Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by 007rtw:
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Smell and chocolate taste are problematic with this otherwise solid stout. Pours from a bottle as a dark, opaque brown with a grey head. The smell of chocolate predominates, but this is far from Valrhona--this is a cloyingly sweet and ultimately disappointing Hershey syrup chocolate smell. This is less apparent in taste, but the chocolate notes are still reminiscent of cheaply produced syrups and candies. I will further break with other reviewers by noting that I found the bitterness too strong for a sweet stout, in large part because of its great difference from the chocolate syrup tastes.
Overall, I find Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout to be very good, and for the positive aspects, I recommend you read the other reviews, which can explain said aspects far better than I. I am nonetheless disappointed by the chocolate notes, which ring fake and hollow.
EDIT: Upon successive tasting, I have decided that the taste is better than I had thought, though it certainly suffers from the abovementioned issues. I believe my initial thoughts on the taste were influenced by overly high expectations. Therefore, I believe the taste should be changed from 3.75 to 4.00.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2013 01:35:39 | More by 007rtw
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Dark brown with small head when poured in a Pint glass.
S: The weakest part for me. I'm getting licorice and vanilla.
T: Milk chocolate with hints of cream.
M: Low carbonation, smooth, creamy.
O: Good chocolate beer. That improves as you drink. Most chocolate stouts are heavier...so, like another reviewers stated, I would call it a light stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:38:27 | More by ScottDIrwin
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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