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

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Ratings: 2,108
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 109
Gots: 317 | FT: 3
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012)
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

xacidx, Today at 02:38 AM
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550 ml Bottle

Poured into a true pint Squatters glass a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy one-finger head, which did leave some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, with some chocolate notes and some really sweet vanilla thrown in. The taste is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee, and slight coffee, and some nice vanilla notes. Medium body, with a very nice sweet/dry finish. Overall a very nice brew, surprised me. I would definitely buy again.

Wasatch, Yesterday at 09:51 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Draesith, Saturday at 05:53 PM
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4.84/5  rDev +15%

seib, Saturday at 12:38 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

s4s, Saturday at 02:54 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

brightleafhops, Saturday at 02:08 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Enjoyed this at Sidebar in Louisville. Just the right amount of sweetness with a nice finish. A great dessert beer.

CycleDad, Saturday at 01:37 AM
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

I only have one word Yum this beer was all a milk stout should be.smoth silky and delicious bought at Costco

AdrianAltine, Saturday at 01:14 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

lillitnn92, Friday at 09:18 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

maxcoinage, Friday at 03:41 AM
Photo of Greasy
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Darkness. Not pitch black, holding it up to the light gives is a cola like hue. 2 fingers of a tan head that stayed around long enough to make an impression.

S: Nice. Tons of chocolate. Reminds me of chocolate syrup.

T: Follows the nose well. Chocolate dominates the taste buds. Similar to a whopper malted milk ball. A little roasted malt flavor peeks through the chocolate blanket. Delicious. not overly sweet. In the very back is that faint metallic taste that most other Samuel Smith's brews have. No alcohol whatsoever.

M: A little thin. carbonation is nice.

O: This beer is really, really good. I will definitely drink this again.

Greasy, Friday at 03:15 AM
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

tappangordo, Friday at 02:40 AM
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4.8/5  rDev +14%

This is a great beer. One of my favorites.

dditto2, Thursday at 03:00 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

samtrillo, Thursday at 10:32 AM
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Vincev27, Thursday at 06:06 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

WeymouthMike, Thursday at 02:56 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kmeinel, Tuesday at 10:48 PM
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked SG28N1 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of chocolate
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer with arcs of thick lacing.
Lacing good – thick arcs of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor predominantly slightly bitter chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25 Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Ozzylizard, Nov 18, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4%

TeddyRyan, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

gibgink, Nov 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jeffleepa, Nov 17, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

JasW, Nov 16, 2014
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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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