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

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3,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 1,665
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 153
Gots: 239 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nasty15108
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Black as night. Thin tannish head that slowly dissapated into a bubbly film and produced thick clumpy lacing.

S - Ripe fruits and dark chocolate.

T - Malty with the taste of dark ripe fruit (raisins). Finished slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, roasted coffee and a wee bit of smoke.

MF&D - Not overly thick, but very enjoyable. Very smooth and creamy. Top Notch!

Photo of hdofu
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazingly black beer with thick froth head, Smell is that of expresso. The taste is that of strong bitter coffee and maybe the tinniest hint of cocoa and orange. Has a syrupy feel on the tongue initially followed by a crisp taste like that of a grapefruit. Goes down the throat quite easily. A pretty heavy beer, not one I'd want to drink more then one of at a time

Photo of mnrider
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml brown bottle. My first Samuel Smith's

A: Pours a dark brown with two finger brownish tan head which bubbles. Head slowly turns coaster thin.

S: Rich in malt, sweet sugars, and light chocolate.

T/M: Full bodied and rich in flavor. Mocha, roasted malts and sugars. Alcohol is strong but is hidden quit well. Mouthfeel is great with it's smoothness.

D: Exceptional Stout that stands up great to all the things i've heard about it. Can't wait to try other brews from SM's. I will buy again.


Photo of dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of packetknife
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You'd think you were about to drink used motor oil. Thick, nice tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hints of caramel. Not harsh at all considering the ABV. Wonderful stout.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Augustiner719
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brownish black color with some minor red highlights. Looks very classic and produces a massive light tan head with some lacing. The aroma is strong toffee, chocolate, a touch of espresso and rich roasted malts. Really inviting. The flavor is very nice with lots of roasty malts and a big dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Great toffee and even burnt coffee flavors meld nicely with it's sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink, though it's Thinner than most RIS out there. Great off dry finish with a bitter kick to level the sweetness. This is the most drinkable RIS I have had so far. Really nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of hyuga
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black under a darkish tan head that's not too dense.

Aroma of dried figs, dates, and sweet molasses. Faint dark cherry-wood in the background. Amazing complexity.

Burnt molasses on the tongue at the front, followed by plum and cherry with a hint of roasted grain. Fig laced with alcoholic sweetness linger through the finish. Very pleasant leafy hop aftertaste. Thick and biting mouthfeel. Leaves the tongue tingling.

This is an amazingly drinkable imperial stout. I haven't had this beer in a very long time and I find it even better than I remember it. All-around goodness. Low alcohol so you can have a few in one sitting, and it's as complex and satisfying as just about any 9%+ imperial stout.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's pitch ass black, defining the word opaque. A large two inch tan head forms and reduces to a thick coating which laces well. It presents itself like a perfect stout, and a perfect stout it is damn close to. The aroma is a strong concoction of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. I get some dark fruits coming through as well, but vanilla stuck out the most. I love it! Super-smooth creaminess is the mouthfeel of this medium to full bodied brew. Strong flavors of burnt coffee and chocolate treat your palate, and then some hops come by for a quick stay in the finish. Warming alcohol is prevalent in the finish, a reminder of the strength of this brew. This is one heluva stout, simply put.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Sycodrummer
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[This is my 100th review, a slight milestone in my BA life, so I had to go with my favorite style, and I'm very glad I did]

Poured from the clear 550ml bottle into a snifter the beer was a very dark black that let no light thru. It was topped by a little more than one finger of frothy dark tan head. Big rings of lace clung to the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was dark and roasted. Malt upfront but very well accented with chocolate, black coffee, and cocoa. A slight "bitterness" to the smell, a bit like black liquorice.

The innitial taste was a heavy roasted (almost burnt) maltiness. This gave way to a flurry of black cofee and dark chocolate flavors. Only a slightly bitter kick to the end similair to chicory. Some strong coffee flavors and a slight warming to each sip. Little alcohol in the taste, but the slight alcoholic warming associated with Imperial Stouts. A robust and full flavor that has some hints of darker fruit as well.

Medium to slightly heavy on the palate with a robust body that is sturdy yet maintains a creamy consistancy on the palate. Only slight carbonation.

As far as Imperial Stouts go, this has got to be one of the most drinkable. Every aroma is matched in taste and everything is so well balanced so as to accent everything else. The moderate alcohol content makes it easy to finish and despite its body, still very easy to drink. The perfect end to any meal, and one I will not keep my fridge without.

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3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly dense and creamy dark tan head. Otherwise completely black. Leaves some big puffs of lace behind.

S - dark fruits, mix of cherry and raisin. There are whisps of something darker lurking, like dense chocolate, but for me it is fruit forward.

T - fruitiness carries all the way through in the taste, nicely blended with some smooth roastiness, long lingering roasted finish.

M - big thick mouthfeel, chewy. Low carbonation. Alcohol feels a tad too warm, but is still enjoyable.

D - While certainly not a bold impy stout, it is refined, and goes down easy.

I can't say I dislike the fruitiness, but it is a little much for my taste. While this is a certainly a fine English example of the style, my personal preference is more towards a cleaner, roastier, and more agressive beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerBob
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout pours a perfect black from a 12oz clear glass bottle. Head is a pleasing brown with the consistency of yogurt and easily goes to over two fingers while covering the glass sides in a vale of foam as the liquid is consumed.

Nose is the most delightful assortment of dried fruits, and chocolates that I have ever found in a stout of any kind. Fig and sweet prune are in abundance in both the nose and the palate with a nice drying coffee like bitter for the finish.

Contractors to Her Majesty’s Forces can be found on the bottle label along with gold and sliver medals from the 18 and 19 hundreds.

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,256 ratings.