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Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Imperial Stout

Category: Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 7%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Imperial Stout

Category: Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 7%
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, nut brittle, and toasted grain with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, rich, chocolate, spice, greens, and beet root accented finish. A robust and exquisitely balanced imperial stout with a great earthy grain foundation and flourish of fruit.
Tasting Info
Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: honeyed cherries, nut brittle, and toasted grain
Taste Flavor: long, rich, chocolate, spice, greens, and beet root
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chocolate Mousse, Steak & Potatoes, Gorgonzola
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust and exquisitely balanced imperial stout with a great earthy grain foundation and flourish of fruit.
The Producer or Importer

Merchant du Vin

The Producer or  Importer
119 1st Ave SO, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
1 253-656-0321
Imperial Stout
Beer Glass Snifter Dark Brown.jpg
Serve in a Snifter
Imperial stouts are dense, opaque black in color and strong in alcohol, typically ranging from 6.5-12%. These beers usually have a note of sweetness and contain burnt cocoa and dried fruit flavors. They are stronger versions of the original stout style and were first brewed by the British to withstand the rigors of export to Russia and the Baltic states. The style was nearly extinct until its revival by the British brewer Samuel Smiths in the early 1980s. In recent years, imperial stouts have been embraced by US craft brewers and are quickly becoming staples of many brewers’ growing seasonal portfolios. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Imperial Stout, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Deschutes The Abyss and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout.
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