Samuel Smith's Extra Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

BA SCORE
90.3%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 62 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Extra Stout

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,185
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
62
Liked:
56
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
9.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 24
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of agsourdough1
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with the thickest possible head with excellent retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Predominant aroma of milky chocolate.
Bold and yummy flavor. Very creamy with notes of coffee, cacao powder and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a lingering coffee taste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
Very good stout, quite malty and roasted, but with a smooth feeling.

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Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of diverite
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hop, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of jnjander
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint: taken in the upstairs bar of the Princess Louise, Holborn, London.

Deep dark black body, with a good full head on top, this was sat in a UK half pint sleeve.

Smells covered all the usual dry stout areas you’d expect, coffee, chocolate and roasted/toasted malts, a hint of smoke, but only a hint.

The taste is semi bitter and certainly dry, those aroma ingredients also found in the flavours. The dryness becoming more evident as the mouth gets used to the drink.

Smooth and silky, even though it’s dry: couldn’t drink it all night, but two pints would be fine.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed fresh on tap in London at a Samuel Smith pub.

A - deep black that shows only a hint of light at its very edges. Half finger tan head stays permanently and leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S - not a lot of nose with just a hint of smoky malt.

T - bitter and powerful: strong initial bitterness underpinned by chocolate, coffee and smoke. Even with only 4.5% this is a delightfully powerful beer.

M - spectacularly creamy, but also surprisingly light. Coats the mouth and sticks!

D - very drinkable and smooth

This is a classic; delicious!

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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Cittie of Yorke, London.

Ruby black and a nitro head that leaves sheety rings.
Big roast nose with coffee and dark cherry.
Espresso ground and ash sourness, big cola and brown sugar middle with some chocolate malts in there, and faint cinnamon hops. Toffee comeback and roast bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, some stick.

Candy sweet stout! Lots of roast, lots of sugar. Good thing it’s only 4.5%, because I could see tearing through this.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap halfpint at the Angel in the Fields.

A: Black body that glows red-brown when held up to light. Solid 3/4" of dense tan head that sticks around nicely and leaves some thick lace. Very pretty.

S: Roasty, smoky, meaty. Some chocolate and coffee, but this is all about the smoky char. Cool.

T: More malt sweetness comes through here, balancing the harsher aspects of the roastiness. Chocolate starts things off along with caramel, and it finishes with coffee, smoke, and ashy burnt notes. A little astringent, but nicely intense.

M: Smooth and creamy, but a little thin.

O: Good beer; I really appreciate a low-ABV stout that doesn't skimp on the flavor. If anything, this one goes a little overboard with the roast and char. As much as I'm enjoying it, I'm rather glad I got a half-pint.

Cheers!

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I travelled all the way to Tadcaster itself to drink one of these "Extra Stouts" from a hand pumped cask at the actual Samuel Smith's Brewery in England! Since I had never seen this style Sam in USA, it was a treat indeed to find this new variety in such a special format. I normally drink the bottled Oatmeal Stout and love that type - but the Extra Stout was amazing! It was thick, creamy, rich and extra dark in color. A slightly sweet milk style stout best enjoyed in an imperial pint - sevred not too cold - so this was perfect in the way it was served. A must try if ever in the Heartland of England.

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Photo of Harrister101
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British Legion Club in Chapeltown, Sheffield.
Very Dark, with coffee and oat like smells and taste, but this is balanced well with the chocolate flavours and the fact that this is as smooth as texture can get. The burnt taste is also present, so its not the sort of drink you could drink a lot of.
Good lacing, but obviously compromised for the head being so thick.

Overall, A very good stout, Perfect as a one off pint.

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Photo of EJNibs
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask pulled from Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London (ha, agreed with dcoux09, it's a great place, perhaps my favorite pub in the world).
Pours a beautiful deep black with 2 fingers of head that hold on tenaciously for almost ten minutes, leaving pretty nice lacing.
The nose is burnt chocolate and coffee, with a hint of malt.
Beautiful silky mouthfeel, with great body but managing not to be too heavy. The dark chocolate and coffee come on strong with almost a toffee note up front, but some malt flavor with just a hint of bitterness to balance the finish.

Hands down the best stout I've eve had. If you're lucky enough to see this, grab it. And if you're in London, make a trip to 145 Fleet St; you won't regret it.

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Photo of pauljmccain
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in London at one of the great Sam Smith traditional bars.

This stout is a very deep brown, as expected. Head that lasts nicely, with great lacing. Smells of roasted grains, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Heavy, dark smells. Definitely an extra stout. Tastes are similar. Very nutty, dark roasted malts, and grains. Not a lot of sweetness. Dry. The feel is average for a stout. Not heavy, but chewy. Good low level of carbonation.

This is a good example of an English stout. Nothing particularly amazing, but overall, a great beer.

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Samuel Smith's Extra Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 90.3% out of 100 with 62 ratings
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