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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
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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:
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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,371
Reviews:
1,777
Ratings:
3,783
pDev:
11.3%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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241
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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into pint glass...Dark brown, red, huge creamy head...
S: malts, chocolate, caramel, paprika... river water?
T: delicious...heavy malts.. coffee and sugar...good amount of alcohol... a slight maple syrup, well water after taste... it's spicy as well
MF: very little carbonation, almost like a flat cola... refreshing and prefect to sip on.
O: this is one of my all time favorites.... packed with flavor... cheap as hell...

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this RIS into a glass stein.

Appearance- The head crept to two-fingers of dense and foamy head with a brown sugar tint. A small smattering of bubble is seen in the top of the cap, not really any less on the glass as it degrades, decent retention.

A very dark brown and opaque body with some barely perceptible dark auburn highlights. It definitely looks like a good beer.

Smell- Whoa, a very decent amount of raisiny bourbon on the nose. Also some roasted malt that has a definite wheat bread smell to it. May be more subtleties, but those are the dominant aspect of the nose. Definitely more "sweet" than "roasted" on the RIS scale. Very good.

Taste- Plenty more of the brandy on the palate as I let the beer float around before swallowing. I also can distinguish more of that bread malt near the beginning and end of the drink.

Also get that distinct hard water tinge of a Samuel Smith beer, and it compliments this offering really well. The water gives the beer a slight edginess that a roasted malt usually brings to an RIS. What great Imperial Stout flavors!

Mouth feel- A really big body on this one, absolutely fills the mouth. The carbonation pumps up the creaminess very well, and does this one ever finish smooth. Maybe just a little dry from that boozy aspect.

Overall- A wonderful RIS that has that distinctive Samuel Smith hard water flavor and fantastic mouth feel. Some may find it simplistic or not enjoy the boozy character; others will relish these characteristics, like I have.

If you have not had this one already please wait no longer. There are still easily available beers out there that are more than worth your time and money.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light roasty malty nose. Black creamy head drops to lace. Poured into a dimple mug. Full flavor, not to syrupy like most ris's. Not too sweet, roasty but not too roasty, dry, but mouthwater juiciness. Perfect hop profile for the malt. Sam smiths has this wonderful mineralness that I'm not sure if its from the water, stone or yeast, or all of the above, but it sure is delicious. I've said it before, Sam Smiths can do no wrong. This is the most solid, most drinkable and most affordable RIS available.

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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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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,783 ratings
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