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

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,736
Reviews:
1,763
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad I let this one warm up. Picked up 12 oz bottle from World of Beer in Tampa, FL. Pours a near opaque black with a dark tan head the recedes rather quickly. Aroma is great. Not to burnt or powerful on the malt side and the hops do shine through with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Could benefit from more hopping but still.... Yummy.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with an espresso cap that settles rather quickly w/no lacing.

S - Divine aromas of baker's chocolate, leather, and espresso.

T/M - Taste is consistent with the smell but with some vanilla and a unique tasting sour smoke to it. As it warmed the mouthfeel turned creamy with an ever so soft carbonation.

D - This would be dynamite with any variety of stews, ribs, and meat pie. Yum.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rumrunner
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

Now this is a stout!

Color: Black. That is all. A nice light brown head to start gives a picture perfect looking pint. Lacing drapes the glass. The scents are heavy brownie and carob. Some sweet caramel. A dry dark fruit hop. The alcohol on the nose is rum. Flavors blend but are present enough to be selected. A real work of art for the nose.

The flavors work their magic. To start there is the brownie and light milk chocolate. Some singed coffee and heavy smoke. A floral and deep fruit entice the taste buds. There is a charred wood flavor at the end. So many flavors. They do well and keep themselves in check which provides a wonderful balance.

Mouthfeel is deep and heavy. There is a slight chalkiness which is just a bit unfriendly. A very full bodied stout. This is one I will return to. Just a well made old school stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Daredevil
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Imperial Stout" was the kind of beer which was shipped to the russian nobility some 100+ years ago ... it seems that russian taste tends to go for strong bodied drinks with a certain sweetness .... most "imperial stouts" I know tend to accentuate the sweetness, sometimes with a "sticky tendency" ... compared to those this brew is "ultra brut" and with a medium to "slim" body ... but it's lack in corpulence is more than compensated with it's elegant smoothness ... to give you an image: this is like spotting a mysterious dark-haired beauty disguised in a porcelaine mask on the Carnival of Venice ... to die for

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3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with a tan head. Decent lacing. When it was in the bottle I could hold it up and get a little glint of light through it. Now that I have poured it, it has become a black hole.

Smell: Chocolate and a faint alcohol scent.

Taste: A lot going on here. Chocolately and cookie-like with some smokiness to boot. Every few sips there's a fruitiness as well that is something along the lines of raisins or currants or maybe prunes. As I drank, the smoke flavor became more evident. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: So creamy and wonderful.

Drinkability: Alcohol is not a factor here, only flavor. The last half of the beer was simply not as good as the first half.

I might need more time to figure this beer out. I can certainly see myself coming back to it.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a unibroue snifter with an absolutely monstrous tan head-- creamy, with heavy foam and massive lacing. it's black and totally impermeable to light. this beer is pretty.

The nose is heavy on coffee, with a background of dark malt and maybe a little nonspecific fruit. There's a buttery, kind of funky yeasty note, which I like.

Tastes somewhat sweet and surprisingly dry on the finish. Coffee notes are present, but much lighter than I expected. Subsequent sips reveal a yeasty banana flavor. Heavy carbonation lends a sort of spiciness, and adds a lot of drinkability.

The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, finishing with substantial carbonation. The low ABV (as compared to American versions of the style) and bubbles make this a very very drinkable imperial stout. There is nothing (other than respect) that would prevent me from pounding these.

RERATE: Went back to this with more imperial stout experience under my belt. The apparearance is still outstanding, especially the head size, retention, and lacing. Smellwise, I'm not sure what the hell I was talking about ("buttery/funky/yeasty note"), I was probably talking about the vanilla character, which is pretty strong. The taste is smokier than most imps I've tasted, but production of this is too high for it to be barrel-aged; it must be the malts. This is really a pretty damned good imperial stout.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean black body with thick one finger mocha head. Good retention for the style, very nice stripes of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S: Plenty of roasted malts hit immediately. Get lots of dark berries, but also grape jelly somehow. Some molasses like sweetness. Nice.

T: Interesting brew. RIS can start to blend together, I think this one stands out. It definitely has a solid dark roast backbone, but doesn't get overly bitter. Differentiator to me, is it has a light fruitiness to it. Sweet cherry comes to mind, maybe grape jelly as I picked up in the nose. It's a lighter take then some of the RIS I've had, but it's not a "thinner" beer by any means, and the flavor is just as robust. Killer beer.

M: They nailed it, velvety smooth, slick, chewy.

O: It has all the huge flavor of a good RIS, but somehow comes in as a more "delicate" beer if that can be said of a RIS. Fantastic stuff.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,736 ratings.
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