Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jazzwalker, Dec 4, 2012.

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  1. Jazzwalker

    Jazzwalker Initiate (147) Apr 2, 2012 New Jersey
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    In a nutshell, I was very surprised at how good this was. My goodness, so much chocolate flavor there was almost no room for bitter hops! Anyone know if this is a new year round beer for them, or a limited release? Anyone else try it?
     
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  2. thebouch01

    thebouch01 Devotee (432) Jun 26, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    It made my personal 5 best new beers of 2012. Tried one, went out and bought a case. The flavors really open up if served near room temp.
     
  3. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    I wasn't surprised, but yeah it is a pretty great beer. I think it's a year-rounder.
     
  4. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Devotee (463) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Good stuff. Would assume that this would now join the fruit beers in the organic series. Best low ABV choc beer there is in my opinion. Only 5% ABV.
     
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  5. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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    Been known to enjoy the occasional Samuel Smith Beer (Taddy Porter, Oatmeal Stout), but this was to much chocolate for me, go through about half and then down the drain it went.
     
  6. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    I enjoyed this beer, but did find the chocolate a little artificial. Didnt measure up to their Oatmeal Stout or Imperial Stout, IMO.
     
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  7. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    How is it compared to Youngs DC? That was one of my first beer loves...
     
  8. BasterdInABasket

    BasterdInABasket Aspirant (244) Nov 8, 2010 Wisconsin

    I only had a 3 or 4 oz pour of it but I actually had a tough time drinking all of it. While it wasn't as bad and it's been a while since I've had it but something about it reminded me of SA Chocolate Bock, not a pleasant reminder.
     
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  9. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    interesting, I work for their distributor here in VA and we don't carry it (not label approved)
     
  10. ahq514

    ahq514 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois

    It will be year round, but I think it has been doing much better than anyone thought, so (depending on your area) it will be in short supply for awhile.
     
  11. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Well that would certainly explain why I haven't seen it around.
     
  12. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (847) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I liked it to the extreme.
     
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  13. Mavajo

    Mavajo Zealot (572) Feb 10, 2007 Georgia

    Loved it. My best surprise of 2012.
     
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  14. pepsican

    pepsican Aspirant (257) Nov 5, 2007 Iowa
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    We've had shortages as well. I'll echo the statements of cloying, artificial, and way too heavy handed. Interesting for a sip or two but I couldn't see actually drinking it.
     
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  15. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I was really impressed with this beer as well. We had it at Beervana here in RI a couple of months back. I thought it stole the show (and that's saying a TON considering the stuff we had that night). I was amazed that there are no artificial ingredients in that beer. It is SO chocolatey. Loved the beer.
     
  16. Jazzwalker

    Jazzwalker Initiate (147) Apr 2, 2012 New Jersey
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  17. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    Blows Young's off the map IMO. One of my top 5 new beers of 2012.
     
  18. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,801) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    Tastes like alcoholic YooHoo, and like Young's DC. While I enjoyed it, those beers are ultimately a bit too sweet and fake tasting for me so I pretty much never revisit them.
     
  19. Goosey

    Goosey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    Samuel Smith brews are like a warm handshake from an old friend. I love spending a long cold winter night at home with some oatmeal stout, or this new gem, reading a good book, or discussing politics with a buddy. Intellectual idulgences go hand in hand with these brews IMO.
     
  20. Goldfishman

    Goldfishman Disciple (362) Jan 29, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I found the chocolate taste in this beer to be extremely artificial tasting to the point that i could not finish the bottle i actually thought it was disgusting .
     
  21. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2010 Virginia

    I bought 4 bottles just the other day in Chantilly VA.
     
  22. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2010 Virginia

    ...oh and I do like this brew...looking to pick up more.
     
  23. finado

    finado Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2009 Minnesota

    I was disappointed and unimpressed. Not that is was terrible but I thought mediocre and very overrated. I prefer Youngs.
     
  24. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Devotee (463) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    My God, a chocolate beer that tastes too much like chocolate. They really screwed this one up for sure.:rolling_eyes:
     
  25. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (631) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Is this one making it to MA? I haven't seen it around.
     
  26. divineaudio

    divineaudio Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2009 Michigan


    I agree with the alcoholic Yoohoo part, however I quite enjoy Young's Double Chocolate.
     
  27. Goldfishman

    Goldfishman Disciple (362) Jan 29, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I picked mine up at Wegman's in Northboro a few back .
     
  28. SamW

    SamW Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 North Carolina

    For what it is it's good, I didn't enjoy it much myself, but I agree with the two comments that its very similar to SA Chocolate Bock, and alcoholic yoohoo... something that years ago I may have enjoyed more.
     
  29. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    ISO : Alcoholic Yoo Hoo
     
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  30. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,313) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Loved the stuff! I would not recommend the beer to anyone that despises sweet beers.

    I would love to find a four back but PA only has cases (to my knowledge) and it runs 62 bucks. Might split one with a friend.
     
  31. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (1,955) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I drank a 4 pack of it last Sunday, and as a stout lover, I was blown away at how smooth and delicious it was. Awesome coconut notes in there, it tastes like a liquid mounds bar, only better. I plan on buying more and it will make a great alternative to the other stronger, hop-heavy winter warmers this month.
     
  32. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2011 New Jersey

    i've heard this more often than the praises it's been getting but havent tried it myself
     
  33. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Gots: Baileys and Yoo Hoo.
     
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  34. CJS

    CJS Aspirant (230) Oct 28, 2012 Florida
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    Was a bit overboard on the chocolate. Like more than a Rogue double Chocolate.
     
  35. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,086) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I've had two so far and loved both of them. Liquid tootsie roll!
     
  36. kambei70

    kambei70 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2012 Missouri

    Mounds bar, delicious! Tootsie roll, not so much.
     
  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Definitely a winner straight out of the gate. Samuel Smith's is always quality.
     
  38. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,128) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Hmmmm.might have to give this one a try.
     
  39. Rizdac

    Rizdac Initiate (80) Dec 5, 2010 Illinois
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    Glad I took my local beer store guy's advice and picked up 2 the first time I had it. Then I went back for a 4-pack. It tasted better chilled in my opinion.
     
  40. ComRock12

    ComRock12 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    It is in MA, seen it at a few shops in metro west. I found it to be thin and overly sweet without the dark chocolate depth I expected. Not a drain pour, but a lot less than I had hoped for from the king of Oatmeal Stouts
     
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