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

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3,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,360
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 185
Gots: 309 | FT: 2
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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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 3,360 | Reviews: 1,687
Photo of vtfan77
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark brown, almost black, but there is a little light getting through. About an inch of tan head and a bit of lacing round it out.

S- Mostly coffee and burnt malt aromas. Some sour fruits, maybe plums and raspberries thrown in there.

T- More coffee and burnt flavors. A touch of bitterness at the end but not too much. Very pleasant, not at all overwhelming.

M- Smooth, silky, creamy. Very nice, a joy to swallow.

D- Very good considering the style. Goes down like velvet and the abv is not too bad at 7%. I could definitely drink another.

Overall, this was a very nice Imperial Stout. I'm not even a fan of stouts but I could definitely drink more of these. Recommended.

Photo of riored4v
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/29/11

Poured in to a pint. Good 1.5 finger head, pitch black body. Head was dark tan.

Smell was estery and a bit off/weird. Very mild roast Good amount of sweetness. Strong raisin.

Taste had strong raisin and ester presence. Very mild roast with a good amount of sweetness. Some yeasty/english presence with a very light bitterness. Some chocolate notes as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body. Light carb, slightly sticky finish.

Drinkability was decent. Lots of ester and raisin. Even splitting the bottle, 1 was enough.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
1.85/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was feeling a bit daring at the Mile so I decided to try a bottle I've never had before. Well, I'm sorry to say that I wasn't too happy with my choice.

The darkness of my glass was very impressive. Help up to a light the brew had just a hint of red filter through, while the edges appeared a dark brown. The head was almost two fingers thick and steadily dissipated.

The aroma and taste were a bit of a shock. MAPLE. VERY MAPLE. The aroma was somewhat noticeable. The flavor was a smack to my pallet, and not a good one. It was very overbearing, and intensified as it had time to breathe. I'm not getting this one again.

It took a while for me to remember what this reminded me of, then it hit me, SA Triple Bock, my lowest score on BA. Maple just doesn't belong in beer, I feel.

Photo of Beric
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice thick black with a thin tan head that diminishes and leaves little lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee and slight caramel.

Tastes very rich, coffee, caramel/molasses and somewhat sweet, raosty and some alcohol is noticable.

A thick syrupy mouthfeel, overall very good stout.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head with good retention, that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is full of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, a little nutty, a bit of smoke and alcohol, and rounds out with a bit of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied. This is a very easy drinker for the style.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: black body with no highlights even when held directly to the light, a thick, mocha colored head forms and retains quite well. There's some lacing but not a whole lot.

Smell: some coffee, roasted malt and hints of dark fruits like currants. Not a whole lot, but its enough to give me something to look forward to.

Taste: follows the nose. Roasted malt creates coffee, hints of dark fruit and hints of dark chocolate and licorice. This has plenty of flavor for a stout but unfortunately its not flavorful enough considering its a RIS.

Feel: not as full bodied as I'd like. Medium towards full, a bit of carbonation, a bit creamy, no chewiness.

Drink: could drink a lot of these given that this is easy drinking and not very complex, but interesting enough to bring you back.

Overall, a nice stout but maybe I am spoiled by American Imperial Stouts, but I find this to be a bit light in flavor for an Imperial. Its certainly worth trying because its from a world renowned brewery, especially if its your first RIS, but don't expect your world to be shaken to the core.


Photo of DaveBlack
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as they come, with a finger and a 1/2 of fluffy tan head.

S: Incredibly chocolaty, dark fruit, espresso, and molasses. Really a great, rich smelling beer.

T: Complex, delicious brew. A lot of flavors going on in this beer. Rich chocolate, espresso, prunes, dark fruit, roasted malts, lemon rind, a slight oaky, smoky flavor and something reminiscent of soy sauce. All of these flavors are playing so well together, making this much more interesting than the average stout.

M: Not as heavy as I was expecting. Relatively medium body, with a rich, creamy texture. Low carbonation.

O: Great, complex stout. There's so much going on, but the flavors don't fight with each other, but work together. Lemon rind in espresso, soy sauce, typical stout flavors. They all compliment. Really a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

puors brillent onyx, slight lacy head.

the aroma was toffey, molasses, smoky.
the flavor was burnt, not to bitter, with a very thick mouth feel.

the aroma toffey, mollasses, less smoke, coffee.
the flavor very rich, alcohol, smoke not as strong, toffey, molasses, coffee.

i was really disapointed in this beer until it was room temp.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a jet black colour with only the faintest amount of light visible at the bottom edges of the glass. The frothy, tan head takes forever to settle down. When it finally dies down,it leaves a sticky lacing and your nose is greeted with a warm combination of caramel, roasty chocolate and alcohol. Upon forst tasting I'm noticing the silky smoothyet slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Malty, malty. Chocolate, caramel and an obvious alcohol taste meets your tongue. The aftertaste is dry and chocolaty. The bottle is dated June 2004, and I picked it up in West Australia, so who knows what sort of conditions it endured during the past year and a half. Having said that, the alcohol is not hidden well at all. At "only" 7-percentalcohol, it tastes awfully harsh. I can think of a few 7+ percent stouts that hide the alcohol much better. It's a good beer, but not as good as I'd hoped. I'm a huge fan of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout and hoped to be equally impressed.

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

Poured a deep dark almost black with a toffee colored head, which reduced to a lace of bubbles clinging to the glass. Strong scent of alcohol mixed liberally with toffee and roasted accents. Tastes of chocolate and alcohol, but not astringent. Very pleasant tasting Russian Imperial Stout. The body seemed a little thin as compared to others I have sampled recently. Overall good beer very true to style.

Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark black brown with a large tan head.

S - Roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, slight dark fruit.

T - A wonderful mix of sweet roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, plum, and black cherries. Light earthy hops lend balance. Finishes slightly bitter with burnt malts, coffee, and dark fruit.

M - Exceptionally smooth and soft. Medium bodied. Dry finish.

O - A nice complex imperial stout with good balance. The plum and black cherry gives a distinct character to the beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of brett606
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wspscott
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Darkest black with a thick creamy tan head. Leaves no lace
S: All roasted malts
T: There is no hint of the alcohol, all you get is roasted malts with a drying feeling on the tongue. There is a slight hint of fruit in the background.
M: Smooth but not creamy. I would like a little more body here because this goes down too easy.
D: This is an excellent stout, very well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, this could be a 3.5% beer, which seems to be unusual for an imperial stout. So many come across as 'hot'. Again, the only thing missing is a little more texture/body to fill things out. Highly recommended.

Photo of Honus1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Jackal
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of TGanyone
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mnrider
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 RichardMNixon
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a great stout. Smell is chocolate, raisins, must, and feet. Taste is cleaner but fairly plain and one dimensional. Mouthfeel is the strong suit, silky smooth and very chewy.

Photo of parintele
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mattsucks
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TonyJ815
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Johnny_Duck
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of gatorlove
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of robotiks
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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