Organic Chocolate Stout is a dessert beer. Of course you can drink it anytime you want but this beer is so tasty and sweet a dessert is just redundant. Samuel Smith is a very old and well respected brewery in North Yorkshire England. It’s an old time traditional brewery with a collection of absolutely unique and delicious beers.
From the brewery’s website,
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 organic cocoa 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.
The beer itself is sold in most stores in pint sized bottle for about $3.25-3.99 per bottle. I can usually find this gem at the local Giant Eagle or the ACME grocery store. While at the store, I would suggest grabbing a few different Samuel Smith beers, as they are all good.
Ingredients: water, organic malted barley, organic cane sugar, yeast, organic hops, organic cocoa extract, carbon dioxide.
Best Served: 51 degree F, in a goblet, snifter, or tulip glass.
If Jesus was returning today I’d ask him to wait until I finished this beer.
The Organic Chocolate Stout was one of the beers that got me through seminary. A number of exegetical drafts started with scratch marks with a few coffee stains from the morning and chocolate stout stains from the late evenings. For reference though, I do not recommend beer as you near finals week. That is a job for coffee. Either way, once you’ve tried this beer it should be a regular for the winter months and celebrations.
It can be consumed over the course of multiple days as the pint sized bottle is quite generous. I found that a wine bottle stopper does a fine job of preserving the beer and the carbonation over the days in the refrigerator. You can also consume this beer slowly to cherish it’s rich flavors. Unlike cheap lite beers they actually get more flavorful as they slowly come up to room temperature. Some even consume this particular beer at room temperature regularly.
Aroma: Heavy chocolate scents with some dark malts and ends with mild vanilla.
Taste: The first taste is akin to a coffee stout with chocolate playing the lead role. It is hard to say if the brewer used any vanilla in the beer but there seems to be a taste a vanilla.
Texture: The beer thickness is very similar to a normal stout and/or a Guinness. It’s not at thick as some Imperial Stout or the Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS).
Finish: The finish is more like a coffee stout, however, the flavor the lingers the longest is the rich chocolate.
Comparisons: Wells Banana Bread Beer, Founders CBS, Shiner