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

Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 3,762 |  Reviews: 1,770
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Intensely dark liquid, topped by the finest head I've seen on any beer that didn't either come from a tap or have a widget. The foam was the color of coffee ice cream, and lingered tenaciously.

S: Sweet and malty. Burnt sugar, caramel. Faint chocolate notes.

T: From start to finish, there's an underlying sweetness, always present but never overpowering. After a second or so, rich, dark-toasted grain comes to the forefront, with rich and buttery diacetyl supporting. Coffee-like flavor makes an appearance, and hops is present but never overpowering in the finish.

M: Nicely carbonated, not much alcohol burn. Honestly, I was so wrapped up in the taste, I barely noticed the feel.

O: This is the first imperial stout which I really liked (and I mean I REALLY liked it!), not overly-sweet or overly-hopped like several I've tasted before. I can't wait to get another of these, to share with a good friend. After 3 other beers by Samuel Smith, and now this one, I have to say that the guys at Budweiser are lying: Samuel Smith is the king of beer!

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that introduced me to the world of Imperial Stouts. It seems a bit light by today’s standards but it’s still a classic.

Jet black beer with a dark tanned head of great size and retention. Lacing is excellent.

The nose is full of bitter coffee, sweet maltiness, molasses, and fruits (plums and raisins, mostly).

The taste is intricate, with predominant bitterness of an espresso-like quality, hints of bittersweet chocolate, dry, wine-like tannins, mild sweetness, toasty malt, dark fruits, and traces of both hops and booze.

Medium bodied, light for this style by the standards of 2011. Slightly creamy and sticky but well short of cloying or viscous. Lingering finish is bitter and roasty.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite style of beer. Gonna give this one a try

Poured from a 550ml bottle
Serving glass: Samuel Smith pint glass
No date on bottle

Appearance: Beautiful dark brownish black hue. Topped of with a brownish head. Nice head retention.

Smell: Classic caramel and toffee notes. Dark molasses profiles. Very straight forward for the style

Taste: Great on the palate. Dark figs and dates on the front. Had a small metallic tingle at the start, do know where that come from. Nice deep sugars through out the drink. It ends with a delicious coffee flavor. Would of like a salty or briny component to enhance the dark malts. Great taste overall though.

Mouthfeel: Heavy at the beginning, but nice through out. A bit sour at the end. Keeps you wanting more.

Overall: A great beer from the guys at Samuel Smith. A solid one that sure be a favorite in any beer lover's list.

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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

exp March 2012

A: Extremely dark and dense brown soda, head sort of rootbeer float like. Though I actually can't see any rising carbonation upon further inspection.
S: Something about it reminds me of coastal vegetation. Sand, coffee, chocolate syrup. A hair medicinal
T/m: Quite dense and thick, but not necessarily heavy, like a high quality hot chocolate. Mild but almost sour bitterness. Coffee, but very smooth and nothing really offensive. Quite delicious, perhaps the best RIS i've had.
O: Great RIS. Not usually a fan but this one is incredibly smooth with a good taste.

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4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the prototype, isn't it? The one that defines the genre. I haven't had one of these in a few years, so I am enjoying it.

It's very malty but yet the hops and yeast make themselves known. The nasty roasty, sweet taste is all a part of what every imperial should shoot for. Yet it is slightly less enjoyable than some american imitations.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in color with a tan head, good lacing and retention. Dark chocolate with tangy fruit on the nose. Taste was semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of a lemon/orange bite, huge long finish with minimum bitterness...small warming effect at the very end. Silky texture.

Just very good and solid overall...very drinkable. Paired incredibly with milk chocolate...unbelievable. I drizzled a bit over vanilla ice cream too...very good.

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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