Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Ratings: 1,826 | Reviews: 359 | Display Reviews Only:
4.26/5 rDev +1.4%
A - black with a thin, brown head that has good retention
S - huge chocolate aroma, pure cocoa and bittersweet chocolate
T - also huge chocolate and cocoa flavors, some faint roasted malts, some very faint bitterness in the finish
M - medium bodied, smooth, creamy, faintly crisp, well carbonated
This was delicious! It was incredibly chocolatey with a full-flavor and fantastic drinkability. I was very impressed by this beer. On top of all that it has a low enough ABV to make it sessionable. This is definitely a stout I would buy again.
03-09-2013 00:28:35 | More by tdm168
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
Appearance. A vigorous pour reveals a deep, dark brown beer with almost three fingers of creamy tan head that leaves some great lacing behind.
Smell. Big sweet creamy chocolate. Remind me a little of Quick powder from when I was a kid. Maybe a little dark malt, but the sweet chocolate pretty much pwns this one.
Taste. Tons of milk chocolate goodness with a slight lactic tang. There's some darker malts, a bit of a metallic taste in there, and a slightly grassy, lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel. A little thin with that sweetness at below medium bodied, with below medium carbonation.
Overall. This started out great with sexy looks and an awesome smell but the taste and mouthfeel didn't hold up. Good stuff, but I probably won't buy it again.
03-04-2013 03:40:52 | More by Rutager
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
Finally came upon this one at a local bottle shop. 16oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a light coffee colored 1 finger head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black though pretty thin. Spotty lace with good stick and thin legs. Pretty.
Nose is lactose, milk chocolate, sweet cream. Moderately aromatic, appetizing and very appropriate.
Opens chocolate, cream cane sugar. Lactose and sweet cream in the middle with cocoa powder at the finish. Some subtle roasted malt too. Aftertaste is milk chocolate and sweet cream. Enjoyable.
Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly but pretty smooth in the mouth. A touch thin and a bit too carbonated. Goes down smooth with some bubbles. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste.
Pretty solid milk stout that is very true to its name. Probably one of the most chocolatey stouts out there without being overly sweet... which is quite an accomplishment (just ask Southern Tier!) A bit too thin and carbonated but I'd love to try this from cask. Enjoyable and worth trying.
03-03-2013 03:43:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.91/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured into a 1 pint Tulip glass.
A: Pours black into the tulip with 1-finger's worth of medium brown head. Lace is medium to stiff. Stays on the top of the glass, but slowly withdraws.
S: Can I "capitalize" CHOCOLATE? Actually, it's nose is cocoa-smelling with a hint of coconut.
T: Taste is tremendous. I can describe the taste as very meaningful chocolate taste without being overly sweet. I've tasted some chocolate stouts that really make your brain think that you're drinking a Snickers. This one you can taste the malt and just a bit of the hops, along with the CHOCOLATE. Truly a dessert beer.
M: Feel is much lighter than the other chocolate stouts I've tried. It's a pleasure to drink. It doesn't overwhelm like it's competitors.
O: Overall, this is an excellent beer, really decent when the snow is flying and you're all dressed up in flannel and bunny slippers.
03-02-2013 20:42:54 | More by yankeeairpirate
3.95/5 rDev -6%
Again, like Rogues Double Chocolate (which I had on the same evening), the smell seems "too forced." The taste is less bitter / "easier" than Rogue's (though that's not necessarily a good thing, as this was sort of like a sweet Miller Lite); but the aroma here was more artificial than Rogue's (sort of like the difference between scent of chocolate milk and the chocolate chemical scent of Yoohoo).
A: Thinner look than most stouts. Dark cola, but watery. Off-whtie head. Good lacing remains. Suds on sides drop quick. Yellow-green tint along rim of glass, having an almost golden raisin appearance. Cool bottle (for whatever that's worth).
S: Cookie dough and flour. Think Snickerdoodle; or more accurately, those funky cookies that I only see around the holidays that are made of egg whites and have chocolate chips in them. Heavy notes of vanilla, maybe too much. Whipped cream. Black & tan sundae (choco/marshmallow toppings). But again, as the experience wore on, the smell became a distraction -- not the way Rogues was (where the sweet smell was off-kilter with the bitter taste); but because it was just too artfcal -- "chocolate" in the same dubious sense you'd claim Count Chocula was actually chocolate.
T: Almost like a diet chocolate faygo or somethng. Flimsy, artificial. Not necessarily "bad", just a bit disconcerting. More like a chocolate Miller Lite than a stout. Needs some more guts. The taste was just too sweet, even for a sweet/milk stout; one-dimensional.
M: Simple. No dislikes. Had a light lager swish, semi-sweet aftertaste. VERY easy to drink (other than the aroma that became pretty distracting over time). Thinner (again, think Miller Lite).
O: As one reviewer aptly stated, the goal is a little chocolate added to the beer; not beer added to the chocolate. Maybe it's because I had this and Rogues Double Chocolate back to back, but I see them as the mirror image in some respects: Rogues being a little too hairy (at least for the misleading sweet smell), this one not being hairy enough That said, it's an easy quaffer -- and better to drink in bigger gulps than small sips (because that keeps the "nose hits" fewer and further between.
Repeat? A 4-pack (which is what I bought) is fine. I'm glad I tried it, and I'll come back to it as a point of reference or out of curiosity over the next few weeks I'm sure. I'd also be eager to share with friends, to see what they thought. But alas, the thought of drinking 2 in a single sitting makes my ill to even think about... Yuck!
Where Ideal? Pre-party; tasting where you're sampling lots of milk/sweet stouts. A birthday party where there will be cake...
Two Word Summary: Chocolate PBR
03-02-2013 15:52:48 | More by PaterMorse
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.