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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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Ratings: 3,778 |  Reviews: 1,776
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank at D&P's Christmas Eve. Not impressed.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Imperial stout poured into a snifter, a nice dark black color with a carmel colored 1 inch head that leaves nice fat sticky lacing. Smell is of sweet dark chocloate with hints of roasted nuts. Taste is of a smooth mellow malted barley with hints of roasted nuts, very well balanced not bitterness with a hint of alchohol burn. I could drink this fine offering all day long very well balanced and goes with a nice meal, one of my favorites.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of cretemixer
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour. Looks like an Imperial should, Black as coal with a nice tan head that holds firm. Chocolate & alcohol dominate the nose. Nice roasted malts that are heavy on the chocolate with a slight coffee finish. Very drinkable. Lighter in body than I was expecting. A fine example of the Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick beige, foamy head. Immediate carbonation is heavy, playful and reminds me of cola. Color is nearly pitch black with a slight rouge tone. Head falls into an approachable 1/3". Virtually no lacing on this glass.

S: Smells of whiskey, caramel and espresso.

T: Syrupy malt. Strength to match. Definitive hop bitter hangs onto the sweetness nicely. Prune, coffee liquer, smoke, and agave nectar?

M: The syrupy-ness of this one is unavoidable and pleasant. Very distinct bite.

D: Probably not a session beer but a darn good Impy.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rodrot
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a jet black color with a small 1/4 inch head that lingered throughout. The aroma was of roasted malts and coffee. Taste was delicious with notes of espresso, currants, cocoa, port and Madeira. This beer is quite rich and complex for only 7% abv and it exhibits many of the qualities of much stronger Imperial Stouts. I believe this was the first RIS to be imported to the U.S. and it has always been one of my favorites. The character of this brew is still the same as when I first tried it back in the early 90's. The only criticism I've got is those damn clear bottles that Sam Smith uses. If you're going to cellar this beer, make sure you keep it away from any light source.

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Photo of Auslander
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Black in color with a light brown head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing.

Dark fruit and alcohol aroma.

A tasty stout with mild chocolate and dark fruit flavors with a hint of alcohol.

Purchased at Piccolo's Wine Shop.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, best before january 2013

A- Utterly black colour. One finger, light brown head, not as creamy as in most strong stouts. Scarse retention and not much lacing either

S- Strong and rich smell of what should probably be caramel malts, but with a distinct alcoholic note that has the aroma feeling like rum. Lots of undernotes as well: leafy hops, prune, molasses, yeast; something new with every smell

T- Obviously very malty, and again with that assertive (but somehow still delicate) alcoholic note, plus a light roasted note. Flavour is strong with chocolate, with an amazing load of undernotes: dried/dark fruits, coffee, nut, leafy/lemony hops on the tongue; just like the aroma, something new with every sip

M- Nicely smooth. Quite on the light side in body for an imperial stout, but somehow still full on the palate andl enough thick. Moderate carbonation is appropriate for the beer. Warming

O- Very drinkable for the style: of course the 7%ABV helps, but despite low ABV the beer still feels as rich and complex as an imperial stout should feel

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tvv375ia
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown to almost black with a slight ruby hint at the edges with about a 2 finger tan head that faded to a cap with a little lacing

S-lots of aroma coming from this one starts with some roast coffee then a little dark chocolate and carmel malts followed by some dark fruit sweetness

T-not quite as much going on as the smell but there is a lot of flavor. roasted malts that start coffee and faded to the dark fruits giving a sort of sweet finish

M-good carbonation nice creamy body

O-readily available, decent price, great beer whats not to love with this one

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Photo of maedhros09
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown/black with moderate tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: roasty, dark fruit
Taste: Roasty chocolate/coffee with dark fruit and mild herbal hoppiness. little bitterness
Feel: medium body, smooth

Overall: This stout has the typical hallmarks of imperial stouts - sweet roasty chocolatey maltiness and a dark fruity acidity with a moderate bitterness. What is most different from american imperial stouts I've had is that it's not as thick and sweet. Also, accounting for the lower ABV, it is less boozy. The flavor balance is really remarkable - proof that you don't need a crazy high ABV to achieve an exceptional imperial stout.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with one fat finger of light brown head that leaves splashing ocean wave lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, chocolate and coffee grounds.

Tastes of molasses, sugared raisins, prunes, fig, dark chocolate, creamed coffee and mild herbal hops.

Feels like a Sam Smith beer, all right. Big and soft. Full bodied with smooth, creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Another knockout by my favorite English brewery.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A black brew with a thick cappucino colored head.

S:a dusty, peppery cocoa smell with a hint of biscuit and baked apple

T: straight up roasted nutty flavors upfront then fading to dry cocoa and finishing with bitter chocolate and apple

M: medium to full body with a very smooth entry and becoming a little a dry. bitter and some hoppy crispiness.

Overall, a very refreshing imperial stout. I like English beers for the basic fact that the ABV is lower and makes the beer much more enjoyable. Very subtle and smooth

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Photo of gskitt
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a etched imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark color with a medium brown head that just stays forever. Smells of plump dark fruits, and crusts of brown bread. Some bourbon on the nose as well. Tastes of dark rye bread, some licorice as well, and some vanilla and some expresso bitterness at the end. Smooths and evens out as you drink, smooth mouthfeel, not as thick as i would have thought. This is a very drinkable RIS. Not my favorite but a damn good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Photo of psugrad98
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent stout. Rich carmel dark brown with tawyny tan head. Creamy head lasts impressively long. Slight sweet alcohol aroma nose and is also first taste. Roasted malts follow and persist throughout. Slightly bitter toward the end, but warm finishes warm.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,778 ratings
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