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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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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 97
Gots: 268 | FT: 3
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

b2hogan, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of WebGuyMike
4/5  rDev -5%

WebGuyMike, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Circleo12
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Circleo12, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of oakaged88
4.25/5  rDev +1%

oakaged88, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of tlang803
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

tlang803, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

buschbeer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of HavasuDG
4/5  rDev -5%

HavasuDG, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Zach136, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Cris4545
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Cris4545, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of vlodko62
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

vlodko62, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

szmnnl99, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Eastside151
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Eastside151, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev -5%

rydev24, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown color with a tall, frothy, beige head that recedes to leave some decently spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted malts and then tons of milk chocolate syrup and some lesser dark baker's cocoa. The chocolate seems "real" if that makes sense, compared to some beers where the cocoa seems stale or artificial.

The tastes begins with lightly roasted, toasted maltiness, but the milk chocolate flavors burst huge right after. As it warms you get a tad but of English yeast fruity esters but the waves of cocoa are hard to overtake.

The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is sweet albeit a tad bit on the watery, flabby end.

Overall, this really hits the mark for a sweet after dinner beer in the winter when you don't want a huge beer and plan to last past midnight. Pretty one-noted but luckily the one note isn't too sweet or burdensome on the palate. It delivers what it advertises and much better than any other of Samuel Smith's Organic offerings, especially the fruited ones.

claspada, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of JohnFatAss
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extreme Chocolate beer.
Pours an almost black color. Tan head. A little light comes through when held up to a bright light.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.

It has a milk chocolate smell. Sweet and pleasant.

Of course, the taste is of chocolate. This beer is too syrupy sweet to be enjoyable by its self. An overly sweet chocolate flavor dominates the taste. Sweet up front, and it does have a mild bitternes in the finish, but not enough to balance things out.

Yeah, it is just too sickly sweet.
If I were to drink this again, I would probably want only a small glass served with dessert.

JohnFatAss, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Jlang2012, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of hunkler
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

hunkler, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy tan head that last a good spell.

S- The big nougat chocolate syrup aroma dominates and covers any other possible aromas.

T- The taste of cream gives way to a big hershey’s syrup and chocolate nougat flavor with some tootsie roll hints leading to a slightly dry finish. The hershey’s syrup flavor lingers after the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This is like drinking carbonated hershey’s syrup. The stout flavors are overpowered and don’t even come through the artificial chocolate flavor. It was tough getting through this beer.

rhoadsrage, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

JRBecks, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

JLG193, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kevgod, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Sooch222
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Sooch222, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of JEdmund
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like your standard stout—black body, off-white foamy head—but the aroma has the added bonus of chocolate! And they really nailed it. It’s a big, noticeable chocolate smell. Also some dry, pale malt, and bready/sweet notes to it.

Flavor is also strong on chocolate, though mainly through the front and mid-palate. Finish has a slight twang, making me think the water is imparting this unique character. Could also be the bittering hops adding something to dry out the end. Either way, there’s still a nice lingering chocolate flavor in my mouth. Body could be a little better; it’s just a bit thin and slightly over carbonated. I’d prefer it to be a bit fuller and smoother, much like their oatmeal stout.

Samuel Smith delivers on the chocolate, and for that I really enjoyed this beer. I’d like having this next to their oatmeal stout, as I think I’d prefer that over this. In a perfect world, they’d just add the chocolate to the oatmeal stout and call it good.

JEdmund, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great chocolate stout, especially at under 5 bucks a bottle. the pour is nearly black in color, impenetrable to light, with about an inch of tan head. the nose is incredibly chocolatey, not dark chocolate, not cocoa powder, but pure delicious milk chocolate, like a candy bar or something, very sweet, and the roasty malt behind it adds a nice depth to the smell. the flavor is also extremely chocolatey, maybe moreso than any other beer ive had, including the youngs double chocolate. in fact, i taste little else. its very sweet, almost too much so, and sits funny in the stomach as a result. my only real complaint with this. to me it was a bottle that had to be shared, just couldnt take all the residual sugar. but the chocolate flavor is as authentic and prominent as it gets in a beer, so extra credit for that. full body, sticky sweet, minimal carbonation, velvety texture. a great beer overall. i guess you cant have a chocolate beer without the sweetness if you want it to taste like milk chocolate, this does an excellent job of getting those flavors across, but once a year is enough for me on this one.

StonedTrippin, Jan 01, 2013
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 1,986 ratings.