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

Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 3,762 |  Reviews: 1,770
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint class

A- Very dark, black, copper head

S- Coffee is at the forefront. Some dark chocolate. Can smell the roasted malts

T- Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Some fruity taste, like cherry or raison, sweet but not really sweet- more of a tart flavor. It has a metallic taste like most Sammy Smith beers. I am sure that it must have something to do with their yeast or something. As weird as this sounds, the metallic taste does not take away from the beer at all

M- A bit thin for a Imperial Stout

O- you have to take value and how easily available into account here- and it deserves a high overall rating. For 3.50 for a 22, it is an excellent deal, when many lesser imperial stouts go for 2 to 3x as much

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass, and the appearance looked great. Opaque Black with a tan, soapy head. The head kept retention throughout.

S-I picked up some mint, cherry dark chocolate in the nose.

T-Picked up some light chocolate notes, dark fruit, then just a hint of dry red wine. Finished dry with a heavy burnt toast note.

M-Felt pretty thin next to many other RIS offerings. Was expecting something more substantial.

O-This is a great looking brew, but the taste and mouthfeel fall just a little bit short for me when compared to other RIS I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a two-finger, frothy, tan head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Chocolate and dark fruit. Slightly burn malt. Nice.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Rich roasted flavor with a nice toasty finish. Nothing pops out in particular (no strong chocolate or coffee notes), but the flavor really comes together. Well balanced and delicious.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. Slightly warm too.

O: Really good Russian Imperial Stout. I like that it's a lower ABV than most. Plus, the nose and flavor are phenomenal. One of my new favorites.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very, very dark brown bordering on black with a huge brown head. The head dies back to a cap that persists.

Some sweetness, some roastiness and maybe a little hops in the aroma. All of that is layered with something that doesn't remind me of beer at all but of a mocha. Very pleasant.

Sweet, rich malts. Some mocha again - both coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Nowhere near as much roastiness as I was expecting but there's a lingering bitterness that I wish were lessened a little. There's also a mineral character that actually works very well here.

Moderately viscous with enough carbonation to cut through the bittersweet flavors and get my tongue ready for more.

I wasn't expecting much from this considering all of the chatter about roastiness and my less that stellar experiences with other stouts and porters. I was pleasantly surprised! Not sure how often I'll buy it as I'm not sure if the style is for me - roasty character doesn't seem to be one of my favorites, though it's not as bad as excessive bitterness or hoppiness - but not sorry I got it either.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

A: Poured perfect. Completely black with a tall tan head. The head was around for the entire session.

S: Decaf coffee, lots of salty sweet: Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and an odd sweetness i cant place. Maybe dark chocolate.

T: Smooth, malt and grain bitter-sweetness with a hint of smoke. Lots of decaf coffee flavor. This comes across as a very grain and grass strong beer and the sweetness comes from that. It is not a candy or chocolate sweet beer. At the hinting of a friend I can identify white grape juice.

M: Thick but not chewy. Somehow it manages to be smooth and big without being a meal.

O: This was a very good RIS, but just not my favorite. I prefer more roastiness and darker flavors with less sweetness (Old Rasputin). Nice work but the decaf flavor limits me to one.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87.9% out of 100 with 3,762 ratings
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