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

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2,958 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 118
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
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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:
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours dark as they come. No highlights. Tan leather head forms and dies down to a thin film. Leaves minimal lacing. Doesn't pour very viscous.

S-Sweet nose. Hershey syrup. Some good roasted coffee too. Burnt caramel. Subtle hints of dried dark fruit. Light sizzle of alcohol. Interesting and inviting nose.

T-Hershey syrup again. Roasted coffee is secondary but quite tasty. Lightly bitter. More dark chocolate bitter than hop bitter. A bit nutty. Plums and figs. Like chocolate milk with too much syrup in it. Light tobacco hint in the end.

M-Heavier body but relatively light for a RIS. Carbonation is definitely noticeable. Not too viscous. Easy drinking however. Lightly bitter. ABV masked well.

O/D-This is a pretty decent beer. I didn't love Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, but this one is pretty legit. Easy drinking, mellow, and sweet. Not excellent but good for a four pack that is easy to get.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:34:16 | More by VelvetExtract
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RickS95

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good pour. Comes out thick and black with some slightly lighter red notes around the sides. The head comes on thick and off-brown with good staying power. A dense, creamy coat of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell is all malt and roasted barley. Some hints of both chocolate and licorice are present, but play supporting roles.

As the beer hits the tongue, it's all creamy and sweet, somewhat like chocolate milk. Eventually, you'll pick up coffee notes with the licorice (or anise) saying hello as well. In the finish, the hops are front and center before finally giving way to a slightly bittersweet chocolate swallow.

It's thick and creamy, but at the same time, slightly loose. As mentioned, it's also sweet with some bitter. It's a nice combination of contrasts.

Another good selection from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:41:41 | More by RickS95
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Cozzatoad

Italy

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, best before january 2013

A- Utterly black colour. One finger, light brown head, not as creamy as in most strong stouts. Scarse retention and not much lacing either

S- Strong and rich smell of what should probably be caramel malts, but with a distinct alcoholic note that has the aroma feeling like rum. Lots of undernotes as well: leafy hops, prune, molasses, yeast; something new with every smell

T- Obviously very malty, and again with that assertive (but somehow still delicate) alcoholic note, plus a light roasted note. Flavour is strong with chocolate, with an amazing load of undernotes: dried/dark fruits, coffee, nut, leafy/lemony hops on the tongue; just like the aroma, something new with every sip

M- Nicely smooth. Quite on the light side in body for an imperial stout, but somehow still full on the palate andl enough thick. Moderate carbonation is appropriate for the beer. Warming

O- Very drinkable for the style: of course the 7%ABV helps, but despite low ABV the beer still feels as rich and complex as an imperial stout should feel

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 14:01:44 | More by Cozzatoad
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American brewers take note of the thick maltiness and creaminess packed into a 7% ABV beer. Not to mention the chocolate, chicory, anise, and freshly roasted coffee beans. Great fruitiness from the yeast and caramel and toffee tops it all off. Great beer here.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 14:58:18 | More by bump8628
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful, squid-ink black. Slight, amber-colored head that quickly (you guessed it) disappeared. Striking looking beer.

-Smell 4.5: Lots of lovely aromas present. First smell is of an alcohol-flavored caramel and then a smell of grains and hops. Delicious and it's a shame more stouts don't focus on the bouquet of their beers.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet taste up front, with a slight bitterness. After swallowing...wow, lots of toasted barley, hops, caramel, brown sugar...many other flavors to discover in future tastings. Delicious. Long aftertaste of chocolates and toasted grains.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: This beer is not bottle conditioned and verges on the edge of too much carbonation. However, the bubbles are much smaller than in your typical brew and, in my humble opinion, this makes the carbonation in this beer not as much of distraction as in other brews.

-Overall 4.0: This must be one of, if not the, best stouts in the world. There is a level of carbonation present here that will turn off fans of "draught only Guinness," but if you are like me and are accustomed to other stouts, you will find an infinity of tastes to enjoy in this excellent British stout. If you can find it, BUY IT.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:47:05 | More by BeerDocT
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bnes09

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ink black and opaque with deep ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. Dense and towering, chocolate milk-colored head which leaves a thick layer of creamy froth. Blankets the entire glass in foamy goodness.

Beautiful bready, roasted and dark fruit aromas. Also some hints of black licorice.

Deep and complex roasted aroma with coffee, dark chocolate, wheat toast, and licorice. Rich molasses, prune and black currant sweetness balance the roasted flavors. Hops add depth with a spicy herbal character. Exceptional depth and complexity.

Full-bodied, dense consistency and ultra-smooth feel. Feels like smooth, melted chocolate in your mouth. Low carbonation but this is perfect and adds to the drinkability.

Simply an excellent imperial stout and a masterpiece in brewing from Samuel Smith. A little less intense than most examples of the style. Still very complex with lots of flavor to make me go back for another sip over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:30:57 | More by bnes09
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours dull black with a huge, densely packed light brown head (maybe a salmon tint, I can't tell if it's the light in here). Very good retention and pretty good lacing. Smells like rich roasted malt and a hint of vanilla and cream and fruity notes. Taste is rich but restrained roasted malt and a little minerally (spot on, I totally see the well water) no hops/chocolate/coffee to speak of, finishing with a bit of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation which is not particularly smooth. Overall, the light touch of roasted malt makes this pretty drinkable. The minerally taste is an interesting angle.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:22:04 | More by pmarlowe
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a stout glass.

Appearance: Dark and black with only a little color coming through the bottom of the glass. Four fingers of creamy tan head that hold up for a while then settle into a thin layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted caramel malts with a big aroma of dark fruits including some raisins, plums, and figs. Has some noticeable hints of coffee and chocolate but they are more subtle than a typical imperial stout. Also some molasses and a bit of booze in the aroma.

Taste: Lots of dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee flavors are stronger in the taste then the smell. The dark fruits are also pretty strong with hints of plums, figs, and raisins. Light hints of molasses. Flavor is full, complex, and not as thick and bitter as most imperial stouts are.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Feels considerably lighter than a imperial stout but in a good way.

Overall: A very good stout. The dark fruits add a nice touch and this is the smoothest imperial stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 06:34:48 | More by MattyG85
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a fluffy and bubbly espresso, brown colored head; 2+ finger in size; holds very well; body has a very dark, almost black, colored body; good lacing

S - Heavy coffee nose; slight touch of dark chocolate; deep roasted malt scents; hint anise or other spice hidden in there; light hint of caramel; as the beer warms up, licorice scents come up; some grass or hops nose

T - Roasted malt flavor; followed up immediately with dark coffee and dark chocolate flavor; touch of sweetness; packed with stout flavor, not too hoppy either, just the right amount of bitter flavor at the end

M - Smooth, rich and creamy, just like chocolate milk; light coffee aftertaste

D - Fantastic drink; great dessert beer or enjoyable with a few sweets; great balance of roasted coffee flavors and chocolate; not too over bearing, but memorable; I'll make this a staple in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 03:08:31 | More by ferrari29
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Imperial Stout
355ml bottle poured into a mug
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers, although I do dig the tall, thin bottle and old school label

A: Pours an opaque black with 2.5 fingers of bubbly creamed coffee colored head. Some reddening is seen around the edges when held up to a bright light. Head dissipates at a moderate rate. Leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Strong aroma. You don’t have to stick your nose into the beer to smell this one. Lots of dark fruit is noted right away, fig and plum in particular. More subtle coffee and roasted aroma. Doesn’t really smell like an RIS, more like one of the better Doppelbocks, or to a lesser degree some of the not-as-complex Belgium quads.

T: It might not smell like a stout, but it tastes like one. The first sip has some dark fruits up front with a big roasted malt character on the backend. Has some earthy/grassy flavors in there as well. There are flavors of dark chocolate that linger in the aftertaste, along with the lingering roasted characters. The aftertaste is probably the best part of the palate profile, as otherwise the flavors as a whole are on the weaker side for an RIS. Good flavors, just more subdued than I prefer in an RIS.

M/D: A lighter mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Over carbonated for my liking, which takes away some of the smoothness that I look for in a good stout. I also think the over carbonation detracts from some of the more subtle flavors. Heavily carbonated stouts are one of my pet peeves. Otherwise, pretty easy to drink with no hint of the relatively low ABV. You could certainly have a couple of these in one setting if you so choose.

O: Overall, a decently good beer. However, with the subdued flavors, lighter body, and over carbonation, it doesn’t really come off as an RIS to me. I would drink it again, particularly since the price is relatively low, but its not something I’d go out of my way to have again. I prefer the bolder American RIS’s. However, I do think it is much better than the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, and certainly worth a try if you've never had it. Afterall, it is one of the standards of the style which others have built off of.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:08:11 | More by zac16125
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be a quick one - watching Taxi Driver. Can't...keep my eyes...off...DENIRO!

A: Thick, oily black pour, with a velvety tan pillow of a head - so smooth. Good lacing all around, medium retention. Looks like an Imperial Stout should.

S: Epic chocolate malts and rich caramel cream. Got some smoke and oak, too. It's wrapped up by a big butterscotch bourbon - delicious. I'm not getting a whole lot of British feel here, but that's ok; it's great.

T: Light vanilla with a maple nuttiness underneath. The flavors are rich, but they come off in that distinctly weightless British way. Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate all have an equal stand; all hardy flavors. There's a nice hop showing as well - a bit Noble-tasting, mostly light and earthy. Just the smallest hint of mineral water and alcohol push the palate toward a slightly dry, chocolaty aftertaste. Bold, classic flavor.

M: Light, thin, with a decent showing of carbonation. Not oily at all, as the look would imply.

O: A very nice drink. Not my favorite Imperial Stout, but timeless, nonetheless. Just another reason to love Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:53:20 | More by BarryMFBurton
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Smith Pint

Appearance-Pretty dark, almost a dark dark red. Head was a tan 2 finger head that had pretty good retention for a RIS, probably cause the ABVs only 7. Lacing was pretty good.

Smell-Roasted Malts, Coffee, Dark fruits, and some booze.

Taste-Follows the smell, alot of flavors going on in a 7% stout. Only problem is it's a little bit sour, not sure whats going on here. I still get some nice Roasty Malts, Coffee, and Plum. Something about this beer is different then I remembered.

Mouthfeel-Light to Medium bodied, I'd say more on the lighter side. Carbonation was pretty low.

Overall-I remember enjoying this beer alot more a while back. Going to have to try another bottle soon. Still a good beer, but an Imperial Stout it's just to thin, I'd consider it more of a Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 15:33:17 | More by SWMeyer4141
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BMoldy

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Vigorous pour yields a pitch black brew with a big creamy, espresso foam-like head that sticks around for a few minutes before settling. Great lacing.

S: Toasted and roasted malts. Some cocoa notes. Molasses-like sweetness. A little boozy, with an almost scotch-like aroma.

T: Rich and roasted, but not overwhelmingly so. Balanced, leaning at first toward the bitter/burnt side, then opening up into a mellow, dark caramel sweetness that lingers a little through the finish.

M: Full, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation for a stout (I'm assuming from the added CO2 they indicate on the bottle). No signs of alcohol, except in adding robustness to the body.

O: An all-around great imperial stout. I love it for what it is, but the jaded American beer geek in me wanted something a little bolder. Still, guaranteed to please any lover of the dark stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 16:35:58 | More by BMoldy
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.

Appearance: Sam Smith's Imperial stout looks black in the glass with only the faintest deep red visible on the edges when back light. The beer is topped with a large light coffee coloured head that displays great retention and leaves chunky lace.

Smell: Wow, I wasn't expecting this much power from an English stout!
Dark roasted malt, molasses, lots of dark fruits (stewed plums, and raisins), chocolate, coffee, dark caramel, slightly burned fruit cake and black licorice are all noted. I was expecting a few hops, but none are noted.

Taste: Wow, this is one tasty beer! It just shows that an RIS doesn't need to be 12% to have a bold flavour.
Again Roasted malt, molasses and dark fruits dominate. Fruit cake, chocolate, espresso, black licorice and dark caramel are also noted. The flavour is initially sweet and has a great, lasting bitter finish. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel: Full body, lightly viscous with mild, very smooth carbonation. The beer doesn't feel as big as many American versions of the style, but this makes it a whole lot more drinkable!

Overall: Great imperial stout and one I would recommend and hope to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 15:56:07 | More by Thehuntmaster
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: blackish-brown; thick, tan, 1 finger head that froths away. Great lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, malty, floral

Taste: Expresso, dark chocolate; smooth finish

Mouthfeel: medium; thick on the tongue, creamy

Overall: A decent example of an IRS; rich, regal. Let it warm and the smoothness dominates.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 18:58:43 | More by brewskifan55
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance

Pours a beautiful black with hardly any reddening around the edges. The only shade of red that this has is on its base, but on it's sides it's beautifully black. I can easily say that this is the blackest thing in my room and is easily one of the best looking stouts I've seen. Sadly the head comes one fingered and goes, but a small remnant stays on top and it reminds me of delicious coffee.

Smell

This oddly just smells lightly coffee-like. It does have some toffee notes, but I can't pick up the chocolate that I'm used to in a Russian Imperial Stout.

Taste

This hits the usual coffee notes that I'm used to in a Russian Imperial Stout, but it misses out on the sweetness that I'm used to from one. Roasted malts are present. There is oddly what seems like a alcoholic dark chocolate to this.

Mouthfeel

The mouthful is creamy and nicely smooth. The only carbonation this feels like it has is whatever of the head hits the palate.

Overall

This feels like a standard Russian Imperial Stout. It's far from anything special, but it's a nice starter to the style. I guess if I wanted a roasted malty coffee this would be a nice choice, but it's hard to find a time to enjoy something like this. If this was possible to drink while studying then that would be the best time, but I'm studying! The best time to enjoy this drink is probably the worst.
If you are going with a Samuel Smith then the Oatmeal Stout is a far better stout than this one in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:40:44 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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Callaghan

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A: Black, no question about it. 2 finger mocha head, borderline brown. Minimal lacing left on the glass. About a 1/2 inch of head retains for the entire glass, until the last drop. I would have scored higher if the lacing was there.

S: Sweet and malty, like chocolate and molasses. Alcohol is there too, but not strong at all. A little bit of sweet fruit brings it all around! One of my favorites for sure!

T: Dark chocolates, caramel, dark fruits, prunes and even dark cherries, bitterness that turns to smokiness. Roasted malts and then a great aftertaste that lingers around for a bit. A touch of alcohol just makes things right. There are stronger and more "slap you in the face" RIS's, but this one perfectly balanced.

M: Silky smooth, light and bubbly, yet medium bodied. I expected something heavier based of the look and smell, but I was greeted with a slightly oily feel, but not heavy. The carbonation really brings it together and finishes this beer right!

O: I can't quite give a "5" to any of these categories. The beer didn't seem to have the same depth as some other RIS. I don't think it really compares to many other RIS, in that it falls a little short in that respect, but as a beer, it is great! I do like the other Samuel Smith's stuff, and this one did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:51:31 | More by Callaghan
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a brown tint when held to the light. It has a nice two finger brown head with excellent retention. Not much lacing.

S - Nose is sweet. Getting molasses, toasted malts, and alcohol up front. The middle is on the sweet side. Lots of maple syrup and toasted grains. Finish is again sweet and alcoholic.

T - There is a lot going on. Mostly toasted malts with coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. You get nice roasted flavors along with sweet chocolate, raisins, plums and a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Medium bodied and mostly soft. Carbonation is just right on this. Washes over the palate gently with no rough edges.

O - A bit different from the American versions. Although this is lower in alcohol than most American RIS's its got some pretty pronounced alcohol notes in the nose and taste. This is perfect for a winter setting. Top notch brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:17:13 | More by depechemode1983
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azorie

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: jet black with a large head. no lacing seen. very nice

s: earthy rich dark chocolate malts, some hops, lots of fig like fruit. a touch of booze his the nose after it warms more. Smells good to me.

t: ahh its has that well water bitterness of all the SS beers. dark bitter chocolate, some hops, a tad touch of the booze, some coffee, mostly rich fruit like a roasted fig or something. reminds me of some of the great quads.

m: smooth, rich, low carbonation, medium to heavy body.

o: outstanding beer. its a standard, too bad others go beyond this.

drank 2 550ml bottles good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 21:44:08 | More by azorie
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bramsdell

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Imperial pint glass.

A: It's very dark with tan/mocha-colored head. Hold it up to light and you will not see any difference in color.

S: Coffee aromas are most prevalent with some smokiness.

T: This is not a bold entry into the style, but it is an extremely solid beer. This is a great example of the style, but never daring in any regard. There are distinct coffee notes first, some smokiness to follow. Pretty much follows the smell.

M: Feels great. Thick without being syrupy, this beer is far heavier than most, but certainly light enough to drink a couple.

O: This beer is, again, not superlative in any sense, but a great beer nonetheless. There are no risks here. It's thick without being too thick. The ABV is higher than a stout, but still low for the style. There are no crazy flavors present. This a beer that will not let you down, but also will not shock in any way.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:52:03 | More by bramsdell
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark. Handsome full mocha head. The head, were the abv higher would be quite impressive.
Smell: Black coffee with a sweet roll. Hints of cola.
Taste: Something unusual and unexpected I can't quite put my finger on as well as expected flavors from the nose. Closest I can get is that it's more like tea than coffee but that's not quite on the nose.
Body is thin for an imp. Still a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:43:31 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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pBRale

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 9-10-11

Appearance: Black pour, chocolatey tan head that is foamy and settles fast, leaving lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, candied sugar, alcohol booziness, ripe bananas. As the beer warms, the banana scent fades a bit while the alcohol smell increases.

Taste: Roasted malts, roasted coffee, a little bit of the sugar and fruity sweetness. The aftertaste lingers and is of roasted coffee. Bold roasty brew with a bit of alcohol in the afterburn. This becomes more prominent as the beer warms, but then diminishes as the beer warms further.

Mouthfeel: Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Mild/subtle carbonation, but enough. Just coats the mouth so wonderfully.

Overall: Bold flavorful taste, velvety smooth, and a very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:53:29 | More by pBRale
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mtschmitz

California

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark opaque brown with single finger head. The head seems to dissipate quickly to a fine lace but inconsistent.

S: Smell is a bit less aromatic than i was anticipating being an imperial. Subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. Even after letting it sit for a while the aroma did not expose itself too much.

T: Lots of smoky flavor and a taste of coffee and dark chocolate. Tones of alcohol which quickly diminish to smoke. A bit overpowering on the alcohol taste, but good nonetheless.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty thin but the flavors evolve on the palate quite well. A bit less chewy than is my liking for an imperial

O: Overall I'd say that it's a decent Imperial Stout. Im a big fan of their nut brown and porter but this left me wanting more out of the beer. You can't beat the price and I'm I'll return to this some time in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 03:35:56 | More by mtschmitz
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-black with a thin tan head that thins to almost nothing

S-smells strong. boozey, some scent of mocha. intimidating.

T-comes in with a slightly boozey taste of baking chocolate and very dark malts. there's also a taste of dark fruits such as plums and dates. the after-taste is matching. has a burnt taste to it.

M-low carbonation. slightly watery. watery finish

O-a decent tasting stout that seems to have a lot of loose ends. the tastes are alright, but not very drinkable. the burnt taste seemed to be over dominating. it just isn't something i want a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:22:17 | More by AdamBear
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was black and it poured with a huge, uneven, extremely sticky, and very long lasting tan head.

s: Very nice combination of chocolate covered cherry liqueur, cake batter, and molasses.

t: Strong roasty chocolate with fairly potent musty fruit, and darl bread. There is nice char flavor at the finish.

m: Not as big feeling as I've come to expect from the American big for stouts I've tried. But this feels right for 7% abv.

o: This was a really nice change of pace from the over-the-top American stouts I love so much.

Serving type: bottle

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