Imperial Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #237
Ranked #3,924
4.16 | pDev: 11.3%
Apr 09, 2022
Feb 27, 2001
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3.3 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Apr 09, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Irish_Lush

Tasty stout, very refreshing and much smoother than you expect it to be at 7% abv. Pleasantly bitter. Drank straight from the bottle on St. Patrick's Day, like the Irish lush I am.

Mar 17, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is black coffee and dark chocolate. Smooth and creamy.

Mar 17, 2022
4.75 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Mar 17, 2022
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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by pissfiend16

little spicy kick off the backend, like if you drank water from an ancient fountain in the forest and it was full of ancient black sludge and parasites but tasty

Mar 14, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of beige head. The nose has some roast along with a background hint of smoked wood. The roasted malts are present in the flavor profile as well along be with a trace of molasses.

Overall, this offering comes off as pretty mild for an impy stout.

Feb 19, 2022
4 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
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3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

This is somehow mostly just a sweet boozy mess even tho its 7 percent. I poured into a tulip glass. Not much malt, oats, or chocolate just a sweet alcohol flavor encased in and M&M style malt shell....although I see this is under Russian imperial which does make more sense, I think this is firmly okay but not great for Russian Imperials. It's sweet, a little malt, a little smoke, but things like Expedition Stout or Narwhal are just better to me but this is getting more balanced as I drink just not spectacular.

Jan 01, 2022
4.6 by Chris_lfc1966 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2022
3.83 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Dec 19, 2021
4.38 by scootercrabb from Illinois on Dec 16, 2021
4.2 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Nov 24, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Lacquered black, showing glimpses of brown where the light leans into it. It’s topped with a half finger of dark beige fizz that disperses faster than squirrels before a feisty, jack russel. Despite this, it retains a length of drizzly lace until the glass is practically empty.

Plump figs that were lightly sugared, then rolled in milk chocolate cocoa powder. The after-aroma is intermittent but impressively gourmet: roasted plums brushed with woodsy molasses and given a hearty dunk in black chocolate.

A satin-soft full body, simmering with moderate carbonation. Dry, bittersweet linger.

Dark malts and oats, browned in a drizzle of maple syrup. Finishes with a spoonful of earthy, dark chocolate pudding.

Nov 21, 2021
3.71 by zknight from Korea (South) on Nov 21, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: nice solid black color. no light penetrating through. gives the glass a nice chill haze. 1/2 finger creamy dark tan head

s: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses. some nice woody notes, sweet berries, cola, brown sugar and a hint of soy sauce

t: sweet smooth caramel, roasted malts, and a touch of charred wood. those dark sweet berries, sweet cola. dark chocolate and milk chocolate on the finish. classic flavor

m: lighter side of medium with medium carbonation. a bit light on the mouthfeel

o: this tastes like a classic RIS. has the roast, the sweetness, and a bit of wood. smooth and very drinkable. a bit light in the mouthfeel, but it works well for the beer

Nov 14, 2021
3.87 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Nov 12, 2021
3.75 by parkwood from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2021
4.29 by Gukkor from Texas on Oct 04, 2021
3.89 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Sep 26, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz bottle into an 8oz tasting glass.
L: Pours deep dark brown with ruby edges and has a 1" tan pock-marked head with fair retention. No lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, toffee, cherry, toasted malts, figs, dates, raisins, tobacco and port wine.
T: A short hop note at the forefront, dark baking chocolate, figs, sea salt, overripe dark berries, prunes, plum, raisins, toasted malts, toffee, coffee and port wine. It is lightly sweet. All of this with a woody and pervasive mineral cast all over it. There are dark soda bread notes in the finish.
F: Medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel with a moderately dry medium fast finish.
O: A deliciously rich and savory Imperial Stout that has a lot of history for good reason: The famous stone Yorkshire squares. It has superior balance, excellent flavor and has never been specific to any trend. It is incredible in it's style.

Sep 06, 2021
3.74 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Sep 06, 2021
4.42 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Aug 22, 2021
4.38 by Rhetion from Florida on Aug 11, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 03, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

It smells so much like a typical stout that it's almost comical.  There are scents of coffee and chocolate and beery breadwater.  It's almost a stereotype in scent.

The taste follows the nose.  It's a little coffee, a little chocolate and a hole lot of beery goodness.

It's medium bodied with small amount of carbonation.  It's smooth and has a quick bitter finish with a hint of molasses.

It's really good.  It tastes like the father of stouts.  I give it a 5.4 out of 6.

Aug 02, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served from the bottle in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Man, it's been waaay too long since I last dove into some Sammy Smith goodness. Let's rectify that straight away, kids. This stuff pours a deep midnight sienna topped by a finger of dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild molasses, pumpernickel, and a touch of orange pith embedded into the background. The taste brings in more of the same, a pinch or two of cocoa powder rounding things out. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice bit of bulky stout, one that doesn't throw its heft around, rather preferring to please throughout. Good times.

Aug 01, 2021
4.06 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2021
4.19 by chiefz1 from New York on Jun 18, 2021
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Jun 15, 2021
4.25 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2021
4.24 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jun 10, 2021
4.67 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 07, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a two finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, graham crackers, molasses, raisin and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dry caramel, baker's chocolate, dried dark fruit, dark molasses develops light grassy hop bitterness and finishes dry and a little earthy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The Samuel Smith porters and stouts have a distinct flavor profile that incorporates fruit flavors that are almost concentrated. Great to revisit one of the classic Russian imperial stouts, one of the iconic products in brewing history. Great fruit notes and some of the most intense molasses characters I recall. The finish is a bit drier than I remember, but that's likely due to all the domestic RIS I've had, which have morphed from the original historical recipes. A delicious dark stout from a great brewery.

Apr 30, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

355 mL bottle. Pours black with a medium khaki head. Smells of chocolate, a slight acidic twang, and some light grassy and earthy hops. Tastes of hops right up front with chocolate and roasted malt behind it. Creamy with a very light lactic tang. Finishes with hop bitterness. Medium body. Distinctive in flavor because of the creaminess and tang, but very drinkable and flavorful.

Apr 14, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

#1745 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pours jet-black with a 5mm creamy looking fine-bubble dark tan head.
S- Roasty-toasty with a certain brightness. [My sense of smell isn't clear today...].
T- Oh my, that's lovely. Well roasted, major cocoa facets and maybe a hint of very light smoke.
F- Deep yet has some richness to balance. I also sense that despite it's not mad ABV (7%), that it is just about making it's presence visible to the palate.
O- Very nice, nothing out of place or balance. Has a pungent flavour/feel yet sufficient richness (not sweetness, at all) to balance. Nice as a slow sippin' beer, but I could easily get stuck into a few of these too.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! Super elegant old-school lable. Ingredients include cane sugar, not that I noticed, surprising as I *detest* and usually spot sugar in beer!
Would I buy this again? = Hell yes!
355ml bottle BBE: Jan-22, printed at neck. £2.25 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 12, 2021
3.9 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 18, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

Lots of roasted malt taste with char and bitter chocolate mingled with dark fruit and a hint of biscuit int he aftertaste. Has a medium/light mouthfeel.

Feb 28, 2021
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