Imperial Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,496
Reviews:
1,787
Ratings:
3,815
pDev:
11.3%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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242
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Ratings: 3,815 |  Reviews: 1,787
Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glennchapin
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of burk1982
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of arr3388
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Markkus
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black. Takes some attention to get a head worked out of it. Head soon turns very thin, a tan, almost light brown color. 2/3

Aroma - intense roasted barley, toffee, light toast, biscuit, lingering alcohol hint in back, very pleasing. Soon gains a nutty character when warmed a bit. 11/12

Flavor - toast notes, toffee, browned biscuits. No hop flavor, a low Bitterness level, shadowed by the dominant roasted malt. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. 18/20

Mouthfeel - slight chewiness, medium body, long aftertaste, moderately low carbonation. 3/5

Overall Impression - Warming alcohol notes from the 7% abv. Flavor, Mouthfeel, aroma, all come together for a great brew. 9/10
43/50 ❤️

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Photo of nick_perry
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black color, not much head. Not much aroma, either. Taste starts out with strong coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar notes, developing into a potent toasted rye bread flavor. Light alcohol note on the finish, but it isn’t nearly as boozy as a lot of American renditions of the Russian imperial stout can be. Finish is very dry, a bit harsh in that regard. Lingering warming feeling.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear seal brown body with a small tan cap, receding to a swirling surface slick and fine collar. Average retention - vague lacing.

Lovely roast malt aroma with hints of cocoa and coffee. The heavy fermentation in open stone squares does seem to impart a unique character with subtle fruity/floral esters if not a certain minerality as well.

Distinctive yeast driven flavor profile with a wave of malty complexity - toasted scones, scalded sugar, chocolate, and faint tobacco-like spiciness dry out the finish. Low bitterness, pleasant aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, almost creamy, soft mouth-feel with moderate carbonation.

A truly classic example of the style, free of the bombast of most American versions.

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Photo of Strohm
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomTrocc
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShawnL
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Plumbwader
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampled November 2017 from bottles in pint glass. I have been drinking this beer for years, and it is one of my favorite beer.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head. The head is very creamy and lasted a long time. Only a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong caramel and a little coffee aromas. Nice combination and balance.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Not overly creamy or thick as some stouts, which is good.

Overall: Great stout. Overall one of my top 5 favorite beers. The taste is always consistently excellent. The only negative with this beer is the price in the USA.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a finger of tan head that leaves a nice lacing behind. The aroma is roasted malt, licorice, sweet caramel, dark berry jam, and a bit of chocolate. Smells great. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and red grapes. The feel is nice and viscous at a cold temperature, well carbonated, and pretty dry. Overall, a superb stout, here.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep, dark black like the Yorkshire night. Creamy head.

N: chocolate, port, some smoke and pipe tobacco. Licorice.

T: wood smoke, tobacco, dark fruits, baker’s chocolate, coves, purple grapes, licorice.

Overall: An amazing beer! Tastes huge, with less alcohol than feels present. Incredibly aromatic.

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Photo of sbuck
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinAbs
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madbrewer9
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So much different than most American ris. Thinner body and "English" sugar character. Nice flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. Very drinkable.
Great beer.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tcsox
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersasap
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,815 ratings