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

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3,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 1,639
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 135
Gots: 169 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-11-2014 08:24:54 | More by admiral
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-17-2014 01:36:23 | More by PhilMiller
Photo of quasimoto


3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

A - It is a deep black color with no light shining through. The head is big tan frothy one and has laced nicley.

S - It is kind of cold when i first started but as it warms up it smell like a nice blend of chocolate, roasted coffee, and some crisp hops. A very even blend and certainly very enjoyable.

T - Once again an even blend of coffee and roasted chocolate, but there is a slight cardboardish flavor. There is a slight red wine vinous flavor and some plum. Slightly skunkish. Probably a factor of it being in a clear bottle and getting light struck.

M - Very viscous and has a slight old beer sharpness to it. The bitterness is in the end but there is something else there that makes it feel old.

D - Im sure if this is fresh it is probably unbelieveable, but maybe this bottle is old.

04-29-2006 00:56:56 | More by quasimoto
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance- Pitch black with a thin but tenacious layer of espresso to chocolate milk colored head.

Smell- Dark fruit, dark chocolate, dark rum,hop spice, deep caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of sweet wort. Pretty great smell but I wish it was stronger.

Taste- Starts out with a strong roasted coffee character, then dark chocolate, then spicy/earthy hop bitter clears the way for a finish of burnt coacoa, and roasted grain bitter. The finish is much better than it sounds I promise. Some more of that earthiness in the aftertaste. A nugat tone comes out with warmth. Later I get a bit of black cherry. This isn't super-complex but it is exactly what I expect Imperial Stout to taste like. Rich, but more bitter than sweet, and dark as midnight.

Mouthfeel- Hefty but far from oppressive. Chewy.

Drinkability- Barely a hint of booze anywhere definately helps.

12-06-2006 06:01:29 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-22-2012 00:49:01 | More by jdkitchi
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-08-2012 23:33:38 | More by beerFool28607
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2014 03:15:36 | More by Benvarine
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

Black as night, and with a deep brown head. Fairly good looking little brew. Takes a couple hits for some odd brown crud under the foil wrapper, around the edge of the cap.

Smells deep and malty, with a nice toasty backing. Tastes the same way. Definately one of the better stouts I've had. Wonderful almost creamy smoothness going down. Perhaps one of the weightier stouts I've had lately.

A superb stout. Also one of the most expensive in the store I bought it at. It proves that sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. Pay top dollar, get a top stout. Good job, Smith!

09-13-2003 04:46:23 | More by SetarconeX
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

06-07-2012 22:04:12 | More by mcss
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-21-2012 07:33:19 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2014 01:04:15 | More by mcrawford
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a black color with a huge tan head leaving some lacing.

Smells rich, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins

Taste like roasted malts, toffe like, hint of chocolate, sweetness with a hint of burnt at the end.

Smooth, Creamy, and rich, with low carbonation.

This is the Third RIS I tried, first two were a little too extreme for me, this one was milder and definately better.

Pretty costy, but still would drink this again

11-20-2008 00:24:35 | More by tr4nc3d
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%

Tried this beer before and it was alright. Seems like the guys over in England didn't quite get the message on the Imperial Stout. Good beer though, so here it goes...

A - Good looking beer, dark brown almost black with a nice brown head that starts at 2 finger sbut then dissipates down to almost nothing.

S - Mostly red wine. Some dark roasted malts in there.

T - Again a lot of red wine. Dark and roasted malts. Coffee, Espresso. Dark Fruits.

M - light - medium mouthfeel, I missed the thick body of the American RIS's. Alcohol is there (but it shouldn't be at 7%). Leaves a roasted/red wine aftertaste.

O - For a Russian Imperial Stout this is pretty one-dimensional. A lot of red wine flavor but not much of anything else. Maybe I'm just spoiled here in the US with Stone RIS and Old Raspy but I wouldn't buy this again.

08-12-2013 00:08:26 | More by ISmith87
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-12-2012 06:52:42 | More by nesarebad
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-27-2014 01:08:01 | More by robotiks
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-01-2012 02:10:59 | More by HoneyLamb
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-24-2012 02:08:21 | More by Shnanign
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

A: Extremely dark with huge tan head that receeds slowwly towards the beer clinging the entire way down.

S: Bitter chocolate, cream, butterscotch, and coffee.

T: Dark bitter chocolate, piney hops, anise, and an earthy bitterness. Only thing missing was the normal warmth from the alcohol.

M: Nice carbination and dry clean bitter finish. Very nice.

D: I enjoy this fine example of an RIS even with the ABV being so low. It allows you to enjoy more of the fine flavors.

12-07-2007 01:49:08 | More by Biscuit033
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

7% for an imperial stout? Ok. Still pretty tasty tho.

Pours black with an icecream like foamy brown head. Rocky, but not as rocky as some west coast style beers. Sort of like an ice cream float.

Aroma is very heavy on the caramel. Vanilla and spices. Reminds me of Halloween candy for some reason.

Taste is heavier on the caramel malt than most imperial stouts. Sweet creamy aftertaste with the roasted malt in the background for the most part. Not sure how this would go if there was more alcohol in it. Definitely a sweet stout that finishes dry with roasted malt, just short of charcoal flavors but not heavy on either chocolate or coffee flavors.

This is a cool beer. Not sure if it's my first choice among the imperial stouts.. more just like a British stout but still very good.

09-25-2009 02:37:07 | More by wiseguy142
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a fluid jet black, with complete opacity, and a healthy two finger head that dissipates quickly without leaving too much lace. Is sort of fizzy, which was unexpected for a RIS.

Smell is of roasty caramel and malt, with some toasted grain in the back and molasses coming to mind near the middle. No coffee or chocolate notes - this looks to be a straight shooting roasted beast. Even get a bit of char at the very end. Great nose.

Taste follows pretty closely, with the molasses coming out a lot more than in the aroma, and a bit of sour twang coming in from the hops or something else. Roasted malt leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue resembling coffee. Middle is a bit watery for my taste, but it does carry the beer well enough. Nuttiness is present at the beginning of each sip which is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, although watery in the middle as I mentioned, but very well aided by the carbonation and is reasonably well-bodied for the beginning and end of each sip. Drinkability is great, as this beer doesn't assault you with flavors, but rather allows them to come out softly of their own accord. Amount of flavor for the 7% abv is admirable as well considering the style. Finish could be a little bit better, as it is only kind of bitter and a tad watery, while I'd prefer it to be either neutral or heavily bitter, but it is good nonetheless. Really good, affordable, and common RIS; I'd buy this again for sure.

03-03-2011 09:02:25 | More by madvermin
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

I hate to not write a glowing review for this beer, but for me it's just not as rich, full-bodied or aromatic as the best imperial stouts I've had. I mean, it's still a smooth, tasty beer. I like it. It's just that when I compare it to Old Rasputin or Stone, this one just doesn't bring as much to the table. It's all the same basic components, just not as strong and not as full. A fantastic introductory Russian Imperial, and perhaps I'll try it again sometime and realize all I'm missing. But today, it's just a really solid brew.

08-04-2012 04:40:46 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of Darkale


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Before I get into the bits and pieces, let me just say, Wow.


Black-brown body, thick tan head that is slow to fade. Aroma is sweet, sort of like deep cocoa from a distance.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, fabulous, and noteworthy. Creamy! Foamy!

The taste starts off like chocolate and ends with hops, with a sour and sweet mix lingering in the aftertaste.

I had been told that this was the grandfather of all imperial stouts, and I concur. A must-try.

08-06-2003 17:59:57 | More by Darkale
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery does a great job with the old style Russian Imperial Stout. The beer pours a dark, deep brown nearly opaque, and has a slight head at one finger, that dissipates quickly and laces slightly. Smell is generally coffee malts with some chocolate and a slight bit of hops, primarily floral in nature, mostly for bitterness. Taste is very much chocolate-coffee in nature, with little hop flavoring. Maybe a hair of floral hops. Anyway, feel is smooth, with a slight carbonation, some oiliness, and a generally full body. Overall, Samuel Smith's has done a great one with a style that they probably have been doing for nearly a century. I enjoyed it and will have it again.

06-04-2011 05:18:46 | More by jacobseyb
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Wow, I love this beer! This is what made me a Sam Smith fan for life. It pours a gorgeous jet black color with a tan head. Smell is full of dark fruit and roasted malt. There's a lot of taste to this beer. Some raisins, roasted malts, and coffee. It goes down smooth and creamy but i love to take my time with this one making sure it is at room temp before the last drop hits the back of my tongue. This is definately one of my favorite imperial stouts.

04-12-2004 22:49:15 | More by soper2000
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-03-2013 15:54:04 | More by headyhopzhead
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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