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

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rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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 (443 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,632 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,414 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of milk chocolate and maltiness. A touch of bitterness added some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good milk stout. Another tasty brew from Samuel Smith's. (443 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (632 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a snifter glass. A big “Thank you” goes out to ybnorml for sharing this beer with me.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong milk chocolate and roasted malts; simplistic and pleasant.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong and rich milk chocolate flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice chocolaty beer to drink for a long time. (802 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, very dark essentially pitch black beer.

Nose is just all chocolate, candy chocolate, milk choc mostly, like Hershey candy bar, sine light cocoa nibs and bakers choc, hint of vanilla with it, little caramel, not much else.

Taste starts with creamy choc again, milk choc, little bakers choc, again that candy bar choc with lush melting choc, but also a little fake choc kinda taste, and a bit of a make syrup kinda thing as well, a bit strange. Light honey malt flavor, little caramel and candy syrup. A light earthy hop flavor and bitterness to. Finish is drier, little sticky though, lots if lingering cheap choc flavor, light earthy bittering hops.

Mouth is med bodied bit creamy and bit syrupy, fluffy carb.

Overall not bad but harder for new to drink since its pretty much just cheaper end chocolate candy bar flavor and very little beer, bust still tasty as a dessert. (967 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Holy Hound, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me. Poured chilled into two tulips.

The color is deep brown/almost black with quick dissipating tan cap. There is an almost syrup like cocoa aroma with chocolate truffle and chocolate chip cookie aroma to this stout with a hint of black cavendish tobacco in the background. The feel is good with tinges of malt with sweet overal feel w/ very mild bitterness and relatively light carbonation

The flavor is densely chocolate up front with mild roasted grain and fruity yeast tinged taste with slight nutty element from the malt and cocoa with some mild tangy yeast and light hop spice late in the taste with gentle vanilla accent. Overall a great english stout, a style I am fond of and the cocoa comes forward with emphasisa good choice for those who enjoy chocolate flavored ales (856 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way back, years and years ago, I remember picking up a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout in Honolulu on a particular day. Clearly, it was a day cemented into my memory. That is about how long it's been since I've tried something from this brewery.

Very strong cocoa nose on this one. Flavor is heavy, in my face, cocoa laden chocolate. I put strong emphasis on the cocoa bit as it's quite pronounced. Probably a bit too much, honestly, as I would like a bit more actual chocolate character on the mix. But I can live with this. Definitely bringing something beyond the typical. (571 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers tan head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

S: Rich chocolate, vainilla & caramel

T: Chocolate, slight caramel notes powdery dryness up front with a whisper of charred grain. More chocolate, slight bitterness as this warms, a bit of pecan too, some dulce leche
also. Finishes sweet, slightly dry just a little coffee

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, become creamier as this warms

I really enoyed this, more of a dessert beer very drinkable. Might pair well with spicy foods as well, wouldn't mind trying it with some curry (568 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/9/2012. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and slight earthy hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of sweet malty notes. Taste of cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and light hop earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, cream, toffee, caramel, toast, light roast, and light hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity of malt notes; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sweet stout. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of sweet flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,234 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a rich creamy tan head that leaves wispy lacing.

Smells chocolatey - a mix of baker's chocolate and milk chocolate.

Sweet and bitter cocoa/chocolate soon becomes powdery. A sour milk tang gives it a kick. Some alcohol is noticeable.

It has a creamy, full body that is not too thick.

It has strong characteristics of sweet stout and milk stout with cocoa powder, so fits style well-enough. It does have a tang to it. It started off chilled, and became smoother as it sat and reached (near) room temperature. It started off fine, and became more enjoyable as it progressed, landing the overall score a half-point higher than I was going to give it after the first half. Worth the buy if you like English Milk/Sweet Stouts! (747 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and light cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized medium thick patches, a thick film covering the entire remaining surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of chocolate milk, cocoa, and Hershey's syrup.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of chocolate milk with some moderate notes of cocoa and some light to moderate flavors of Hershey's syrup. Light amounts of sweetness that lingers.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I really enjoyed this beer but it reminds me a bit of drinking Swiss Miss hot chocolate or Hershey's chocolate milk without quite as much lactose/milk sweetness. Easy to drink because of the lower ABV and lighter body. (979 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into a pub style glass. Big thanks go to pmsawyer for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours dark brown in color with a rich khaki froth atop about a finger strong that holds fairly decent leaving some stringy patches of lace sticking to the glass. Around the edges, some lighter brown clarity is seen.

The aroma is rich with cacao nibs coupled with a sweetness almost like lactose or splenda. There is a faint roasted grain aspect across the back that mingles with a scent that is quite reminiscent of something along the lines of root beer or cola. While cold this brew smells pretty nice, as it warms up it gets a little disjointed.

The flavor really drives home the chocolate with flavors of earthen cacao mixed with milk chocolate powder. The overall chocolate aspect is persistent throughout the experience but sadly the enjoyment is a bit short-lived. Instead of chocolate being a supporting role, it is seemingly candy-like and the follow-through is more like cola than stout. Some suggestions of vanilla are hinted in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew that is overall just strange. They certainly nailed the chocolate aspect but the sweetness seems artificial and unbalanced overall. I was very anxious to try this beer and I am very appreciate for the chance to try this Pete. However, it just didn't deliver like I have come to expect from other Samuel Smith brews. (1,413 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy Samuel Smith beers, so was excited to pick up one of these to try.

The beer appears black with a thick, dense foamy head. A mouth watering appearance, really. Chocolate hits the nose right away. Sweet milk chocolate, chocolate milk, roast chocolate milk shake. You get the idea. Perhaps the beer is one dimensional to some degree, but damn, this is tasty. Light to medium in body. Creamy smooth feel on the palate. A must try for those who enjoy chocolate and beer. A beautiful marriage of the two. Impressive. (526 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I scored the last bottle in the cooler at The Fridge last night. I did not realize that it was a limited release, but I have reviewed most of their other beers and I definitely wanted to get this one in also.

From the bottle: "Brewed with water from the original brewery well sunk in 1758, the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors 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."; Captioning a picture: "A brewer caring for a batch of ale during open primary fermentation,where the centuries-old Smith yeast strain produces the rocky white foam."; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."

My pour produced a finger of dense, mocha-tan head with great retention. I was mesmerized while watching it slowly fall on top of itself. Nose was definitely sweet chocolate, probably much sweeter than I will care for, but we shall see. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. Mouthfeel was more medium than creamy and the flavor was more like chocolate extract or chocolate liqueur than any chocolate beer that I can remember. Finish continued to have an odd sweetness to its chocolaty flavor. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but it is not leading to either a) smiles or b) refills. (1,615 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a thin, brown head that has good retention

S - huge chocolate aroma, pure cocoa and bittersweet chocolate

T - also huge chocolate and cocoa flavors, some faint roasted malts, some very faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, creamy, faintly crisp, well carbonated

This was delicious! It was incredibly chocolatey with a full-flavor and fantastic drinkability. I was very impressed by this beer. On top of all that it has a low enough ABV to make it sessionable. This is definitely a stout I would buy again. (544 characters)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.