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

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a almost pitch black color with some very light brown twinges on the edges. Reminds me of a Root Beer on the hand pump. Provides a small brown foam head with nice retention. There is ample lacing down the sides.

S: Dark fruits dominate the smell, figs/dates/raisons/prunes along with some milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

T: Lots of rich tasty roasted malt on the front end, coffee is the most predominant flavor. In the middle the dark fruit and some brown sugar come through and really balance out the acidic coffee flavor. On the back end there is some mild milk chocolate that adds a slight amount sweetness.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer. Leaves a rich thick, slightly roasted taste on the palate.

O: A fantastic RIS. Always one I will drink if I find it. It is not as available as some other Samuel Smith brews. Would highly recommend this brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a Maudite Snifter.

A: Dark with mahogany edges against the light and a big reddish-brown head on first pour, with good lacing.

S: Burnt malts and nice booze that mixes with the malts for a nearly minty freshness, and light floral notes from the hops

T: Burnt malts typical of the style lead nicely into the hops, followed by warming alcohol on the end. The burnt malts keep it from getting too sweet while still balancing this very nicely, with chocolaty raspberry notes on the front and side of my palate. What a nice slow-sipper!

F: Very thick around the palate, almost chewy, with a nice long finish that takes a long time before it turns a bit sour.

O: Beautiful and balanced. Not very complex, but it serves this beer very well. This is my first Samuel Smith brew, compared to the Old Rasputin, which is the only other RIS I’ve had, and it holds up very well, though of course profoundly different in its UK vs. American styling. I'm a big fan, and can't wait to try more from SS.

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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,757 ratings.
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