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

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Samuel Smith's Imperial StoutSamuel Smith's Imperial Stout
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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brownish black with a 2 1/2 finger coffee colored head.

S - Fruit, especially raisins, dominate the nose. I don't get any roasted or char aromas which is a bit disappointing.

T - Similar to the nose, heavy fruit flavor with the slightest roast and chocolate coming through in the middle. I do like the dry bitterness finish but wish this RIS balanced the fruit, chocolate and roast better.

M - Very drinkable, the best feature of this beer is how smooth it goes down. No issues downing a pint.

O - To me it's just an average RIS. Great value tho.

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Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of rand
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 500 mL bottle to snifter

A: Typical stout complexion and color - dark brown-to-black, completely opaque, coffee-tan head. Head retention is fairly light as the head dissipates in a few minutes and leaves a couple patches of lacing around the glass. Not the most viscous-looking stout you'll come across.

S: The nose is malt-forward, with distinct notes of ripe fruit - particularly cherries and plums - and anise. Some carob and Swiss chocolate linger, along with a touch of earthy hop astringency.

T: The flavors largely follow with the sweet aspects of the carob and ripe fruit touching the palate first. Chocolate notes become more distinct as the beer warms, along with the alcohol. The flavor-profile is well balanced and smooth, from beginning to end, as none of the various tones take precedence. Finishes relatively long leaning toward the sweet-side of the palate.

M: Creamy and velvety...smooth and more viscous than it appeared. Ample carbonation keeps the rich complexion from sticking to the palate between sips

After drinking a lot of barrel-aged monster-stouts from the West side of the Atlantic, it's interesting coming back to this classic. Nothing tastes like it, and it has a lot of the creamy, chewy qualities that their American brethren only pick up from the aging process. This always hits the spot...it's nice that it's pretty easy to pick up.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kips
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PackPride
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of frankiepop
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Helluva stout here. Samuel Smith's puts the imperial in Imperial Stout. Thick black beer with of toffee colored head. My beer was very cold and served in a very good Duvel artsy glass. Now this beer is coal black. No light, no redness, and no brown. Just black.

Smell is black licorice. Smokey. Tobacco. Dark roasted malts. Dark fruit raisins prunes. Extreme. Molasses.

Taste is outrageous old bitter sweet candies that are well-balanced. But I like the black licorice prunish flavor bursting through. I ran a head to head comparison with Old Rasputin RIS. I have to admit I was cheering for Ol Ras, but no Samuel Smith trumped the Michigan brewer. That deep down smokey black licorice dark heavy fruit flavors really knock me out.

Damn good beer and should be drank with one of Coltranes incredible versions of the modal composition - Impressions or maybe LL Cool J Momma Said Knock You Out! if thats more of your flavor flav.

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3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/10/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big apple, raisin, dark chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, light char, and herbal earthiness. Decent aromas with some good complexity; but the fruity aromas are a bit too overpowering, something went wrong with this bottle. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, brown sugar, dark bread, coffee, light char, raisin, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, coffee, toffee, light char, raisin, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with a good amount of balanced fruity complexity; and hardly any cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, lightly slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial stout style. Good balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering; despite the obvious flaws with this particular bottle.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GaetanoBresci
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best stout! Poured from the tap has a dark black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Smell oak barrel, dark chocolate, pretty intense. Taste: smooth coffee, creamy, dark fruit.
It s one of the best stout I ever tried, even if I am not a fun of imperial stout.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Ticking my way through the "Beers of Fame" list. Sam Smith REALLY need to get rid of those clear bottles.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: No light passing through this rat bastard. Black as night, with a peppery whipped cream-like head on top of that ink.

S: Sam Smith profile through and through. I might best describe it as pureed raisons with added dark chocolate.

T: Much more fruity than most Imperial Stouts out there. I'll stick strongly with my raison observation. Dark, semi-sweet chocolate in the middle, but then the dark fruit comes back.

M: Absolutely ridiculous lacing, with a low-moderate carbonation bill. EXTREMELY drinkable!

O: Pretty awesome stuff. Samuel Smith's crowning achievement to my mind.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,777 ratings
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