Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
87.9%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 3,762 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,248
Reviews:
1,770
Ratings:
3,762
Liked:
3,308
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
11.27%
Alströms:
4.44
 
 
Wants:
240
Gots:
534
Trade:
3
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Photo of Dentist666
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0.355l bottle.
Pours opaque black beer with strict 2-finger tan head.
Smell - roasted, chocolate, leather, nuts.
Taste - follows the smell, char, raisin.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
British gentleman in your glass.
Forever classics.

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Photo of Johnnoray
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda boring

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sheppard
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with creamy tan head. Some bakers chocolate on the nose. Mostly chocolate, a little bit of roast, but very balanced. Nothing is overwhelming. A very nice "imperial" stout that you can actually drink.

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Photo of Nace4
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThomasTheTank88
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of csmrx7
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paresis
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into "stout" glass (vertical snifter)

L: black-and-beige look with the beer looking oil black once piled in the glass and topped by a thick 1-inch head of beige foam; no sticking or lacing, keeps a medium-sized collar of tan foam

S: licorice, burnt malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, raisins, meaty red wine, charred oak wood

T: raisins, raisin bread, red wine with a slightly oak wood aftertaste ... quite "dark" with more licorice/raisins/burnt wood than plums/dates/figs

F: light-middleweight with enough carbonation to give it some life; arguably light for the style but seems to firm up midswallow

O: classic all around with the dark-malt flavors leaning heavily to the "dark" side; pleasantly sweet and accessible with no alcohol burn or flavor; the faint flavor of oak wood in the aftertaste is a highlight

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

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mghtg6
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Sweet and nutty but not overpowering. Bitter like a good coffee, not like spoiled food. One of my favorites. Heavy and smooth.

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Photo of fryeguy52
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OlaB
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a small but creamy white-brown head.Aroma is off roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate,coffee and dark fruits like prunes and raisins.
On the flavour it tollows the nose almost exactly. Delicious sweet and roasted flavour balanced in a great way, nothing overpowering. Slightly dry finish and a good lenght in the aftertaste. This stout has a full body and a low carbonation. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy . A really delicious and enjoyable imperial stout. I was not dissapointed at all. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of CC93
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a 400ml Stella Artois branded chalice (extras poured into after sipping a few ounces).

Look: Supremely dark, burnt brown, almost hitting black. Lacing is absolutely astonishing with a foamy, deep tan est. 1 finger high head.

Smell: Olfaction picks up some notes being boozy (alcohol comes thru), some bitter scents reminiscing of teriyaki sauce and barbecue sauce (please note that I just had a brat with barbecue sauce coated on it and barbecue flavoured potato chips, so this may be the very main reason why this is even happening). Reminiscent scents regarding some single malt Scotch whisky come to mind, which is a very interesting but surprising finding.

Taste: Plenty of maltiness with a bitter note, probably an impression of dark chocolate and not the bitterness from either a large amount of hops or poor brewing. Very wholesome and bold body. Aftertaste shows significant hops (regarding bitterness) and some dark chocolate. Very delicious.

Feel: Absolutely smooth. Cannot deny that this is one of the best drinks I've ever had.

Overall: My first Russian Imperial Stout, and brewed by a respectable English brewery. Cannot recommend this enough for a good drink. Nothing was actually overpowering and had a nice balance between the ingredients used. I could probably buy this again if I wanted another RIS from them.

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Photo of delegeferenda
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some RISs can be a bit overwhelming and muddled. This is not one of those. Perfectly balanced, and a joy to drink.

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

This is a beautiful beer - not quite jet black (some light leaks around the edges), tan head. Spectabulous. Aromas are char, dark chocolate, and stone fruit.

The taste has the dark chocolate and char, but there's also a dark cherry thing going on that makes this a beer to seek. I wish I had a dozen more bottles of this.

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Photo of StormAles
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87.9% out of 100 with 3,762 ratings
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