Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.31/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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!
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 16:45:58 | More by Roguer
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