Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.31/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a cola-colored body with a fizzy thick head to match. Beige head with solid retention.
Huge sweet chocolate on the nose: milk chocolate, chocolate bean, dark cacao. There's a soft, thick creaminess as well, and a slight sharpness hinting at alcohol. Reminds me of a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.
Flavor matches the aroma, with both sweet and dry waves of chocolate, banana notes (likely due to the yeast), and the unmistakable presence of cream. There's an earthy blend of chewy grains and hops, but the only noticeable bitterness comes from the chocolate. Tiny bit of cola flavor, as well - perhaps mint.
Drinks relatively thin for such a thickly-flavored stout, but it is also a 5.0% ABV beer. Creamy and smooth, with a long, sticky, wet finish, while also providing a little bit of pucker on the back-end. Surprisingly lively, with a noticeable - but not unpleasant - sting, and no foaming.
This is a delicious dessert stout. The quality is readily apparent, and the chocolate flavors thick yet nuanced, obvious yet not overwhelming. Superb balance and drinkability. Well worth the price; clocks in at half of what you'd expect to pay for an American chocolate stout!
04-05-2014 16:45:58 | More by Roguer
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4.45/5 rDev +6%
Poured into an imperial nonic a deep chocolate brown with a creamy 1/2 finger tan colore head atop,a great looking pour.Milk chocolate really stood out to me in the nose along with roast and a hint of vanilla,like dessert in a glass.Mellow slightly fizzy feel to the beer,both balance each other out well.Chocolate and more chocolate on the palate but it doesn't hammer your taste buds,it's just a mellow lingering chocolatiness,mild roast and nuttiness with a shot of vanilla.I would make an ice cream float out of this,it's not even close to being cloying but the chocolate flavors are predominant,a great fricken milk stout here!
10-31-2012 20:37:36 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev -4%
Pours a dark, deep brown with some ruby shining through the edges - not quite dark or bold enough to be called black. A light tan head forms, stays, and leave a little bit of wet looking lace on the way down. The aroma is full-force, 100% chocolate. BIG TIME chocolate - creamy and sweet, like chocolate milk or chocolate candies. Chocolate syrup, up and down. Some light roasty malt aromas, of course, but they don't stand a chance against the chocolate barricade. As it warms up, a slight nutty aroma pops its head in. But, like, chocolate covered nuts. This chocolate means serious fucking business.
The taste is basically everything you'd expect - sweet chocolate, through and through. Like a creamy and sweet chocolate milk, with some extra chocolate syrup added. The chocolate is overall pretty sweet and milky, but there is a bit of bitterness from the heavy roast in the malt. Perhaps a little bit is from the hops also? But I don't taste much hop flavor, if any at all. Maybe a bit of leafiness, but I'm probably just talking out of my ass. I don't taste much else but combinations of different chocolates. Thin-medium body, a little thinner than expected, and not as creamy as I'd hoped for, with high carbonation.
Chocolate milk beer, basically. Milk chocolate flavors dominate, with just a touch of bitter roast for balance. Good beer to introduce people to stouts who are intimidated. Drinks easy, and very flavorful for being only 5% ABV.
02-16-2013 22:23:03 | More by tectactoe
4.2/5 rDev 0%
Typical SS mid sized bottle. No freshenss info.
Pours near black. Head is larger and luxorious. Stays and stays. Then a nice film, low sheeting and ample fine bits of lace and more sheeting.
Chocolate sniff. Yum
Smooth and super tasty. More milk chocolate all over this one.
Also notes of dark malts, vanilla, dark bread. A treat to enjoy this well crafted ale. They have been doing it since 1758! Dark beer lovers go get some and enjoy with a chocolate dessert or worked great with some spicy mexican tacos
01-13-2013 19:33:58 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: one inch head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: chocolate both sweet milk and dark varieties
Taste: cocoa powder dominates with tastes of sweet milk chocolate, light amounts of dark chocolate and slight coconut
Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone, light bodied, moderate carbonation, bit chalky
Overall: I like this one a lot, but perhaps not as much as their organic fruit beers--almost like a good English chaocalte candy bar in liquid form. It takes on a great chalky--but pleasant cocoa quality to it. A lot more choclate taste than stout taste but definately one to get again--especially in the cooler months.
12-10-2012 15:10:59 | More by tigg924
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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