Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by biegaman:
4.04/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
03-15-2014 00:37:50 | More by biegaman
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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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