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

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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

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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

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Photo of OlaB
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +13.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +6.3%
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 +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a brown head. Smells of roasted malts, French coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Tastes of slightly burnt coffee, strongly roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Medium in body and medium in carbonation. Overall a great RIS. Could maybe use a touch more body.

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Photo of agrinnell
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown to black color with a two finger white to off white foamy head. There was some light lacing sticking nicely around the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet milk chocolate along with some plums, raisins and then added a nice light roasty coffee. The taste was mainly sweet and roasty with a nice lingering roasty to sweet aftertaste that finishes slightly dry. On the palate, this one sits right on the medium side of the body. The carbonation finished with a light creamy smoothness. Overall, this was a nice RIS well worthy of having again.

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Photo of cherche
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treefig33
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: deep black color, one finger beige head.
S: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted.
T: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, hazelnut, a bit of wine sourness in aftertaste.
F: smooth, creamy, soft carbonation.
O: pretty light for a RIS, but balanced, complex, drinkable, nice.

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Photo of Atg1095
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of c014572
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most balanced, delicious stout on the planet. Not a killer in ABV or over the top flavors, just so smooth and balanced. It doesn't get any better than this one.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Completely black. No brown or red on the edges, just black throughout. Two fingers of khaki-colored head

S - A K,O, punch of cherries and black licorice. Roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla

T - Follows the nose with big black licorice and anise. Cherries, plums, coffee, dark chocolate, and even some pine

F - Calm. Not as thick as other RIS, but still good for 7%.

O - Dances the line of stout and RIS, but very flavorful and complex.

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Photo of CyrusTheAverage
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anthony-s
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Curt3
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from from 550 ml bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours black with a thick tan head (actually one of the best looking beers I've ever poured). Lacing is not sticky, but rather slides down the glass in an oily fashion. Smells of sweet, dark fruits. A really solid, creamy stout and medium bodied. At 7%, just a mild, but pleasant alcohol note. Glad I have enough for a second glass!

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a deep black with a few highlights on the bottom, pillowy tan head on top, great retention with a few rings of lacing.
Aroma - Roasted malt, almond, tangy, smell is fairly mild.
Taste - Starts out with dark fruit, raisin/prune, rich and deep roasted malt body, layers and layers of creamy malt,hint of smoke, hops are mild but make their presence known towards the end with slight earth, nutty yeast. Finish is long with plenty of roasted malt and a very mild coffee.
Feel - Full bodied, mellow carbonation, alcohol well hidden.

Overall - Great beer, all of the flavors an imperial stout should have without any of the the blueberry muffin-chocolate mousse-triple hopped-18%-vanilla infused-ultra rare-krispy kreme-bacon nonsense.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, peatey sweet aroma. Dark black pour, big creamy head. Taste is tangy, sour, hearty, beef stew with a hint of vinegar. Thin feel compared to oatmeal stout. Good stout, alcohol is too present for what it should be.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,792 ratings
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