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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,730
Reviews:
1,761
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
522
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,730 |  Reviews: 1,761
Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownBottle
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Inky black with slight brown hue, pillowy foam head that is light khaki in color that lingers
Smell: Roasted chocolate nibs and malt hit you, bread, caramel candies
Taste: Much like the smell, definite roast, crispy brown bread, intense malt bitterness... it just tastes like something you would imagine this dark tasting. Also has a sweet hint to it, not sure what it is though.
Feel: Heavier, thick, rolls off the tongue but will foam up on the palate a bit, leaves a bitter aftertaste
Overall: Quite a sipper that evolved flavors over time. Would definitely get again for a guaranteed complex classic.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, King William, Bristol - Pours dark black with a medium tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - dark fruit, coffee. Taste - sweet, roasted malt base - coffee/chocolate, medium bitter finish. Lower ABV than other RIS's but very well balanced.

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Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a one-finger, creamy, tan head.
Smells of dark chocolate malt and slight licorice.
Wonderful creamy chocolate taste, especially in the finish. More sweet licorice up front. Nice imperial burn at the end, but not as big as some. I was really suprised with this Imperial Stout as it was excellent, but different from many excellent Imperial stouts. The smooth, chocolate finish was the highlight.

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Photo of Sexmortus
2.96/5  rDev -29%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with one fat finger of light brown head that leaves splashing ocean wave lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, chocolate and coffee grounds.

Tastes of molasses, sugared raisins, prunes, fig, dark chocolate, creamed coffee and mild herbal hops.

Feels like a Sam Smith beer, all right. Big and soft. Full bodied with smooth, creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Another knockout by my favorite English brewery.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass. A gorgeous black - barely a tint of anything else. The head is a medium tan and comes to a wonderful fluff and foam. It has a fairly good retention and great thin foam top once it does dissipate.

Aromatics: Raisins and dates are the fruit scents I get, almost like a fresh Christmas fruitcake. Wonderfully sweet with a some toasty undertones.

Taste: The aroma before the sip really helps accentuate the fruitiness, it has a great balance where the bitterness kind of gets run over with the boozy before it can settle on the palate. There is a slight coffee type bitterness, but it very well off set by the subtle hint of spice and the malt. The finish is a relatively mild bitter, slightly boozy but doesn't linger too long.

Feel: The carbonation softens over time giving way to the liquid itself which is very smooth and creamy with a sturdy but not heavy body, overall it is very kind to the palate.

Overall: I liked its creaminess, and the caring gentle notes to the nose, and I love that first foamy sip when the head is high. I think this is one of the best stouts I have had and I believe will be a regular when I'm not hunting for new ones to try.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Liquor slicked highway everyday
Pitch black
Toasted tobacco
Does not taste burnt at all
The hops need to hold me tighter
Strung out on the outskirts of town
Purchases from my man and enjoyed immediately after

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Photo of Fubudu187
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TH28
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle. Can’t decipher the code date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with a low brown head that dissipates. Aroma: Dark fruit (cherry, plum, raisin) with a light roast and chocolate. Fruit and chocolate character most prominent. Taste: An earthy, caramel, roasted malt base, with a moderately strong bitterness and increasing astringent roast on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium body with some creaminess and low carbonation. No noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Leaves a crystal and roasted malt character long after the swallow. Overall: An earthier, more crystal malt based version of an American imperial stout. Also has a slightly more astringent roast character on the finish, and lacks the sometimes harsh alcohol warmth of American versions. A well made English version of the style reflecting on the harder water of the region.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A superb and original take on the imperial stout. Really strong smell of molasses, same on the nose but with dark fruit sweetness thrown in.excellent stout

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Photo of T_Hass
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abkayak
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurkar
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black. Head is two and a half inches and dark tan. Disappears pretty quickly. Smell is dark malt and chocolate, with a roasted finish. Taste comes through with the roasted malt and coffee. Lingering cocoa and molasses on the finish. Feel is surprisingly light for an imperial stout, yet very smooth.

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Photo of acbarca
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jls9312
2.66/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks good almost no head poured from bottle at first taste it's good taste of molasses mouth feel is fairly light but the finish has a certain twang that I have noticed with other beers from Samuel smiths that I just do not like likely will not purchase again

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Photo of Majorwolfe
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cipherbreak
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent supple mouthfeel; very rich compared to other stouts. Tastes like roasted carbonated Malta. Well balanced. A very drinkable stout.

L - Pitch black with a very thin beige crown that sticks around
S - Complex smell, more characteristic of a Porter: roasted nuts, dark cocoa
T - 75% Dark cocoa, sweet molasses, Malta
F - Rich, supple, filling mouthfeel. More like a Porter than a Stout.
O - Perfect balance between sweet and roasted. A Stout 3/4 of the way to Porter.

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Photo of Aoyoc
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,730 ratings.
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