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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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2,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 109
Gots: 317 | FT: 3
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)
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

brandon911, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

match1112, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of yankeeairpirate
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a 1 pint Tulip glass.

A: Pours black into the tulip with 1-finger's worth of medium brown head. Lace is medium to stiff. Stays on the top of the glass, but slowly withdraws.

S: Can I "capitalize" CHOCOLATE? Actually, it's nose is cocoa-smelling with a hint of coconut.

T: Taste is tremendous. I can describe the taste as very meaningful chocolate taste without being overly sweet. I've tasted some chocolate stouts that really make your brain think that you're drinking a Snickers. This one you can taste the malt and just a bit of the hops, along with the CHOCOLATE. Truly a dessert beer.

M: Feel is much lighter than the other chocolate stouts I've tried. It's a pleasure to drink. It doesn't overwhelm like it's competitors.

O: Overall, this is an excellent beer, really decent when the snow is flying and you're all dressed up in flannel and bunny slippers.

yankeeairpirate, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of PaterMorse
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Again, like Rogues Double Chocolate (which I had on the same evening), the smell seems "too forced." The taste is less bitter / "easier" than Rogue's (though that's not necessarily a good thing, as this was sort of like a sweet Miller Lite); but the aroma here was more artificial than Rogue's (sort of like the difference between scent of chocolate milk and the chocolate chemical scent of Yoohoo).

A: Thinner look than most stouts. Dark cola, but watery. Off-whtie head. Good lacing remains. Suds on sides drop quick. Yellow-green tint along rim of glass, having an almost golden raisin appearance. Cool bottle (for whatever that's worth).

S: Cookie dough and flour. Think Snickerdoodle; or more accurately, those funky cookies that I only see around the holidays that are made of egg whites and have chocolate chips in them. Heavy notes of vanilla, maybe too much. Whipped cream. Black & tan sundae (choco/marshmallow toppings). But again, as the experience wore on, the smell became a distraction -- not the way Rogues was (where the sweet smell was off-kilter with the bitter taste); but because it was just too artfcal -- "chocolate" in the same dubious sense you'd claim Count Chocula was actually chocolate.

T: Almost like a diet chocolate faygo or somethng. Flimsy, artificial. Not necessarily "bad", just a bit disconcerting. More like a chocolate Miller Lite than a stout. Needs some more guts. The taste was just too sweet, even for a sweet/milk stout; one-dimensional.

M: Simple. No dislikes. Had a light lager swish, semi-sweet aftertaste. VERY easy to drink (other than the aroma that became pretty distracting over time). Thinner (again, think Miller Lite).

O: As one reviewer aptly stated, the goal is a little chocolate added to the beer; not beer added to the chocolate. Maybe it's because I had this and Rogues Double Chocolate back to back, but I see them as the mirror image in some respects: Rogues being a little too hairy (at least for the misleading sweet smell), this one not being hairy enough That said, it's an easy quaffer -- and better to drink in bigger gulps than small sips (because that keeps the "nose hits" fewer and further between.

Repeat? A 4-pack (which is what I bought) is fine. I'm glad I tried it, and I'll come back to it as a point of reference or out of curiosity over the next few weeks I'm sure. I'd also be eager to share with friends, to see what they thought. But alas, the thought of drinking 2 in a single sitting makes my ill to even think about... Yuck!

Where Ideal? Pre-party; tasting where you're sampling lots of milk/sweet stouts. A birthday party where there will be cake...
Two Word Summary: Chocolate PBR

PaterMorse, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

hornsup, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

HippieHops, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark muddy brown, and sits in the glass as black with a very dirty white/tan head full of rocky bubbles that sit at about a quarter of a fingers’ width. In the light this beer has a dark murky body with a mahogany hue. The beer’s lacing is thin and slippery dry, leaving splotches of foam on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of chocolate cocoa powder with a caramelly, milk chocolate smoothness to the smell. There is also a very faint tartness to the back of the smell as well as a touch of creamy coffee and roasted malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly rich and creamy with milk chocolate goodness. The taste begins with sweet and slightly tart chocolate covered raisins, though the fruit flavor is light. This opens into warm and rich milk chocolate flavors with touches of roast and sweet creamy caramel. The finish is long with the creamy chocolate and caramel and though the after taste is very light with roast malt and a watery feeling. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a bit of a thicker finish. It is rich and creamy and velvety on the tongue. The mouth is left clean, coated with a slight sticky sweetness. Overall, this beer is delicious. This is the first chocolate beer I can comfortably say that they have nailed the chocolate flavor on. I’ve liked others. This beer perfects it. Creamy milk chocolate with some lovely subtleties and complexities. This beer is a must try.

Maxwell, Mar 02, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown as to be black with half inch tan head that quickly recedes with light lacing.

Wow, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate aroma.

Very strong flavor of chocolate with hint of vanilla.

Heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation and sweet and creamy finish.

Overall a good beer. Easily the beer with the heaviest chocolate flavor I've had to the point of being a bit cloying. If you love chocolate this is the beer for you.

srhoadsy, Mar 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Woodysbeard, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

TimRex, Feb 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

UncleNeighborChris, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle pours a medium brown color with good clarity and a tight-bubbled tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is cocoa nibs, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla beans. Smells good...rich and decadent with almost pudding/yogurt lactose.

Taste is like yogurt covered cocoa nibs with maybe a light dusting of cocoa powder. Man, Sam Smith's has come up with another winner here. A moderate fruitiness like strawberries and red grapes adds a little complexity to it. It’s nice...I wasn’t expecting the beer to be as flavorful as it is. Definitely has a yogurt-esque sharpness to it that is really different...though it is more vanilla than chocolate. I’d buy it again, very cool brewski.

twiggamortis420, Feb 28, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a 3 finger foamy tan head. Has good retention and lacing. Smells just like Hershey's Chocolate Syrup and cocoa.

Tastes just like it smells: Hershey's Chocolate Syrup and cocoa. Sweet without any bitterness for balance, which is not a problem at all. In this case, it is nice to not have any bitterness.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. It is nice to have a beer with 5% abv have so much flavor. Definitely need to have this again.

hardy008, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

PopnLoads, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

owend, Feb 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

JeanPaulValley, Feb 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

JMS1512, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

WoodburyMN, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Therisse
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I've tried this beer in several ways now: At a tasting, in a beer float, and finally by itself.

Appearance: It has a lot of small bubbles and poured with a thick head. A smaller head remained well after pouring. It was very hard for light to penetrate through it but regardless, I could tell the beer was mostly clear. The foam at the top was a light beige.

Aroma: Right away I could smell the roasted malt followed by vanilla and dark chocolate. Smell was on the stronger side and there was a slight hop smell in the background.

Flavor: If you want a chocolate beer, this is the beer to be drinking. It's sweet, but not like sugary sweet it's like dark chocolate sweet, especially in the nose. At the back of the throat through the finish hops can be detected as well as the roasted-ness. It also had nutty notes and kind of reminded me of sweet tarts at some point.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer is lacking. I like my stouts to be really thick and I felt it was on the thin side. The amount of bubbles I could feel was nice, but it made me crave more hoppiness or bitterness.

Overall: This beer is awesome... BUT! Personally, the lack of bitter and hop characteristics set it back for me. Because of that, I feel it was a little off balance. It also left me wanting a thicker body and an overall stronger flavor.

Therisse, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

blinker97, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle.

Appearance: Black, mostly opaque with good looking off white head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet milk chocolate. So much that if I smelled it blindly I might not know its beer. It does smell good, but the chocolate is a bit overpowering.

Taste: Like the smell, the flavor is super chocolatey. Unlike the smell, there are also other beer-y elements that make this a really good chocolate stout. There's some roasty flavors and a touch of dark chocolate. Mostly sweet, but some bitterness and roast in the finish really rounds this out.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably soft, smooth, and creamy. Amazing that this is only 5%.

Overall: A very nicely done and sessionable chocolate stout. Better than Youngs.

rapidsequence, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Dhamma73, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Snodman, Feb 25, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Chocolate stouts, and this one was one of the best I've had.

In a nutshell, it reminded me of a more sessionable version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

Looked very appealing with a fluffy head and nice lacing.

Very nice aromas of Hershey syrup and cream. More chocolatey than I was expecting.

Taste was sweet, milk chocolate.

Light carbonation kept the beer from being too cloying.

Overall, I like this as a sessionable counterpart to Choklat. I'd buy it again.

doppelmeup, Feb 25, 2013
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.