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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

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3,225 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,225
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 151
Gots: 224 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Lewdd, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JohnathanColeman, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on a whim. I was very pleased.

This is one of the thickest stouts I've ever tried. That being said I would have expected it to be bitter, but it turns out this stuff is so smooth it's insane.

The aroma is a coffee/light chocolate and the head is maybe the thickest I've seen. I'm very much looking forward to getting this beer again and saving it for a special occasion.

03.17.05: After re-reading some of my reviews I came across this one. I admit it. I was naive when I tried this. I'm currently drinking a glass of Czar Jack from Town Hall. By no means is Sam Smith's Imperial stout thick in comparison. While still a fine beer. I don't think that I can really compare it to some of the American Double Stouts that have been gracing my glasses as of late. My rating still stands. I just thought I needed to clarify this a bit more

LuckySevens82, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Buggies
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of fruit, chocolate, and molasses. It also has a smell of lactose...almost as if it was a milk stout.

Tastes really smooth. Chocolate with slightly fruity notes. The dark roasted grains are also present giving a nice bitter punch.

Really smooth. Nothing too overpowering like you get in many other example of the style. Quite an easy drinker for an imperial.

Buggies, Jul 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

windypete, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Spineypanda
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice black color, no light seen through. Large caramel brown head that lingers for some time.
Smell is very sugary, nice malty sweet notes, and chocolate with just a hint of hops.
Taste is quite fantastic, with the back of the tongue and throat picking up the bitter hoppiness and the front picking up the sweet chocolate and coffee notes.

This is a great example of an Imperial Stout, and probably now one of my favorite Samuel Smith beers.

Spineypanda, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Loveyourbeer
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Loveyourbeer, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ChrisKuhns, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of GinsuDave
5/5  rDev +19.9%

GinsuDave, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a light brown head

S: Not very powerful but chocolate is there

T: Chocolate is dominant but caramel and toffee are also distinguishable. Bitterness and light alcohol on the finish

M: Rich and smooth

Overall: Really enjoyable beer. It's just plain good

JuliusCaesar, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jono0101, May 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of neorunner
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of jdklks
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

aggressively poured into an over-sized wine glass, producing a 1 1/2 finger tan-brown head. black with amber edges. smells of english hops and yeast (not surprisingly of course) and roasted coffee malt that provides a welcoming sweetness.

taste is thin and dry, an unbalanced sugary sweetness with little punch. for an imperial stout, not a whole lot of complexity. not much here besides a sugary sweetness accompanied by a barely perceptible hop bite that saves it from being too sweet.

mouthfeel is nice as far as thickness goes, but it is over-carbonated, and the aftertaste is too sweet on the palate.

jdklks, Aug 14, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color, appears pretty viscous during the pour with a minimal tan head that dissipates pretty quickly to a very fine layer of bubbles.

S: Dried dark fruits are most present, with the typical coffee, mocha and dark, bitter chocolate notes. There's also a scent that for lack of better comparison, smells like applewood flavored wood chips for smoking.

T: Dark chocolate up front with the dark fruits following. A bit of molasses mixed in with the malts adds an interesting character in the middle.

M: Medium bodied with an equal amount of carbonation balances well, creamy on the finish.

D: Quite drinkable, definitely glad I purchased the four pack for this one. Very, very good.

Daktyls, Jan 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

PhilMiller, Apr 17, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eman17, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this Imperial was exceptional in my opinion. Not only was it an opaque opal color, but, it also had a nice 2 finger dark tan head that just lingered. It looked so darn good. Even when the head did start to go down it left a curtain of lace that would then form perfect rings around my glass. This was a visual 5, no doubt about it. The smell was excellent as well. A caramel nuttiness, with plenty of roasted malts and coffee notes. To me it's a similar smell to the Taddy Porter. The taste was of burned caramel, roasted espresso beans and roasted sweet malts. It also had the sweetness of burned fruits, raisons, and dates. The mouthfeel, although very good, was a bit thinner than I expected. Again, not bad at all, but from the richness of the rest of the experience I expected a bit more body. Very drinkable, the exceptional taste of this Imperial makes you wish winter would last a bit longer so you could squeeze a few more sessions in around the fire place.

Ieatlambfries, Mar 07, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured very dark, almost black and somewhat watery. It had a very small head which went away almost immediately. The aroma was unmistakably stout-sih; very roasted hints of malt and coffee, possibly chocolate, dark fruits. It immediately hit me with bitterness in the taste, with plenty of maltiness and caramel flavor. It had a lasting chocolate/coffee bean aftertaste which was pleasant, but left something ot be desired. It had a bitter and watery mouthfeel. I'm going to go against the grain on this one and disagree with the monumental praise this had gotten. A good beer, but not outstanding.

sinistrsam, Dec 10, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a giant 2 inch mocha head, pitch black in color with good carbonation and head retention

Smells of faint chocolate malts with a bit of hops and alcohol. Would have liked a more powerful smell.

Tastes of burnt malts with some coffee like taste. Somewhat low hops for an Imperial stout but the hops are still present. Very faint alcohol taste with a weird copper like after taste. Some dried fruit , maybe prunes is also tasted

Carbonation is too much. My mouth is almost numb from it. Slight creamy going down but not too heavy. Too bad the carbonation kind of screws up the mouth feel

Good quality beer. Carbonation held it back from being a great beer. Not too bitter, not too heavy, great price. More drinkable than alot of RIS. Would buy again

angelmonster, Dec 26, 2008
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

elcrawl, Oct 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

BeerDocT, Oct 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 14, 2012
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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