Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Organic Chocolate Stout opens to an aroma that is immediately reminiscent of milk chocolate - the kind that Dove or Cadbury uses, rich with sugar and milk, almost oozing sweetness; or like a glass of heavy cream into which a God’s ransom of Lindt Chocolate Syrup (if such a thing existed, sigh) had been stirred – with a shovelful or two of high-quality caramel, and extremely subtle contrasting whiffs of coffee. The beer smells far more like a five-star dessert than anything else: handmade chocolate ice cream with chocolate and caramel syrups drizzled over a handmade chocolate gooey brownie, with a handmade graham cracker crumbled over the top. In short, the beer is sweet, gooey (even on the nose), rich, and amazingly full. If a candy bar actually smelled as good as this beer does, I’d be a very fat man. This does, of course, mean that there’s not much beer smell here, despite the fact that it’s a stout, but the incredible chocolaty aromas pretty much make up for it. If anything, however, the beer is too sweet, being off-balanced, and in need of another aroma to bring things back to reality.
On the tongue, the flavors do prove a bit better balanced, though the primary notes are still sweet milk chocolates, heavy on lactose and sugar and cream, and the beer is instantly reminiscent of handmade chocolate milk – the kind bought from a ‘50s diner, or reinvented by a five-star restaurant. The subtle contrasting notes include bits of pecan, as well as light coffee, and even a faint ashy presence, though this is fairly far down. Threads of chocolate liqueur add an alcoholic layer, though very lightly so, the 5% ABV barely announcing its presence. Faint bits of graham cracker add some bready notes. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though as the sugars die off a few bitter ashy, bready, and even faintly piney notes do appear, somewhat spoiling things by clashing with the chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, it’s difficult to imagine more chocolate flavor crammed into a beer, and if that’s the sort of thing you’re after, then this should be on your must-try list. It would also make an excellent dessert beer, or an ingredient in a good dessert or, perhaps, mole sauce. As a stout, though, it’s very sweet, and hardly any of the stout flavors come through, making things seem off-balance.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 19:41:30 | More by jondeelee
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3.79/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle to tulip.
A. Very dark brown, almost black, with a frothy, brown, thick head. The head retreats to a fine bubble rim. Some light spotty laces. Has a medium viscous appearance.
S. Not too much. Mild fragrance of chocolate and dark roasted barley.
T. Slightly sweet, borderline too sweet as it builds as you drink. Major notes of chocolate, malted milk balls, dark barley. Some hops at the end.
M. Very smooth, fine/high carbonation, full body.
O. A good sweet stout, reminiscent of a milk stout. Too sweet for my taste. And not a sweetness because its a big beer and some leftover sugars that didn't make it to alcohol. The chocolate is very apparent.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 15:37:29 | More by macher0
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: Very simple yet eye-catching label with an old school feel. Front label has a nice color scheme/graphics and gives a small bit of info on the beer/brewery. Back label gives a nice back story and description of the beer/brewery, brewery info, and ABV info. Neck label states “Organic”. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and “Brewed at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery Est. 1758” embossed in the glass at the top and bottom of the bottle respectively.
Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550ml bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 3 finger dark tan foam airy rocky head of a medium density atop a deep dark cola brown, bordering on black, beer. Head retention was amazing at 6min 11sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.
Smell/Aroma: Smell is very rich, full, and just seems to have a thick feel to it. Has scents of sweet milk chocolate and cocoa along with a slight bit of roastyness, vanilla/creme, and a fruity berry aroma.
Flavor/Taste: Taste is slightly sour on the front end with a berry tartness seeping through that is underlined with a hint of vanilla. Mid point is completely taken over by bittersweet dark chocolate, that was not as evident in the nose, along with a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor. Back end is very chocolaty with a sweet crème or milkyness coming through along with a bit more roastyness. Has a roast chocolate after taste.
MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation that still maintains a slightly creamy mouthfeel that comes across as extremely drinkable.
Overall/Comments: A really great stout that packs a ton of flavor and a great nose. I could taste the quality of the ingredients used. The balance was perfect with the beer not being overly sweet and very drinkable. A must try. Consumed 1/1/14. Classified as a Milk/Sweet Stout @ 5% AVB.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 19:25:52 | More by thegodfather1076
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Absolutely fantastic! It was an enjoyment to drink, perfectly balanced with sweet undertones of chocolate and the smoothness of a stout! I am not sure if there could be a better chocolate stout in the world. If someone has one that they think is better please suggest!
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 13:06:46 | More by Bermieborn
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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