Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout!

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

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  1. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,704) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    This thread inspired me to seek out this beer. I am impressed by the chocolate flavor, but find the sweetness cloying. I thought about dumping it more than once. Not that I hated it, but I had had enough well before the bottle was empty. If I never have it again, I'll be OK with that. I never was disappointed by a Sam Smith beer. Before this one.
  2. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Disciple (305) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    How does this compare to southern tier Choklat?
  3. Goosey

    Goosey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    Just finished one of these bad boy's. Split it with the lady and skipped dessert which was a good idea. I was between this and a soft DK, but i figured this would be more like dessert, plus I need to study for my finals, and so the low abv won out in the end. It was fantastic on the first glass, but I got halfway through the second, and gave the rest to my sister. Choklat is a better example of a chocolate stout. I loved it but I just couldn't pick out the stout part. If they would have given it the body, and some of the flavors of their oatmeal stout, then we would have been in business. Still, I really enjoyed it.
  4. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    My comments almost exactly.

    I love chocolate. I love beer. I really enjoy my annual ST Choklat. I enjoy Young's Chocolate beer when in the mood.

    This one....not so much. Very high marks for the chocolate smelling a can of cocoa powder.

    The mouthfeel and taste? VERY thin and very sweet/artificial tasting. Like someone said...a cheap whey protein chocolate flavor. The flavor might have been OK if the beer was able to stand up to it, but this was as thin as water. Low ABV or not....the stuff still has to be balanced and this is not. Put this flavor in a chewy oatmeal stout and I might feel differently.
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  5. redlegacy

    redlegacy Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2012 New York

    Tastes like choclate milk
  6. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Similar, but the Samuel Smith's is not as good in my opinion.
  7. romwarrior

    romwarrior Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2010 California

    I am not a big regular stout drinker (i.e. non-BA), but Samuel Smith's does it right for sure. I probably prefer the Oatmeal, but the Chocolate is excellent.
  8. cruzmissile72

    cruzmissile72 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Connecticut

    Fuck Rogues. MAking tasty beer while treating employees like crap sucks. My $ goes elsewhere.
  9. schteve825

    schteve825 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 New Jersey

    Just had one of these last night. The chocolate flavor did taste pretty artificial to me, but I still enjoyed the beer. Not one of the best I've ever had, and I don't think I'd ever buy it (shared it with a friend), but if someone offered I'd go in for round 2.
  10. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Disciple (328) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois
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    Had you asked me, prior to my first stout, what do you think a chocolate stout tastes like... Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout is EXACTLY what I would imagine.

    This beer made me very happy.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    You should try Choklat.
  12. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Disciple (328) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois
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    I plan on it!
  13. benbking

    benbking Disciple (308) Dec 11, 2009 Rhode Island
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    Try a Kappy's.
  14. ColonelCash

    ColonelCash Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2011 Tennessee

    As others have mentioned, this one is thin and smells great. I split one with a neighbor a few nights back and enjoyed it more when it was really cold. As it warmed up, I was catching a little twang on the backend. Still, a worthy beer.
  15. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (377) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Finally tried this...first 2 sips were great then that weird chemical/bubblegum taste comes out. Doesn't ruin the beer but it takes away from it. Still smells great and is good.
  16. winbassett

    winbassett Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 North Carolina

    Had this beer for the first time last evening. From the comments here, I was expecting an entirely artificial chocolate experience, but I encountered the opposite.

    The key here is managing expectations. Knowing that it is only 5% ABV, you should not expect a full-bodied beer. The use of [real] organic cocoa extract instead of typical milk chocolate was a nice change from other chocolate beers mentioned here.
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  17. Angst

    Angst Initiate (174) Nov 8, 2007 California
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    Hmmm...maybe I should try mixing it with their oatmeal stout. Chocolate Oatmeal Stout! :slight_smile:
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  18. garfscores

    garfscores Aspirant (273) Dec 1, 2012 Connecticut
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    Way better than Young's IMO. One of my new favorites. I didn't get any artificial tastes. Tasted like chocolate milk to me.
  19. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (454) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    Bought one and threw it in the fridge yesterday, some of the Sam Smith stuff I like, others not so much.
  20. Lerxst

    Lerxst Defender (617) Jun 17, 2005 Florida

    That's a good idea! I'm a big fan of their oatmeal stout, it was what got me into craft beer. But I agree with others who said this is like alcoholic yoohoo. I was kind of disappointed with this one due to the artificial chocolate flavor and very light body. But if mixed with SS Oatmeal it could work. Thanks for the idea.
  21. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    Had a sample bottle, it had an appealing taste but wasnt what i would call a beer.. It reminded me of the chocolate wine ive seen floating around.. Would rather have an oatmeal stout with a good piece of chocolate mmmm...
  22. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Initiate (140) Jul 12, 2012 California

    First time last night. After dinner, free bottle I grabbed at a demo Friday and holy crap is what me and the lady of the manor kept saying! Really in love with this beer and will need further research. Of course the Oatmeal stout was the first non Guinness black beer I had years back. We thought this beer is fucking delicious. I even ended up drinking some of it while eating a ferrero rocher
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