Imperial Stout – Samuel Smith’s (Tadcaster, England)

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Imperial Stout – Samuel Smith, 7.0% ABV, 550ml., (Tadcaster, England)

on the back label:

“Brewed at Samuel Smith’s small, traditional British brewery with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, roasted barley, yeast and hops to create a rich flavourful ale; deep chocolate in colour with a roasted barley nose and flavour that is a complexity of malt, hops and yeast. Fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’. This distinctive type of ale was originally shipped to Imperial Russia; it was a favourite of Russian nobility.”

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  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Cacao roasted liquid barley malt
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 550ml., February 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not memorable

Visual: Foil sealed cap. Pours coffee black with very minimal head, a thin layer of fine retention, lots of micro streams near the surface.

Nose: light burnt bread, sweet baked molasses. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: watery-slick, immediate burnt light-sour liquid malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) cacao, roasted barley, caramel, coffee sourness, soy sauce, hints of vanilla

Finish: lingering roasted malted barley, partially thin finish.

Summary: A bit dry on its own but goes nicely with a meal. Not what I’d expect from an Imperial Stout, it’s rather light but where it lacks in body it makes up for it in composure and balance. This one makes you notice subtlety.