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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish - this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate that will lead to smiles and refills. Samuel Smith's brews in traditional coppers, uses stone 'Yorkshire Squares' for fermentation, and ships every bottle from the brewery with great pride.

(Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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