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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,755
Reviews:
1,769
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
530
For Trade:
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Photo of Sheppard
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with creamy tan head. Some bakers chocolate on the nose. Mostly chocolate, a little bit of roast, but very balanced. Nothing is overwhelming. A very nice "imperial" stout that you can actually drink.

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Photo of Nace4
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThomasTheTank88
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbehlar
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of csmrx7
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paresis
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into "stout" glass (vertical snifter)

L: black-and-beige look with the beer looking oil black once piled in the glass and topped by a thick 1-inch head of beige foam; no sticking or lacing, keeps a medium-sized collar of tan foam

S: licorice, burnt malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, raisins, meaty red wine, charred oak wood

T: raisins, raisin bread, red wine with a slightly oak wood aftertaste ... quite "dark" with more licorice/raisins/burnt wood than plums/dates/figs

F: light-middleweight with enough carbonation to give it some life; arguably light for the style but seems to firm up midswallow

O: classic all around with the dark-malt flavors leaning heavily to the "dark" side; pleasantly sweet and accessible with no alcohol burn or flavor; the faint flavor of oak wood in the aftertaste is a highlight

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

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mghtg6
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Laceyface
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet and nutty but not overpowering. Bitter like a good coffee, not like spoiled food. One of my favorites. Heavy and smooth.

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Photo of fryeguy52
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OlaB
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a small but creamy white-brown head.Aroma is off roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate,coffee and dark fruits like prunes and raisins.
On the flavour it tollows the nose almost exactly. Delicious sweet and roasted flavour balanced in a great way, nothing overpowering. Slightly dry finish and a good lenght in the aftertaste. This stout has a full body and a low carbonation. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy . A really delicious and enjoyable imperial stout. I was not dissapointed at all. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of CC93
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a 400ml Stella Artois branded chalice (extras poured into after sipping a few ounces).

Look: Supremely dark, burnt brown, almost hitting black. Lacing is absolutely astonishing with a foamy, deep tan est. 1 finger high head.

Smell: Olfaction picks up some notes being boozy (alcohol comes thru), some bitter scents reminiscing of teriyaki sauce and barbecue sauce (please note that I just had a brat with barbecue sauce coated on it and barbecue flavoured potato chips, so this may be the very main reason why this is even happening). Reminiscent scents regarding some single malt Scotch whisky come to mind, which is a very interesting but surprising finding.

Taste: Plenty of maltiness with a bitter note, probably an impression of dark chocolate and not the bitterness from either a large amount of hops or poor brewing. Very wholesome and bold body. Aftertaste shows significant hops (regarding bitterness) and some dark chocolate. Very delicious.

Feel: Absolutely smooth. Cannot deny that this is one of the best drinks I've ever had.

Overall: My first Russian Imperial Stout, and brewed by a respectable English brewery. Cannot recommend this enough for a good drink. Nothing was actually overpowering and had a nice balance between the ingredients used. I could probably buy this again if I wanted another RIS from them.

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Photo of delegeferenda
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some RISs can be a bit overwhelming and muddled. This is not one of those. Perfectly balanced, and a joy to drink.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer - not quite jet black (some light leaks around the edges), tan head. Spectabulous. Aromas are char, dark chocolate, and stone fruit.

The taste has the dark chocolate and char, but there's also a dark cherry thing going on that makes this a beer to seek. I wish I had a dozen more bottles of this.

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Photo of StormAles
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a brown head. Smells of roasted malts, French coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Tastes of slightly burnt coffee, strongly roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Medium in body and medium in carbonation. Overall a great RIS. Could maybe use a touch more body.

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Photo of agrinnell
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown to black color with a two finger white to off white foamy head. There was some light lacing sticking nicely around the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet milk chocolate along with some plums, raisins and then added a nice light roasty coffee. The taste was mainly sweet and roasty with a nice lingering roasty to sweet aftertaste that finishes slightly dry. On the palate, this one sits right on the medium side of the body. The carbonation finished with a light creamy smoothness. Overall, this was a nice RIS well worthy of having again.

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Photo of cherche
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treefig33
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: deep black color, one finger beige head.
S: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted.
T: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, hazelnut, a bit of wine sourness in aftertaste.
F: smooth, creamy, soft carbonation.
O: pretty light for a RIS, but balanced, complex, drinkable, nice.

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