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

3,757 Ratings
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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Photo of jmbranum
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine drinking Guiness Extra Stout while high, and you start to get an inkling of how good this beer is.

Gorgeous amazing black beer with a perfectly colored short tan head.

The aroma hit my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Lots of toasted maltiness.

The flavor, oh the flavor, frankly it is indescribable. A perfect pairing of glorious bitterness, super dark chocolate with some very slightly fruity notes (along the lines of some 85% cacoa chocolate I had recently that had the same strange fruity notes).

Supposedly this beer is only 7% alcohol but I think there is more warmth than that. Pleasant mouth feel, smoothly carbonated.

A world-class beer. The best stout I've ever had.

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

This stuff is darker than Charlie Murphy. I saw hints of deep brown under the light, but black in hand. The head just doesn't quit and the brown-eggshell color is very rich.

In the smell I get little hints of roast, sweet, alcohol, but nothing really hit me in the face. But, I've heard that balance is a good thing.

The taste is roasty at first, then sweet malt, but there's a slightly metallic taste at the end that hurts th overall impression just a bit.

The mouth feel is awesome. I let a full gulp roll around from cheek to cheek just to let my tongue play in the surf.

A very smooth and drinkable beer. As I said, very well balanced for lots of flavor but no one taste overpowers the rest.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the most beautiful beers seen. Pure, dark black colour. Even when shone through the light, it's black. No hints of other colours whatsoever. Only other thing darker than this is my ex girlfriends soul. But this is a thing of beauty, hers is a thing of disgust. Two finger, fluffy head the colour of Bailey's irish cream. Very little lace. Smells of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, lactose sweetness, and dark fruits. Taste is roasty and bittersweet. First sip is burnt malt, bitter chocolate and bitter hops. Then, after awhile, it mellows out to a nice sweet flavour. Bread, milk, tobacco and fruits, with an almost smokey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy. I like it. I'll be buying this again. A lovely sipping beer. Not a quaffer. Guzzling this beer is a crime.

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Photo of SamN
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Campus West Liquors and poured in my classic Cutthroat Porter tumbler.

A- Pours nearly total black, but glows red against light. Huge tan head, beautiful foam that flows out and down the glass.

S- Soy sauce, vinegar and bourbon in the nose.

T- Lighter tasting than I remember. Light on malt and heavy grains, floral and lightly hoppy, slight alcohol finish. Nothing very "imperial" about this imperial stout at all. Not bad tasting, just lacks what I love about stouts.

M- Thinner than most, medium body with little carbonation.

D- Very good. Being a lighter-than-most stout lends itself to more drinkability, so higher marks for sippability.

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Photo of Beer_lover89
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Fish113d
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Suprised to find Sammy Smith in brown bottles! Anyways, I pour it into my large tulip at about 48 degrees (F). It pours a chocolate brown color with a milky, tan, finger-thick head atop that sustains itself nicely.

At first sniff, the alcohol hits my nose pretty hard; suprising for a 7%-er. Caramel and chocolate are well-apparent here. A bit of bourbon also to note. Interesting but a bit tingly on the nose.

Flavors are full and rich. Chocolate hits my palate up front along with a bit of toffee and toasted nuts. Smooth and creamy body leads to a bit of tingly alcohol finish that leaves my palage a bit numb. A mild mochachino and coffee flavor is a nice afterflavor. Very tasty and nice on the palate.

Very drinkable tasty brew. I really enjoy their oatmeal stout, but this has taken over as my favorite of their offerings. I'm sure a few would warm me up on such a cold night in PA.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a thick black with a thin, even collar of a head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly strong. The roasted and chocolate notes are *almost* overbearing, but still well balanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is an incredibly slick chocolate taste, with GIANT roasted nut and coffee notes peeking through everywhere. The balance achieved is pretty impressive indeed. The mouthfeel is incredibly oily and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: While this is a wonderful tasting beer, 1 or 2 and you're done. The flavor is too strong and too potent to make it a very drinkable beer. This is a solid, fun to drink stout, but I'd recommend Bell's Expidition Stout over this one.

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Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sbanacho
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Bp123
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first Imperial Stout I ever had was one of these bad boys. I have come a long way since then but this is still a beer I will revisit. Pours dark as dark can be with a slight tan head that goes rather quick. The smell is of roasted malt sweetness with just a hint fo hops. The alcohol is so hidden it might as well not exsist, but the beer is a lovely soft roastedness mocha cocoa. Very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of DruRho
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jryanj927
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tjd25
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very silky thick and foamy head. I had the impression that it disappeared quicker than some for some other samuel smith brews. The body is of an intense black color, totally opaque.

The smell shows an emphasis on a roasted coffee aspect with fruity notes of chestnut. Earthy and bread-like cereal character, with hints of bacon bites. The fruity character is quite developed.

The taste shows a strong coffee aspect, combined with a dark chocolate bitterness and a sweet fruitiness, almost slightly citric. Almost burnt grain, and maybe a very light hint of liquorice. Alcohol gets noticeable in the finish, quite warming and not overwhelming. Just enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is incredibly round, very smooth, but not really creamy, with a thick dark chocolate grassy bitterness. The alcohol progressively warms the throat, but this brew is still almost as drinkable as water. Very nice.

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Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Samuel Smith's classic and really earns the name of this exceptional brewery. Deep black brown in the glass with a light brown head that foamed quickly and then settled to lace the glass throughout. Rich roasted malt in the nose and in the initial taste, with a rich nutty taste and somewhat unique (and welcome) hint of bitterness (hops?) in the aftertaste that helps drinkability. The slightly higher ABV renders the beer somewhat less drinkable than others, but the whole glass went down smoothly with no perceptible alcohol taste. Really well done.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Black beer, opaque. Brown head, large bubbles, big off the pour and sustaining. Continued to linger with an attractive 1cm heady layer.

S-Much of chocolate mixed with some dried fruits (raisins).

T-Chocolate, dark fruits and candy/molasses. Roasted barley character is present but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. A little bit of alcohol in the tail end. Finishes roasty, bitter, a bit washed out/blah.

M-Medium-low small-bubbled carbonation. Medium to medium-full bodied beer.

D-Fine enough, but not really a great brew. I think the flavor profile was relatively thin, with a body that left me wanting.

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Photo of Ilafan
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Grodd87
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of beerhast
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,757 ratings.
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