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Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Russian Imperial Stout
7.00 % ABV

Review by RedHaze on 07/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 7 12 3 6 2010

Poured an almost jet black, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a thin layer that lasted the whole time I sipped this beer. Had tons of lacing.

Smells were roasted malt, chocolate, a little coffee and nutty. But there's also a bit of a cardboard aroma going on as well.

Taste is malts at first, followed by chocolate and coffee, and finishes just a little bit bitter. Mouthfeel was kind of oily, which seemed to throw of the flavor some. Not sure if it was just this bottle, but it was still good enough that I'll give it another try sometime.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2010
550ml Bottle

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout poured black. If you look really hard when held to the light you can see some very dark mahogany highlights around the sides. 1+ finger brown creamy head that sticks around.

Smells of roasted and burnt malts. A slight sourness in there as well along with a bittersweet chocolate to finish. As this beer warms it seems like I can almost pick up green apple. Smells better the warmer it gets.

I pick up a lot of flavors and none of them are subtle. They all stand out. There's coffee, burnt malts, roasted malts and a dry slightly bitter finish. As it warms there's a slight alcohol warming in my nose and throat.

Mouthfeel is more on the heavy side. Somewhat coarse going down. Heavily coats my mouth when I drink. Feels pretty dense.

Drinkability takes a hit because of the big heavy flavores. I could only see myself drinking one of these over a long period of time.

Sam Smith's Imperial Stout is a very good beer. Well made and enjoyable. What I think of when I think of a stout.

Reviewed: 10/11/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 0
Review from backlog

Bought these as individual bottles from Dekalb Farmer's Market in Atlanta, GA.

This is one of my all time favorite breweries and this beer does not disappoint at all.

The appearance is a very dark brown, allowing just a bit of light to penetrate. The head is a light brown but never left the beer I poured.

Smell is of roasted coffee, almost mocha, with chocolate and malt following closely. Could sit and smell this all day.

Taste is almost perfection. Only the slightest taste of alcohol gives way to a hint of chocolate and roasted coffee. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Somewhere it the middle.

Mouthfeel is nice. The alcohol is not over powering and doesn't effect the feel at all. Goes down nice and smooth thanks to the 7% but still gives you warmth.

I can drink this all night long if I could afford it and if it was available to me in Alabama. Love this beer and highly recommend.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/22/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 8 13 3 6 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 2-02-08. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

I've had this one before and wasn't too impressed but I recently saw it at a local Bevmo for about $2.60 and since I have not rated it yet I though "why not?"

Pours like an imperial stout should, dark and with about 2 fingers of foam.

Notes of dark fruits, nuts, spices, toasted malts, and a vinous aroma. Huge aroma of stale bread and raisins. There's also some notes of roasted barley, figs, dried prunes, and maybe some brown sugar. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the slightly vinous aroma, or maybe it's just an intense dark fruit combination with a touch of alcohol.

Tastes mostly of dark fruits and roasted barley. A bit vinous on the taste as well with some plums and raisins soaked in alcohol. Not bad but not really complex or "big."

Mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery on the finish.

Not really my favorite stout or a stout I would buy again. I think I'll stick with their Oatmeal Stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by JJ on 11/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2008
Poures dark mahogany with a thich tan head. Average retention with good lacing. Has the distinctive "soy sauce" undertone. Roasted amlts and Caramel aromas. Warming to drink. Fine example of an Imperial Stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 0
Pours great, nice dark color wit a tan head. Smell is sweet with only a hint of alcohol. The taste and smell blend togetherin this one. Pretty sweet taste with a dry light alcohol finish. Nothing really stands out and says, "HEY, IM FUCKING HERE AND ENJOY ME!!". Overall a solid, solid brew. Just nothing exceptional.

Served In: Pint Glass

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