Imperial Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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

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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

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#1,408
Reviews:
1,780
Ratings:
3,797
pDev:
11.3%
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4.44
 
 
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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

By far one of the most mildest I-stouts I've ever had...

Kinda liked the packaging of the beer with the tin over the bottle cap and on the neck - I wish more did that, it does add an air of sophistication...Anyway, this was truly a solid beer. Nothing spectacular, mind you, but certainly solid. I enjoyed the blackness of the brew, the tan foam and the tiny bit of lacing provided. What was a tad disappointing was the smell - it was practically non-existent - there's nothing I could pull out, not even the boozy nature of such a style. Mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied, crisp, not tacky, all of it making for easy drinking. The taste was mostly roasted malts and even some stronger coffee undertones, but still, there just seemed to be something missing. In short, this is a good brew, one I would reach for again but not one I would go out of my way to seek.

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Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krusader
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manthon
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maxarvo
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glennchapin
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of burk1982
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of arr3388
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Markkus
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black. Takes some attention to get a head worked out of it. Head soon turns very thin, a tan, almost light brown color. 2/3

Aroma - intense roasted barley, toffee, light toast, biscuit, lingering alcohol hint in back, very pleasing. Soon gains a nutty character when warmed a bit. 11/12

Flavor - toast notes, toffee, browned biscuits. No hop flavor, a low Bitterness level, shadowed by the dominant roasted malt. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. 18/20

Mouthfeel - slight chewiness, medium body, long aftertaste, moderately low carbonation. 3/5

Overall Impression - Warming alcohol notes from the 7% abv. Flavor, Mouthfeel, aroma, all come together for a great brew. 9/10
43/50 ❤️

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Photo of nick_perry
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black color, not much head. Not much aroma, either. Taste starts out with strong coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar notes, developing into a potent toasted rye bread flavor. Light alcohol note on the finish, but it isn’t nearly as boozy as a lot of American renditions of the Russian imperial stout can be. Finish is very dry, a bit harsh in that regard. Lingering warming feeling.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear seal brown body with a small tan cap, receding to a swirling surface slick and fine collar. Average retention - vague lacing.

Lovely roast malt aroma with hints of cocoa and coffee. The heavy fermentation in open stone squares does seem to impart a unique character with subtle fruity/floral esters if not a certain minerality as well.

Distinctive yeast driven flavor profile with a wave of malty complexity - toasted scones, scalded sugar, chocolate, and faint tobacco-like spiciness dry out the finish. Low bitterness, pleasant aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, almost creamy, soft mouth-feel with moderate carbonation.

A truly classic example of the style, free of the bombast of most American versions.

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Photo of Strohm
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomTrocc
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShawnL
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Plumbwader
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampled November 2017 from bottles in pint glass. I have been drinking this beer for years, and it is one of my favorite beer.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head. The head is very creamy and lasted a long time. Only a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong caramel and a little coffee aromas. Nice combination and balance.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Not overly creamy or thick as some stouts, which is good.

Overall: Great stout. Overall one of my top 5 favorite beers. The taste is always consistently excellent. The only negative with this beer is the price in the USA.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a finger of tan head that leaves a nice lacing behind. The aroma is roasted malt, licorice, sweet caramel, dark berry jam, and a bit of chocolate. Smells great. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and red grapes. The feel is nice and viscous at a cold temperature, well carbonated, and pretty dry. Overall, a superb stout, here.

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Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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