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

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3,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 153
Gots: 238 | 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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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured near-black with two fingers of khaki head. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla with just a touch of roast.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel -- full but not too heavy. Dry, roasty coffee and dark chocolate up front followed by a touch of molasses and caramel sweetness.

Full-flavored without being too heavy; nicely balanced and easy-drinking.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very delicious beer, and like everything beer that Sam Smith's makes, a perfect example of the style in its fundamental form. This is not fancy, and not over the top, just incredibly well done. It looks great, a very dark and deep black, virtually no light getting through and a nice light brown head with good lacing. Somewhat let down by the smell, I was expecting more punch than just the toffee sweetness and it really just came off a little underwhelming. The taste was a different story however, a very upfront roasted barley bitterness complimented by an acidic hop presence. The toffee adds a very light sweetness to what would otherwise be a very bitter forward beer. The mouthfeel is superb, silky smooth in the mouth, blending perfectly with the carbonation, lathering you up for a huge bitter, dry finish.

Overall, this is a beer that goes great after a long day working in the cold and wet, taking big gulps out of an english pint. It may not be my favorite stout, or even my favorite from Sam Smith's (I love you Oatmeal Stout), but it is a hell of great way to finish the day.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Totally black with a two finger tan head. Good head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Slight smell of roasted malt with a faint alcohol aroma.

Taste- Toffee and roasted malt with hints of raisins and coffee.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of full bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Very smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- I bought this on a whim and I am glad I did. This is an enjoyable imperial stout.

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,254 ratings.