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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: 1,800
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 76
Gots: 194 | 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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iKrystin

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-13-2013 20:55:19 | More by iKrystin
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%

Typical SS mid sized bottle. No freshenss info.

Pours near black. Head is larger and luxorious. Stays and stays. Then a nice film, low sheeting and ample fine bits of lace and more sheeting.

Chocolate sniff. Yum

Smooth and super tasty. More milk chocolate all over this one.
Also notes of dark malts, vanilla, dark bread. A treat to enjoy this well crafted ale. They have been doing it since 1758! Dark beer lovers go get some and enjoy with a chocolate dessert or worked great with some spicy mexican tacos

01-13-2013 19:33:58 | More by Billolick
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DragonzBreath

Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +9.8%

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, This is the finest chocolate stout to date, the One to beat. Rich chocolate flavors, malt, vanilla. Pours thick dark with a creamy foam tan head. No bitterness. Exceptional ---- Abv 5.0
This is by far one of my favorite chocolate stouts.

01-13-2013 16:24:32 | More by DragonzBreath
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-13-2013 05:32:18 | More by bump8628
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

01-13-2013 04:35:48 | More by chefduff2
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arfenhouse

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

A: Dark brown with some amber on the sides. Pours a nice big khaki head with decent retention.

S: Fudgy chocolate with roasted coconut. Reminds me of a mounds candy bar. Both milk chocolate and bitter chocolate on the nose.

T: Very sweet beer with an initial taste of a malted chocolate shake. Bitterness from roasted grain comes midway through but fails to balance the big sweet flavor. This results in what seems like a watery aftertaste.

M: Thin with low carbonation. More thickness would be better. Finishes wet and a bit sticky.

O: Although this beer is unbalanced and very sweet, it was enjoyable. Lacking some "stoutness" but definitely delivers on the chocolate.

01-11-2013 08:50:22 | More by arfenhouse
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sukwonee

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-10-2013 06:21:21 | More by sukwonee
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Danny1217

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-10-2013 04:41:03 | More by Danny1217
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-10-2013 02:20:34 | More by zonker17
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-10-2013 01:31:17 | More by THECPJ
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-09-2013 05:26:44 | More by DarthKostrizer
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smonice

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%

I have seen this quite a few times at the local shop and have always passed it by since it was organic but a friend raved about it and bought me a bottle. Really really good!

A: Dark brown color pouring, head was a off white and there was minimal-moderate lacing.

S: The first thing I though of when I smelled this for the first time was hot chocolate.

T: Every mouthful I was looking for something else in this beer but to my mouth, all I get is chocolate (that's not a bad thing).

M: Lighter than I expected, would have thought it would have been a little creamier.

O: Like a reviewer before me said, "Heavy on the chocolate, light on the stout." but I will def be purchasing this brew in the future!

01-08-2013 23:25:11 | More by smonice
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sethcroisant

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-08-2013 14:02:32 | More by sethcroisant
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-08-2013 01:55:54 | More by Keith_R
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b2hogan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-08-2013 01:32:14 | More by b2hogan
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -27.9%

A: Very dark, reddish-brown (not as dense as most stouts, as I could see light from the other side when I held the glass up to the light). The head was 2-fingers of cafe-au-lait colored froth, that lingered a long time, but left scant lacing.

S: Some roasted malt grain malt, and a hint of dried fruit, but dominant aroma was chocolate -- not cocoa or baker's chocolate, but Yoo-hoo chocolate drink.

T: Very sweet initially, with a hint of toasted malt; then chocolate; then more sweet chocolate; then some bitter-sweet chocolate toward the end (so I guess they must have thrown in a couple of hops cones at the end of the boil...). No complexities or subtleties; just chocolate.

M: Moist and decently carbonated up front; slightly chewy in the finish.

O: Heavy on the chocolate, light on the stout. In fact, nothing stout about it other than the color (and even that was more in the porter family). It wasn't bad, but definitely didn't live up to my expectations, either from the labeled style or from the Samuel Smith brand (which has rarely let me down). I've had chocolate beers before that I really liked, but they weren't so overwhelmingly sweet as this one. If I ever get one again (unlikely), I'll drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in, as dessert is all this one is really good for.

01-07-2013 04:58:11 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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WebGuyMike

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-07-2013 02:16:50 | More by WebGuyMike
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Circleo12

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-07-2013 00:38:29 | More by Circleo12
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oakaged88

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-06-2013 21:33:28 | More by oakaged88
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tlang803

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

01-06-2013 17:00:42 | More by tlang803
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -1%

12 ounce bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is very dark in color. When held to the light it does come through, barely. An aggressive pour yielded a few inches of creamy, tan head.

S - I get a noseful of baker's chocolate. Wow! It's a lot more intense than I anticipated.

T - The taste is full of sweet, dark chocolate.

M - It is slick, but not thick. It seems a bit thin for a stout. I like my stouts like I like my women, dark, thick and full of alcohol.

O - This is a very good beer from a good brewery. It has good chocolate flavor and is not as sweet as some chocolate stouts I have had. It's good beer to have with a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day.

01-06-2013 04:18:18 | More by buschbeer
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HavasuDG

Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-06-2013 02:59:23 | More by HavasuDG
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Zach136

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Monday Night Brewing Pint.

A - Pours very dark. Not the darkest around, but still vary black. Almost opaque. One finger light tan head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Smells like straight up McDonald's chocolate milk shake with a hint of malty twang. Has me jonesing for french fries.

T - Chocolate malt and light nut with the signature Samuel Smith after taste.

M - Just a touch on the light side for my preferences. Not quite chewy but still much better than a lot of lesser examples of the style.

O - My favorite Milk Stout thus far!

01-06-2013 02:24:04 | More by Zach136
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Cris4545

Indiana

5/5  rDev +19%

01-05-2013 23:24:10 | More by Cris4545
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vlodko62

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-05-2013 05:05:39 | More by vlodko62
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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