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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,113 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,113
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 141
Gots: 185 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gradually decanted into a tulip. Endless, moussesque coffee/tan-colored head puffs up into a creamy dome. A hushed crackle emits from the bubbles, reminiscent of freezing rain pelting a window pane at night. Light does not get through. The lacing drapes down in patterns like Roman aqueducts and/or the craggy tree to the right of the haunted house in the first few frames of the Scooby Doo theme.

Italian dark roast coffee highlights the aroma. Bitter and lightly charred. A dark, syrupy Italian chocolate wafts about as well.

The flavor is not what I'm used to from the American RIS'. Some mild bitter roast flavors, but a good bit of licorice that lingers throughout. As it warms, a thin molasses spreads out on the tongue and some syrupy coffee and vinous notes toward the end.

This drinks with a healthy amount of carbonation and finishes softly warm and dry.

Delightfully complex but restrained. An occasional night cap.

Bouleboubier, Jun 16, 2010
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best balanced stout that I have ever had. i used to drink this beer regularly, but then was lured away by many stouts that have bolder flavors. Recently revisiting this brew makes me wonder why I have been away for so long. The stout has a very bold roasted quality with a light bitterness due to the black malts and light hopping. Has a layered cocoa, coffee, and milk flavors for added complexity. The beer, though bold and strong, is never intimidating, domineering, or aggressive. Moderately sweet with a rich and complex robustness. Properly brewed and well aged. Full and rich to the texture with a silky, creamy flow. Finishes extremely clean for such sweetness, texture, and roastedness. A slight hint of lactose sugars and a minty note adds a delicacy to the finish. A beautiful beer.

BEERchitect, Feb 12, 2006
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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,113 ratings.