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

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93
outstanding

2,999 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,999
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 126
Gots: 154 | 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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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-01-2014 04:59:11 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-24-2012 06:34:56 | More by NickThePyro
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twax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-19-2013 19:11:27 | More by twax
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-27-2012 04:10:00 | More by jplopez21
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bmmortale

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-17-2013 18:12:24 | More by bmmortale
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-14-2014 20:10:15 | More by Hohnbaum
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-31-2014 04:31:14 | More by 2Cents
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spointon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The bottle was crown capped with the top wrapped in gold foil.

A= This ale poured a deep dark, inky black. When held to a very strong light I saw just a mere glimpse of red/brown clarity near one edge but that was it. The head was a nice tan color and rose a full 3/4". Retained pretty well, eventually dropping to a solid but thin cap. Left some spotty lace behind.

S= Not overly strong in the aroma, but it was complex nonetheless. I found light roastiness, caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, and soft alcohol in the nose.

T= Similar to the nose. Started off malty and rich with the caramel and toffee leading the way. Then the fruity and estery notes kicked in to bring out flavors of raisins and figs. A light roastiness followed, with a kiss of leafy hops. Finished fairly dry, with an awesome warming alcohol presence that was near perfect.

MF= Actually thinner than I expected...probably just around medium in body. Carbonation was solid without being overdone.

D= A very drinkable Imperial stout, with a lovely alcohol warmth and lots of toffee and fruit sweetness. Not my favorite RIS, but certainly one of my favorite English RIS' and one of the better offerings from Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 04:40:14 | More by spointon
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-29-2012 22:55:02 | More by sloelco
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McBraniel

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-02-2013 03:59:02 | More by McBraniel
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-05-2014 22:29:14 | More by July2Nov
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Burt

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-16-2014 08:20:45 | More by Burt
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-09-2013 22:47:54 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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El_Gallo


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-18-2013 00:01:33 | More by El_Gallo
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durlta

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2014 14:22:33 | More by durlta
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big malt and calm ester nose; light phenols and hops, too -- what you'd hope for in an imperial. Licorice and currants, maybe?

The taste is of true, roasted malt. There's a caramel and chocolate backbone well supported by barley, a creamy sweetness, and a black patent bite. The hops are late to arrive in this brew, but are there. The residual sweetness adds a good body to the beer and is augmented by an estery hop accent like chocolate fondue. The cocoa elements, typically overpowering in a beer, are mellowed by the other malts. I suspect that a lot of the "black patent bite" is actually the hop bittering as this is an imperial stout. The finish, too, is largely chocolate and coffee, but it's put in its place to the point where this tastes more like a classic stout rather than an imperia; also, light cognac. The trademark Sammy Smith diacetyl works wonders here.

I can see the chocolate-covered raisins others have mentioned and as I think about it, it comes out more and more above the gums. This has so much in it, that whatever you think of will probably be there. Buy a few and let your imagination run wild.

The harsh qualities of big beers are nicely assuaged in this brew, but then this isn't all that big either.

As it warms, the depth of flavor comes to a head. The malts harmonize like a symphony that has played together for decades. Samuel Smith Imperial Stout isn't as inventive as Bell's Expedition, but perhaps a benchmark for the style en masse. Tradition meets excellence.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 20:30:15 | More by ngandhi
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higgsboson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-08-2012 06:37:00 | More by higgsboson
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Soto

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-19-2013 04:15:16 | More by Soto
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risteardj

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-23-2014 05:49:48 | More by risteardj
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout is a bit low in alcohol content for an imperial but given that is Sam Smith's strongest beer we won't hold it against them. And with good reason, for their brew is excellent in many ways.

It pours a dark midnight black with a tan head that recedes to a reasonable ring of foam. There's no lacing to speak of but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this one. Your nose will find much fruit and a very rich coffee background. A cold mouth initially finds a strong soya flavour but with each passing gulp it is forgotten in favour of wonderful milk chocolate and an earthy coffee taste combined with dark fruit. A well balanced hop bite finishes things off nicely. This is just tasty through and through and has many layers to examine.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth cream with just the right amount of carbonation. Do yourself a favour and grab this one if you see it in the stores.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 19:40:44 | More by Ralphus
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ant880

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-19-2013 16:52:14 | More by ant880
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thestoutmaster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-16-2014 21:11:10 | More by thestoutmaster
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-18-2014 04:08:25 | More by Bnoise11
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-18-2013 18:35:31 | More by MattXT
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ricecracker420

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-31-2014 05:22:14 | More by ricecracker420
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,999 ratings.