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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: 1,718
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 160 | 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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Photo of Dope


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

A: Pours a very dark brown with a good sized, foamy and dense chocolate milk-colored head. Fades slowly, leaving very fluffy tracks of lacing as it goes. Good head retention too.

S: Very sweet and creamy chocolate. Smells like nougat too. In fact, reminds me of creme brulee (the beer). Almost sickeningly sweet.

T: Super sweet, super creamy chocolate. Ridiculously sweet and creamy. Turns into a burnt cream and nougat in the middle. Finish is a touch of bitter chocolate and char.

M: Creamy and smooth. Feels heavier than just a 5% ABV brew.

O: Definitely a sweet one. It tastes like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Light. Lots of creamy chocolate and that pervasive burnt cream flavor and aroma. Tasty dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 04:26:10 | More by Dope
Photo of esdeebrew


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-26-2012 03:43:28 | More by esdeebrew
Photo of EGolfer4


5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-26-2012 00:41:23 | More by EGolfer4
Photo of YoPo

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-25-2012 05:55:07 | More by YoPo
Photo of JayS2629


4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours jet black with a four finger, foamy tan head that sticks around. Beautiful, seafoam lacing! The aroma is of sweet, dark chocolate with vanilla undertones and nutty notes. Smells like a candy bar. The taste follows the nose, and for those that say it is too sweet...remember the style...it is a milk stout. Milk chocolate candy bar with rich, vanilla and earthy hints. Balanced with a just enough bittering and roasty notes to make the finish not cloying. A dessert beer, but not overly rich. Rich, creamy, and full bodied. Excellent chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:34:39 | More by JayS2629
Photo of thebouch01


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-25-2012 03:04:00 | More by thebouch01
Photo of woosterbill


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The crown cracks with a satisfying hiss, and a gentle straight pour fills the tulip with a perfect half-and-half mix of beer and head. The body is clear and not quite black, with bright brownish-red highlights; above is a majestic cap of fine tan foam that settles slowly and leaves tremendous lace. Gorgeous.

S: Chocolate to the extreme. Creamy, milky, nougaty chocolate. There's not much in the way of characteristic beer aromas, but the chocolate is lovely.

T: Opens with smooth, sweet milk chocolate, and while this dominant flavor never really goes away it is joined by some roastier elements midway through (espresso), as well as a hint of fruit and malt husk toward the bittersweet finish. Long, chocolatey aftertaste. Extremely rich and flavorful for only 5%. Terrific.

M: A trifle thin, but nicely carbonated.

O: While I've never been disappointed with a Sam Smith offering, this one was probably the most impressive I've had. I rarely enjoy chocolate stouts that foreground the adjunct entirely, but in this case it really worked.


Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:30:14 | More by woosterbill
Photo of RobertColianni


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-24-2012 19:02:16 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of quilty


3/5  rDev -28.4%

11-24-2012 13:30:08 | More by quilty
Photo of Braz


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-24-2012 07:26:47 | More by Braz
Photo of BrownNut


3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.5 - Dark brown. Nearly opaque but not quite. The classic Samuel Smith's head. Tan and thick and enduring and beautiful. Their beers are the most beautiful I've seen, largely due to those heads.

S - 4 - Strongly chocolate. Brownies and chocolate icing and cocoa and maybe vanilla. Maybe a fleeting hint of coffee

T - 4 - Tastes a lot like it smells. Chocolate icing, bit of chocolate syrup. But also there's an almost metallic thing happening in the thinness of it, in the non-chocolate beer component of it, which I have been getting from Samuel Smith's brews for years now. Has a pleasant chocolate desserty aftertaste. There may be a bare hint of coffee on the exhale. I'd say this is more of a 3.9 in taste.

M - 3.5 - Thinner than expected. Short of medium bodied. Nothing special really.

O - 4 - Very pleasant from a trusted name and a nice value at under $4. I may be spoiled after all those imperial stouts but I think this one would benefit from some more black malt char and some coffee notes to play off of all the chocolate and ramp up the complexity. If it's a milk stout then I suppose it's true to style, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:58:37 | More by BrownNut
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-24-2012 00:50:00 | More by cwxc818
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

11-23-2012 23:21:08 | More by Brushkanna
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

11-23-2012 21:56:33 | More by ONN8
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2.35/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate, kind of like Hershey's syrup. In the taste, like Hershey's syrup, uber sweet. A small bite, but mainly smooth, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Uber sweet and sticky, kind of Hershey's syrup like, kind of icky.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:01:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of dubmax


5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-22-2012 21:06:21 | More by dubmax
Photo of Danno48

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pretty excited that Sam Smith made a chocolate stout.
Pours a jet black that shows the tiniest bit of dark red when held up to a light. Average tan head.
Smells like a mixture of sourdough bread and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate.
Tastes very very chocolaty. Kind of like when chocolate is in the double boiler though when it is giving off vapors.
Was smooth and velvety on the palate.
Great beer but something I think I will only have once or with a big piece of triple chocolate cake.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 18:05:24 | More by Danno48
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thick swaths of foam form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same with an intense chocolate aftertaste. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a satisfying chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 08:47:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent dark chocolate color with an impressive head that sticks a bunch of lacing

Smell: Rich chocolate, coconut and vanilla

Taste: Tastes like a milk chocolate candy bar, with hints of coconut and vanilla to add another dimension to the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A great dessert beer; not something to drink in a large quantity due to the sweetness, however

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 23:26:18 | More by brentk56
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, nearly opaque with some cola highlights around the edges. Fat mocha head on the pour that mostly hangs around.
Smell: big cocoa. Smells like creamy cooled hot chocolate.
Taste: no disputing this is a chocolate stout. Near perfect cocoa, smooth and delicious.
Overall: outstanding. This drinks down like an adult milkshake. Would be hard to imagine a better version.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 22:27:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of jbphoto88


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer right out of the bottle and that's mostly due to the cap. The liquid is dark brown in color and slightly hazed but the head is fine, fluffy and perfect. Think about a spongy capucino lid on this brew. Excellent.

The nose is equally as impressive. Rich sweet chocolate and lovely roasted grains. It's smooth and delightful, I can't wait to get into this beer.

Mother of god this is a tasty beverage. It's like drinking a smooth velvety chocolate bar that'll get you drunk. A sweet stout with a roasted grain backbone. A joy to sip everytime I put the glass to my lips.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body add to the slick feel. The beer also coats your tongue with its smoothness. A fantastic brew that is flavorful, beautiful and amazing to drink. Find this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 18:51:12 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of DrDemento456


4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn I had no idea this was brewed once. Totally justify the 4 dollar price tag.

A - Well a light pour still gives me a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. Beer seems to be pretty stout like with a deep dark amber black with hardly any escape able light.

S - Really digging the bakers chocolate on this one. Reminds me of Chocolat from ST straight up Belgium. Along side I get some roast and balancing coffee.

T - A very different level of sweet chocolate. Like comparing Nestle to Godiva. In this case a fine not artificial with a desert like quality but it never gets cloying. Mostly sweet no lactic sourness, hop bitterness, or harsh roast. Perfect.

M - Well it does have a nice chewy medium body. I didn't expect a thick stout but applaud a not light one either.

Overall great job guys! I might go back and see if I can snag a four pack at a discount. Ow better yet find it cheaper at a Giant Eagle. That would be a tasty session beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:55:23 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of fox227


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You should pretty much know what to expect from a Samuel Smith pour into a tall mug: a nice three fingered head, for this stout tan coloured(sic), and nice and dark liquid underneath. Smell is very strong in roasted malt, yeasty esters, and decadent milk chocolate. This would make an amazing dessert beer. The added chocolate flavor is perhaps a bit over the top, but is undeniably delicious. The mouth-feel is usual for a Samuel Smith dark ale, nice carbonation, but the 5% alcohol never betrays anything bordering on a light body. Overall, this is another great beer from the masters of English Ales, but perhaps best served with chocolate cake or anything sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 22:11:27 | More by fox227
Photo of MarkyMOD


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-20-2012 06:03:37 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-19-2012 04:07:09 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.