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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured deep dark brown body with thin dark beige head. head lasted 15 seconds.Slight lacing of glass.
Choco-coffee dark rotting fruit smell.

The bottle tells me it is brewed with well water from a well first used in 1758. It tastes as if they forgot to filter the mud out from the water!! Too bitter, burnt coffee. I am going to pour out the rest. (My sink is becoming an alchoholic!). I am giving up on Russian Imperial's!!

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a coffee black. The head is a pillow of dark cream, awesome head retention -- it doesn't dissipate at all. Nice sticky lacing. The aroma is that of bitter chocolate, raisins, and burnt malts. The taste is wonderful as it mimics the aroma: bitter chocolate, a hint of sweet raisins, mellow roasted malts, and a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is just light enough and it's very drinkable at 7% ABV. Overall, and exceptional brew. It's delicious, looks good, and is very smooth. Highly recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Dark body, pillowy brown head that dissipated quickly. A thin layer of foam stayed around for quite a while.

Smelled liked dark sugar (think brown sugar, rum, or molasses). Taste was very similar, but also had noticeable fruit tones and tasted a lot like the burnt/almost burnt underside of homemade bread -- the part that was touching a pan and got a little too brown. That was mostly in the back of the tongue. The front was roasted malts and english hops (not spicy or bitter, but... just there).

It gave me a nice warm feeling. I didnt keep this in the fridge when I bought it today, but rather stuck it in my cabinet under the counter. It looked really thick and viscous when it poured into the glass, but it didnt feel too thick when drunk. There was noticeable carbonation, but not too much. You could leave it in your mouth for a while without getting that bubbly feeling on your tongue.


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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,793 ratings
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