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

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3,340 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,340
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 178
Gots: 290 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

550ml bottle poured into pint.

Mega head on the pour. Tan in color and thick and foamy. Looks like watered-down molasses. An antiquated brown-black that just looks black in the glass. Lacing in layered rings.

Smells like roasted grains and dark fruit preserves. Artificial blackberry, South American coffee, hinting at traces of citric hops trying to permeate the nose.

Rich malt bill attracts the attention to dark grains, bitter crusts, damp earth, tinges of peppery spice in the pockets of the mouth, and molded berries. Aged hops are earthy, musty, and a bit piquant. There's a backend tanginess that can't quite be associated with one kind of fruit. There's a little molasses quality in the taste, as well as some lingering alcohol. This RIS is on the dry side of middle.

The mouthfeel is impressive. Velvety on the tongue with a back-half 'bushy tail' of carbonation that brushes the palate. Surprisingly overly noticeable in strength at 7.0%.

It's a classic, and a great brew. Not my favorite take on the style, but they practically invented it. A complex and satisfying version that would work wonders as an entry-point to a novice beer enthusiast to the magical world of Russian Imperials.

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,340 ratings.