses like sweetness. Nice.

T: Interesting brew. RIS can start to blend together, I think this one stands out. It definitely has a solid dark roast backbone, but doesn't get overly bitter. Differentiator to me, is it has a light fruitiness to it. Sweet cherry comes to mind, maybe grape jelly as I picked up in the nose. It's a lighter take then some of the RIS I've had, but it's not a "thinner" beer by any means, and the flavor is just as robust. Killer beer.

M: They nailed it, velvety smooth, slick, chewy.

O: It has all the huge flavor of a good RIS, but somehow comes in as a more "delicate" beer if that can be said of a RIS. Fantastic stuff.

chilly460, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Daniel9913, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

rickym, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a big brown head, looks nice so far, maybe ill find a Sam smith beer I actually like. Nose is heavy on alcohol prunes and licorice.

Beer has a big medicinal hop presence which is balanced extremely well by roasted malts, peppery flavors.

Lacing is incredible.

amazing drinkable for such a big beer. Grape like sweetness contends with the big hop presence extremely well making for a greatly balanced beer. Alot going on here. I had a lot more written but my browser crashed twice while reviewing this beer. I loved it though.

jtierney89, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Siopisophy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 355ml bottle into a chalice.

Black with ruby red at the edges when held to some light, a great amount of lacing and some solid retention. Nose has chocolate with a great dark fruit character, sweet and rich dark malts with a dry and lightly toasty grain character. A touch of licorice as well. Taste has some dried dark fruits lightly coated in chocolate, some brown sugar and caramel. Light roastiness in the finish. A bit of the Samuel Smith hard water character too. Drying, creamy and great mouthfeel for the style - real bang on for what I dig. Low carbonation. An excellent imperial stout. My only point of contention? I wish this was bigger, maybe a few percent higher in the ABV category. Sam Smith does dark ales well.

liamt07, Jan 04, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

a - pours black and forms a finger of light brown head that dissipates fast. no lacing.

s - roasted malt, leather, faint grassiness.

t - strong roasted malt flavor, almost burnt. dark chocolate notes, faint fruitiness. a tinge of earthy bitterness with a dry finish.

m - full bodied but never feels too heavy or syrupy. has just the right amount of carbonation.

o - pretty damn good, but imho other brewers have outdone this one stylewise. very drinkable for a bigger beer. can't go wrong picking up a 4 pack of these though.

divineaudio, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

settles in the glass a pitch black with half a finger of sand colored head. within a minute the head is gone, leaving no lacing and a still glass of motoroil. nose and taste are both pleased with the typical aromas of stouts. roasted malts provide coffee and chocolate for the senses, a little alochol on the back end of both is nice, not over done. the biggest draw back to this beer is the mouthfeel. i think it should be thicker and sticky, like a syrup. this one is thinner, like a porter. other than that this is a good imperial stout for the money.

match1112, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SoGreasy, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to Adam at Platinum Liquor. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours thick for the ABV, black as night and with a nice tan coloured foam on top. Decent head retention, no real lacing other than runnings as it falls.

Smells cool. Plenty of chocolate, dark, darker and darkest. Also a real nice liqueur smell along with roasted malt and a touch of caramel.

Tastes of caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. Some warming alcohol detracts from what would otherwise be a pretty decadent experience.

Mouthfeel is full, big bodied for the ABV, still soft with some roasted bitterness late. Surprised at the alcohol heat that is the one thing that irks. Still, it does very well in this department.

A lovely beer. A reminder that the day i spent in Tadcaster was not nearly long enough. Wish i had drunk more of this in the UK. Might get some to cellar and hope that the booze drops out. A big stout and i have had worse with some other limited or brewery release RIS's. A very enjoyable beer.

MrKennedy, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

HoneyLamb, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Pieless, Dec 29, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temp in nonic.

Oil black with a chunky khaki head. Nice lacing.

Aroma of toasted caramel malt, a touch of burnt roasted malt and a faint bitterness.

Mouthfeel; soft and light.

Taste: Caramel malt, milk sugar, Coffee, licorice with a mild hop bitterness.

Notes: Been drinking this one at Holidays for over a decade but just reviewing this now. Easy drinking, well made, without flaws.

fx20736, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

arkansastroy, Dec 29, 2011
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,220 ratings.