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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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Reviews: 1,710
Hads: 3,505
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 220
Gots: 396 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2001

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Photo of ewurm
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I poured this stout, I noticed the uniform color with a quality head. I enjoyed the robust flavor. I tasted coffee, licorice, ginger, and a hint of chocolate. I tried this on the recommendation of a friend and was not disappointed. The finish was fairly clean. I would not recommend more than one at a sitting, as I found it filling. A quality brew from a quality brewery.

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Photo of ReadyFireAim
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd continue my stout kick with Sam Smith's RIS, here. Let's take a look-see, eh?

Poured into my pint glass with a good 3/4-inch pillow of creamy goodness on top. The head settled into a nice, toffee-colored ring for the duration of the drink (this was, of course, after Armageddon had cometh).

Goodness, me! These are scents the gods dream of, man! Dark fruit scents mingle with those of lavender and coffee beans. There are hints of rum-like notes in there, too. Heavenly.

Fruity upfront, not too heavy - good consistency - with bits of chocolate and rum notes carrying through into the middle. Finishes with a warm, smoky espresso wave to help warm the throat and tummy. Can definitely taste and feel the alcohol in this one. No doubt there. You know... I think I'm going to scrap the rest of this review and just enjoy my drink, here. Cheers!

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Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black. Rather clear, not too thick. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes sweet, not too sweet, but just right. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some hints of fig make for a delightful beer. Overall this is a tasty brew. I have had some imperial stouts where I couldnt finish the last couple sips. I enjoyed this beer to the last sip.

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Photo of evolbob
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith IP glass. Nice, dark, coffee appearance with thick head. Smells good. There is some buttery notes along with coffee and chocolate, with small amount of hop finish. This is a smooth Imperial Stout though I am not as impressed with it as the ratings would indicate. I really like Samuel Smith products and would buy this again if no Rogue or Great Divide were available.

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Photo of mapofthedead
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich black with a decent tan head.

S: There was some hint of sweetness, sugar and toffee maybe combining with a bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. Also picked up a slight roasted smell in the background.

T: Again, the sweetness of toffee/sugar was present but nicely offset by the bitterness of chocolate and coffee.

M: Awesome! Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Very drinkable and no hint of the alcohol content!

Notes: 355 ml bottle poured into a Imperial Pint Glass. BBE DEC 09.

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Photo of vhiggins
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown 100% opaque from top to bottom. Head is a dark beige with a slight red hue here and there. Poured a very nice head that webbed down the side for the entire pint.

S: Smell is very sweet. Reminds me of dried cherries or cranberries with a hint of maple syrup

T: an excellent tasting beer. Creamy and Full flavored. At first u taste some alcohol then a little spice as it balances out to finish as subtle tasting beer.
You can taste a few things. chocolate, caramel but mostly the fruits

M: Creamy and rich!

D: I could probably drink this morning, noon and night but I am afraid that it would loose it's luster if I had more than 2 in a row. It might be to sweet and rich for me to drink..and drink..and drink...and drink..repeat.

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Photo of crizmo2352
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours opaque black with thick medium brown head that sticks around and eventually fades to thick pad, lacing the glass with broken sticky blotches. The nose is strong with rich maltiness, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. Very big brew on the palate. Fills out with rich sweet malt and dark chocolate. Very round mouthfeel... complex flavors are quite overwhelming. Fruit tones and toffee/roast character present as well. Sweetness helps round the mouthfeel out yet isn't overbearing and is reminiscent of molasses or sorghum. Brew lingers on the palate with complex series of flavors. Abundant strong flavors supported with good hop bitterness. Decent quaffibility considering style, although it is quite filling. Definately meant to be savored, yet finishing the 550ml bottle is not challenging at all.

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Photo of LestatSabastian
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was dark nearly black with a nice tan creamy head.
smell was of chocolate coffee and some nut hint to it
taste was so awesome chocolate coffee dessert anyone hmmm.
mouthfeel rich creamy bold taste leaves you like coffee in the morning.
drinkabilty drink it slow and savor the flavor. would drink this any day of the week. Try this Beer

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Photo of Keblar
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 550ml bottle into an imperial pint class. Coffee to dark cola color, with a little translucency at the bottom of the glass. Nice thick 1 inch head with a nutty caramel color.

Very malty smell. Sweetish but not as malty as I expected start with a sharp spicy bitter finish.

Thinner than I expected (guess I've been drinking too many nitro stouts) - that may because of the high ABV.

Great beer, but too bitter for more than a couple.

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Photo of beerquestman
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with a light brown head, looks like espresso

Smell: I could smell caramel, espresso (like roasted coffee), and could smell whiskey.

Taste: Tasted of chocolate, espresso, and burnt bread. Starts sweet but has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and not an overly thick body, more like a medium body

Drinkability: Strength of alcohol and complex flavors make this a sipping beer. Not quite as drinkable as a Gusiness.

Overall, I'd consider this a world class beer. Very very good. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Spiff
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spiff and friends took a trip to England with this imperial stout. We've learned we are not fans of Russian stouts so hearing that this beer from Tadcaster has taken Russian nobles to great heights has us Concerned. We have let it reach 50 degrees so here goes. Pleasantly Dark. Smell is rich and Carmelized sweet. Taste. Definitely not Russian so for us that's good. But the taste is not as sweet as smell. A dry chocolate. Thin in the mouth with a mid mouth carbonation bite but a smooth finish down the gullet. The taste is simple and not rich. Overall slightly disappointed hoping for more body but nothing to gripe about. Would order in A pub if all they had was Guinness and murphys and enjoy it but not in our top 25.

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Photo of robg2251
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance of this beer is a good solid black. It pours a dark tan creamy head that has stayed about an eight of an inch solid for a while now.
The smell is a very sweet carmel malt - strong bitter molasses scent.
Coffee nut molasses flavor. A very robust chocolate malt rum taste.
Mouth feel is very creamy and smooth. Carbonation not too big, and the alcohol feel isn't upfront or immediate. Finishes very smooth, no real bite to this beer whatsoever.
Overall, this is a good Imperial Stout. A nice heavy drinkable beer. This beer weighs in at 7% abv, and is a perfect winter warmer for a cold December night.

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

A - Thick tan head, deep mahogany red, very nearly black. Very rich & thick appearance.

S - Malt, choc/coffee, caramel.

T - Mellower taste (for a stout) than it first appears by sight, but still a very rich flavor. Malty goodnes to be sure, choc/coffee again, sorgum, sweet, then turning dry slowly with a pretty clean finish, maybe a little licorice. Very slight alcohol taste, well hidden by the overall level of flavors.

M - Very smooth. Thick and creamy.

D - Very, very tasty brew. Filling also. A couple of these and i'm happy.

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Photo of sierra11b
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Glass

A: Neat looking bottle with a nostalgic label and feel. Pours a nice espresso brown and forms a nice light brown, stiff-peaked head. The head slowly disintegrates into a a thin layer on the surface.

S: Caramelized malt and fruit (tartness).

T: Very similar to what you get from the nose. Wonderful finish of molasses and lingering toasted coffee catch the back of the tongue.

M & D: Nice body, viscosity, and light carbonation to help it go down smooth. Have one with a meal or more than one among friends. Like with their other brews, Samuel Smith is a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of 2KHokie
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a dark black with a hint of red. Nice, tall, dark tan head. Big caramel and coffee aromas. Smells sweet. Mild, fine carbonation. Some fig, roasted malt, caramel, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of chocolate on the palate. Nice bitterness and a rich mouthfeel. Finishes very clean. This is a really good stout but not as big as some you might see these days. That being said, I would actually have more than one of these!

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Photo of bwhite105
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours black, with a hint of dark red. nice head for a bottled stout. It sticks around for a bit, then dissipates. Head is a rich creamy red color.

s: nutty, woody and smokey

t: nicely balanced. tastes faintly of bitter chocolate along with a smokey wood hint. the back has enough bite to let you know you're drinking a beer. slightly alcoholy aftertaste.

M: Relatively high amount of carbonation for a stout. Not particularly thick either.

Overall a very nice beer. I have had it both on tap in London and out of a bottle in the US. Unlike many of its imported stout counterparts, it travels well.

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Photo of rivalrome
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured and served in a CCB snifter at 50ºF.

Pours a deep chocolate color with no possibility of seeing through it. Forms a 1-finger light mocha head that has the feel of a frothy cappuccino ontop, lacing is solid.

The smell has hints of fruit, whiskey, chocolate, and espresso. Smells phenomenal.

Wow, this tastes exactly how it smells. Initially hits you with dark malted chocolate, fruits, cream, and the alcohol comes towards the end. Not much of an aftertaste after swallowed.

Mouthful is surprisingly medium-bodied; it had the appearance that it could possibly feel chewier.

All-in-all, a phenomenal Imperial Stout. The ABV could be a tad higher, but it might offset the wondrous taste that this already has. If I was on an empty stomach, I could use these as a viable meal. Amazing!

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Photo of mafeeker
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark color with a nice thick tan head that stays around for quite a while and leaves a bit of lacing down the glass

A: A bit yeast, burnt or toasty and a little bit malty. A nice fruitness is detected and a little bit of the alcohol as well.

T: Starts off a little sweet, then some of the dried fruit followed by slight roastiness and then a little bitterness after the swallow. Very well balanced on the flavor end, not overly malty and not overly bitter. Very smooth.

D: One of the more drinkable imperial stouts I have had. Could easliy drink a few pints of it. Nice smooth silky mouthfeel, seems thinner than it should be.

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Photo of EVLguy
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the perfect Imperial Stout.

Appearance: Black with only slight dark brown edges from light penetration. Pours a thick and very creamy tan head of about three fingers which takes a considerable amount of time to dissolve, leaving a fine lace of foam on top.

Smell: Big rich malty dark chocolate, roasted coffee and toffee. Unfortunately there is a small hint of alcohol under these aromas, big not enough to really harm the smell.

Taste: This is why I think this could be the perfect Imperial Stout. The taste is balanced better than any other imperial I've had the pleasure of drinking. The big dark chocolate and coffee flavors came across first, however enough hops are present to give the taste a little zing, keeping this brew from drinking like molasses. This mixed with the heavy malt of the brew gave me a light taste of oats

Mouthfeel: Very thick of course, almost no acidity and surprisingly only a light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: For a stout this has a smooth finish that is almost unequaled. Add that to the magnetic flavor and in my opinion you have one of the only imperial stouts you could gulp if wanted. Anyway, I find this one hard to get tired of.

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Photo of y2j2280
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review - Hopefully makes sense.

A - Dark and muddy - Almost looks like motor oil. Looks thick.
S - There is a overwelming chocolate aroma. Smells sweet and roasty.
T- Taste very good. Exactly what to expect from a Imperial Stout. Strong hints of chocolate. Got some caramel and cocoa also.
M - Mouthfeel was average. It was heavy which I def. expected but felt it was over carbonated for a IS.
D - Is good. Can maybe have one more. Def. not a session beer.

Overall a great IS.Def up there on my list for this style. Would def. buy again.

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Photo of K7online
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a gem among stouts. From the moment you pour it you will notice the nice thick body and the gracious crown that forms. That crown will hold for a long time.

The aroma is subtle and you immediately detect the coffee that is infused. The coffee taste is of course found at first sip. Notes of vanilla come to mind and molasses. It is light on the palette and does not overwhelm you with its malt flavor.

Overall this beer is offers great enjoyment and is a good accompaniment for food or just watching a game.

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Photo of GaetanoBresci
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best stout! Poured from the tap has a dark black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Smell oak barrel, dark chocolate, pretty intense. Taste: smooth coffee, creamy, dark fruit.
It s one of the best stout I ever tried, even if I am not a fun of imperial stout.

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Photo of wguy14
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass revealing a half finger head which disappeared quickly. The color was dark brown. The smell brought on coffee mostly, and maltiness along with subtle chocolate nodes. The taste was coffee, raisins, and some chocolate. The taste was not overwhelming or overly impressive and left much to be desired. I tasted more malt and less coffee and chocolate than I expected based on the smell. Overall I was a little disappointed with this brew. The oatmeal stout was much more enjoyable in my opinion.

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Photo of Pingotas
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The roast tones are prominent and show thru the rich, essentially opaque color. Heads up quickly but settles just as fast (checked at about 57 degrees) Drink this at a distance from meals - each will significantly alter the taste the other. On a clean palate, the flavor is consistent and richly aromatic; the coffee hits you almost immediately, although it bitters up a bit too much for my fancy. Interestingly, I would take their oatmeal stout over this one (again, I'm a sugar hound) but the difference between the two is admittedly meager. I'd love to try it on tap!

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Photo of gatorsuf1
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. The lacing is incredible. Smells like dark cocoa and roasted espresso. This tastes amazing. So rich and sweet. Definitely a lactose type taste is coming through, like a milk stout. Still has the coffee and chocolate flavors, and there is also a hint of soy sauce. Carbonation is on the low side. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet so smooth. This would be the perfect Imperial Stout if the ABV was a little higher. Another great beer from Sam Smith!

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,710 ratings.