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

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

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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 163
Gots: 561 | FT: 6
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012

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 real organic cocoa used in this ale 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 that will lead to smiles and refills. Samuel Smith's brews in traditional coppers, uses stone 'Yorkshire Squares' for fermentation, and ships every bottle from the brewery with great pride.
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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

I have a rule that I don't give a perfect score until I try more beers but this beer is practically perfect. What is missing in this beer? Anyone? When it is poured into a glass it has a great head, it is inky black, the aroma is among the best I've ever smelled (smells like dark chocolate candy), and that taste is amazing. I've been scared drinking chocolate beers because I've been worried that they would be very bitter, since Cocoa is natural very bitter. This beer is blended so well, it minimizes the bitters with a creamy sweetness (think a creamer, like is used in coffee). Wow, this stuff is amazing. The only negative is the price. That's the one negative I can think of, it was $5 for a bottle.

I'm not a big fan of stouts. They are usually just too thick and strong for me (flavor wise). This is almost perfection in a bottle. I think this is my highest rated beer as of now.

Photo of JamesLeung
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great flavorful stout. Nice chocolatey after taste. A+

Photo of JuicesFlowing
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a dark, rich dark chocolate black, with brown coming through the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head recedes to a bubbly film. Beautiful webbed lacing coats the glass.

The beer smells strongly of oatmeal, milk chocolate, and coconut.

The beer tastes exactly as it smells with sweet milk chocolate dominating, with a delicious dry oatmeal sturdiness in the body. Sweet coconut and almonds add wonderful candy bar afterthoughts.

The mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, with a nice finish.

Overall, simply a perfect beer to me, exquisite in every way.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into an English pub glass. Very dark murky brown-black with orange tints and a very creamy khaki-colored head of around two fingers height. Aroma of chocolate-covered raisins, dried cherries, malted milk, and a faint tinge of earthy, tangy hops. This is indeed a very chocolatey brew, comes off like semi-sweet campground hot chocolate (albeit not hot) mixed with just a little wood char to cut the sweetness. Lots of malted milk candy and a touch of dried apricot. Some diacetyl apparent. Smooth creamy mouth feel as expected, quite thick, with moderate carbonation. The nose is much sweeter than the taste but the two dimensions meld together. Finish is also quite sweet but with a subtle tea-like tannic note as well. The beer does develop toward a nutty, woody bitterness over time, probably as one's sweetness receptors start shutting down. I love milk stouts if I am in the mood for something that sweet and this is indeed an exemplary take on the style.

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep chocolate brown with a creamy 1/2 finger tan colore head atop,a great looking pour.Milk chocolate really stood out to me in the nose along with roast and a hint of vanilla,like dessert in a glass.Mellow slightly fizzy feel to the beer,both balance each other out well.Chocolate and more chocolate on the palate but it doesn't hammer your taste buds,it's just a mellow lingering chocolatiness,mild roast and nuttiness with a shot of vanilla.I would make an ice cream float out of this,it's not even close to being cloying but the chocolate flavors are predominant,a great fricken milk stout here!

Photo of tectactoe
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, deep brown with some ruby shining through the edges - not quite dark or bold enough to be called black. A light tan head forms, stays, and leave a little bit of wet looking lace on the way down. The aroma is full-force, 100% chocolate. BIG TIME chocolate - creamy and sweet, like chocolate milk or chocolate candies. Chocolate syrup, up and down. Some light roasty malt aromas, of course, but they don't stand a chance against the chocolate barricade. As it warms up, a slight nutty aroma pops its head in. But, like, chocolate covered nuts. This chocolate means serious fucking business.

The taste is basically everything you'd expect - sweet chocolate, through and through. Like a creamy and sweet chocolate milk, with some extra chocolate syrup added. The chocolate is overall pretty sweet and milky, but there is a bit of bitterness from the heavy roast in the malt. Perhaps a little bit is from the hops also? But I don't taste much hop flavor, if any at all. Maybe a bit of leafiness, but I'm probably just talking out of my ass. I don't taste much else but combinations of different chocolates. Thin-medium body, a little thinner than expected, and not as creamy as I'd hoped for, with high carbonation.

Chocolate milk beer, basically. Milk chocolate flavors dominate, with just a touch of bitter roast for balance. Good beer to introduce people to stouts who are intimidated. Drinks easy, and very flavorful for being only 5% ABV.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a dark dark brown color with a tall, frothy, beige head that recedes to leave some decently spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted malts and then tons of milk chocolate syrup and some lesser dark baker's cocoa. The chocolate seems "real" if that makes sense, compared to some beers where the cocoa seems stale or artificial.

The tastes begins with lightly roasted, toasted maltiness, but the milk chocolate flavors burst huge right after. As it warms you get a tad but of English yeast fruity esters but the waves of cocoa are hard to overtake.

The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is sweet albeit a tad bit on the watery, flabby end.

Overall, this really hits the mark for a sweet after dinner beer in the winter when you don't want a huge beer and plan to last past midnight. Pretty one-noted but luckily the one note isn't too sweet or burdensome on the palate. It delivers what it advertises and much better than any other of Samuel Smith's Organic offerings, especially the fruited ones.

Photo of dditto2
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

This is a great beer. One of my favorites.

Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical SS mid sized bottle. No freshenss info.

Pours near black. Head is larger and luxorious. Stays and stays. Then a nice film, low sheeting and ample fine bits of lace and more sheeting.

Chocolate sniff. Yum

Smooth and super tasty. More milk chocolate all over this one.
Also notes of dark malts, vanilla, dark bread. A treat to enjoy this well crafted ale. They have been doing it since 1758! Dark beer lovers go get some and enjoy with a chocolate dessert or worked great with some spicy mexican tacos

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate both sweet milk and dark varieties

Taste: cocoa powder dominates with tastes of sweet milk chocolate, light amounts of dark chocolate and slight coconut

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone, light bodied, moderate carbonation, bit chalky

Overall: I like this one a lot, but perhaps not as much as their organic fruit beers--almost like a good English chaocalte candy bar in liquid form. It takes on a great chalky--but pleasant cocoa quality to it. A lot more choclate taste than stout taste but definately one to get again--especially in the cooler months.

Photo of Corey1978
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect desert beer. Great taste of Chocolate and malt silky rich goodness! Just the smell when you open the bottle give a great smell of sweet chocolate. If you dont like sweet over the top flavored beer then you will not like this beer. I feel they got everything about this right on. Just another great from Sam Smith!

Photo of jondeelee
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Organic Chocolate Stout opens to an aroma that is immediately reminiscent of milk chocolate - the kind that Dove or Cadbury uses, rich with sugar and milk, almost oozing sweetness; or like a glass of heavy cream into which a God’s ransom of Lindt Chocolate Syrup (if such a thing existed, sigh) had been stirred – with a shovelful or two of high-quality caramel, and extremely subtle contrasting whiffs of coffee. The beer smells far more like a five-star dessert than anything else: handmade chocolate ice cream with chocolate and caramel syrups drizzled over a handmade chocolate gooey brownie, with a handmade graham cracker crumbled over the top. In short, the beer is sweet, gooey (even on the nose), rich, and amazingly full. If a candy bar actually smelled as good as this beer does, I’d be a very fat man. This does, of course, mean that there’s not much beer smell here, despite the fact that it’s a stout, but the incredible chocolaty aromas pretty much make up for it. If anything, however, the beer is too sweet, being off-balanced, and in need of another aroma to bring things back to reality.

On the tongue, the flavors do prove a bit better balanced, though the primary notes are still sweet milk chocolates, heavy on lactose and sugar and cream, and the beer is instantly reminiscent of handmade chocolate milk – the kind bought from a ‘50s diner, or reinvented by a five-star restaurant. The subtle contrasting notes include bits of pecan, as well as light coffee, and even a faint ashy presence, though this is fairly far down. Threads of chocolate liqueur add an alcoholic layer, though very lightly so, the 5% ABV barely announcing its presence. Faint bits of graham cracker add some bready notes. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though as the sugars die off a few bitter ashy, bready, and even faintly piney notes do appear, somewhat spoiling things by clashing with the chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, it’s difficult to imagine more chocolate flavor crammed into a beer, and if that’s the sort of thing you’re after, then this should be on your must-try list. It would also make an excellent dessert beer, or an ingredient in a good dessert or, perhaps, mole sauce. As a stout, though, it’s very sweet, and hardly any of the stout flavors come through, making things seem off-balance.

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. Code on bottle neck says SL14L1.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with some hints of ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of beige head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and dark chocolate forward malty aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of cocoa nibs and dark and milk chocolate. Hints of coffee, vanilla, lactose, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, yeast, and nuts. A considerable scent of sweet syrup and brown sugar. Subtle earthy and grassy hops in the background. Also a dark rum like scent of booze that adds to the sweetness. Smells like a decadent dessert.

Taste: Like its smells, a sweet and decadent dark taste of chocolate dark malts. Dark roasted malts with a huge taste of sweet dark and milk chocolate with cocoa nibs. Also tasting notes of cream, vanilla, lactose milk, and coffee along with notes of toast, grains, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Added sweetness from maple syrup and some brown sugar along with some notes of dark rum like taste. Hops are pretty subtle with a little earthy grass towards the finish. A pretty good sweet stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly sticky and syrupy but with a good creamy smoothness.

Overall: A very good chocolate forward milk/sweet stout. Good chocolate dessert sweetness that avoids becoming too cloying.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 550ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired some time back from Trembling Madness in York. A stout brewed with organic cocoa extract.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intensely sweet milk chocolate with hints of roasted malt, vanilla, sugar, faint dried fruit and earthy yeast. Seriously chocolaty but rather nice.

Tastes of sweet chocolate and mild roasted malt, with a subtle bitter finish. Notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, sugar, faint dried fruit and earthy yeast. No hop character to speak of. Pretty sugary, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation and good body. An aftertaste of sweet milk chocolate, faint roasted malt and sugar.

Not bad - plenty of chocolate presence but overly sweet. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour have a ton of sugary chocolate going on. This dominates all else and verges on the cloying. Decent body; could be a shade creamier. Drinkable enough but overdoes the sweetness in my opinion. A drier, slightly more bitter character would enhance the flavour. Still, worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany colored with a finely bubbled head of light brown that lingers long. Aroma of sweet cocoa, slightly powdery. Initially sweet chocolate flavor, but not cloying, slight fruity note, moderate bitterness, slight toasty acrid finish. Full mouthfeel, finishes dry, slightly tannic. Good beer overall, nice addition to the Sammy Smith lineup, and one of the top chocolate stouts IMO.

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I never give out a 5 for taste but, thid is literally the best chocolate stout I have ever had. Totally recomend it. I only wish it had a higher alch% to pick a con.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a mug from a bomber. The pour resulted in an oily black liquid with a good amount of lovely tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving delicate lacing. It smells like chocolate syrup: absolutely delicious and tantalizing to the taste buds. Mouthfeel is very smooth although slightly bubbly. Taste is sweet with a bitter chocolate taste, with a smooth coffee finish. Overall, this is a wonderful stout and entirely enjoyed.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this beer is essentially Rogue Chocolate Stout, but more affordable and in 12oz four packs. Score. Pours out a brown liquid, light beige head on the top, the cocao nibs don't really allow for much in the way of head retention, lacing etc. . .

Aroma is chocolate, and big on it. Its not really a dark chocolate vibe, more of a lighter variety. But its tons of chocolate. The flavor profile is rather simple: tons of chocolate, some chocolate malt, an average amount of two row, alcohol kept low, a really good sessionable chocolate stout. Good stuff. Easily jumps to the top of the list in terms of my favorite imported beer. Very smooth, hardly any bitterness to it. A little caramel running through it melds quite nicely.

These guys have never come out with a new beer in my drinking lifetime, its nice to finally see a new addition to the portfolio, which was already good, this one might be my favorite. I'd stay away if you don't like sweet chocolate, but if you fancy yourself as a chocolate and beer fan, this is a must try.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black body light tan head leaves a fine evenly dispersed head coated around the sides of my chalice. Aroma milk chocolate all day, the lactose infusion combined with the organic chocolate sends this one to the Milky Way in Nestle/Hershey terms of course. Perceived sweetness on the nose did somebody just milk a cow? Tame English stout with semi sweet cream laden chocolate notes, not the worst or the best but damn tasty stout in a dessert kind of way. Mouthfeel is one word: creamy medium to light bodied ample even flowing carbonation not bad nothing cloying in the finish. Overall a tasty albeit a bit gimmicky beer, I'm good for one too dessert like for more not overly decadent but a nice cream/sweet stout balanced out with some semi sweet bitter dark chocolate additions.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of frankiepop
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Organic Chocolate Stout is an Amazing stout. Dark enough beer with a beautiful sturdy chocolate milk colored head.

Amazing strong chocolate aromas. Reminds me of chocolate chip ice cream.

The taste is superb. Rich chocolaty with an almost like a cinnamon like flavor too. Sweet. Chocolate chip ice cream comes to mind again. Bigger sweeter chocolate flavors than even Rogues Chocolate Stout. Organic Chocolate Stout is certainly sweeter.

Certainly, this is a new favorite for me. At least this stout will hold a special place in one's heart as a unique and wonderful beer for special times. For example this might make be a nice Valentine's gift instead of a sucky box of chocolates for that dark beer lover.

Quite fizzy beer. More fizz than I would like, but easy to swallow and smooth. Just right for this beer though. Some might recommend this beer to be paired with the Jazz 60s classic Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage. I on the otherhand may prefer this to be paired with that classic of the 80s by Sade 'Smooth Operator.' Black but not too dark, romantic, sultry, sexy, and mellow.

Bon Voyage!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy tan head that last a good spell.

S- The big nougat chocolate syrup aroma dominates and covers any other possible aromas.

T- The taste of cream gives way to a big hershey’s syrup and chocolate nougat flavor with some tootsie roll hints leading to a slightly dry finish. The hershey’s syrup flavor lingers after the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This is like drinking carbonated hershey’s syrup. The stout flavors are overpowered and don’t even come through the artificial chocolate flavor. It was tough getting through this beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer right out of the bottle and that's mostly due to the cap. The liquid is dark brown in color and slightly hazed but the head is fine, fluffy and perfect. Think about a spongy capucino lid on this brew. Excellent.

The nose is equally as impressive. Rich sweet chocolate and lovely roasted grains. It's smooth and delightful, I can't wait to get into this beer.

Mother of god this is a tasty beverage. It's like drinking a smooth velvety chocolate bar that'll get you drunk. A sweet stout with a roasted grain backbone. A joy to sip everytime I put the glass to my lips.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body add to the slick feel. The beer also coats your tongue with its smoothness. A fantastic brew that is flavorful, beautiful and amazing to drink. Find this beer!

Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout's got a good look. It's thick in the traditional sense, not a big motor oil-looking stout but a stout nonetheless. It's not black but it is very dark, some brown in the edges but with a heavy hue to the body. On top. a light tan head grows and rests at just over one finger. Retention is good, and there's a solid amount of patchy lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass.
Not too subtle but without screaming too loudly, this is a chocolatey beer. Very nicely crafted, the milky chocolate sweetness isn't too sugary and melds with the toasty, very slightly roasty character of the base stout very well. A bit of creamy, milky, almost whipped-cream sweetness coincides with the chocolate. It's smooth, and ultimately some notes of vanilla are out front with just the slightest touch of somthing a little dryer underneath.
A full-bodied beer, it has a certain robustness to it, though it isn't at the heavier end by any means. it's pretty smooth, though, with just enough carbonation and very light crispness that's good for a stout.

Photo of samtrillo
2.75/5  rDev -35%

I love chocolate stouts and have heard and read nothing but good things about this beer. I hate to say I was rather disappointed. For a beer labeling itself organic all I could think of was fake!

The chocolate is too overpowering. Too sweet and artificial tasting. It gives the impression that they poured chocolate syrup into the vat. There isn't much from the malt to add any complexity or roasted notes on its own, everything is from the chocolate they added.

I had this experience with Young's. Compared to that, Sam's is a bit better. It's probably a good started chocolate stout for someone not into beer.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,517 ratings.