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

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3,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,298
Reviews: 1,676
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 168
Gots: 263 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle was kept in fridge. Took bottle out of fridge about 15 min before I enjoyed it.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears pitch black in the glass, with creamy/frothy light brown head that you could hear "crackle" when you put your ear up to the glass. After the head went away, it left a very thin layer of bubbles that never left the top of the beer.

S- Lots of molasses. Roasted malts. Coffee. It's not overly boozy.

T- Dark roast coffee, dark roasted malts. Maybe some dark caramel/ toffee that I didn't smell.

M- Not as thick as I expected, and not overly carbonated.

O- Great Imperial Stout for the price. It met my expectations. Looking forward to trying more from Samuel Smiths. Also, would like to put some of these in the cellar and age them.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into over sized wine glass, after about 30 minutes rest out of fridge.

Appearance: Color was extremely dark chocolate with a tint of brandy coloring towards the light. Very dark, no see through. Soda type bubbles on pour, but very minimal visible carbonation after. Had about a half inch of light brown head immediately following pour but it dissipated very quickly. I think this is because the beer was in the fridge for too long. No head retention because of this. Semi cloudy pour, black in glass.

Smell: Black licorice is the most prominent for me. I get a lot of alcohol smell, hint of roast, coffee, and raisins. Possible very small hint of vanilla.

Taste: Roasted malt was the most prominent. I do still get the licorice and bitterness on the back of the tongue. I get a little bit of coffee. This beer has character but I think it could be balanced better.

Mouth feel: Perfect carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Not too much or too little. Medium mouth feel. Could be "stickier" but it's extremely drinkable. Stickiness is subjective anyway.

Giving this beer slightly above average. I was expecting better. I think what brought it down slightly overall for me was the balance, or lack there of. It's still very drinkable and has a lot of flavor, you just have to like what's there.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Pours pitch black with two full fingers of frothy tan head. Smells "dark" - molasses, chocolate, slight roasty notes, and an undercurrent of alcohol. It's thin bodied, well carbonated, and slides right over the tongue. The taste is chocolate, molasses, hints of roasted coffee, licorice, and a hint of alcohol. Compared to the 10%+ IRS that are more common on the west coast, this is a light example of the style, well-balanced and better suited to beer drinkers who don't have the taste buds or stomach for stronger renditions.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance; Pours a slightly thin, black, 1-finger tan head that settles slowly.

Aroma: Roasted malt, licorice, some alcohol, a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Bittersweet...some alcohol....roasted charactyer

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: Solid but there are others I would choose for regular drinking.

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,298 ratings.