Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout


I saw Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout over at Total Wine a few days ago and had an argument with myself as to whether I'd ever tried it. I correctly convinced myself it must be a new beer for them, though I don't know much more than I've never had it. The label shows a branch and seeds from Theobroma cocao, the lovely tree we get cocoa and chocolate from. On the back, a little story to set your expectations. This beer is Soil Association Organic and USDA Organic, a topic I've been learning about.

Beautiful milky sweet aroma. Cocoa powder rushes into your nose. Light caramel and butterscotch too, a delicious smell. Chocolate flavors ride in on the creamiest, milkiest texture ever. Decadent! You will, however, notice right away that there is a decent amount of hoppy balance and this beer isn't overly sweet.

Caramel, hints of coffee, and a light roast with smoke. A little flat with a decent body, though I wouldn't have minded a few more bubbles and increased heftiness. A little alcohol dryness on the finish which surprised me a little considering the 5.0% mark in this beer. Very good. Check it out!

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