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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 1486
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012)
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Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark brown color with tan head

smell - milk chocolate, cream, cocoa powder

Taste - milk chocolate, cocoa, cream

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, rich, sweet, flavors linger, the aftertaste is similar to eating melted chocolate ice cream

Overall - very nice milk/sweet stout, lots of chocolate, worthy of a re- visit

price Point - $10.99/4 pk 12 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 02:47:07 | More by keithmurray
Photo of ryannosaurus


3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL poured to tulip

Pours black with a tidy tan head, lays down to a faint haze of bubbles

Smells of chocolate, dark malt and vanilla. Dissipates quickly

Taste is big on the chocolate, with a nice bourbon vanilla note. Sweet but not cloying.

Mouth feel is surprisingly light

Overall: great dessert beer when in a chocolate mood. A little more balance would be required to be a more regular drinker, but the spritely mouth feel makes an impression. Interesting and exotic.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:39:38 | More by ryannosaurus
Photo of beer456

New York

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer initially and would have given a higher rating based on just my original impression, but over the course of the entire journey I felt the taste was too SWEET to justify too high a rating. A nice beer, no doubt but I have higher standards and expect a beer to be exceptional throughout the entire journey. This beer did not satisfy that requirement. Definitely worth trying once but not worth having AGAIN.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:07:11 | More by beer456
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Solid dark brown with a tan head, significant lacing.

S - Mostly cocoa powder and malts, but not a strong roasted aspect - more like a milkshake.

T - There is more roasted malt in the taste, but that is purely relative to the nose. The main thing is strong chocolate, primarily cocoa powder over nib.

M - Smooth. Heavy enough but not to the point of coating the mouth.

O - This is a beer that lives up on the promise of being called a chocolate stout. The reality is, this beer puts chocolate flavor front and center. If you like a sweet milk stout and you want something that screams chocolate, this is your brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:31:36 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of theteleman


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a medium to thin off white head. Smells like chocolate, looks like chocolate... Also getting a little malty smell on the nose too. Taste is first and foremost(you guessed it) chocolatey. Lots of chocolate and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. I personally can't taste any alcohol in this beer, its really really smooth and easy to drink. Not a particularly heavy brew, when compared with the rest of the stouts on the market where I am, this is pretty light.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:51:07 | More by theteleman
Photo of AntMan76009


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- blek like chocolate with a nice tan head
Smell- chocolate
Taste- chocolate
Mouthfeel- like bubbly chocolate milk

I didnt expect a chocolate stout to actually taste like chocolate, but it does. How they do dis? It tastes just like chocolate. Wut. Is this beer or some sort of tastey dessert? I want to pour this on ice cream. I want to dip strawberries in this beer. I want to pour this in my Cocoa Pebbles, want to bask in this chocolatey goodness for eternity.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 22:00:26 | More by AntMan76009
Photo of Ohiolager


3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith's Organic chocolate stout 550 ML (18.7 fl oz) bottle $3.99(OH)

the bottle code on the neck reveals it was bottled in Jan 2014. so this stout is fresh.

poured into a 17 oz stemless white wine glass. almost jet black with a two finger thick creamy tan head stays around for a little while, then gives way to decent lacing.

the smell is kind of disappointing. i don't really smell much, just some artificial chocolate. (it smells kind of like play-doh, come one 70's-80's kids you know that smell.)

the taste is that of the smell, good but for Samuel Smith's very disappointing. at first its good. the more you drink the more you taste the artificial chocolate. a big let down. nothing like the imperial stout they make that is so great.

mouth feel is what it is. light and not very pleasant at all. that fake/artificial chocolate (play-doh) taste lingers.

overall i would have to pass on this one, not to say it wasn't OK. but for a milk/sweet stout i was severely disappointed. tasted fake and or artificial. i will stick to other Samuel Smith's brews that i know and love. i don't know if this stout needed to age, but it was pretty bad for S.S. i may try it again if i find an aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 05:54:06 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of beerdrifter


3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is huge and dominated by milk chocolate and cocoa along with hints of vanilla and nuts. The taste mirrors the nose. Huge cocoa and milk chocolate totally dominate. Very sweet, tasting much like hot cocoa. Besides some nuttiness and vanilla, not much more going on other than the enormous chocolate and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but extremely rich with cloying sweetness. Really hurts the drinkability. Overall, the first couple of sips were great, but were soon overtaken by the sweetness. Ironically, the sweetness of the chocolate comes across as artificial and not organic at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:11:55 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Catracho5


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 550 ml Victorian bottle, poured into beer tulip glass with a stem 16.5 oz.

Appearance: Pretty dark, some ruby around the edges when held to the light, less than a finger head not an aggressive pour. The head is a tan color, a lot of tiny bubbles in the head and sticking to the glass.

Smell: Heavy cocoa smell, roasted malt, not a strong aroma.

Taste: Heavy cocoa up front, roasted malt flavor with some bitterness on the back. Very smooth, alcohol is there but it is not overwhelming, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, its not flat or too carbonated, not too watery or heavy like an imperial stout

Overall: This is an outstanding chocolate stout, one of my favorites. High quality, great overall beer to have after dinner, very drinkable not heavy on the stomach, %5 alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:20:11 | More by Catracho5
Photo of Furlinator


4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a solid ring and thin cap on top and leaves spots of lace.

Smell is dominated by sweet chocolate with some dark malt and a hint of vanilla.

Taste too, is dominated by creamy dark chocolate with faint vanilla accents.

Texture is approaching heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

This is as close to chocolate milk as you're going to get in a beer. A massive chocolate bomb that is almost too sweet. I can't think of a better dessert beer. Straightforward but, damn delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 21:47:56 | More by Furlinator
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout tastes like something made by Cadbury and looks it too; its milk chocolate brown body highlights colour and clarity nearly as much as it conceals them. It's barely dark enough to qualify for a stout (even if ts head does have a sandy tint).

Cocoa beans, like wine grapes, produce distinct flavour depending on the strain, where they're grown and how they're processed. High-quality ("premium") single-origin chocolate bars can offer flavours as diverse as they are rich: berries, nuts, cream, licorice, molasses, wood, spice, cigar, vanilla, leather, smoke, flowers... the list can go on and on.

The chocolate flavour showcased here, however, is that of the quintessentially English confectionery chocolate: the milky, light-coloured, caramel-laced kind of profile you'd expect from Cadbury. It seems like the Swiss had a hand in this as well; it smells heavily sweetened. One is assured this is a "chocolate" - as opposed to "cocoa" - stout right away.

Indeed, there's no dark, heavy roast or smoky bitterness here - this is extra cocoa-butter creamy with a generous splash of vanilla. The finish, also quite milky and absolutely saturated in cane sugar, has a hint of that slight sourness you find in a Hershey's Kiss (another bland, commercial chocolate). It bears mentioning, however, that the recipe uses no actual cocoa, just extract.

Does no one else find it ironic that a chocolate beer promoted as being "organic" doesn't actually use any chocolate, but rather an artificially extracted flavour compound? I sure do. Had they used the real thing I bet the toffee sponge cake notes and toasty nuttiness of the malts would make flattering pairings. But as is all I taste is the so-called "natural" flavour; it's very one-dimensional.

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout tastes like any number of commercial, heavily manufactured and sweetened candy bars. There was a time when something of this nature would have impressed me mightily, but my tastes being what they are now, I would have much preferred something dark, smoky, and bitter - a *dark* chocolate stout. That said, this is an undeniably delicious treat that is sure to please most people immensely.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:37:50 | More by biegaman
Photo of yardkl


1.83/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I hated it. I was expecting a roasted dry cocoa flavor. Instead it tasted like Newcastle with Hershey's chocolate syrup added. Very disappointed. One of the few beers I was not able to finish. If you are not into sweets STAY AWAY. Expensive beer and not worth it in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:06:47 | More by yardkl
Photo of fscottkey

New York

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a 2 finger tan cap. The cap gives way quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, some vanilla, chocolate

T: Burst of chocolate. The chocolate is slightly bitter - but very nice. Some other hints of vanilla. There is very little after taste.

M: Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Goes down very easily.

O: I love this. It is my favorite chocolate stout. IT might be over the top, for some people, but I find it very appealing. Also it is organic! (That is not really a selling point for me)

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:59:57 | More by fscottkey
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout in a nonic.

Pours with a weak head over a very dark brown body. Limited lacing.

The aroma of chocolate clomes out loud and clear. Rather like hot chocolate without the extra dairy, and some chocolate nibs.

Flavor: sweet, perhaps just a touch above optimum. Some dark roast (and light bitterness) in the aftertaste but largely masked by the chocolate before then.

Feel: Medium body and near medium carbonation; Creamy smooth yet with an undesired sharpness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 22:22:58 | More by chinchill
Photo of 1fortheroad

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

For a stout I prefer a little more thickness and in this case that's the only thing this beer did not deliver. I have had the pleasure of enjoying this brew on multiple occasions now and the thin texture is the only negative thing i have to say about this otherwise heavenly brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 13:33:05 | More by 1fortheroad
Photo of JMScowcroft


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown with a small white foamy head. Exceptional lacing.

Smell - Chocolate milk and malt. Definitely cocoa powder or some form thereof, though it's organic so there's that.

Taste - Chocolate milk beer. Sweet cocoa and malt.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with low carb. Rests roasted malt slightly bitter, gives it a bit of character.

Overall - Solid tasty brew. It's not beerish, but it's a tasty drink. More like a chocolate drink. Definitely a milk/sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:54:27 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Extol


4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW. This beer is divine. Celestial. Superb. I opened the bottle and smelled it and looked at my dad (we always try new beers together) and said "oh my god, it smells like chocolate syrup". I poured it into our glasses and he had the first sip. He looked at me and said "oh my god". My mother, who doesn't like beer at all tried some. It is the first beer she didn't cringe after drinking it. This beer is seriously so good. I might be biased as I prefer stouts to most beers (aside from Weihenstephan Original Lager), but this is honest to god a good beer. We found it at a store in Atlanta, but the name escapes me. But it was $5 for a pint. A while ago I had marked this as a "want" on BA and forgot about it and by chance we grabbed it without me remembering. I wish I had grabbed more. I would buy again. Definitely.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 21:14:40 | More by Extol
Photo of Drk93TT


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a bomber from Whole foods cranbrook (ann arbor) For 4.99$ :) Best purchase in our cart (which was 200$+)

A: Pours black, but still see-through not pitch black.. Leaves a lasting ring of white/tan head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a chocolate bar mixed with a chocolate malt... Nesquick/Hersheys chocolate YUM!

T: Follows suit of the smell. Chocolate bars and cocoa powder... slight roasted malt, but mostly sweet lactose flavor mixed with chocolate syrup. Doesnt taste like beer at times, which is strange but still love it. .

M: Very sticky sweet. Chocolate/malt flavors stick around for a while too.

MUST TRY beer here. Will definitely be buying more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:04:24 | More by Drk93TT
Photo of BradC


4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored black with slight head and nice lacing

Smells of hot chocolate, chocolate milk

Taste is straight up chocolate, sweet maybe a hint of dark roast and toffee

Medium bodies, lightly carbonated and easy drinking.

If chocolate is your thing, you'll love this stout. Overall I liked it, I'm not a fan of overly chocolate beers but this one is well made

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:56:33 | More by BradC
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

SS Chocolate – a fitting beer for the 600th review.
Poured a dark brown blackish colour with a nice initial head and a strong frothy lace and film. Plentiful and sticky. Amazing lace.
S – rich hot cocoa, cocoa powder, some rich bread pudding. Semisweet chocolate and malt, a light enticing roastiness. Rich and full of delicious chocolate notes, some hints of roasty bitterness.
T – starts with a roasty hot cocoa, with a rustic woody bitterness, a balanced milky creaminess, clean malt profile, a light leafy grapiness profile and maybe even some lemon, finish is clean with an astute balance between the chocolate and yeasty crispness. The start has a bit of the milky sweetness then the earthy spicy english hops come in with some yeast esters to balance everything out.
M – moderate, with a full balanced chocolate and malt profile, like what an absolutely perfect hot chocolate should taste like. A smooth carbonation, with a very clean mouthfeel, refreshing and utterly delicious.
Nothing bad to say. This is one awesome beer, showing that a moderate strength milk stout can be both amazingly tasty/complex and balanced. Taste is refreshing and delicious, tons of cocoa flavour but so many other elements working there as well. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:11:40 | More by mick303
Photo of CraigS119


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at a liquor store near Tampa, FL. $10.49 for a 4-pack. Outrageous price for the ABV, but what can you do, it's an "organic" beer from England.
A- Appearance is dark. Looks like a stout.
A- Mmm.. smells like cocoa powder and almond liqueur.
F- It's delicious. Rich, malty, chocolatey. It's not overly sweet, like I was worried about, but it's definitely sweet. A bit of sourness at the beginning and hint of bitter on the follow-through compliment the sweet flavors perfectly and remind you that it is a beer (not just a delicious chocolate beverage).
M- Wonderful mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to make the rich nuttiness pop.
O- It's wonderful. It's the kind of flavor I would want in an ice cream. It's the most drinkable and delicious stout I've had. Anyone who loves chocolate will want to experience this beer... intimately.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:19:00 | More by CraigS119
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of midnight with a faint ruby hue when held to the light. A fat head of mocha colored foam falls quickly but leaves some soapy lace until it finally recedes to a slight ring. Nose is decadent chocolate. Some vanilla smooths it out and there is a light coffee. There is not any alcohol on the nose. As the beer warms you get a sense of the different chocolate characters. Bittersweet, sweet, and a scent that is very much like homemade cocoa. There is something creamy in there like marshmallow. The taste is serene. Luscious, and smooth. The body is thin but it tastes rich. The malt is like chocolate cake and does not become bold with roast or bitter. It's a subdued flavor. As it warms it develops a sweet caramel that offers a silken nutty flavor that is like ribbons of decadence under all that chocolate. Only at the very end in the finish do you notice any flavor from wood and just a faint little bitter. The mouthfeel has an indescribable softness. Well done

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 14:29:26 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- almost black, moderately viscous look, and 1.5 finger khaki head. Perfect lacing.

S- Holy chocolate. Huge cocoa nibs, cocoa beans, vanilla beans, roasted malts. As though I just jumped into a barrel of chocolate sauce.

T- Sweet, yet dark cocoa powder. Earthy, roasted character. Interesting flavor throughout that throws me off just a bit...almost like a huge dose of vanilla extract. Decent, but doesn't come close to matching the nose for me.

M- Mid body bordering on full, but the feel is a little thin for the style. Some roasted bitterness in the finish.

O- Aroma to die for, but the flavor profile and feel left me wanting more. A desert beer all the way. Prefer the oatmeal stout from Samuel Smith.

$4 for 550 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:57:51 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with an off-white head.
Nose shows chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs and chocolate essence. Little else.
Very sweet flavours too. Lots of artificial tasting chocolate and little else. Some soft roast. A bit cloying.
Body feels somewhat watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 08:25:52 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of rlee1390


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some roasted malt, some candied sugar, maybe too sweet.

T-Lots of chocolate. Very sweet. Vanilla and roasted malt as well. It isn't balanced as it it very sweet, but for a sweet stout it is allowable.

M-Lighter, some carbonation, tad watery.

O-A good sweet stout, not that balanced, but more sweet than not.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:18:05 | More by rlee1390
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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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