Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.04/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout tastes like something made by Cadbury and looks it too; its milk chocolate brown body highlights colour and clarity nearly as much as it conceals them. It's barely dark enough to qualify for a stout (even if ts head does have a sandy tint).
Cocoa beans, like wine grapes, produce distinct flavour depending on the strain, where they're grown and how they're processed. High-quality ("premium") single-origin chocolate bars can offer flavours as diverse as they are rich: berries, nuts, cream, licorice, molasses, wood, spice, cigar, vanilla, leather, smoke, flowers... the list can go on and on.
The chocolate flavour showcased here, however, is that of the quintessentially English confectionery chocolate: the milky, light-coloured, caramel-laced kind of profile you'd expect from Cadbury. It seems like the Swiss had a hand in this as well; it smells heavily sweetened. One is assured this is a "chocolate" - as opposed to "cocoa" - stout right away.
Indeed, there's no dark, heavy roast or smoky bitterness here - this is extra cocoa-butter creamy with a generous splash of vanilla. The finish, also quite milky and absolutely saturated in cane sugar, has a hint of that slight sourness you find in a Hershey's Kiss (another bland, commercial chocolate). It bears mentioning, however, that the recipe uses no actual cocoa, just extract.
Does no one else find it ironic that a chocolate beer promoted as being "organic" doesn't actually use any chocolate, but rather an artificially extracted flavour compound? I sure do. Had they used the real thing I bet the toffee sponge cake notes and toasty nuttiness of the malts would make flattering pairings. But as is all I taste is the so-called "natural" flavour; it's very one-dimensional.
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout tastes like any number of commercial, heavily manufactured and sweetened candy bars. There was a time when something of this nature would have impressed me mightily, but my tastes being what they are now, I would have much preferred something dark, smoky, and bitter - a *dark* chocolate stout. That said, this is an undeniably delicious treat that is sure to please most people immensely.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 00:37:50 | More by biegaman
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