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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,053 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 136
Gots: 169 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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11-21-2012 02:54:57 | More by mrebeka
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-15-2012 05:38:43 | More by sendbeer
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ZayneInsane

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-28-2012 18:29:47 | More by ZayneInsane
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HoppyBastard2

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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KindaFondaGoozah

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12-29-2013 20:35:46 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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GeorgeCarroll

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08-21-2014 14:59:55 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-27-2012 00:23:37 | More by beerpadawan
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Chokobo

Wisconsin

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10-21-2012 03:51:49 | More by Chokobo
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PhilMiller

Indiana

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04-17-2014 01:36:23 | More by PhilMiller
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-22-2013 19:29:45 | More by PaulyB83
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-08-2014 16:44:51 | More by zekeman17
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-18-2013 02:40:12 | More by jryanj927
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hardrock

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-17-2013 22:06:47 | More by hardrock
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TheDinger

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Great looking motor oil black pour with an inviting 1+ finger of mocca head. Retention was nice and decent lacing . Smell was true to RIS form. Deep/dark fruits (raisins, figs, molasses) with a bit of chocolate and coffee on the end. Not very strong on the nose, but adequate. Taste was very smooth with the blend of the fruits that faded into the coffee characters. A little burnt wood, earthy note to close out. Nice subtle hop aftertaste to keep you coming back for more. Feel was a bit light for a RIS. A bit on the watery side, but this improved as the beer warmed. Overall- I had heard great things about Samuel Smith and it didn't disappoint. I found this to be a very spot on RIS. Loved the combination of big dark fruits and hints of coffee and chocolate. Complex and tasty. A definite must try and perfect for a cold December evening-

12-22-2012 15:14:00 | More by TheDinger
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep black with 2 fingers of rich, frothy mocha-colored head. Foam fades slowly leaving small amounts of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of black coffee and cocoa beans. Also a slightly sharp burnt character to the nose. Interestingly, it even has a slightly tangy red wine-like smell to it amid everything else.

T - Hints of caramel and dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates) up front. A dark cocoa bitterness is present toward the middle accompanied by the slightest hint of dry burnt grains that last to the finish. Has an aftertaste of milk chocolate-like acidity, fruity esters, and coffee-bitterness.

M - Medium body with pleasant but not overbearing carbonation. Fairly smooth and drinkable except for the slightly biting character of the roast barley, but that's not necessarily a bad characteristic for a RIS.

Overall, this was quite an enjoyable beer. My first from Samuel Smith's but certainly not my last!

07-04-2011 01:19:56 | More by rundocrun
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Pours an obsidian black with a nice mocha head; nice retention and lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, dark fruit (figs and prunes), some bittersweet chocolate and a nice whiff of rum

Taste: Starts out with a combination of roasty malt and dark fruit (raisin, date and prune), with the hops adding a bitter element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty, fruity and chocolate flavors predominate into a complex finish that provides point and counter-point

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a hint of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I've come around to this one over time and have re-reviewed this while maintaining the original review date; I now appreciate the complexity and restraint in this version compared to the production of some of the American craft brewers

01-30-2005 21:50:55 | More by brentk56
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Wow. This pours really pretty. Black with a nice head that fades fairly to lace and islands.

Smell is great, big on the chocolate, raisins and dark fruits, alcohol back in there and a slight alcoholic bite.

Taste is more of the same, not much of a hop thing to speak of, but good roasted malt, baker's chocolate, dark candied fruits, and some alcohol that's actually appreciated here, balances things out nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and smooth and nice.

Very drinkable, although the alcohol gets to be a little much or something. All around great beer, will buy this again throughout the winter.

10-05-2006 03:37:04 | More by veggiemafia
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,053 ratings.