Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Bought a bottle of this just out of pure curiosity, it sounded good so I figured what not try it. The beer poured out as a very deep brown color. It's got a decent looking head on top. Not much retention but it does have some sticky lacing which is impressive. The smell of the beer is chocolate which is good, it's a soft milky cocoa aroma and not overly sweet at all. The taste again is full of soft cocoa flavors, it's got a moderate bitterness in the finish but the flavor itself is very easy going. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, the carbonation is a little high but remains very drinkable. Overall it's a really good chocolate stout. This was very surprising.
12-19-2012 01:55:07 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
First off big fan of Samuel Smiths brown, oatmeal,and imperial .
Poured in a Sam Adams glass,nice and dark very dark .
good head retention and lacing ,
Its pretty cold still , smells of cooking cocoa ,creamy looking head .
Taste like a chocolate coke almost, wet finish, and vanilla ,stays creamy on the tounge ,oily .
all around good beer this a keeper for me .
12-18-2012 20:15:48 | More by losdizzel
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
A- Dark Black, with very little head.
S- Super rich chocolate and slight vanilla hint
T- Creamy very chocolate taste and strong vanilla presence
M- Very creamy feel, very drinkable
O- Very good beer but not quite what I was expecting from the Samuel. Almost artificial vanilla taste. It's a 1 to 2 beer drink for me.
12-18-2012 08:08:07 | More by APB
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with only faint mahogany edges. Two finger, frothy beige head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind.
Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with a strong, desert like chocolate presence bursting with cocoa, fudge and chocolate cake character. As it warms, the roast becomes more prominent with some toast and coffee bean but it still smells like pastry. There's some hazelnut and toffee as well butbthe chocolate really stands out.
Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very nice balance of sweet and roasted malt notes. Strong lactose/creamy presence up front followed by fudge-y chocolate cake flavor, oatmeal, hazelnut and toffee. Not too sweet though with some roasted malt, burnt toast and espresso like flavor balancing things out. Very clean and easy to drink, excellently incorporating the chocolate without being overly sweet/gimmicky. Pretty damn good!
12-17-2012 08:04:33 | More by corby112
3.43/5 rDev -18.3%
New to me beer picked up at Whole Foods this afternoon.. Pours dark walnut brown.. almost black but not quite... tannish head with decent lacing.
The nose is chocolate and vanilla extract... seems very VERY artificial.. No "real" beer qualities at all... more "SODA".
Flavor is the same.... vanilla soda with a chocolate extract addition.. Very light "stout" qualities..
Mouthfeel is better.. but the body and carbonation are still like an alcoholic "POP".
Disappointed for sure.. throw away... dumping.
I rated this one waaay too high for my liking.. but I did not want to destroy the curve.. I just don't like beers with additions.
12-16-2012 05:37:59 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is clear and very, very dark brown with a solid two fingers of rocky head. Good retention. Nice lacing. The nose has massive notes of unsweetened cocoa powder, dark and milk chocolate. It is easily the most chocolaty-smelling beer I have encountered yet. It smells like a confectionery. There are also hints of vanilla, hazelnut, and graham crackers.
Medium body. Firm, semi-creamy feel. Light roasted notes and very little bitterness. Lots of sweetness. Malt, chocolate, and tiramisu. The beer never seems cloying or syrupy. Very mild, somewhat disappointing finish. Not much of a lingering flavor. Extremely drinkable.
Overall, a wonderful beer. I really enjoyed it, and will likely buy it again, but probably wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting. It lacks complexity. A little more bitter roastiness would serve this beer well. Still, an absolute must try for fans of sweet stouts and milk stouts or those new to craft beers looking to get into stouts.
12-16-2012 00:27:28 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.2/5 rDev 0%
550ml served in a Southern Tier tulip
A - Pours black with a hefty 3 fingers of foam. Impressive retention and solid lacing.
S - Wow! Very rich and creamy milk chocolate, reminds me of french silk pie, hints of roast, tangy chocolate syrup, amazing.
T - Creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, very decadent flavors, sweet and creamy, dark chocolate comes out toward the finish. Woody herbal hops add low underlying bitterness.
M - Super creamy feel, perfect carbonation, glides over the palate.
The best chocolate aroma I've smelled from a beer. I could smell this all day long. Awesome milk stout thats sweet without being cloying. Chocolate is the dominate flavor but it's on another level.
12-15-2012 20:52:32 | More by StaveHooks
4.2/5 rDev 0%
Poured out of a 550ml bottle into my brand new Sam Smith's pint glass. The whole bottle fits inside!
Pours a near pitch black color - only against the light does some light streaks of brown and red appear at the bottom of the glass, but not much else. Poured in the glass, I was faced with an enormous head that was yeasty and full bodied, but it quickly died down. Other than some small streaks of bubbles that rise up to the glass, this maintains a solid presentation by keeping a ring of foam at the top and lots of lacing at the glass's edges.
Oh yes, they indeed did get the chocolate flavor quite well here. There are fresh notes of cacao that leap at the nostrils, combined with flavors resembling vanilla beans, milk, cream, and strawberries. There's not much of a bitter finish going on here. If anything, the dark malts and hops used to make this take a direct backseat here, and all that there is to focus on is the melding of chocolate "natural flavor" with the yeasty fruity aromas and seemingly present alcohol.
The flavor is more of the same, except for the fact that there's more chocolate here that I could ever imagine in a stout! Now, I've had strong imperial stouts in the past that produced massive chocolate flavors - often mixed with coffee - but this is like a combination of a balanced English stout with pure semi-dark chocolate syrup. As a result, it's really sweet, but at the same time the chocolate flavor is extremely impressive here. Other than that, the vanilla is big and bold here, and the candied red fruit flavors are present in a pretty over-the-top manner, so much that I sipped this to avoid getting to dizzy. As for the mouthfeel, it's quite thick, well carbonated, syrupy, and spot on. Easy to drink like nothing else.
This is the closest rendition I've ever had to beer becoming a chocolate drink. This is to chocolate in the same way that Péché Mortel is with coffee. Utterly fantastic and flavorful, and an excellent release for the holidays. I do hope they release this every year, as it's like no other stout I've ever had. Pair with cake and cookies and enjoy!
12-15-2012 05:41:11 | More by magictacosinus
4.88/5 rDev +16.2%
550 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present.
Poured into my Winnie The Pooh pint glass.
A - Pours an almost-black black color, with just the tiniest bit of light creeping through. Creamy, frothy, chocolate colored head. Looks amazing.
S - The smells just hit you right in the f**king face. Smells like a bottle of liquid chocolate gold. A mosaic of like three different types of chocolate hits the nose, all melded together. Vanilla beans and cookie dough make an appearance also. A hint of earth and just a tad of booze smell. Absolutely stunning.
T - Beautiful milk chocolate creaminess. Like a wonderful whipped chocolate topping. No hops or carbonation or any bogus filler flavors to distract you and throw you off from this lovely gourmet beer experience. As you drink it, the several different notes of chocolate present themselves. Never had anything like this beer before.
M - Smooth mouth feel, with the creamy milky chocolate flavor sticking around, hanging out under your tongue and whatnot. Not too heavy, not too weak. Pretty well-balanced.
Overall, this beer is superb, and I have already recommended it to quite a few people while drinking this beauty, so do yourself a favor and find yourself a bottle before it's too late. One of the best beers I've been able to review fully on BeerAdvocate so far, and probably the best stout I've ever had as of yet. And this was my first introduction to Samuel Smith's beers. Looking forward to many more!
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout ---5/5
12-14-2012 23:44:53 | More by mfnmbvp
3.53/5 rDev -16%
550 mL bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout pours not quite entirely black, with one or two scant ruby highlights barely poking through. Two plus fingers of light coffee foam crown the beer, before slowly fading away. A decent amount of lacing is left in its wake. The nose is straight milk chocolate. It's one note, but it's extremely spot on for what it is. Similarly, the flavor profile consists almost entirely of syrupy milk chocolate. It's almost like a less intense version of Southern Tier's Choklat. There is a bit of a nice fruity ester presence in the finish though. Still, there's nothing to balance the sweetness of the dominant chocolate presence. A light touch of hops, or roast, or even booziness would have been welcome. The body is full, and just a little bit slick. In general I like my stouts to tend towards being lowly carbonated, but this one takes that a hair too far. I had high hops for this chocolate stout, as I'm usually a fan of Samuel Smith's, but this one doesn't quite live up to the quality of some of their other brews. This would definitely be a good bottle to split with a couple people after a meal though.
12-14-2012 06:28:45 | More by axeman9182
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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