Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Chocolate stout for dessert? I don't see why not. Coming out of a 550 ml bottle, on to the beer:
Black as ink in color with an inch thick head, whose color is tan and texture is semi-soapy. Excellent webbed lacing rings around the glass. That chocolate thing is done right, at least so far. I've only gotten to the nose, and it's lovely. It smells like a vanilla chocolate mixture with a kiss of coffee beans and hazelnut. I like it a lot.
The taste of chocolate is obvious from the get-go. It hits in two stages; first the sweet chocolate sauce flavor. Vanilla is weaved into the note as well. The second stage is a bittersweet cocoa; not only does the chocolate adjunct hit with full force, but the chocolate malt adds a bittersweet aspect which brings some roasty bitterness into the picture. It's medium full bodied, smooth, with a sweet and slightly roasty aftertaste.
A stout well done! Ditch the Lindt, get a Samuel Smith's.
02-03-2013 05:28:20 | More by DoubleJ
4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Brownish body with mahogany hues when backlit - turning blackish when there's no light around. A 2-finger beige head settles on top and leaves behind good rings of lace.
S: Chocolate. Rich milk chocolate and Hershey's chocolate syrup. This is bringing back childhood memories of chocolate milk.
T: I like this. My initial impression is that given the color and the strong smell of chocolate, I was expecting a thicker body. But flavor-wise, this is good stuff. The chocolate dominates, but it's not cloying or obnoxious. Think chocolate in all its iterations - cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and just basic chocolate - at times I think dark or baker's chocolate, but mostly I'm thinking milk chocolate. A touch of vanilla at the finish, and there's a lingering sweetness that detracts from the overall impression and keeps me from bumping the taste score up to 4.5.
M: Interesting. Like I said earlier, this is lighter in heft than expected. But that makes it extremely drinkable. A good carbonation level - fine but active - also helps, and allows the chocolate to really shine here.
O: Good stuff.
02-01-2013 03:11:49 | More by Kendo
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.
A - Jet black with a very thin line of head. Thinner in appearance than expected.
S - Chocolate liquor, whipped cream, more chocolate. Very sweet.
T - Very sweet with tons of sweet chocolate. Hints of vanilla and cream. A bit too sweet perhaps, but a nice dessert beer.
M - Medium body with lots of carbonation. Creamy finish.
This is another great offering from Samuel Smith. It's tough to match the bang for your buck they offer. A bit too sweet to drink the whole imperial pint, but a nice dessert sipper.
01-31-2013 04:09:01 | More by RoninTK3
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours dark molasses in color with a decent amount of tan foam that settles into a thin veil. Aroma smells like Hershey's syrup or hot cocoa. Taste is similar to the nose, with plenty of milk chocolate, lactose, and some caramel. Some faint hop character comes through in the finish but is otherwise there purely for balance, but to an extent that does not quite offset the malty sweetness. Some of that distinctive Sam Smith's acetaldehyde character lurks beneath the surface as well, but is not as noticeable as it is in some of their other offerings. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for my tastes, but it's not too bad. Overall this is a tasty and drinkable sweet stout, though not exceptional.
01-31-2013 01:33:41 | More by MaximalC
4.06/5 rDev -3.3%
A- poured into a snifter. Pours almost pitch black with a light tan foamy head, think lace stickes to the glass.
S- pure sweet dark chocolate with notes of dark fruit, the chocolate actually smells authentic. Some sulphuric notes.
T- chocolate lay malt up front, sweet milk chocolate mid-palate, some nutty notes, finishes with that signature Sam Smith tanginess from the Yorkshire yeast. The finish is sweet, but not too sweet, it leaves you wanting more.
M- light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but the finish is a bit slick. Would like a little more creamy body.
O- Samuel Smith does it again. They haven't produced a dark beer that I haven't absolutely enjoyed. This would make a perfect dessert beer as it is chocolate dominated, very few hop notes. It is however quite sweet, so one per sitting is all that would be needed.
01-30-2013 15:58:45 | More by Treyliff
4.21/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours a four-finger, khaki head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Midnight black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet chocolate nose and flavor is like a sweet chocolate malt with carbonation. $5.00 for a 550ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
01-29-2013 23:15:44 | More by jdhilt
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
A: 1/2" tan head over black liquid.
S: Smells like a fudgesicle, or chocolate ice cream.
T: Starts sweet with milk chocolate, vanilla milk shake, and caramel flavours up front. This transitions to a touch of bitterness with coffee and roasted malt in the finish.
M: Medium viscosity and carbonation with some drying.
O: Another fantastic offering from Samuel Smiths. The balance of sweet and bitterness adds a nice complexity that is not found in some of the sweet stouts offered by Southern Tier, for example.
01-29-2013 02:36:22 | More by DaftCaskBC
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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