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

3,749 Ratings
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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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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Photo of schoolboy
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%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aorloski
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - What do you expect..Pours an incredibly dark black, BEAUTIFUL khaki head that is about 2 fingers into my chi may glass. Pours semi viscous, lacing is a little apparent and a bit of alcohol legs with is surprising at 7%

Smell - I got into this one expecting big roasted qualities but i am surprised by the deep dark candied fruits in this one. Rum soaked raisins, plums, figs, dates. Very dark winter fruits all wrapped up in a brown sugar scent.

Taste - Again, not what i was expecting. Maybe it is my americanized palate but this one drinks more like a deep quad than an imperial stout. Again, full disclosure...american palate. The taste follows the nose. Candied fruits, figs, raisins, dates, brown sugar. There is not a single ounce of bitterness in this thing which leaves the chocolate and coffee completely out. Reminds me more of a quad, but then again this is a very old recipe so perhaps i should be referring to american imperial stouts differently because of this. Still the taste is lingering and satisfying.

Mouthfeel - Rich, creamy, sticky and chewy, everything you would expect. Coats the mouth. One of my favorite parts of this one.

Overall - I got into this having preconceived notions of what it would be like. Damn, i was wrong, surprised in a good way. Seek it out if you are sick of americanized imperial stouts( i can never be ) and want to try something new from across the pond. Really good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a almost pitch black color with some very light brown twinges on the edges. Reminds me of a Root Beer on the hand pump. Provides a small brown foam head with nice retention. There is ample lacing down the sides.

S: Dark fruits dominate the smell, figs/dates/raisons/prunes along with some milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

T: Lots of rich tasty roasted malt on the front end, coffee is the most predominant flavor. In the middle the dark fruit and some brown sugar come through and really balance out the acidic coffee flavor. On the back end there is some mild milk chocolate that adds a slight amount sweetness.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer. Leaves a rich thick, slightly roasted taste on the palate.

O: A fantastic RIS. Always one I will drink if I find it. It is not as available as some other Samuel Smith brews. Would highly recommend this brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,749 ratings.
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