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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with dark beige head. Aroma has sweet chocolate and dark malts. Also a faint berries note. Taste starts sweet with a liquorice note and gets more bitter towards the finish but never getting unbalanced. Overall it's a classic, very well made imperial stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep black with a frothy brown head.

S: Molasses, pepper, whisky.

T: Dark chocolate, brown sugar, toasted malt - very complex. Alcohol is warming but not overdone.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation - a great sipper.

Absolutely delicious - I love the fact that the sweetness is so restrained - it doesn't have to be an after-dinner beer. Best Samuel Smith offering I've had so far - I'd rate this higher than the Oatmeal Stout, which I also greatly enjoyed - I found that this has greater depths of flavour.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Impenetrably black in color with a nice, fat head that's about three fingers tall and leaves a fair amount of lacing. At 7%ABV, Sam Smith's Imperial Stout is diminutive compared to most current examples of the style, and the aroma reflects this. Molasses, licorice, and charred malt are among the many great aromatic notes present, but they're all too faint.

The same is true for the flavor, but in this case it's more forgivable because there's great balance and drinkability. It's quite possible to finish an entire pint, and enjoyable to boot. Great roast character, and good amounts of of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Nicely balanced between sweet/dry with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is nice and weighty but could stand to be creamier.

Samuel Smith Imperial Stout is not a great RIS, but it's still a great stout. Flavorful and light enough to be paired with food without being overwhelming.

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

A-Pour is this and black with no light getting through. Head is dark tan and subsides quickly
S-Nose is molasses and sweet, roasted malt with faint hints of bittersweet chocolate
T-dark roasted malt, burnt marshmallow, coffee and caramel.
F-Taste is roasted malt and and slight hop bitterness. Other notes of toast and brown sugar.
O-One of my favorite RIS. Not as complex as the new takes in the style but an old standby that holds its own

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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