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:
3,749
Reviews:
1,768
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
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237
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528
For Trade:
3
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very thick pouring stout, very black, with not much head that dissipates into a caramel colored ring around the glass. The smell is rich and malty, though not overpowering. It starts out with a divine sweetness yielding to a nice bitter finish. It feels very thick but has a rich smoothness and just the right amount of carbonation for a stout. Overall a good balance here. This one is a slow drinker though, very filling. Probably best with dessert.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Black, but not "Darkness" black. Light tan head... I think someone else said khaki, which sounds right. a nice lacing.

Smell:
Toasted malt, roasted barley, with some coffee and cocoa. Not sweet exactly. There's some amount of dark fruitiness too. No definitive hop aroma, but some alcohol smell.

Taste:
Toasted malts and a milky flavor dominate for me, with chocolate and coffee on the side. Not sweet but not dry. Very balanced. Hints of fruit, not as much as the smell. a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Milky and creamy. Some alcohol vapors, but not at all harsh.

Drinkability:
I'd have another. I like that it's a little less alcoholic than other RISes, because then I can definitely have a few. This is a great winter beer, according to my taste buds.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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One of my favorites. Easy mellow drinking.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Huge three-finger dark tan head over a dark brown/black body. The head dissipates leaving a light foam over the top that drapes some nice lacing along the glass.

Nice aroma. Starts with some sweet toffee/coffee notes followed by black licorice. A little dark fruit aroma blends with a slight hint of bourbon/rum.

Tasty flavors that are combined pleasantly: coffee, caramel, raisins, and chocolate. Only a hint of tartness at the end. No real notice of alcohol.

Creamy mouthfeel that is lighter than the most prominent American craft stouts. But, the lower comparative abv makes it more drinkable. Superb brew.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,749 ratings.
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