Samuel Smith Imperial Stout is another fine beer from the expert English beer makers. I’ve found it difficult to be disappointed by them, and when I’m looking for a no-brainer good beer to buy, Sam Smith is at the top of the list.
As you can see in the picture, Imperial Stout poured what might have been the darkest colored beer I’ve yet to see. Its pretty much black!
It created a nice, complimentary colored beige foamy head which left heavy lacing on my glass to the end.
Aroma was a pleasure to take in. Roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and strangely enough some dark fruit and even citrus.
This is a beer to savor! First, while this beer checks in at a respectable 7.5% ABV, the alcohol flavors and aromas even, don’t overpower the beer at all. You can tell that its got some juice because there is a nice warming that accompanies each sip.
Its got a nice, heavy body and a super-creamy mouthfeel that makes it a truly enjoyable beer to drink.
I won’t go on too much about this beer’s greatness, but as you can tell, I really liked it! I’ll go on to add that I’m finding the Samuel Smith beers to be fine examples of their styles. It seems that many American beers tend to push whatever particular style with higher alcohol, more hops, or whatever. I find these Sam Smith beers to be so smooth, balanced, and refreshingly unpretentious.
If you like the Russian Imperial Stout style, you should give this one a try.