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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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1,876 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 88
Gots: 223 | FT: 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

weaselchew, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Efay
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%

A- Black body with a head of light brown foam head. The head is about two fingers of foam, with great retention. There is not much lacing at all with this beer.

S- Probably the best smelling beer I have ever tried. There's a pleasant smell of vanilla, with some light baker's chocolate and some sweetness that I cannot define, probably the lactose. Smells like a chocolate milkshake.

T- Can taste the chocolate malt that gives some light initial bitterness, as well as some light chocolate that mellows out the bitterness from the malt. There are also some hops that make the finish bitter, but not too bitter as the sweet lactose works with the hops.

M- Sadly, very light and thin to me. For this style I enjoy more thickness. Very sticky and moderate carbonation.

O- One of my top chocolate stouts. Just extremely tasty and great a desert beer. They definitely hit the mark with the aroma, but I wish it was a little more robust in flavor. If more breweries were making milk stouts like this, I feel like they would be more popular.

Efay, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mothman, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Saw this at Gary's up in Wayne and I was short of packs here at the house, so I grabbed four of these. I didn't know what the appeal was with the organic aspect of this but I love every beer that I've ever had from Samuel Smith's and this was no exception to this. Most of the Stouts that I've had lately seemed to be caught up in an arms race to see which can be the hoppiest, boldest, and strongest, but this one had such a nice understated aspect to it that it just may be my new favorite for this style!

Nice pour to this, with a dark hue and lighter head that contrasted nicely with the liquid, reminding me of a good chocolate mousse. Lots of milk and power chocolate to the nose with a hint of lactose that was a bit stronger in the taste. This was neither sticky nor bitter, and the roasted, espresso notes that tend to characterize Stouts were not to be found here. Instead, this felt like an egg cream without the whip cream, because of how smooth and silky this beer was. Very little hops and no alcohol to be detected here, it almost felt as if I took a Ghirardelli bar and melted it into some farm-fresh milk. The alkali wasn't here but there's just a bit o power-like residue that seems to be present here, in the taste and not in the mouthfeel.

Thought I only had one of these at a time, this would be great to enjoy as a dessert unto itself, one after another. At no time did this feel like beer because the alcohol never made itself known and the creaminess hit whatever booze was present in this beer. While it will never measure up to the heavier Stouts, the organic nature of this comes through because of how natural this tasted and felt. It calls for some milk chocolate bars or truffles to go with it but why ruin a good thing? This is one of those beers that's a meal unto itself and doesn't need anything hard to ruin the pure enjoyment that it offers.

JerzDevl2000, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

acjones, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

2GOOFY, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Nose is heavily leaning to cream soda with notions of vanilla, cocoa and molasses brimming forth as well.

On the pour it is average darkness hued with moderate translucency around the edges and a ho hum head that disappears quicker than I would have thought.

Sweetened dark chocolate and cocoa are the first foremost frontrunners, flavor wise. Roasted caramel is just a faint echo somewhere in the background.

Not incredibly thick in the mouth which in this case I call a good thing. I think we all tend to get sort of accustomed to chocolate stouts with that thick oatmeal backing, and here's proof that that's not a necessity.

Overall this is very pleasing sip after sip. Sweet and heavy on chocolate without being unrefined. It's nice to have a chocolate stout that is unabashedly one yet manages to stay endearing and never obnoxious.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Mar 24, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Deep ebony body, crowned by a dense, cloud-top head, with Belgian-type lacing. The head retains quite well.

Aroma: Profound note of sweet chocolate in the aroma, rather like cocoa. There are notes of vanilla, as well, and a suggestion of milk.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of sweet chocolate. As the taste progresses, there are mild toasted grain notes, and as in the aroma, notes of vanilla and milk. That being said, the sweet chocolate flavor dominates the taste from start to finish. There is a little, mild hop bitterness at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice dessert beer, pairs very well with chocolate-based desserts.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom embossed 550ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purhased at World Market in March of 2013 for $5.49/bbl.

Pegasus, Mar 24, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%

Organic Chocolate Stout pours a black color, with a nice sized tan head. There is a strong chocolate aroma. The taste contains lots of chocolates, and hints of hops bite throughout the taste. A bit of a funky aftertaste, but good full flavor. Overall a nice interesting chocolate stout with a bit of a bite in it.

vette2006c5r, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

jlindros, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

cmonfradi, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

freeHorizon, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Stalinski, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Ristaccia, Mar 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

NOLANDMAN, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

guillemiro, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

LucindaB, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Lugenbeast, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

AndrewBV, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%

This pours a very dark brown color with a foamy, light brown head. The aroma is sweet with chocolate and malt. The taste is robust and fairly light from lots of carbonation. It finishes very sweet leaving a lingering chocolate taste. This certainly leaves a different taste than beers brewed with cocoa. Overall, this was a pretty good desert style stout.

Lemke10, Mar 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

PERFECT JUST PERFECT TRIED ALL OTHERS THIS ONE. IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST TASTING CHOCOLATE STOUT OUT THERE BEST TASTE. BEST SMELL BEST FLAVOR THIS ONE HAS IT ALL AND HOPEFULLY ITS NOT JUST SEASONAL LOVE IT LOVE IT DONT CHANGE A THING SAMUEL SMITHS THANK YOU

phillyrich, Mar 18, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with two fingers worth of lingering tan head. Fair amount of patchy lace.

Smell- Strong aroma of chocolate.

Taste- Milk chocolate flavor with the faintest hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and very smooth. Very light amount of carbonation which goes great with this beer.

Overall- Fantastic beer! This is what all chocolate stouts and ales should aspire to. This definitely my new favorite.

scratch69, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

chaint, Mar 17, 2013
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.