Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
The pour into my snifter raises a half-finger head (spread over a very wide surface, mind you) that quickly dissipates to a lot of light tan surface bubbles and a thin glass ring. The lacing manages to be pretty thick and entrenched. The body is truly opaque. I'd allow less head retention, if the ABV were comparable to most impys. The aroma is filled with an intense burnt caramel and molasses scent, accompanied by a blast of sweetness. The fruity vinousness is reminiscent slightly of shiraz, but also of the flavors found in chocolate over 70 percent. The taste, which I didn't get to until the glass spent some time warming, is vinous, molasses-filled, very roasted, and excellent. Sweet in the start, but leaves a coffee aftertaste, very dry. The mouth is quite thick, and the carbonation is low, but still noticeable. An easy drinking and rich impy.
11-01-2006 01:01:40 | More by mjc410
United Kingdom (England)
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
A - Black body and a tan head, the way a good stout should look.
S - Bold roasted malts strong on the nose. Coffee, and liquorish. Sweet fruit undertones.
T - The first hit is bitter, fresh roasted coffee, with rich smokey malts. The coffee leads to a bitterness in the middle of dark chocolate, with a hint of burnt raisins. The finish is smooth and bitter, with a warming presence of alcohol.
M - Not as thick as some imperial stouts but the flavours are so rich and textured you don't really notice. There is a touch of oiliness, which coats the mouth.
D - I would love to find a better imperial stout than Samuel Smith's but as of yet I have not and to be quite honest I don't know what more I could expect. Samuel Smith beers are know the world over and rightfully so. PLEASE TRY THIS BEER!!!
08-18-2009 23:35:01 | More by PartyBear
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
Bottle poured into nonic pint
A: Jet black, very dark. Thick light brown pillowy head retains forever and leaves excellent lacing.
S: Lots of dark fruits, I get something that reminds me of figs and raisins. Theres light hints of chocolate. Decent amout roasted malts, light toffee and light coffee notes come through. Mostly dominated by dark fruit and sweet mollases.
T: Rich roasty malts, sweet mollases, light dark chocolate and hints of smoke. Bitterness is there but not overpowering. Definitely getting alot of dark fruit, plums and raisins mostly. Different but I like it.
M: Lighter bodied for a RIS. Its very smooth and theres no alcohol detected.
O: Very nice, different than previous RIS's that I've had but very easy drinking. Can see why this is so highly rated. Maybe not my favorite imperial stout, but well crafted.
09-08-2012 00:46:10 | More by Dools9
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a nice heavy weight motor oil color with a large pillow like head and superior lace and stick. Sweet black licorice, malt and coffee on the nose. Same on the palate with a touch of Albert Coq soy sauce as well. Sweet and savory in the mouth. Velvet texture. Touch of dark chocolate on the finish. Damn solid beer, especially for the 2.99 I layed down.
11-10-2003 02:26:04 | More by moulefrite
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
Poured from a bollte into a pint glass.
Im not gonna review this beer as i normally do, im gonna say it pours with all the same charecteristics of a stout and thats where it stops being typical, very rich/comnplex flavor that can only really be appreciated by drinking it, exceptionally smooth and creamy. I've heard it said that people would feel spoiled if they were allowed to drink something on a normal basis and its exacly how i feel about this.
07-06-2008 14:34:16 | More by SpecialK088
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours out black with a hint of red. Creates an enormous head with good lacing as you drink. The smell has a faint roasted character to it, some deep sweet, chocolatey smells, but not a whole lot to speak of. This is easily my favorite style of beer, it wasn't the first I had, but I tasted this a long time ago, and am now revisiting it and loving it just as much. Smoth, with a great roasted taste, hiding the alcohol the way I prefer. The sweetness is really great, without being cloying. I have a feeling that this should be the taste that every other person making an RIS should strive for. The fact that the alcohol isn't huge and the hops aren't overpowering means that you can drink this one fresh and not be overpowered a challenged to wits end (not that it's particularly a bad thing when you are), but it's difficult not to enjoy this beer. Really smooth, and drinks fairly quickly for an imperial stout. An old recipe and one that should be continued.
It's also worth noting that this beer is generally a bit cheaper than the other members of this style, which is always a plus.
11-19-2008 02:16:10 | More by taylorhamrick
3.53/5 rDev -15.6%
I always pass the Sammy Smith display but today it called me. A single slim bottle of an imperial stout for 3 bones? yes.
It pours a dark brown, red in the light. Aroma is subdued despite the good carbonation. The taste is slightly sour, perhaps a sour mash? A little roast, a little chocolate, no boozy bite, fairly dry. Body is thin, more like a porter than a stout, let alone an imperial stout.
I'm torn. I like this beer, but frankly it isn't an imperial stout. Perhaps strong porter is more apt.
05-20-2010 00:02:20 | More by olympuszymurgus
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: pours dark brown, almost black, with a beautiful vanilla colored head, beautiful
Smell: the sweetness (sweet coffee smell) cuts through my nose inticing me to take a first sip, while the floral essence of the hops swirls around keeping me smelling more... this smelled really damn good
Taste: hints of caramel and chocolate sweeten this brew but don't over power the taste. a caramel aftertaste stays strong on my palate and makes me think this beer is best for casual sipping
Mouthfeel: like i said before, it ends with a nice/brilliant caramel aftertaste, the beer is sweet and smooth, well balanced, and overall excellent
Drinkability: i couldn't down very many of these in a day, but for a casual sipping beer, this is the one i would choose. stays enticing and the complexity keeps it from getting boring, this is one of my favorite beers
01-11-2006 15:59:12 | More by dbalsock
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a dark black with a nice sized tan head. Nice coffee/roasted malt smell. The taste is the shit. Light coffee flavours with a little chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and alcohol added in the mix. Also a bit metallic. Rich medium texture, not too heavy, creamy and just right. the drinkability is awesome since it isn't too strong to put you off flavour wise, and that it has a nice balance of alcohol, enough to warm you up but not so much you have troube finishing your 4 pack. delicious.
05-26-2003 11:50:47 | More by DESTRO
4.8/5 rDev +14.8%
Another exceptional brew from Samuel Smith, not all that surprised, wouldn't expect anything less.
A beautiful near pitch black beer with an good tan head. The head slowly retreats, leaving thick and creamy lacing, so nice and sticky. I can almost smell a sweet bourbon and some black licorice. Really a toasted malt to almost smokey flavor but then some brown sugar sweetness too. Aftertaste is smooth and bitter in a creamy way, reminds me of quality dark chocolate, not sweet at all. A little bit of alcohol is present when one slurps the beer from the glass, instead of pouring it in the mouth, pretty damn good to say the least. The mouthfeel is loose yet thick and creamy, really complex, one could probably write a poem about it. This is an almost perfect beer and the lower alcohol content makes it more drinkable than of others of this style. Slightly heavy with a roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste, complex yet strong and makes it less drinkable, but only by a bit. Who wants a beer that is drinkable like water any way though? Certainly not me, I like a meal in a glass.
10-18-2010 18:20:04 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
This wonderful brew pours a deep, dark brown. So dark it is nearly black. The deep brown color is wonderfully complemented with a thick, fluffy, creamy, biege head that tasted nearly the entire beer. Aromas of malt, chocolate, and coffee waft from the nose. The nose leads the blessed drinker to tastes of coffee, chocolate, malt, and hints of caramel. There are also delicate hops to even out the flavor and leave a slight bitterness like that of a mild coffee.
My only two wishes with this beer were that my palatte and nose were more developed to detect more delights hinden inside this brown treasure chest and that I didn't have to drvie two hours each way to get this wonderful beer.
I have a new favorite brew and Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout be thy name!
04-30-2003 06:04:48 | More by Loki
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -16.7%
355 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: thick foamy heady, beige in colour; solid black brew underneath--so dark that even light didn't pierce through; plenty of lacing, slow dissipation of head.
S: strong, roasted barley predominant, toasted nuts as well
T: syrupy, quite a bit of alcohol in the flavour as well--a bit too much for my liking
M: thick and rich
D: while enjoyable, this was slightly less appealing. I would certainly try it again, as this was my first introduction to an Imperial. Can't see this being a go-to beer for me, but I'm happy to be proven wrong.
05-07-2010 18:34:01 | More by fullsweep
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
The beer was surprisingly dry and devoid of spiciness, though the depth and smoothness of finish really brought a lot of flavor unto itself. This is not by any means the typical imperial stout.
The appearance is a dark brown with a bit of an amber hue. The smell is reminiscent of a mixture between a bitter and a irish dry stout, but the taste and mouthfeel point to the dryness of the stout as the dominant characteristic of the beer. The dryness also keys into the light chocolate overtones, with a light nuttyness and an even less noticeable 7% ABV. The subtlety of the characteristics of this beer prompts the question - must a beer with a stronger ABV render the alcohol a prominent taste component of the beer? I would argue that this is not necessarily so. If you agree, feel free to give sam smith's imperial stout a try.
11-24-2008 01:41:11 | More by TLove
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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