Organic Chocolate Stout: Enjoy with no special diet required!
Sometimes, I wish I was from England! I mean how cool must it be to live in a place with such rich history, castles, and places with names like Somerset, Essex, and Yorkshire?! (It’s probably way less cooler than I imagine.) Speaking of Yorkshire, Samuel Smith’s Brewery is there. Well, North Yorkshire. I assume that is the same thing. Anyway, Samuel Smith’s has brewed an organic chocolate stout called, umm, Organic Chocolate Stout. (No points for originality, I guess.) Let me tell you right now, this stout is not just some crappy concept beer made to appeal to people who subscribe to organic food culture. It is totally legit!
One more thing. It is also registered with the Vegan Society, so vegans and vegetarians don’t have to miss out either. It is truly a beer everyone can enjoy, and you will enjoy it!
Organic Chocolate Stout doesn’t seem that dark while pouring, but in the glass it is really dark with pretty much zero highlights. It has a 1 & 1/2-finger head that reduces pretty quickly to a thin film that does provide some good lacing in the glass.
The aromas start out with huge chocolate up front. It really smells like a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Lots of rich, warm caramel follows and accents a big vanilla note. A very interesting and big note of melted marshmallows is present. There is some sweet, dark fruit toward the back of the nose. The slightest hint of alcohol shows up at the very end.
A lot of very dark and slightly bitter chocolate is up front in the flavors. Nice warm vanilla and caramel follow quickly and wrap the alcohol almost as if to keep it from overpowering anything. The mouth feel is very creamy and gives the impression of the beer being slightly thick. A little oaky char and some coffee show up toward the back of the palate. The finish is dry, and an ashy char continues into the aftertaste.
I’m telling you right now, Organic Chocolate Stout is really good. No matter where you fall in your food preferences you will like it!
I give it 4.7 out of 5. I would definitely drink it again!