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

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3,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,356
Reviews: 1,685
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 183
Gots: 305 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Brian700
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black. Completely opaque. No light is getting through this one. It has a light brown head. The head is creamy with larger bubbles scattered throughout it. The smell is exceptional. Its chocolatey, malty, and there is a presence of some fruit-like aroma. Maybe plum or cherry aroma. The taste is very good. Chocolatey and malty. Perfect amount of bitter on the back of the palate. Good mouthfeel. the carbonation is right on and the body is full. Coats the mouth nicely. This is a really good Imperial Stout and I would urge anyone who hasn't tried it to definately do so.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's pitch ass black, defining the word opaque. A large two inch tan head forms and reduces to a thick coating which laces well. It presents itself like a perfect stout, and a perfect stout it is damn close to. The aroma is a strong concoction of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. I get some dark fruits coming through as well, but vanilla stuck out the most. I love it! Super-smooth creaminess is the mouthfeel of this medium to full bodied brew. Strong flavors of burnt coffee and chocolate treat your palate, and then some hops come by for a quick stay in the finish. Warming alcohol is prevalent in the finish, a reminder of the strength of this brew. This is one heluva stout, simply put.

Photo of bigbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of slavall
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Vengeance526
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a 1-finger tan head that slowly dies down to a light ring and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aroma is very roasty upfront with lots of coffee and caramel evident.

Taste closely reflects the smell with lots of roasted malt upfront and notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel all around. A slight hint of alcohol can be detected in the finish.

Full bodied, very rich and smooth. Enjoyable RIS overall, great to sip on. I doubt I'd have more than one at a time, but I'm sure I'll try this again in the future.

Photo of hdofu
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazingly black beer with thick froth head, Smell is that of expresso. The taste is that of strong bitter coffee and maybe the tinniest hint of cocoa and orange. Has a syrupy feel on the tongue initially followed by a crisp taste like that of a grapefruit. Goes down the throat quite easily. A pretty heavy beer, not one I'd want to drink more then one of at a time

Photo of jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of lehueve
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of packetknife
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You'd think you were about to drink used motor oil. Thick, nice tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hints of caramel. Not harsh at all considering the ABV. Wonderful stout.

Photo of travolta
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: This Imperial Stout had normal head retention. The lacing I will discuss after I have finished the glass. The color is totally dark brown, to simplify would be to say that it is black. I am not even going to hold it to the light because with a beer this dark, it does not matter. The lacing is not something of note. It exists, but barely

Nose: A start of carmel, and coffee. Quite a bit of coffee. That is about it. maybe some dry fig.

Taste: Although there is not very much in the smell department, it makes up for this in the taste. Right away i get fig, carmel, coffee, roasted wheat. It is a bit bitter in the end and it is the bitterness which sticks with you unti your next sip. It does not have a heavy mouthfeel which lends to more distinct characteristics.

Notes: Not heavy in alcohol content or body which makes it an easy stout to drink.

Photo of buzzedup
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Augustiner719
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brownish black color with some minor red highlights. Looks very classic and produces a massive light tan head with some lacing. The aroma is strong toffee, chocolate, a touch of espresso and rich roasted malts. Really inviting. The flavor is very nice with lots of roasty malts and a big dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Great toffee and even burnt coffee flavors meld nicely with it's sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink, though it's Thinner than most RIS out there. Great off dry finish with a bitter kick to level the sweetness. This is the most drinkable RIS I have had so far. Really nice.

Photo of dwtyler
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of hyuga
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black under a darkish tan head that's not too dense.

Aroma of dried figs, dates, and sweet molasses. Faint dark cherry-wood in the background. Amazing complexity.

Burnt molasses on the tongue at the front, followed by plum and cherry with a hint of roasted grain. Fig laced with alcoholic sweetness linger through the finish. Very pleasant leafy hop aftertaste. Thick and biting mouthfeel. Leaves the tongue tingling.

This is an amazingly drinkable imperial stout. I haven't had this beer in a very long time and I find it even better than I remember it. All-around goodness. Low alcohol so you can have a few in one sitting, and it's as complex and satisfying as just about any 9%+ imperial stout.

Photo of JLeet
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Sycodrummer
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[This is my 100th review, a slight milestone in my BA life, so I had to go with my favorite style, and I'm very glad I did]

Poured from the clear 550ml bottle into a snifter the beer was a very dark black that let no light thru. It was topped by a little more than one finger of frothy dark tan head. Big rings of lace clung to the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was dark and roasted. Malt upfront but very well accented with chocolate, black coffee, and cocoa. A slight "bitterness" to the smell, a bit like black liquorice.

The innitial taste was a heavy roasted (almost burnt) maltiness. This gave way to a flurry of black cofee and dark chocolate flavors. Only a slightly bitter kick to the end similair to chicory. Some strong coffee flavors and a slight warming to each sip. Little alcohol in the taste, but the slight alcoholic warming associated with Imperial Stouts. A robust and full flavor that has some hints of darker fruit as well.

Medium to slightly heavy on the palate with a robust body that is sturdy yet maintains a creamy consistancy on the palate. Only slight carbonation.

As far as Imperial Stouts go, this has got to be one of the most drinkable. Every aroma is matched in taste and everything is so well balanced so as to accent everything else. The moderate alcohol content makes it easy to finish and despite its body, still very easy to drink. The perfect end to any meal, and one I will not keep my fridge without.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BrewClint
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of markaberrant
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly dense and creamy dark tan head. Otherwise completely black. Leaves some big puffs of lace behind.

S - dark fruits, mix of cherry and raisin. There are whisps of something darker lurking, like dense chocolate, but for me it is fruit forward.

T - fruitiness carries all the way through in the taste, nicely blended with some smooth roastiness, long lingering roasted finish.

M - big thick mouthfeel, chewy. Low carbonation. Alcohol feels a tad too warm, but is still enjoyable.

D - While certainly not a bold impy stout, it is refined, and goes down easy.

I can't say I dislike the fruitiness, but it is a little much for my taste. While this is a certainly a fine English example of the style, my personal preference is more towards a cleaner, roastier, and more agressive beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stumpy29er
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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