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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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2,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 126
Gots: 151 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle. Pours black with frothy tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells predominantly of black licorice and deep fruits (raisins and plums come to mind). Overall, the aroma is a bit on the tart, fruity side... maybe a slight hint of chocolate and roasted malts in there, but predominantly black licorice. The taste is similar to the aroma: starts out with fruit and black licorice, then finishes a little more smokey and chocolatey. Malts and alcohol are also in the mix. A pretty complex beer, let it warm up a bit and the notes are easier to distinguish. Beautiful pour and very thick on the tongue; it’s a pretty heavy brew, but still quite drinkable. Samuel Smiths continues to impress!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:29:56 | More by kflorence
Photo of dubinsky


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured cold into my Brooklyn Brewing snifter and allowed to warm up. Huge foamy, mocha colored head. The beer pours an a complete black with no translucency. Nice lacing left as the head came down. Looks like an RIS to me.

S - Initially it has a very mild aroma of Roasted coffee/espresso. As is sits and warms up it began to warm up and i got vanilla and dark friut. Not a boozy beer, which i love.

T - Great, light malty back bone, with slight hints of coffee. I gave some to my wife to try and she said it tasted like Dr. Pepper, i think she's right. The finish is a bit fruity, i thought i tasted apple, but now that i think of it, it was prunes. Very neutral sweet/bitterness.

M - Moderate to heavy body. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Well balanced flavors, and not too strong. A very drinkable RIS.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:53:39 | More by dubinsky
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2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Jet black with a substantial foamy brown head.

Aroma: Smells like chocolate licorice. Slightly sweet with toasty and yeasty notes.

Taste: Quite bitter and sour up-front, with a medicinal finish. Some chocolate tones.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but coating. Again, bitterness and sourness dominate.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine. Don't like the sourness of this stout.

Tasted blind at the Saint Louis BA tasting 12/14/03

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 06:22:56 | More by winomark
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with no light coming through. A thick dark tan head drops to a creamy fingers worth.

S - Dark fruit (predominantly prune), molasses, coffee, slight chocolate. Very nice indeed.

T - Initially the dark fruit is at the front, with coffee/caramel appearing in the middle. Bitterness begins to come through with some floral flavours at the end. Has vanilla running through most of the drink, but it really comes out in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-full becoming full through the drink. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for the type of beer it is. Superb brew in every way.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 17:01:31 | More by haz77
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2014 03:15:36 | More by Benvarine
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 13:22:23 | More by Ieatlambfries
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:07:24 | More by Daktyls
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, pretty black with a caramel colored edge when held up to the light. A small tan head, dissipates quickly then leaves solid edges of froth. Good lacing.
Smells like sweet coffee. A bit of heat with so cocoa nibs.
Taste is watery up front. A hint of roasted malts, light roast coffee. An almost vanilla flavor with a bit of off putting astringency. Only a bit. Everything is very balanced. Very little hop, only a little in the 3/4 side to offset sweetness
Smooth, creamy, medium body, light carbonation.

An ok RIS but could use a bit heavier flavor and a bit too dry in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:31:14 | More by Thads324
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-11-2014 00:29:36 | More by kwkdmk
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-22-2012 00:49:01 | More by jdkitchi
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-04-2012 23:36:48 | More by disemgrowler
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic large bottle. Old style label, with "Contrated to her Majesty's Forces", which I am not sure entirely what that means, but it sounds like it's good enough for QE2, so I guess it's good enough for me.

Dark as hell with tan creamy head. Just emaculate.

Smelled of fruit, hops, and coffee.

Tasted much like it smelled. Very smooth coffee flavour balances with floral hops bittierness. Went down well with the cheeseburger that I had for my dinner. Hints of chocolate and citrus.

Unlike other Russian Imperials I have had, this stuck to it's genre, but it does it o so well. Not bland in the least bit, but also, doesn't over extend itself in flavour.



Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 02:08:12 | More by Freshie
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-16-2012 19:44:44 | More by ABokononist
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-02-2012 04:11:14 | More by rsant
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-16-2011 00:51:05 | More by RyanPS
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-12-2012 06:52:42 | More by nesarebad
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2014 01:04:15 | More by mcrawford
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-07-2012 01:27:59 | More by HungarianCount
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Imperial stout poured into a snifter, a nice dark black color with a carmel colored 1 inch head that leaves nice fat sticky lacing. Smell is of sweet dark chocloate with hints of roasted nuts. Taste is of a smooth mellow malted barley with hints of roasted nuts, very well balanced not bitterness with a hint of alchohol burn. I could drink this fine offering all day long very well balanced and goes with a nice meal, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 23:03:45 | More by gunnerman


5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-10-2014 03:48:36 | More by NOLANDMAN
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-19-2014 04:53:21 | More by BH712
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour. Looks like an Imperial should, Black as coal with a nice tan head that holds firm. Chocolate & alcohol dominate the nose. Nice roasted malts that are heavy on the chocolate with a slight coffee finish. Very drinkable. Lighter in body than I was expecting. A fine example of the Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 04:43:37 | More by cretemixer
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick almost creamy head sits with no sign of dissipating and leaving slight amount of belgian lace. Aroma is very nice as it is sweet yet dark with a hint of roastiness. The taste of this beer is so good i could drink it for the rest of my life and still find new flavors. Rich in malt sweetness and a creamy roast character with a phenomenal balance of hop bitterness and flavor. It is so refreshing and clean that i can easily drink large gulps of this and never have to worry about a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied yet filling and definetly a bit alcoholic. Very drinkable by itself, as a session beer (if you want to get toasted), or paired with foods that would not be so bold as to overpower the depth of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 06:17:09 | More by RenoZymurgist
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4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle. Wow, deep brownish black color with a substantial billowing tan head that dissipates slowly leaving loads of lacing behind.

Nose of malt, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste is out of this world good. I've had a lot of RIS and what this lacks in ABV it more than makes up for in taste.

Great mouthfeel, feels so light in comparison to other brews of this style.

Great drinkability, wish I had more right now because it's gonna be gone before my Coronado Double Toro.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 03:45:03 | More by techdiver
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick beige, foamy head. Immediate carbonation is heavy, playful and reminds me of cola. Color is nearly pitch black with a slight rouge tone. Head falls into an approachable 1/3". Virtually no lacing on this glass.

S: Smells of whiskey, caramel and espresso.

T: Syrupy malt. Strength to match. Definitive hop bitter hangs onto the sweetness nicely. Prune, coffee liquer, smoke, and agave nectar?

M: The syrupy-ness of this one is unavoidable and pleasant. Very distinct bite.

D: Probably not a session beer but a darn good Impy.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 18:26:18 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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