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:
3,735
Reviews:
1,763
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
521
For Trade:
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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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Photo of Atg1095
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of c014572
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most balanced, delicious stout on the planet. Not a killer in ABV or over the top flavors, just so smooth and balanced. It doesn't get any better than this one.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Completely black. No brown or red on the edges, just black throughout. Two fingers of khaki-colored head

S - A K,O, punch of cherries and black licorice. Roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla

T - Follows the nose with big black licorice and anise. Cherries, plums, coffee, dark chocolate, and even some pine

F - Calm. Not as thick as other RIS, but still good for 7%.

O - Dances the line of stout and RIS, but very flavorful and complex.

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Photo of CyrusTheAverage
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Curt3
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from from 550 ml bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours black with a thick tan head (actually one of the best looking beers I've ever poured). Lacing is not sticky, but rather slides down the glass in an oily fashion. Smells of sweet, dark fruits. A really solid, creamy stout and medium bodied. At 7%, just a mild, but pleasant alcohol note. Glad I have enough for a second glass!

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a deep black with a few highlights on the bottom, pillowy tan head on top, great retention with a few rings of lacing.
Aroma - Roasted malt, almond, tangy, smell is fairly mild.
Taste - Starts out with dark fruit, raisin/prune, rich and deep roasted malt body, layers and layers of creamy malt,hint of smoke, hops are mild but make their presence known towards the end with slight earth, nutty yeast. Finish is long with plenty of roasted malt and a very mild coffee.
Feel - Full bodied, mellow carbonation, alcohol well hidden.

Overall - Great beer, all of the flavors an imperial stout should have without any of the the blueberry muffin-chocolate mousse-triple hopped-18%-vanilla infused-ultra rare-krispy kreme-bacon nonsense.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
09/26/13
04/04/15
Smokey, peatey sweet aroma. Dark black pour, big creamy head. Taste is tangy, sour, hearty, beef stew with a hint of vinegar. Thin feel compared to oatmeal stout. Good stout, alcohol is too present for what it should be.
**

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Photo of mmorris15
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcflorian
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look- Opaque,dark cola brown. There is a syrupy look as it settles down the glass. There is a very thin, tan head.

The nose features molasses, a little moscato wine, and raisin.

The wine carries over into the taste a bit, or maybe bourbon. The raisin does, too. The alcohol isn't masked enough for my taste. The balance is more sweetness than bitterness.

The feel is very smooth, somewhat syrupy, and just a little slick on the throat.

Overall, this beer has a lot to offer. While I prefer my Imperial stouts a little drier than this, it is still quite good. I would probably pair it with a dessert next time rather than drinking it as a stand-alone.

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Photo of Holderness
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L -- 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveal a very dark brew, quite close to black. Moderate pour produces a handsome and dense three-finger light tan head. Good retention and great lacing.
S -- Strong aromas of molasses, roasted barley malts, and raisins. Notes of bourbon, stone fruits, and caramel. Quite similar to the smell of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout.
T -- Sweet caramel malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of coffee. A little on the sweet side.
F -- Surprisingly light for an imperial stout. Smooth, with a slight sour/metallic/astringent aftertaste. Nice carbonation.
O -- Basically a more robust version of Oatmeal Stout

80/100

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Photo of Wxb1111
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sam smith's. Perhaps the original l imperial stout. Really strong smell of molasses, same on the nose but with dark fruit sweetness thrown in. Great stuff - aged the old way, Jolly good.

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

Decanted into a conical pint glass. Very dark brown, almost black, with quarter inch tan head, with very organized lacing. Nose: coffee grinds and macadamia; palate: dark malts, with dark chocolate and raisin notes. Lasting effervescence, with full body. Really a nice, balanced representative of the style.

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