There are many different ways to brew a "chocolate" beer: with chocolate
malt and/or wheat; cocoa beans, cocoa powder; or even actual chocolate
candy. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout is made with the first two
and it really shows. Though it has the classic chocolate flavor we’re
used to, it’s a bit more spicy and zesty, while still remaining an
otherwise mild mannered traditional stout.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a stout glass. It cost $4.45 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black color. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which leaves plenty of lacing and retains well.
Smell: Distinct cocoa powder or other chocolate-like flavoring. Traditional stout aroma at the base.
Taste: The first thing I noticed about Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate
Stout is the presence of cocoa bean spice. Usually, a chocolate beer
tends to taste like liquid candy, and while this beer definitely is
sweet, it’s using the cocoa beans for their liveliness. There’s a gentle
vibration across the tongue as roasted malt slithers across it. There
seems to be added sugar or vanilla flavoring to balance out the cocoa
and impart a bit of candy-like flavor. A gentle bitterness through the
middle, followed by a somewhat strange taste of perfume or soap. There’s
more classic chocolate on the finish followed by a moderately dry, but
mostly clean aftertaste.
While this does make a good dessert beer, it’s not one you’re likely
going to be used to. That’s okay, because I really appreciate the
Drinkability: The body to Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout is
exactly what I expect in a British stout. Fully flavored, but still
restrained and nuanced. A good level of carbonation with a relatively
soft texture and comfortable mouthfeel that goes down smooth. At only 5%
ABV this beer is extremely efficient, but still light enough to enjoy