Imperial Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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

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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

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#2,892
Reviews:
1,796
Ratings:
3,853
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,853 |  Reviews: 1,796
Photo of jroof1
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has been a long time since I had this classic beer. It will not be as long till the next time. Great beer!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with a light brown head and great lacing. Fragrant chocolate and licorice smell with these flavors carrying to the taste. Dark berries and just slightly boozy. Loved it!

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Photo of desint
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutCyclone18
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zanico
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown (not quite black) with a half inch dark tan head that left excellent lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Tastes of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, light to medium roast coffee, toast, raisins, licorice and a bit of char.The beer starts out sweet and finishes mildly bitter. Medium bodied for the style, light carbonation, smooth mouth feel, dry finish.

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Photo of Dmullz
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep, dark, and lively. Smell is light roasted malts and toffee. Taste is lighter for an imperial stout but finishes very well. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of monk2021
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hephaestos
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BennyProfane
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mizx
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with brownish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a tall, creamy, dark beige foam with excellent retention. Sweet dark and roasted malt aromas with sweet dark chocolate and mellow ground coffee notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Rich, creamy smooth feel with pleasant warmth near the finish. Roasted and sweet dark malts up front with dark chocolate notes. Medium light bitterness through the middle followed by bitter, lightly charred maltiness to the end. Finished dryly with light charred malt notes. Great look and a fabulous feel. Roasted and dark bitter malts were nicely balanced by sweet dark and chocolate malts. Great, dry finish with a mild aftertaste made only enhanced the drinkability.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i've never given ol samuel enough attention. big bottle into a snifter, this beers a deep, murky brown, eating up light. big brown head went down to a nice thin cap. really heavy lacing. nose is full of chocolate, nice and dark, with a dark fruit background and toast thats almost burnt. taste starts off real sweet and then leaves bitter. lots of chocolate and hints of coffee blend with raisin bread and a distinct earthiness. real nice stuff. drinks a bitter thinner than i want but still medium to full bodied and smooth. i'll stop walking by these at the store now

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

Photo of Mrnuzzo
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dankacheese
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R1kk
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A worthy choice but a little behind Dragons Milk

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Photo of HawaiiBeerDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nass
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

I am getting bittersweet chocolate. slight coffee, raisins, dates. The dark fruit notes were not as big as others have said they would be which is a good thing at least for me it is. It is a good RIS but not as flavorful as some others that I have had. Cheers! A-

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,853 ratings