Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

Rated 3.901 by BeerPals

Brewed by Samuel Smith Old Brewery

Tadcaster, United Kingdom

Style:  Imperial Stout

7% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 15 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank274
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank77 of 2388
Style Percentile96.8
Lowest Score1.8
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.931
Weighted Score3.901
Standard Deviation0.507

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  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 4.8 2 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    A very dark brown pour, opaque, and topped with a light brown creamy head. The head sticks to the glass as the beer goes down. Roasted malt, coffee, and licorice hit the nose hard with lighter hints of hops and vanilla. Taste is bitter coffee, maybe a touch of chocolate, and a bitter hop finish. Excellent for the style.

  • BEERHAWK 351 reviews
    rated 4.0 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I really like this stout. Nice dark appearance. Nice slightly hoppy attack, with a bit of carbonation and grain that ends with a little bit of sweetness at the end. No bitter mouthfeel like a lot of stouts at the end.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Not as bold as most impy stouts but still a quality beer in every category. Although it is a little weak on the aroma side. Flavour has bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel malt and mildly roasted malt. The more you have the better it tastes.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This is what I would call an imperial stout lite. Not a real complex beer of favors. However pairs very will with a cigar. Less bitter than most stouts and has a lite aroma. With that being said I found it to be a fine drink.

  • ICHORM 144 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Malty, roasty, a dash or two of smoke. I usually find Sam Smith beers to be on the bitter end of things. Not so much hoppy bitter, but devoid of sweetness. Enchanting aroma: molasses and fig. Crazy tasty, but my North American palate craves a little more sweetness.

  • RICHSBEER 1871 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours black, with big, tan-colored long lasting head. The aroma is very faint but has a bit of sourness, light fruitiness, and some caramel. The taste is sour, lightly toasty. Plenty of fruit (apples, pears), and a bit of chocolate. Not sweet or bitter in the least. The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied. Stouts are my least favorite style of beer.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 4.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    What an incredibly smooth well crafted beer! Smells as you would expect when you think of standard impy stout characteristics. Things like chocolate, molasses, maybe a touch of maple, a touch of a bitter smokish. (I just invented the word smokish). The does seem to be a slightly smooth lactic element to it. If chocolate tea existed it would smell like this. I really cannot find anything coffee ish at all. Something like hazelnut syrup perhaps. Vanilla very prominently once I found it. Alcohol is perfect, lends warmth and body but does not compete at all with the flavours. Really really enjoyed.

  • ALEFAN 118 reviews
    rated 4.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    This is what my pallet loves. Its a soothing blanket of heaven that is unbelievable. This stout is more like a a foreign stout. Not as sweet and syruppy that most Imp. Stouts are known for. It was very very pleasant and full bodied. But not as heavy as i imagined it to be. I was taken back by this brew., I must admit a slight favoritism to Samuel Smith as i am in love with the Brown Ale they have. Again, a favorite is born!

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Seemed more like a milk stout than a true impy. It did have hints of molasses in the aroma and flavor but it was a very light flavor and very smooth mouthfeel. Overall not very remarkable but for the price you can't go wrong.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Very dark brownish/black color with some ruby showing when held to the light. Some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass also. Very nice cream colored head with more than adequate size and retention. Left plenty of lacing. The head looked creamy and smooth. This beer smells of burnt fruit. Very nice. Some roasted raisin and plum along with a very nice "creamed" coffee aroma. Some toasted grain or wheat. Darker malts and just a hint of alcohol. All are blended very well. The taste is a very well balanced cream and dark, burnt fruit. Touches of alcohol, but it doesn't get in the way. The roasted grain is mixed in near perfectly. This taste, however is somewhat rich and sweet. A small, small amount of detectable bitterness before it heads down the throat. Medium to full mouthfeel. Slippery and smooth. Coats the palate extremely well. Warming and chewy. Outstanding mouthfeel!!! A comfortable alcohol warmth that melds perfectly. This is a great beer. Would have to be careful with the 7.0% ABV. Easily drinkable on this cold, cold, windy night. It fit perfectly. This would probably just be a Winter beer for me, however.

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