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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: 2,116
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 109
Gots: 321 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

VALIS666, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

bifrost17, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

cosmic-ray, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

rab53, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$3.70 for the 550ml bottle, bottled in Aug 2012.

It's pretty darn dark, just a little bit of light peaks through when I hold it up to a lamp. The tannish foam is big to start with and after the pour, it grows even more. It's the billowy type of head of foam so there's not a lot of lacing going on.

The smell I got as soon as the cap came off...big chocolate and cocoa aromas filled my nosebuds.

A milk chocolate sweetness bursts on my tastebuds, lighter notes of cocoa do a bit of bittering but not much. There's so much chocolaty goodness going on here and I'm loving every sip.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium. The bottle is 5 months old but it's a keeper.

Bitterbill, Jan 23, 2013
2/5  rDev -52.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass. Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: nearly black in appearance, although ruby highlights appear when held up to the light. In that light, the body appears to be haze-free. Head poures two fingers of pillowy tan foam with nice retention and lacing. Quite attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet, rich chocolate aroma with just a hint of coffee and roastiness around the outside. Wonderfully rich and appealing. Not a lot of complexity here, but the execution is just excellent.

Taste: the rich chocolate continues into the flavor along with a hint of the coffee. There's a bit of a tartness in the mix which I feel detracts from the wondrously creamy, delicious chocolatiness, but it's not a dealbreaker. A mocha-like light bitterness rounds out the end. Quite lovely, overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a huge, persistent creaminess. Lactose for body, maybe? In any case, quite wonderful.

Overall: I would like this beer to taste a little bit more like it smells, but other than that this is one satisfying chocolate stout.

flagmantho, Jan 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.5%

thegerm87, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber-style bottle (not sure how many ounces are in this English thing), split with my brother and poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark, opaque pour; body appears to be somewhat viscous. There is a little head and lace but not much.

S: Huge notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet, with very little balance.

T: Sweet and malty, but with plenty of milk chocolate again. Tastes a lot like pure chocolate milk, and not artificial which is an enormous plus.

MF: Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

O: No balance to this thing whatsoever; big-time chocolate. Sweet, and overall its good, just not something I could drink a lot of.

Scotchboy, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

twowheelssoar, Jan 20, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle served in a pint glass.
A- It had a two finger head but that quickly went down to a one finger head. There was good retention. The color on the head was a deep khaki color. The beer was black but not as dark as many other stouts.
S- Some chocolate malts, thing smelled like a chocolate shake.
T-heaven! Chocolate and then more chocolate! Little bitterness in the finish
M-Smooth,creamy, light body
O-Awesome beer! One of my favorites! Try this beer.

Damian74Shensky, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

gtermi, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

shamrock1343, Jan 20, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

550mL bottle, new to Austin.

Big chocolate aroma, nutty as well, not much roasted malt, doesn't really smell like anything but hot chocolate. Perfect carbonation.

Creamy, sweet but still drinkable, tastes more like milk chocolate than dark chocolate, but they say it's Vegan. Great mouthfeel. Somewhat fruity, tastes like a tootsie roll. Slightly metallic, mostly in the finish. Could be more complex. Sweetness detracts from drinkability, but still something I think people would love.

Definitely worth trying. A bit strong on the chocolate flavoring, but Sammy Smith makes some great dark beers. I could have used some more roasty bitterness to balance and improve sessionability.

MEsquandoles, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

abex44, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Hanzo, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

KornWallace, Jan 20, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, with a very large fluffy off-white head. Some lacing rings on the glass. After a while the head fades to a soft coating of white foam over the surface.

S: Chocolate. It comes out of the glass like a cup of hot cocoa. It has an intensely strong scent of chocolate. It literally smells like the inside of a chocolatier. I can only touch the surface of how good this smells. There's some tootsie-roll scent there also, but more rich smelling.

T: This is crazy good. I mean it is just delicous to the point where it's borderline not beer anymore, but rather a chocolate drink. It has the sensation of drinking hot Belgian cocoa. There is a pleasant bitterness from the chocolate, but I can tell there's flavor from the hops in here as well as their added bitterness. What is unique about this chocolate beer, is that there is a softness to the flavor. It is not so heavy tasting as to cover other flavors...for example I can actually taste some of the water in the beer...it's hard to describe. The flavor is just short of 5.0 becuase I would have liked more complexity to the flavor...aside from the chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Despite the chocolate descriptor, it is not thick or syrupy, but is slightly sticky. It is a very sweet beer and might be hard to drink a lot of. It is a very smooth beer, and pretty slick in the mouth.

O: Overall I was incredibly impressed by this beer. I'm pretty sure it's the best Samuel Smith beer I've ever had. It was a bit hard to drink because of the sweetness, but there is no problem with a sweet sipper. Chocolate fans will fall in love with this beer. Beer fans who enjoy sweet deserts will fall in love with this beer. I would buy and drink it again if I feel like a really huge chocolate tasting beer, or if my local grocery store runs out of ice cream toppings.

teromous, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Segelstrom, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

cdwil, Jan 19, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, some brown notes in the light but very dark. Patchy tan foam. Smell is a dark espresso chocolate that erupts from the stout. Almost get a latent fruitiness. Taste is a rich cocoa bean/powder taste full on, fast finish leaving behind a rich chocolate aftertaste. Sweetness/bitter balance. Maybe a touch chocolate heavy. Milky.

KTCamm, Jan 19, 2013
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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