Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
90.1%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 3,198 ratings
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish - this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate that will lead to smiles and refills. Samuel Smith's brews in traditional coppers, uses stone 'Yorkshire Squares' for fermentation, and ships every bottle from the brewery with great pride.

Added by rangerred on 10-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#858
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
3,198
Liked:
2,882
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
12.06%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
248
Gots:
1,025
Trade:
2
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in the matching Samuel Smith's brewery pint glass

A: Deep brown, nearly black and nearly opaque, but with mahogany highlights along the edge of the glass; head is a sandy-khaki color, about a finger thick on the pour, but reduces to a very fine sheet of bubbles across the surface; a quick swirl reinvigorates the thin head; patchy lacing slides down the sides of the glass after each sip.

S: As expected from a chocolate-themed sweet stout, a huge milk chocolate notes come across first, followed by flashes of vanilla and (this is a pleasing twist for me) a toasted coconut scent; there are also faint notes of dark fruit (cherries - like a cherry cordial); not picking up any roasted/toast notes from the malt bill - this is predominantly sugary-sweet on the nose.

T: Follows the nose, with a huge wave of sweet milk chocolate first to cross the palate; nicely incorporating vanilla and a creamy sweetness I can only describe as like a dollop of whipped cream was blended in with this stout; mid sip sees the sweetness release its grip on the palate in favor of notes of toasted bread and a distinct nutty quality; finish dries slightly, returning with one last dose of sweetness, this time in the form of powdered cocoa; from sip to swallow, this stout drinks like dessert.

M: Body is on the lighter end of the spectrum, but it still works for me; not thick or overly creamy, but there is a pleasant slick/frothy quality that is highlighted by a very fine carbonation across the palate; unlike many milk/sweet stouts, this beer is not brewed with lactose (according to the brewery's description) so I didn't quite expect the same level of creaminess as other examples in this style.

O: Fantastic English sweet stout here Not the same creaminess or body as a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but this plainly blows YDCS out of the water when it comes to the intensity of chocolate aromas and flavors. Pleasantly sweet and highly drinkable at 5.0% ABV - quite the session stout if you ask my opinion, and one that I re-visit often.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 3,198 ratings
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