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Beer of the Week: Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout

Thanksgiving has passed and its time to get in the Christmas spirit. Comforting flavors filled with spice help keep us warm in the winter months. Another signature of the Christmas month is chocolate. What better way to fend off the chill than with a rich chocolate stout. As such, this week’s Beer of the Week is Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout. 

The History of Organic Chocolate Stout

Innovators in Certified Organic beers, Samuel Smith began to ship the first organic beers to the US in the mid-1990s. Organic Cider and Organic fruit beers followed starting in 2007, and after many months of test brews & intensive tasting Organic Chocolate Stout was released in September, 2012. UK Soil Association and USDA Certified Organic.

Taste

Full body; roasted barley flavor; fruity notes from the Samuel Smith yeast strain support lush chocolate aroma, taste & finish.

Serving Suggestion

Great with a bowl of mixed nuts, with sharp cheeses, or with a classic molé sauce entrée. For dessert, try with compementary white, milk or dark chocolate; hazelnut biscotti; or chocolate mousse. Contrast with citrus crème caramel or vanilla ice cream. A glass of Organic Chocolate Stout is a treat with an addition of 10% Sam Smith’s Organic Raspberry or Lindemans Framboise lambic. Serve at 50 °F.

Product Sizes and Quantities

  • 18.7 ounce (550 ml) “Victorian Pint” bottles / 12 per case
  • 12 ounce (355 ml) bottles / 6 – 4 packs per case

Stats

ABV: 5.0% – OG: 1.059 – IBU: 28

Sam Smith’s Organic Chocolate stout starts with an aroma of chocolate syrup that blends with the dry roasted aroma of an English stout. You can almost smell the gritty texture of the syrup. This chocolate stout starts slightly sweet up front, fading to a roasted bitterness. A nutty flavor lingers with the touch of chocolate sweetness creeping up with each sip. All the while, the beer stays true to its roots and exhibits the signature profile of the classic Samuel Smith’s stouts.

The concept of a chocolate stout isn’t new. In fact, Bison already has an Organic Chocolate stout out on the market that is quite impressive. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout is a touch sweeter and chocolate forward than Bison’s making a different take on the style and definitely allowing for both to have their own place on the shelves.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout might be a little sweet for those looking for a session stout, but would go great with food or in some of your favorite stews and sauces.  Stout float lovers will definitely want to grab a pint of this one as well. BE sure to enjoy a pint on your own this holiday season as I take this opportunity to send out my first holiday wishes of the year.