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

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Ratings: 2,313
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 129
Gots: 435 | 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:
Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012

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.
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, foamy brown-white head. Quickly dissipates leaving merely a light ring around the rim of the glass. Spotty, uneven lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: A little coffee roasted malt and almond, and tons o' chocolate.

T: Light char with a little hop, and plenty of dark sweet chocolate. Offset with a touch of black licorice or pecan shell.

M: Light bodied. Sweet in the front, and bitter in the finish. Has something of a synthetic feel to it.

D: Not much resistance here, but there's a pungent aftertaste that will probably dictate a slower experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, decent head, but some miniscule lacing. Nose is a really strong chocolate with some roasted malt components. Flavor is also hefty in the chocolate department. Mostly crowds out the remaining components. Not badly done. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours a creamy dark chocolate brown with a thick, light tan head. There's a ring of lacing left along the top of the beer after the head recedes. This lacing also travels down the glass during consumption. The aroma is strongly of chocolate and vanilla. There's some malt in the aroma as well, so the beer smells somewhat like what I would expect if you put something like Whoppers malted milk balls in a beer. The smell was inviting and the flavor is on the next level. There are those sweet chocolate notes up front that almost remind me of chocolate syrup on the first sip. Then those chocolate notes blend rather well with the malt backbone of this beer. Once again, my mind conjures up a less sweet version of Whoppers malted milk balls, but with more roastiness due to the fact that this is still a stout. The body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate and there is some light lingering aftertaste. The beer drinks well, making this an easy to drink dessert beer. This is an excellent beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great beer, and almost exactly what I imagined it would be when I bought it. This is the closest thing you will ever have to a chocolate soda. To start, the smell is absolutely wonderful and the only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 was that I just wanted it to be a tad stronger. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate with vanilla and coconut and a hint of cherries. Taste follows very close to this; sweet and chocolatey up front and finishes with some malt and yeast and a touch of coffee bitterness. Not terribly complex, but perfectly balanced. Body feels a bit thin for the style, but creamy none the less. This would be absolutely amazing on Nitro.Overall amazing, a treat for anyone who likes stouts, loves chocolate, or wants a not overly-sweet dessert beer.

EDIT: This has only grown on me... seriously one of my favorite beers. The texture and mouthfeel has grown on me too; not heavy and overbearing like a lot of stouts. It's so delicious!

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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark. Lingering, slight surface head.
Smell: Chocolate.
Taste: Liquid chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Creamy.

This really is delicious; perhaps my favorite sweet stout. Every whiff and taste is pure chocolate. There is no hinting here. This would be a perfect beer to get one started with darker beers, or simply beer. I will get this again. It's certainly not an all-the-time drink, but on occasion it provides a great experience.

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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint of this at Peter's Imports. Looked very appealing. I have never had a "sweet stout" before and this one was a good introduction.

P: Served this in a Duvel tulip glass to bring out more of the aroma. Nice black chocolately color with about a finger of light brown head that slowly disappears after awhile leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Tons of chocolate with maybe a touch of vanilla or could be lactose. The smell reminds me of a powdery coca mix that is added to make hot chocolate.

T: Loads of sweet milky chocolate upfront followed by some bitter dark chocolate on the backend.

M: Very thin for a stout. Smooth and creamy.

O: Very easy drinker. I would highly recommend this to someone who doesn't like beer or stouts. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for me and not quite as robust as I am used to for a stout. However, I really love the beer that Samuel Smith puts out there. I would drink this again but wouldn't rush to buy it.

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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout has a very thick, beige head and an extremely dark brown appearance, with lots of heavy lacing rings left behind. The aroma is chocolate forward, and that’s about it- sweet, rich chocolate. Taste is the same, sweet, rich, tangy chocolate, some bread, some malt, and almost no bitterness, except for a touch of it at the very end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout finishes wet, chocolaty, and sweet. If you didn’t know it, you’d never guess that this was a beer of any sort. Overall, for what it is, I will say that it is most excellent.


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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,313 ratings.