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

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Ratings: 3,356
Reviews: 1,685
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 183
Gots: 305 | 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: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Guinness pint.

A - It's what you would expect from a good stout, a pitch black color with a brown head over 3 fingers high that leaves a lace of about half finger high. Beautiful.

S - Delicious smell, rum and licorice fills the nose when the head is at its highest point, and when it dissipates the scent fades to a semi-sweet chocolate and anise aroma. A slight sniff of alcohol, perhaps, very well hidden.

T - Molasses, licorice and alcohol in a complex blend of flavors; there are some of them that I can't quite catch. I guess that's the roasted barley the label talks about. An aftertaste of hops and strong coffee.

M - Creamy and silky smooth. There's nothing much to add, really, it's fantastic. There's carbonation, but it's barely there. And with 7% ABV you can hardly notice the alcohol.

Overall a nearly perfect stout! I think it was much better than its Stone counterpart, but that's just my opinion. I would have expected more chocolate flavor but, again, that's just me. Can't complain though, this was one of the best stouts I've had. Highly recommended.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date code is SF10k1 and according to the international fresh beer only site, it was bottled on June 10th, 2011.

A: Dark dark brown, pretty much black with a light tan head with decent retention. A bit of spotty lacing.

S: Mineral water. Roasted malt and a bit of sweetness.

T: Very nice balance of roasted malt and sweetness. Very smooth. It has that mineral water or hard water taste again that is found in the nose. Short finish that is a bit sweet with roasted malt.

M: Medium body, soft carbonation that is really soft on the tongue.

O: Not bad. Pretty good drinkability. Wish it was fresher though.

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Ba Review #134
Served On: 03/09/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.0%
Date/ Code: SD08K1

Found this little gem at Westview Liquors in Frederick - $3.99 for 18.2 oz bottle.

Look: Smooth pour down the middle into a Duvel glass. Head was a dense light brown, slightly over 2-fingers. The beer was a very opaque black color. Zero transparency.

Smell: Sweet notes of molasses and coffee bean and dark chocolate. A slight alcohol booziness was in the background, but worked well with the confectionary character of the aroma.

Taste: Mouth feel was very smooth and velvety. First on the palate was a sweet blend of brown sugar and coffee. The middle had a bitterness that could only be descried as a baking coca. The finish was a mixture of semisweet chocolate and caramelized toffee. The aftertaste was a nice roasted bitterness that lingered for a while.

This was a wonderful Imperial Stout. Although I’ve heard reports of how the Samuel Smith organization has mistreated the people of Tadcaster in one way or another, they can certainly brew a phenomenal stout.

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A: pours a very very deep brown color with a finger of creamy mocha brown colored head that becomes fluffy over time, head lingers nicely and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass
S: nice malt character with chocolate and coffee malts with an interesting nose of dark fruits
T: wow, now that is smooth, dark fruits initially with a slight sweetness then coffee malts kick in nice and deep in the middle, then has a really nice chocolate maltiness at the end which really smooths the whole thing out nicely, so much less offensive than some of the other RIS ive had
M: smooth and thick, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling like i just drank chocolate syrup
O: just as tastey as i had hoped, quality as always from the folks at samuel smiths

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