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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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2,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 118
Gots: 362 | 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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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. A vigorous pour reveals a deep, dark brown beer with almost three fingers of creamy tan head that leaves some great lacing behind.

Smell. Big sweet creamy chocolate. Remind me a little of Quick powder from when I was a kid. Maybe a little dark malt, but the sweet chocolate pretty much pwns this one.

Taste. Tons of milk chocolate goodness with a slight lactic tang. There's some darker malts, a bit of a metallic taste in there, and a slightly grassy, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. A little thin with that sweetness at below medium bodied, with below medium carbonation.

Overall. This started out great with sexy looks and an awesome smell but the taste and mouthfeel didn't hold up. Good stuff, but I probably won't buy it again.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally came upon this one at a local bottle shop. 16oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light coffee colored 1 finger head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black though pretty thin. Spotty lace with good stick and thin legs. Pretty.

Nose is lactose, milk chocolate, sweet cream. Moderately aromatic, appetizing and very appropriate.

Opens chocolate, cream cane sugar. Lactose and sweet cream in the middle with cocoa powder at the finish. Some subtle roasted malt too. Aftertaste is milk chocolate and sweet cream. Enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly but pretty smooth in the mouth. A touch thin and a bit too carbonated. Goes down smooth with some bubbles. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

Pretty solid milk stout that is very true to its name. Probably one of the most chocolatey stouts out there without being overly sweet... which is quite an accomplishment (just ask Southern Tier!) A bit too thin and carbonated but I'd love to try this from cask. Enjoyable and worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.