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

Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.16/5
3,768 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,339
Reviews:
1,771
Ratings:
3,768
pDev:
11.3%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
Wants:
240
Gots:
535
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,768 |  Reviews: 1,771
Photo of q33jeff
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
09/26/13
04/04/15
Smokey, peatey sweet aroma. Dark black pour, big creamy head. Taste is tangy, sour, hearty, beef stew with a hint of vinegar. Thin feel compared to oatmeal stout. Good stout, alcohol is too present for what it should be.
**

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Photo of mmorris15
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcflorian
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look- Opaque,dark cola brown. There is a syrupy look as it settles down the glass. There is a very thin, tan head.

The nose features molasses, a little moscato wine, and raisin.

The wine carries over into the taste a bit, or maybe bourbon. The raisin does, too. The alcohol isn't masked enough for my taste. The balance is more sweetness than bitterness.

The feel is very smooth, somewhat syrupy, and just a little slick on the throat.

Overall, this beer has a lot to offer. While I prefer my Imperial stouts a little drier than this, it is still quite good. I would probably pair it with a dessert next time rather than drinking it as a stand-alone.

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Photo of Holderness
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L -- 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveal a very dark brew, quite close to black. Moderate pour produces a handsome and dense three-finger light tan head. Good retention and great lacing.
S -- Strong aromas of molasses, roasted barley malts, and raisins. Notes of bourbon, stone fruits, and caramel. Quite similar to the smell of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout.
T -- Sweet caramel malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of coffee. A little on the sweet side.
F -- Surprisingly light for an imperial stout. Smooth, with a slight sour/metallic/astringent aftertaste. Nice carbonation.
O -- Basically a more robust version of Oatmeal Stout

80/100

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Photo of Wxb1111
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sam smith's. Perhaps the original l imperial stout. Really strong smell of molasses, same on the nose but with dark fruit sweetness thrown in. Great stuff - aged the old way, Jolly good.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a conical pint glass. Very dark brown, almost black, with quarter inch tan head, with very organized lacing. Nose: coffee grinds and macadamia; palate: dark malts, with dark chocolate and raisin notes. Lasting effervescence, with full body. Really a nice, balanced representative of the style.

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Photo of hermit990
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Weston64
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of migleskun
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Blazer22
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ64
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metalspice
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Satorn
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan4120
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - deep black with a nice tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing
S - rich malt, molasses, caramel - not too strong of a smell though
T - follows the nose - rich malt, notes of molasses and caramel with a twinge of chocolate
F - full body with a moderate amount of carbonation - I wish it were silkier but it's still a great feel.
O - A very solid imperial stout. Great rich malt flavors with notes of molasses, caramel, and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of Dazka
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reyna311
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,768 ratings
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