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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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Reviews: 522
Hads: 2,898
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 28.16%
Wants: 215
Gots: 794 | FT: 4
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

Not very stout, but certainly chocolaty. Sweet, with a little bit of a lingering, but pleasant, aftertaste. I'd consider it a dessert beer. Definitely not something you'd drink with a hearty meal, but then again it is chocolate.

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Photo of London1985
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best chocolate stout iv'e ever had. The smell, the flavour, the mouth feel. Everything perfect. I'll go back to this again and again.

Like chocolate milk.

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big chocolate impression on the aroma and taste....minerally water gives this a unique flavor and texture....not a big stout or even creamy bodied...drinks very easy.......light to medium body...some light black licorice notes.....unique and enjoyable but not one I would buy again....prefer Young's over this but kind of apples and oranges...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split between a few tumblers.

Pours black with a biggish light brown head. Medium to low carbonation. Smell is super chocolatey. I barely get anything else -- maybe a little coffee, but mostly just chocolate.

Taste is chocolate shake. I want to put vanilla ice cream in this.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Overall, tasty.

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Photo of KennyJames
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Although I am new to the beer world. When first opening this organic chocolate stout. Immediately I can smell the deep dark chocolate and a slight coffee hint.
Pouring in the glass the body is very dark almost black in color, the head a very nice tan color that lingers for quite a few minutes. A little remnants linger along the side of the glass.
When first tasting this i immediately am struck with a strong dark chocolate flavor. It is almost hard to detect a coffee flavor but i think it is slightly present. Now the fun part, although the beer has a strong and dark chocolate tasteyou wouldn't expect the beer to have a sweetness to it but it certainly does so it is very pleasant to drink. This would make a wonderful after dinner beer. I would definitely buy another bottle of this.

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Photo of 49ers
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Wow i thought i had some good chocolate stouts in my past but this is hands down my favorite to date. It's as smooth as it's gets and the only reason it's not a 5 rating is because it's only 5% abv. Very sweet but no sugary sweet more chocolate milky sweet. I think it resembles a cold hot chocolate.

Very flavorful not heavy easy drinking, great for those who don't want a heavy stout or high alcohol content. Every women that has tried it has loved it. Cheers.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Pours a deep brown color and develops a nice one - finger head that, upon dissipation, leaves a nice caramel colored layer of froth behind.

S: The aroma of Hot chocolate with a touch of spice, a cinnamon note on the finish.

T: This is an all - out chocolate stout, through and through. There is a hint of spice. A vanilla finish follows the taste of roasted malt....but all of this is hidden behind a wall of decadent chocolate.

F: Nice and thick, a creaminess that sticks to the mouth. A proper level of carbonation brings it all together.

O: This beer is amazing. If you like good beer and chocolate this is guaranteed to be a home run. It's like a brownie in a bottle.

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Photo of magpieken
5/5  rDev +19.3%

550ml bottle. Pours a very deep brown, almost black colour with a ruby tinge when held up to the light. Dark tan head but left absolutely no lacing. Powerfully enticing aroma of milk chocolate, mocha and vanilla. Smells great. Deliciously sweet, chocolatey taste with only a hint of bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, low carbonation, long finish. A chocolate stout that provides a massive chocolate hit. Bottled chocolate. WOW!!!

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of interzen
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

Look: Murky brown - looks like it was pulled from a swamp. If you're expecting opaque black stoutness then you're in the wrong place. Creamy head which leaves some lacing.

Smell: You know how it's called 'Chocolate Stout'? They ain't kidding - chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. This smells like hot chocolate with added fruit and malt, there's even a certain 'milkiness' about the smell. Absolutely divine.

Taste: It tastes like it smells - fruity hot chocolate, with a slightly earthy, hoppy aftertaste. It doesn't taste like a beer at all, much less a stout, but in a very good way. Quite sweet, but not excessively so.

Feel: Seriously smooth. Despite looking like swamp water and smelling like a bedtime drink this stout has a wonderfully creamy feel which slips down perfectly. Imagine chocolate brownies liquified and fermented and you're probably not far off.

Overall: Sam Smiths cop a lot of flak for their business practices but with very few exceptions their beers are all absolutely top notch. For me, the chocolate stout is ahead of the pack by a country mile, with only the Imperial Stout coming anywhere close. The combination of the amazing chocolate aroma and taste make this a world class brew.

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Photo of predikit
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours deep deep brown, settles in the glass black, yields a thick brown head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells like rich chocolate.

This is a dessert no doubt, sweet, roasted chocolate, it's like a chocolate maker and brewer fused together to make this brew.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, almost no noticeable alcohol presence.

Definitely a great after dinner drink.

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Photo of avwrite
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Yummmy. Great chocolate taste and easy flavor makes this a great treat, especially during the holiday. Comes out dark, but isn't to heavy on the stomach. Taste lasts, and its robust and a bit sweet. I loved it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Greasy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of samtrillo
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev -4.5%

The chocolate in this beer is too overt for my taste as a straight beer, but this is one of the best beers for beerfloats. Just add vanilla ice cream to either this or Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Dry stouts like Guinness also work, but the chocolate stouts with added cocoa, like this one work best.

Overall, this is one of the best examples of a chocolate stout with cocoa and is well made, even if the resulting beer is sweeter and more chocolaty than I would prefer.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours with about 1/2 finger of tan, mottled head, which dissipates quickly to a film. No apparent bubbles. Dark mahogany color, light just gets through. Vanilla, butterscotch, cocoa, tobacco aroma, with cherry and roasted malt too. Primarily a sweet taste, with just a hint of sour and a little bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A lovely beer - why do I want to have a Manhattan now?

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Photo of jmbranum
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AR 5 Ap 4.5 F 4.75 MF 5 OA 4.75

I thought that I knew what a chocolate stout was supposed to taste like. It is a style that I enjoy but that is fairly predictable --- a semi-dry stout with a little bit of chocolate in the background. But this is something else, all together.

I poured it from a bomber into a wine glass (it is what I had handy) and immediately picked up incredible cocoa aroma, along with some malty sweetness. It pours a clear dark brown (almost black) with a light tan head.

The flavor is chocolately, extremely chocolately. Lots and lots of cocoa. There is nothing subtle about it at all, but I kinda like it for the contrast with the more understated chocolate stouts. Mostly sweet at first but it dries out for the finish. Exquisitely smooth mouthfeel, downright creamy. A lingering bitterness on the tongue.

This beer was a delight. Completely unexpected. I will be looking for this one in the future. It is a bit sweeter than I normally prefer from a stout but I liked it none the less.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearamce: pours muddy dark brown, off white foamy head

Smell: expresso, hint of cocoa, dried raisin, chocolate milk

Taste: semi sweet cocoa, hint of coffee, hint of dried fruit at the end with a fairly clean finish

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth and almost like milk with enough carbonation to provide body and prevent it from being syrupy.

Overall a not-too-sweet chocolate stout, good beer to sip with desert; as it warms, one can detect more woody, nutty flavors and hint of smoke. Great beer, and I wouldn’t hesitate to try some of the other offerings by Samuel Smith.

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Photo of Prairiephoenix
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Like drinking chocolate cake. I poured this at a beer tasting and ran out in short order. Color is deep and dark. Nose is full. Flavor and body are think ad chocolate like thin chocolate cake batter. Would do well through an infuser with raspberrys.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nigh on black with a tiny, tan head that drops to a mere film at a rather rapid pace. Some transparency around the edges with the color of root beer to it.
Smell is amazing! Rich, sweet, chocolate, vanilla, and faintly roasted malt notes. Vanilla is the lead but the support is solid and and balanced. My mouth is watering after just the first whiff.
Taste is sweet, vanilla, chocolate, a light note of roasted malt, a mere whiff of smoky wood. Vanilla is strongest here as well but delightfully so. The chocolate/vanilla mix of flavor reminds me of a Tootsie Roll, I like that. As it warms, some notes of pepper show up.
Effervescence is very restrained. Body is medium, maybe a touch more. Warming even when the liquid is still cold. Best organic beer I've had and damned fine regardless.

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Photo of TooGood
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with an immense, but quickly vanishing head. The smell is strongly of dark unsweetened cocoa powder and a slight hint of vanilla. The taste is similar with the dark cocoa powder taking main stage. The mouth feel is incredible, velvety on the tongue and quite rich and full. Overall a very solid beer, having one of these for dessert after a good meal is ideal.

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Photo of wedge6128
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Tolerable, but not for someone with a refined pallet for stouts. Some great stouts have hints of chocolate or coffee in them this one steps it up 10 notches with an almost overpowering malty chocolate taste, it is certainly not subtle or a hint of it. It slaps you in the face with malty sugarless cocoa flavor.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours black with a two finger eggshell white head. The nose is rich with chocolate. It's sweet and nutty with hints of vanilla and a little roastiness. The flavor is superb. Very nutty, very big chocolate presence and very well balanced.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.