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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a mug.

A Pours a nice black color topped off with an off white head that has excellent retention.

S Some roasted malt notes along with some fruit

T Lots of roasty flavors along with some fruit and chocolate. All accompanied by the distinctive Samuel Smith's hard water taste.

M Nice and smooth, almost creamy.

Overall I really like this beer, it is a great example of a nice well balanced stout. It is also quite well served by the distinctive hard water taste that all Samuel Smith's beers have giving it a unique flavor that you can't find anywhere else. Plus at $4.00 a bottle and 7% abv this is one I can see my self drinking quite a bit.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle (no dates or codes) into a snifter. Pours a slightly thin, dark brown w/ a crackling 1-finger tan head that settles slowly.

Aroma is roasted malt, black licorice, dark fruit, alcohol, and just the faintest hint of chocolate.

Taste generally follows nose: sweet, dark malt, caramel.

Really smooth, clean mouthfeel w/ a great dry finish.

Overall a good stout but not a great one. Won't be seeking this one out again.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of atis
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with rich creamy brown head that rather soon fades, almost no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, sweetish dark fruit, raisins.

Taste is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, as well as caramel; long lasting smoky, roasted and slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full with quite low carbonation.

Overall, a very flavourful and drinkable porter. I appreciate also its comparatively low ABV.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a puffy tan head that quickly recedes to a thin mousse.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, woodsmoke, peat, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits are present on the nose. The aromas of this beer are not as intense as many modern imperial stouts.

T: After a gritty, grainy entry, this beer displays lovely notes of roasted grain, black currants, black cherries, prunes, coffee, dark chocolate, woodsmoke, and peat. The finish is mellow and delicate with a slight alcohol presence and notes of dark fruits, roasted grain, and coffee.

M: Full bodied, smooth, and luscious, but a bit dry. Carbonation is gentle and expressive. The alcohol presence is tremendously restrained. Very, very drinkable for the style.

O: This is an excellent imperial stout. It has long been a personal favorite of mine. If you're a fan of the bitter, explosive American double/imperial stouts, then this beer may be too restrained for you, but if you're a fan of traditional stouts, then you'll probably love this one.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of maxk
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter. Served lightly chilled. Purchased from the Great Grog in Edinburgh.

A: Very dark brown with minimal light penetration. Nice one finger head, milky coffee color. Not much lacing.

S: Fruity dark chocolate, coffee, little bit of raisin sweetness.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate and delicious. I taste lots of big, roasted malts. There's a tiny hint of alcohol in this one, but it's by no means a bad thing.

M: A big bodied beer, very well carbonated such that the flavor is accentuated by it.

A good imperial stout. Not such high alcohol compared to some of it's American counterparts, but it still packs a good punch. Very pleasant to drink.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,783 ratings
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