1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

1,715 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,715
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 158 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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)
View: Beers (27) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,715 | Reviews: 354 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JHendu


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-23-2012 02:53:37 | More by JHendu
Photo of BeerNut402


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my top 5 favorite beers. It has everything I like in a beer.. Thick creamy head, smooth finish, and full flavor. I recommend this as a desert beer instead of a dinner or lunch beer.

A - Very dark brown almost black. The head on this beer has the appearance of a chocolate malt.

S - The smell is very chocolaty and bold. I get some coffee or espresso notes along with it too. The smell also resembles very closely that of a chocolate bar.

T - The taste is very similar to the smells you get. Chocolate and coffee tones along with a very suttle smoky flavor. This beer has one the best after tastes of any Beer. When it hits the palate you instantly get a burst of chocolate. This beer would pair very well with Nestlé toll house chocolate chip cookies or any other chocolate desert.

M - Not quite a chewy mouth but close. It is not like most stouts in that it has a much more carbonated feel to it. The beer finishes amazingly.

O - I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys craft beers. This is truly a masterpiece in my opinion. 5/5 baby !!!!

Note: I know this beer is labeled a stout but if you have ever had boulevards "Chocolate Ale" the feel and mouth of the beer is a close resemblance. Please try this beer if you like Ales this beer is nothing like a normal stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:43:57 | More by BeerNut402
Photo of seagullbeer


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown, almost black with a head that fall pretty quick

S- super chocolaty, first time "chocolate" beer that actually smells like chocolate, also a bit of fig newton smell, mmm fig newtons

T- Chocolate without being super sweet, tastes like semi sweet chips, i want to mix it with chocolate milk. More milk than dark chocolaty

M- Relatively light for heavy tastes, sweetness sticks around for a while

O- Super chocolaty, would definitely buy it for a newcomer to beer who likes things on the sweet side.

Why doesnt anyone do a hoppy chocolate beer that blends the two elements bitter qualities? this stout was a bit too sweet but a fun thing to try out

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:57:10 | More by seagullbeer
Photo of drpimento


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, incredibly yummy beer! Faultless! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, tan head that lasts and some lace. Color is a clear, dark brown with cherry highlights. Aroma is massivley cocoa with malt. Flavor's like nose, sweet malt and cocoa up front with a hint of bitter and carbonic tang in the back. Body is full, round, and lush with perfect carbonation. Finish is fairly long, like flavor, and very satisfying. This beer is just faultless. Love to try it with a scoop of Sweet Shop New York ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:24:27 | More by drpimento
Photo of Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-22-2012 23:30:28 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
Photo of smartassboiler


4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-22-2012 22:05:13 | More by smartassboiler
Photo of KYGunner


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, rich yet thin this poured with a nice bubbly head that kept a bit of creaminess around the edge. The nose is straight chocolate, like a brownie, it so good I just wanted to keep my nose buried in the snifter. Cocoa and caramel are prominent in the aroma.

The taste is of cocoa, chocolate with hints of caramel. Tempered sweetness, nothing is overpowering yet I'm missing the maltiness of the stout. It has all the flavor of a nice dessert beer.

The only negative would be in the mouthfeel. Thin and fizzy it misses the thickness and meal like quality of a fine stout. No matter, I'm very happy with this offering from Samuel Smiths.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 21:47:35 | More by KYGunner
Photo of ambruns1979


3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-22-2012 19:36:39 | More by ambruns1979
Photo of SDG1070


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-22-2012 01:22:34 | More by SDG1070
Photo of Naters333


3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served from a 550ml bottle with no born on date.

A-Poured a jet black color with a nice light tan head. Has some nice lacing for a stout as I drink it down the gullet.

S- Has a very sweet smell, almost of sugar water. I do get the chocolate smell. Smells like cheap chocolate, similar to a Milky Way candy bar. Nothing else here that sticks out.

T- Very very sweet. Sugar, chocolate, sweet. No real developing flavors here. Sweet taste on sweet taste for me.

M- Mouthful is kind of nice. Good mouthful for a stout. I might even prefer it to be a bit thicker for a milk stout. I really get more of the chocolate taste in the mouthful.

O-Well, first of I'm not a huge fan of milk stouts or sweet stouts. This one is really just too sweet for me. Not much going on here to balance that sweetness. Pretty low alcohol, which maybe if it were a tad higher it might make this beer more to my liking. Anyways, I will say that this just isn't my favorite beer or type of beer, but I'm glad I tried it. Comes from a brewery that for the most part I really enjoy their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 07:32:41 | More by Naters333
Photo of TastingRoomCharNtony

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-21-2012 03:35:11 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
Photo of KSather


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-20-2012 17:00:04 | More by KSather
Photo of mscudder


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

Served in a pint.

A - Deep brown hue with an rich ivory head. Head that took up half of glass. Took ages to recede leaving heavy lacing behind.

S - Chocolate fudge is taking hold of my nostrils. Hints of coconut and vanilla in the background.

T - Powdered chocolate goodness mixed with a milky composition. Slightly bitter near the rear of the progression showing the coconut-like flavor I detected in the nose. Nice malts throughout.

M - Medium body with silky smooth composition. Carbonation was light.

O - Enjoyable and does well for a milk stout. I prefer the bolder RIS, making this a bit of an unfair comparison.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:45:15 | More by mscudder
Photo of Barbie


4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-20-2012 01:33:03 | More by Barbie
Photo of King_KongDCO93


2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

12-19-2012 18:53:48 | More by King_KongDCO93
Photo of Angryzen


5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-19-2012 08:08:09 | More by Angryzen
Photo of Oboogie


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-19-2012 02:19:36 | More by Oboogie
Photo of Knapp85


4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:55:07 | More by Knapp85
Photo of DaleB50

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-18-2012 21:40:26 | More by DaleB50
Photo of losdizzel


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off big fan of Samuel Smiths brown, oatmeal,and imperial .
Poured in a Sam Adams glass,nice and dark very dark .
good head retention and lacing ,
Its pretty cold still , smells of cooking cocoa ,creamy looking head .
Taste like a chocolate coke almost, wet finish, and vanilla ,stays creamy on the tounge ,oily .

all around good beer this a keeper for me .

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 20:15:48 | More by losdizzel
Photo of BrewTasting


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-18-2012 18:32:02 | More by BrewTasting
Photo of jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-18-2012 14:56:03 | More by jkane101
Photo of APB


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Black, with very little head.

S- Super rich chocolate and slight vanilla hint

T- Creamy very chocolate taste and strong vanilla presence

M- Very creamy feel, very drinkable

O- Very good beer but not quite what I was expecting from the Samuel. Almost artificial vanilla taste. It's a 1 to 2 beer drink for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 08:08:07 | More by APB
Photo of garfscores


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-18-2012 05:47:30 | More by garfscores
Photo of OB1


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-18-2012 02:32:39 | More by OB1
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,715 ratings.