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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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz. bottle

A- Dark dark deep brown, near black, with a beautifully retained one finger brown head. Rings of lacing, and a quick experience of cascade as it pours.

S- Chocolate, and strong espresso bitterness. I sense a slight metallic aroma as well (like most Samuel Smith's.) Iron-rich water?

T- Some chocolate, some coffee, no metallic taste. Slight hop balance. Not as flavorful as I would expect from an imperial, but a well crafted brew.

M- Full-bodied but smooth and clean. A little bit of a dry finish.

O- A quality beer, but I don't think I can consider it "Imperial." A moderate ABV, and a mild flavor base makes it just seem like a stout. If it were any drier, I would even consider it dry irish.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dark stout with a light brown head. It tastes of roasted chocolate. It has a good bit of Russian Imperial Stout flavor, but then also a creaminess almost like a porter.

It has a medium body with a good carbonation.

For an Russian Imperial Stout , this is really drinkable as it cuts off at the end. I would recommend it as an entry into the style. However, I do love it as someone who has had a few, so it's for all. Just maybe not those heavy heads into the deep deep rich flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brownish black with a 2 1/2 finger coffee colored head.

S - Fruit, especially raisins, dominate the nose. I don't get any roasted or char aromas which is a bit disappointing.

T - Similar to the nose, heavy fruit flavor with the slightest roast and chocolate coming through in the middle. I do like the dry bitterness finish but wish this RIS balanced the fruit, chocolate and roast better.

M - Very drinkable, the best feature of this beer is how smooth it goes down. No issues downing a pint.

O - To me it's just an average RIS. Great value tho.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 500 mL bottle to snifter

A: Typical stout complexion and color - dark brown-to-black, completely opaque, coffee-tan head. Head retention is fairly light as the head dissipates in a few minutes and leaves a couple patches of lacing around the glass. Not the most viscous-looking stout you'll come across.

S: The nose is malt-forward, with distinct notes of ripe fruit - particularly cherries and plums - and anise. Some carob and Swiss chocolate linger, along with a touch of earthy hop astringency.

T: The flavors largely follow with the sweet aspects of the carob and ripe fruit touching the palate first. Chocolate notes become more distinct as the beer warms, along with the alcohol. The flavor-profile is well balanced and smooth, from beginning to end, as none of the various tones take precedence. Finishes relatively long leaning toward the sweet-side of the palate.

M: Creamy and velvety...smooth and more viscous than it appeared. Ample carbonation keeps the rich complexion from sticking to the palate between sips

After drinking a lot of barrel-aged monster-stouts from the West side of the Atlantic, it's interesting coming back to this classic. Nothing tastes like it, and it has a lot of the creamy, chewy qualities that their American brethren only pick up from the aging process. This always hits the's nice that it's pretty easy to pick up.

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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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