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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1,786
Ratings:
3,811
pDev:
11.3%
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Photo of Sylvesterjones
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Navin-Johnson
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Act25
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to fill this gap in my beer tasting. Deserves to be near the top of RIS.
a) Pours black with ruby/amber edges supporting a thick head that lasts and laces.
s) Church like aroma of dark wood, shellac, beeswax, burning candles, incense, herbs, myrrh.
t) Follows the smell, something magical and ancient incense wafts along side the roasted core of black malt, balanced coffee sweetness, prunes, and a bit of balancing hops. Layered.
f) Fills the mouth with powerful flavor and leaves the mouth in a better place. A beautiful beer. Clean finish.
o) Beautiful beer that I'd like blind taste w friends vs other great RIS like Ten Fidy etc.

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Photo of dataslal
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M3rk22
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pizzabutt
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

poured into a stout glass/snifter from a 355mL bottle.

look: very dark brown, almost black. half inch tan head that dissipated quickly. very low retention, no lacing.

smell: caramel, malt, toffee. some cocoa.

taste: similar to the nose; malty, sweet (but not too sweet), very slight dark chocolate. tasted vaguely like a dark chocolate and black cherry mix. the aftertaste is more chocolatey than the initial taste.

feel: definitely noticeable carbonation that has a bite to it. full bodied and a balanced mix of sweet and dry. coats the mouth nicely.

overall: definitely one of my favorite imperial stouts. it's an interesting take on an imperial stout because it's sweeter and more effervescent but i quite like it. i've gone out of the way to find this and i take note of the stores that offer it.

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Photo of BrodyGaston
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours very dark with a nice light brown head. I thought the smell was alcohol at first, which would have been surprising at 7%. Then I found it to be more of a wine or raisin smell - indicative of alcohol but not like smelling liquor. The taste is similar, but whereas I get wine in the smell, I get chocolate in the taste. But it is a thin kind of taste, not full. The taste and aroma doesn't linger or stay in the mouth or nose. It's good but not great. Though the labeling and presentation is great. I find this to be behind a lot of American craft brewing that is doing something similar but doing it better.

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Photo of Chii_Rising
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A dark beer with a nice caramel colored head that dissipated quickly.
A smoothish sour taste that got more bitter & more pronounced with alcohol with each sip.
At the end we did not finish the whole pint bottle. This is the least favorable of the Samuel Smith beers we have tried.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark black with beautiful head. Extremely lively.
Smell: sweet malt, roasted malt, molasses
Taste: just like the smell. Extremely sweet. Little discernible hoppiness. Some dark fruit taste.

An excellent brew, worthy of the beer god himself!

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

One of the most underrated stouts. I prefer it over Guinness.

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Photo of Mtn
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium body and a bit of a bite from the carbonation. Aroma is very light but mostly roasted malt and a little dried fruit. Taste came off all licorice at first but as it warmed the malt and the grain flavor showed up. Very well made but not my favorite from smith

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Photo of craigbelly
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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