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Beer-Tasting (1)

Last night I sampled the first of the new beers, Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout:

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Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout & Stout Glass

I can’t write much about it, at least not with the appropriate words of a connoisseur, as I lack the suitable tongue in both meanings of the word: I neither have the sensory capacity in the nerves of my tongue nor the appropriate vocabulary to describe these sensations.

What I can say, in short, is: Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout is quite dark a beer, aromatic with a touch of liquorice, a tad malty and lightly sweet, quite quaffy. And contrary to what the description of a “stout” in the leaflet that came with the glass says, it is quite full-bodied tjhough nit very hoppy. When pouring it, it forms – without any effort – a nice head of brown foam so the even the eye can “drink”, too.

As to the type of beer and the glass the leaflet says: “A stout is a strong, dark-colored, medium-bodies brew that originated in the British Isles. It is made with roasted barley and is top-fermented.

While stouts range from dry to sweet to hoppy, all stouts have in common a roasted character and flavors ranging from bitte chocolate to coffee.

This beer originated in the British Isles and was first sold in London in the 1730s. At the end of the 19th century, this “strong beer” was thought to have medicinal qualities and frequently recommended by doctors to aid in recovery.

A stout glass is specially designed for large malty beers. The bowl has the capacity to hold the entire beverage while providing the aromas to be savored before drinking.

One more remarks as to the glass: in Germany this form is also known as “Pilstulpe“.

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9 responses to “Beer-Tasting (1)

  1. Pingback: Beer- #71 – Moa Imperial Stout | Pdubyah – a life just as ordinary.

  2. Also ich finde, das ist eine tolle und sehr gut nachvollziehbare Beschreibung – und ich bin sicher, dass ich das Bier mögen würde, denn dunkle malzige Biere mag ich ohnehin gern. Danke für den Tipp🙂

  3. Hello Pit, thanks for the attendance with us.
    Greeting, Wolfgang

  4. I don’t know why you don’t think you have the palette or the words; you reviewed this quite professionally! Sam Smith’s is one of my favorite English brewers; their oatmeal stout is out of this world.

    Great work!

    • Hi Oliver,
      Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leaving a comment, and especially thanks for your encouraging words. That encourages me to go on with my comments on beers. And as to samuel Smith’s: I’ll certainly try others of their brews.
      Take care, and have a good one,
      Pit

  5. Nice to know that a German can appreciate American beers! I found the U.S. stuff not really comparable when I was back home over the summer🙂

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leave a comment. Yes, I do appreciate American beers, some at least. Definitely not those from the big breweries, such as Coors or Budweiser or the Texas favourite, Lone Star. But those smaller, local, breweries, especially the microbreweries, produce very good individual beers. My favourite beers of the somewhat bigger breweries are MGD and – but that’s Mexican, come to think of it – Tecate. What I can’t stand, though, is the American custom of serving their beer nearly frozen. 😉 That, to my mind, deadens my tongue’s nerbes so much that I can’t taste anything. Well, come to think of it, that may be the onpy way to appreciate a Coors! 😉
      As to my posting: you might notice, though, that this is not an American but an English brew. And from other posts on beer in my blog you might also see that I really like to buy German beers here still.
      Have a good time in Bielefeld, and enjoy the German beers,
      Pit

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