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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Photo of vandeir_bochi
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corpo denso! Sabor café mais intenso, chocolate ao fundo! Aroma pouco alcoólico, mas com presença do malt torrado! Pouca presença de lúpulos no aroma, mas amargôr bem intenso, pra uma inglesa!

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Photo of Spiff
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spiff and friends took a trip to England with this imperial stout. We've learned we are not fans of Russian stouts so hearing that this beer from Tadcaster has taken Russian nobles to great heights has us Concerned. We have let it reach 50 degrees so here goes. Pleasantly Dark. Smell is rich and Carmelized sweet. Taste. Definitely not Russian so for us that's good. But the taste is not as sweet as smell. A dry chocolate. Thin in the mouth with a mid mouth carbonation bite but a smooth finish down the gullet. The taste is simple and not rich. Overall slightly disappointed hoping for more body but nothing to gripe about. Would order in A pub if all they had was Guinness and murphys and enjoy it but not in our top 25.

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Photo of tedvr
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with a thin caramel head. Smells are of raisins. chocolate and malt. Tastes are raisins with a nice chocolate finish. Mild carbonation with a great after taste. Nice depth with lots of flavors.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jeez, these guys brew consistently amazing stuff. Dark brown, near black with quickly disappearing top poured in a snifter. Candy caramel and toffee on the nose. Rich, velvety dark cocoa flavors among some roasted quality of the malt. Remarkably smooth, with slightly sweet lingering taste. Wow.

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Photo of beerboy21
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black. Dark rum, chocolate, and lactose in the nose. Chocolate (semi-sweet) and lactose in the taste. Hard to believe this is certified as vegan. Really wish they'd put their stuff in brown bottles.

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Photo of ritwingr
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful Russian Stout. Dark brown almost black, with a dense two inch head that retains nicely....though leaves only spotty lacing

Aroma is overwhelmingly caramel with a faint nits if cherry. Taste is caramel with a pleasant hint of burnt toast on the finish.


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Photo of Glanzman
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a 2-3 fingered tan head.

Wonderful aroma of rich chocolate, coffee and caramel malts.

Looked great, smelled great, but the taste killed me. Had a bit of a "medicine" taste to it. Slightly improved as it warmed up to room temp but not too much. The feel... felt a bit thin.

I may purchase another ($3.99 for a 1 pint, 2.7 ounce bottle at local grocery store) and let it age a bit to see if this helps.

Served in a pint glass.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not as good as Samuel Smith's organic Chocolate Stout, but it pours an excellent dark black creamy body with minimal bronze head. The aroma is profound, quite remarkable how strong the chocolate, nutty, coffee notes greet you, when the taste is not as bold. Still a very tasty stout, Samuel Smith is my favorite brewery for stouts and porters. Delicious!

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice stout. Very chocolatey and had a very smooth, chocolate milk like after taste. Had some caramel and molasses to it as well. I feel like they are a few ingredients away from making it awesome, as I wasn't impressed with its overall depth in flavor, but it is still something I'd consider buying again.

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Photo of teromous
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from one of the smaller narrow 12oz bottles.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a small light brown head from the start that fades out to a ring and a film on the surface. It does impart some spotty lacing from the minimal ring of foam.

Aroma: There is a strong chocolate aroma along with what smells a bit like coffee. There is a spun-sugar aroma to the beer which is quite nice. It is a really nice smelling beer. It is actually very addictive. As the beer sits the scent of caramel comes through. This beer smells like a sweet shop.

Taste: It has a very rich dark caramel flavor with the flavor of dark chocolate and just a bit of carbon at the end. It is absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Despite the fullness of flavor and dark appearance this beer supports a medium-weight body. It has a good amount of carbonation and it is very drinkable.

Overall: This beer has a substantially lower mouthfeel and ABV than many other Imperial Stouts but it boasts a fantastic aroma and flavor that is sought after in a beer such as this. It really was very enjoyable to drink and I will seek it out again. I am really blown back by how good this beer is.

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Photo of akolb
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 550 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Very dark, near black in color. Foamy coffee head. Decent retention. 4/5
Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, coffee in the aroma. Very strong and nice. 4.5/5
Sweet and rich in taste, a bit of spiciness, light bitterness. 4.75/5
Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. 4.5/5
A lovely, rich beer that would be great for dessert or by the fire on a cold day. 4.75/5

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled & review from notes
Look black body with good thick tan coloured head
aroma more muted than expected, burned toast & brown sugar
dark fruit & charcoal flavours with a little hint of coffee
I found it a little thin for the strength & style

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Photo of johlac66
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque chocolate brown with a dark khaki head that stayed for a little bit leaving some lacing.
Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Taste followed with slight roasted chocolate.
A little more carbonation and thinner mouthfeel than what I'm used to for this style, but overall quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Black as oil, mocha colored head, creamy, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, looks a little thin, but just a classic looking Russian Imperial Stout.

A: Dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, lot of sweetness, slight chocolate aromas, not a lot of roasted malt or coffee aromas, leans sweet.

T: Like the nose, dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, hit of coffee/dry chocolate bitterness in the middle, finishes dry, with a dark fruit finish, alcohol is well hidden, very tasty.

M: Very creamy, nice balanced carbonation, finishes dry, medium mouthfeel.

O: Love this beer, I've had it several times before realizing I've never reviewed it, sweeter than American RIS I've tasted, but full of flavor, a great creamy mouthfeel, and a wonderful beer to enjoy after dinner.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 1/2" coffee colored head which leaves nice rings of lace. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is complex and rich and slightly sweet. Full body.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours pitch black under a 3” dense dark tan foam collar that slowly recede to a thick film and leaves thick lace.
S: Winey malt with roast and light chocolate
T: Malt forward with light roast, chocolate, traces of licorice, and a moderate hop bitter accent on the finish.
F: Creamy full body with fine soft carbonation.
O: This beer has an incredible texture and is a delight to drink.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown almost black opaque with a tan and white 1 finger head that dissipates in average time with minimal lACINg. Smell is of dark chocolate, dates, salt water taffy, and a bit of a black coffee. Taste is not a whole lot different first the dark chocolate hits then a bit of a roasted malt then coffee and surprisingly a bit of lemon or citrus in the aftertaste? Mouthfeel is about on par with other stouts I like the tad bit more of carbonation in this one. Overall a 4/5 pretty darn good stout better I've had in a while wil definaytely have again and seek on tap or cask!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black with thin head
S- Old raisins and dust?
T- Strangely sweet. Raisins, dates...
F- Medium body and fizzy. Way too thin for a stout IMO
O- Picked up this shelfie as I has heard good things about Sam Smith beers. Mouth feel was just too thin

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Photo of Overworkedta
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Delicous. I'm a big fan of imperial stouts and barrel aged beers so this was not a departure from my usual. Good mouthfeel and good appearance. The head settles after a bit but it pours caramel chocolate in color.

Would but again. It's a solid beer I've had several years ago but wanted to try again recently. It's no whale but it's a delicious treat to someone who loves stouts.

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Photo of NordicIslander
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tight carbonation on the pour; two finger head. Nice dark black tint, unable to see through the glass when holding up to the light. Great licorice taste and a tinge of fruit on the end,.. banana? Very subtle bitter at the end but I guess I'm looking for that at the end of a swallow of stout anyway. A little thinner tasting than I expected but still flat out delicious. I'm more enthralled with Old Rasputin R. I. S. but this is more than ample as a go to stout all day long. Stored at room temperature, placed in refrigerator for 25 minutes then poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer. Black with frothy tan head and strong licorice and anise flavors, as well as roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Feel is thin for an imperial stout. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout was one of my early introductions to craft and stout, so I'd looked forward to trying this for years but had never come across it. I suspect that 10 years ago this would have blown me away but now it ranks as a bargain imperial stout and a good introduction to the style.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa which improved as it warmed. The taste follows closely, but is very reserved. The malts do not taste heavily roasted and the bitterness is low. Almost a subtle banana like taste. Thin body for the style. Overall, I'd guess this was a porter in a blind taste test.

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Photo of wguy14
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass revealing a half finger head which disappeared quickly. The color was dark brown. The smell brought on coffee mostly, and maltiness along with subtle chocolate nodes. The taste was coffee, raisins, and some chocolate. The taste was not overwhelming or overly impressive and left much to be desired. I tasted more malt and less coffee and chocolate than I expected based on the smell. Overall I was a little disappointed with this brew. The oatmeal stout was much more enjoyable in my opinion.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.16/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like others have said, I keep trying S.Smith with the hope of really liking one of their offerings, but aside from their choco stout, it just isn't happening for me. This one had possibilities, but just far too much roast and bitterness, without anything pushing back the other way. If it had opened with some nice brown sugar/dark fruity sweetness, this might have been interesting.

Somewhat small head and no real lacing; Pours a dark brownish black. Boozy nose and taste to go along with the puckering finish. Fairly thick and filling. There won't be a rematch.

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Photo of drmeto
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-pours the darkest of brown with a small khaki head
-sweet chocolate,slightly roasty,caramel,toffee,vanilla,mocha
-chocolate,toffee,plums,raisins,dates with a strong coffee finish
-low carbonation,medium-full body
-alcohol not noticeable
Lovely imperial stout.

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