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

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
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Ratings: 1,715
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 158 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-02-2013 04:17:19 | More by kevgod
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-02-2013 01:36:04 | More by Sooch222
Photo of JEdmund


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like your standard stout—black body, off-white foamy head—but the aroma has the added bonus of chocolate! And they really nailed it. It’s a big, noticeable chocolate smell. Also some dry, pale malt, and bready/sweet notes to it.

Flavor is also strong on chocolate, though mainly through the front and mid-palate. Finish has a slight twang, making me think the water is imparting this unique character. Could also be the bittering hops adding something to dry out the end. Either way, there’s still a nice lingering chocolate flavor in my mouth. Body could be a little better; it’s just a bit thin and slightly over carbonated. I’d prefer it to be a bit fuller and smoother, much like their oatmeal stout.

Samuel Smith delivers on the chocolate, and for that I really enjoyed this beer. I’d like having this next to their oatmeal stout, as I think I’d prefer that over this. In a perfect world, they’d just add the chocolate to the oatmeal stout and call it good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 01:10:00 | More by JEdmund
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 19:36:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-01-2013 11:08:28 | More by jumbopanda
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a snifter. Dark brown, almost bordering on pitch black, with a massive two finger head that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma lives up to the name, it is chocolate all the way. Even though the aroma is almost one-note, it is very pleasing to the senses. It smells like liquid chocolate malt balls.
The aroma translates almost perfectly to the taste. Very chocolaty and malty beer. Hints of bitterness towards the finish.
Smooth, silky, luscious mouthfeel. A solid brew from Samuel Smiths.
I really enjoyed this stout and would recommend it strongly.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:25:12 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-01-2013 02:57:04 | More by Dweedlebug
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-31-2012 23:52:06 | More by Peg2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-30-2012 22:20:48 | More by bootdown21
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550ML bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- The darkest shade of brown and almost opaque. A finger of off white head that dissipates somewhat and leaves sticky multi level lacing.

Smell- Thick chocolate and coco. This is Hershey syrup in a bottle. Wow, such a faboulous smelling beer.

Taste- Heaps and heaps of Hershey chocolate with an awesome bitter sweet chocolate finish for great balancing! So Impressive, with a brewery that I expect to be impressive. Living up to your own created hype is one of the hardest things to do, yet they have done it again.

Mouthfeel- Just the littlest bit on the watery side but a nice amount of carbonation to make with a very very easy drinking stout.

Overall- About as impressed as I could be. Samuel Smith is seriously the boss daddy when it comes to stouts and porters. They show that you dont have to do complexity and can still hit a homerun!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:55:23 | More by BrownAleMale
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-30-2012 17:08:28 | More by jjd315
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a solid half inch oatmeal head that dissipates slowly, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, amaretto, and lightly roasted malt.

Flavor is also milk chocolate dominant, with notes of nutty almond, a hint of roast, booze, and light hints of dark fruits.

Body is moderate to full and slightly creamy, with carbonation on the low side.

Excellent dessert beer. Chocolate is over the top. Lacks roast malt acrid flavor. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:08:06 | More by barczar
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-30-2012 03:01:16 | More by OregonGrown7
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-29-2012 21:36:06 | More by jpd7374
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1.75/5  rDev -58.2%

12-29-2012 16:48:27 | More by imduffman
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-29-2012 06:49:21 | More by vanillacokaine
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4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown bordering on black but not quite. Pours slightly thinner than I guessed. Head is a beautiful light tan, as thick as you want, lasts forever, and full of rocky looking foam that sticks to the glass as it finally gives way.

Smells like a chocolate milk shake. The most chocolately smelling beer I've had yet, and it totally works. Not too sweet smelling, not too bitter smelling, just smells like chocolate.

A chocolate bomb explodes in your mouth. There's faint coffee notes, even some toffee, but all the rest is chocolate in just the right way to work for a beer. Tastes like a mild liqueur.

Totally creamy and smooth. Sweet, but not overly so. Just a smack of bitterness in the finish to wipe off the sticky sweetness from your tongue. Easy to drink, maybe too much so. Only 5% ABV so you can drink them all night long. Not terribly thick, but not too watery either.

Overall, it's something I'd could drink a lot of. It goes down easy and tastes like a chocolate shake. There's really nothing wrong with this except some may not consider it a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:52:55 | More by RickS95
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout pours out black with a fairly sizable head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing behind. The aroma is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The taste follows with an excellently rich and realistic chocolate flavor. There's just a bit of roasted malt and coffee backing it up. It manages to pull off the incredibly rich chocolate flavor without being too sweet. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. This is probably the best straight chocolate beer I've had. Chocoholics need to get at this one as fast as possible.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:02:46 | More by shand
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tall, densely creamy head. Beautifully rich chocolate aroma topped with some whipped cream. Not syrupy or fake or overdone, it just smells like a delicious dessert. Somewhat less singularly chocolaty than the aroma, the flavor is less sweet having a slight bitter roast to go along with milk chocolate and cocoa powder. A little dark fruit, vanilla, and a late tartness add to the experience. Smooth, medium body with a dry finish. Not too sweet at all. Well done...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:01:27 | More by wedge
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-28-2012 07:08:59 | More by zenithberwyn
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

12-28-2012 02:49:25 | More by AdamFleisner
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-28-2012 00:22:02 | More by discdueler
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's organic chocolate Stout

Poured from 550 ML bottle into CBS snifter. Serve slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown nearly black, with a big fluffy finger of mocha head. This settles to a dusting, and has some nice lacing.

S) The aroma is chocolate malt, milk chocolate, and cocoa powder. A bit of coffee bean as well. Really lots of chocolate....

T) The taste is very similar to the nose, but perhaps not quite as sweet. There's a bit of hops there at the end as well. Chocolatey aftertaste.

M) Medium bodied moderate carbonation, smooth and fairly creamy.

O) I've always enjoyed Samuel Smith's beers, and this is no exception. A real chocolatey treat, and I'm glad to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 21:22:20 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black beer. Head is almost four fingers high. Tan in color and very slow to recede.

Healthy chocolate aroma with both milk chocolate and dusty cocoa character. Touch of coffee malts and lactose. Light nuttiness. Nice sweet stout nose.

Very milky and chocolaty, but still has a touch of dark charred bitterness in the middle. I love that it's not over-the-top. Still clean and malty and a little bit of hops makes this an ideal chocolate stout.

Smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Great round mouthfeel.

Great stout. I really need to enjoy the Samuel Smith line more often.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 15:16:03 | More by thecheapies
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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