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

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3,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,087
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 138
Gots: 179 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jpbebeau, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

smb71481, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ACarp, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Benvarine
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Benvarine, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

PhilMiller, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a medium sized off white head that quickly dissipates, its beautiful while it lasts thought. Beer itself is completely opaque, no light gets through this one at all!

Smell- Very hefty smells here, alcohol is very apparent and gives entire nose a fairly strong bit to it, malty with some underlying alcoholic sweetness.

Taste- Alcohol is much more masked here than in the nose, initial taste is alcohol-sweet, followed by a more subdued molasses flavor, and finally a pleasant warm, lingering chocolate on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Good palate coverage, flavor lingers for quite some time and is reasonably light, not too heavy.

Drinkability- A solid, solid IMPY stout. Not the heaviest out there, a great beer to sit back and relax with.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jopezu, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of robotiks
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

robotiks, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of gmcfarre
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550mL bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass. What a pairing!

A- Dark, dark black color with a thick tan head. Head rose to almost 2 inches with fairly aggressive pour. Leaves a good lookin' spotty wall of lacing.

S- Intense dark malt, chocolate and a helping of java beans.

T- About as good as a Russian Imperial gets! Delicious warming effect envelopes you from the instant it touches your lips. Dark malt and chocolate predominate, but hops make a nice cameo for a change. Finish has a roasted, smoky feel.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation to add to the warming effect. as it conquers the mouth, a creamy, oilcan smoothness wins out. Leaves you with a nip of dryness.

D- So delicious you can down it like a champ, but why would you want to? One to savor and sip for a while. Alcohol does make its presence known well into the drink.

gmcfarre, Mar 07, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Liquoric3, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of HungarianCount
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

HungarianCount, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of endincolorado
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown (nearly black) with ruby highlights. Tan head. Low retention. Great lacing.

Smell- Fairly strong, roasty malt, cocoa, and dark fruit.

Taste- Roasted malt, balanced by some hop-bitterness. Cocoa, dark fruits, and a slight alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel- medium-heavy body. Nicely carbonated. A little light for an imperial stout.

Drinkability- Good for an imperial stout. Alcohol isn't overwhelming.

endincolorado, Apr 03, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

nesarebad, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of palma
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was supposed to be best in its class. Not so IMO.
Right off the bat, this beer is a little thin, and over carbonated.
The flavor is strong dark malts and roasted coffee. Nice, but just too tangy of a finish. A good bitterness yes, but the tangyness and the let-down mouthfeel just does not make this a great beer.
A decent imp stout, and that's about it.

palma, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C: completely opaque solid pour with a two finger head that settles to about a half finger. tan think head.
S: deep scents of toffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla bean. smells like a ice cream parlor.
T: incredibly thick chocolatey approach, turn to toffe in the middle and heavily roasted malt in the back. incredibly crafted stout.
M: smooth very lightly carbonated with an incredibly thick body.
D: This one is definitely a sipper, or a nice beer to have with desert. I usually don't pay this much for a four pack but I was absolutely not dissapointed. I will keep this around more often

naterock, Jun 27, 2008
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3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of mocha head, color of the beer is a very dark but translucent ruby color.

Smell - Molasses, soy sauce, dark fruits, touch of black coffee.

Taste - Taste follows the nose: roasted malts, black coffee, dark fruits, and touch of soy. These flavors come all at once. In the finish I get some char, toasted pumpernickel crust and a fairly prominent mineral taste.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium carb adds some nice tingle and lends nice drinkability.

Overall - I'm a bit disappointed here, let me explain. The nose is wonderful, and by the smell of this "Imperial Stout" I thought this was going to be a big, flavorful, mouthcoating beer, but it absolutely is not. The flavors are nice, but feels a bit watered down. I like the beer, but have a hard time thinking of this as Imperial. This feels and tastes far more like a regular stout or porter. See what you think.

blackcompg, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Leschber, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith for many is a classic imperial Stout, for me, it was just a normal usual stout, but a fair good one.

I love the transparent bottle, it is dark, dark like the night darker than night, call her ninja. Forms a nice foamy brown head that just let herself to firm lace of a caramel colors...

Smell is of roasted malt at first, second with black chocolate, liquorice and a strong vanilla and sherry flavours. Chocolate is quite present to the nose with a rich malted presence, sweet and so powerful.

Her taste is so around her smell actually, the sweetness of the beer get present with her rich malt complex flavours followed by a malty chocolate flavours that ends with small bruits berry like flavours. Butterscotch presence is prominent that finishes with a warm alcohol touch.

3Vandoo, Jun 22, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer!

Poured a deep black with some garnet hints into a pint glass.

Not a strong aroma, a bit sweet, a bit molassesy (is that a word?)

Tasted some chocolate, some molasses, and some butterscotch? Sweet without being overpowering.

After the great flavor, the there was enough hoppiness to cleanse the palate and leave you wanting more.

An excellent beer. Sweeter than Old Rasputin with a nice, clean finish. A nice balance of hops and malts.

doppelmeup, Dec 29, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours completely opaque black with a khaki head. the head leaves some lacing, generally in large chunks, coming down rather quickly, and becoming more of a light tan colour

S - Alcohol and raisins come to the forefront, the syrupy-ness of the beer lending me to think I smell something reminescent of 'brayer rabbit molasses." It is a dark sweetness that slowly crawls into the nose and complements the alcoholic raisin notes.

T - the most noticeable taste to my palate is that of a dark chocolate or a bitter bakers chocolate. The appearance of roasted malts becomes more noticeable, and adds coffee flavours; strongs ones, French or Colombian roasts. however, nothing is too authoritative in this beer, noting comes right out and immediately hits you in the mouth and says: "oh wow. like, thats a ton of malt." It all blends in smoothly together.

MF&D - not much carbonation, and is not as thick/syrupy as expected. A most enjoyable drink.

erz316, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of r0nyn
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick, black, opaque color with a good two-finger head thanks to a vigorous pour. Head dissipates gradually, leaving a good amount of lacing. Smell has a decent malty character, but also a pretty prominent soy sauce smell... from the barley? Not sure, but definitely a unique and unexpected smell.

Taste starts off with a bit of malty sweetness, which was surprising from a stout. That gives way to some hoppy bitterness which coats the palate and spreads the flavor around. Not too much soy sauce taste, which is good. The back end finishes off with an alcoholic kick, which is atypical of a stout with a relatively low ABV. The bitterness also lingers into the aftertaste for quite a bit. There are very subtle nuances of vanilla and coffee as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, not too heavy, but not watery either. A nicely balanced brew, with a small amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is only hindered by the rather surprising smell and interesting taste, which is to say, not really very much. A solid example of an RIS. Not the best I've had, but definitely not the worst.

r0nyn, Nov 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BH712, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (code SB22D1 on the neck) poured into a snifter.

Opaque dark brown to black, topped with a cake-like khaki head which slowly drops to a ring and a film. Little to no lace.

Coffee, bitter chocolate and sweet molasses in the nose along with a hint of vanilla and roasted grain.

Taste is coffee, chocolate and molasses with a slight rumlike note in the background. A subtle sugary sweetness lingers. Roasted grains and dark fruit (prunes, figs?). More coffee and chocolate and a faint spicy hop flavor and bitterness at the tail.

Mouth is a silky medium.

Drinkability is very high indeed.

At 7% this is a milder RIS than I've become accustomed to but it really doesn't give anything up other than mouthfeel. Rich, delicious and very easy to drink.

sethmeister, May 15, 2009
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 3,087 ratings.