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

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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 119
Gots: 383 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thick swaths of foam form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same with an intense chocolate aftertaste. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a satisfying chocolate flavor.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate syrup and chocolate milk in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of milk chocolate and cocoa power along with some hints of sweetness. It's a bit like Hershey's chocolate syrup but is much diluted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little fluffy and creamy (like a milkshake) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: After much pondering, this beer most reminds me of drinking some chocolate milk (without the heavy dose of lactose) or a good glass of hot chocolate. Nevertheless, it is packed with lots of chocolate flavors but is relatively light-bodied and easy to drink.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent dark chocolate color with an impressive head that sticks a bunch of lacing

Smell: Rich chocolate, coconut and vanilla

Taste: Tastes like a milk chocolate candy bar, with hints of coconut and vanilla to add another dimension to the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A great dessert beer; not something to drink in a large quantity due to the sweetness, however

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about the seductive nature of chocolate that lulls the taste buds under its spell and makes it easy to dismiss any unpleasantries elsewhere in the beer. Yep, I'm guilty as charged!

The pour delivers a solid brown and slightly viscous appearance with a creamy whipped topping of mocha-stained foam. As the cap collapses underneath the cocoa oils, intricate patterns of lace decorate the glass with a full mural of randomness.

Aromas of straight-up chocolate fills the nose first and foremost. It's not until the beer warms that it starts to share more moderate notes of caramel malt, whipping cream, coffee, wood and hops; even if these remain in the backdrop and scent.

The chocolaty flavors are just as forward as they are in scent. Sheer chocolate wraps the tastebuds in a cocoon of silky, velvety, and milky delight- all spiced with the seductive cocoa bean. The taste displays more of a bittersweet chocolate taste than the more moderate aromas of milk chocolate and shares slightly bolder nutty coffee, vanilla, and woodish bitterness, particularly in the timid closure.

Medium-full in texture, the beer's silky smooth mouthfeel is sultry, velvety, and lightly creamy from early palate to late. Only a slight waivering into malt sweetness that seems mildly cola like signals the closure to the beer's taste as mild cocoa-type bitterness elevates.

This is one of those delicious beers that makes you forget that you are drinking beer. Its dessert like flavors and sweetnesses transcend everything you wanted in ale, yet remains highly drinkable and enjoyable- much like hot cocoa on a snowy winters eve.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this just out of pure curiosity, it sounded good so I figured what not try it. The beer poured out as a very deep brown color. It's got a decent looking head on top. Not much retention but it does have some sticky lacing which is impressive. The smell of the beer is chocolate which is good, it's a soft milky cocoa aroma and not overly sweet at all. The taste again is full of soft cocoa flavors, it's got a moderate bitterness in the finish but the flavor itself is very easy going. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, the carbonation is a little high but remains very drinkable. Overall it's a really good chocolate stout. This was very surprising.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle - $3.49 at Lucky's in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Near black body with a tall, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts, though, it's largely a scent of chocolate syrup. It's odd, I've found a few of the chocolate beer scents a bit repellent, but others I've found to be just fine and dandy. This is one of those fine and dandy times.

Taste: Roasted, toasted maltiness, really just enough of a scaffolding to hold the chocolate flavoring. Maybe a faint fruitiness. Maybe. Mostly just a sweet, chocolaty thing, like those Hostess cupcakes minus the white swirls.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Hits the spot, if you're looking for a pleasing chocolaty dessert beer.

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

550ml bottle, strangely only available at Top's Liquor on Whyte Ave in my town.

This beer pours a deep, dark cola-tinted chestnut brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, cushioned, and mildly frothy ecru head, which leaves a bit of palm tree lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells like a chocolate ice cream milkshake, the experience leavened somewhat by a bready maltiness that still could be associated more with with Pop's of Archie Comics fame than any real-world brewing concern, with a bit of caramel Mars Bar added in for shits and giggles. The taste is still pretty sweet on the milk chocolate malt front, with a nice biscuity graininess sidling along, a touch of candy-bar toffee, store-brand chocolate ice cream, and rather weak earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is duly present, but mostly perfunctory and innocuous, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and near-perfectly smooth and creamy. It finishes still pretty sweet, the milk chocolate essence continuing its large and in charge prevalence.

While I appreciate chocolate as much as the next person, this offering just comes across as a little too much like a dessert, from convenience store or pâtisserie, it doesn't matter - what does, though, is the lack of balancing stout bitterness that might round this thing out. Tasty, and enjoyable for a spell, I suppose, but a certain region of my tongue tires quickly of it.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great chocolate stout, especially at under 5 bucks a bottle. the pour is nearly black in color, impenetrable to light, with about an inch of tan head. the nose is incredibly chocolatey, not dark chocolate, not cocoa powder, but pure delicious milk chocolate, like a candy bar or something, very sweet, and the roasty malt behind it adds a nice depth to the smell. the flavor is also extremely chocolatey, maybe moreso than any other beer ive had, including the youngs double chocolate. in fact, i taste little else. its very sweet, almost too much so, and sits funny in the stomach as a result. my only real complaint with this. to me it was a bottle that had to be shared, just couldnt take all the residual sugar. but the chocolate flavor is as authentic and prominent as it gets in a beer, so extra credit for that. full body, sticky sweet, minimal carbonation, velvety texture. a great beer overall. i guess you cant have a chocolate beer without the sweetness if you want it to taste like milk chocolate, this does an excellent job of getting those flavors across, but once a year is enough for me on this one.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

When I saw the name Samuel Smith placed next to the words "Chocolate Stout", I knew I had to pounce. This stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger-and-a-half of light tan foam. The nose is a blast of straight Cocoa Puffs-esque chocolatey-ness. I'm hooked already, waiting to be reeled in. The taste runs similarly, opting for a baking chocolate route, one that winds from overt sweetness to a dusty bitterness. Frankly, my tongue may have been overwhelmed by chocolate a bit, as my reaction was surprisingly not altogether positive. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine chocolate stout, though it verges on too much. Verges, but doesn't drop off the brink.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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