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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: 2,214
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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3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle into my imperial pint glass

A- Very very deep amber, with a frothy bubbly, tan, two-finger head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S- Straight chocolate. It is so overwhelming I couldn't notice any other smell. But it smells intriguing and appealing.

T- Once again, chocolate. The taste dries out to an unsweetened cocoa finish, that hangs in the mouth for a while. Tastes mellow out when the temp. comes down.

M- Almost a dry stout mouthfeel. Light and sessionable, but there is a touch of velvety smoothness in the feel.

O- This is a beautiful looking stout, but I thought the chocolate was too powerful. There were no other beer characteristics in the smell and taste. I wanted chocolate in my beer, not beer in my chocolate! Ha. Quite curious a beer could hold that much chocolate flavor, however.

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Dyce
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate syrup and chocolate milk in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of milk chocolate and cocoa power along with some hints of sweetness. It's a bit like Hershey's chocolate syrup but is much diluted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little fluffy and creamy (like a milkshake) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: After much pondering, this beer most reminds me of drinking some chocolate milk (without the heavy dose of lactose) or a good glass of hot chocolate. Nevertheless, it is packed with lots of chocolate flavors but is relatively light-bodied and easy to drink.

Photo of casualfan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Beerstorian
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This came out of a 46-degree bottle into a room temperature tulip glass.

Aroma: I got a very rich chocolate aroma straight out of the bottle--more like chocolate chips that the kind of chocolate aroma one associates with stout. It spoke to the cocoa addition. There was little malt aroma and no hops whatsoever. Great smell, but not to style.

Appearance/Color: Coal black, with no edging. A great whipped-meringue/sea foam head with a bit of dimpling follow the beer down the glass as I drank it. Good lacing.

Taste: It reminded me of drinking liquid chocolate while one a tour of the Cadbury plant. Pure chocolate eclipsed other flavors. I gave this a lower rating not because I didn't enjoy it--I did!--but because the Milk Stout style calls for more prominence for the dark roasted grains, and there ought to be some hoppiness sitting in the background. I got none of that. No roastiness, nor any sweetness apart from the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky.

Overall: This is a wonderful beer, and one of my favorites. It's a great beer for a cold evening in front of a fire, and for sipping slowly.

Photo of BeerMeBrah
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep dark reddish brown, almost black, with a great khaki colored creamy tadcaster head. Lace is gooped up everywhere. Happy looking beer.

S- smells just like hot cocoa. Or maybe cold cocoa. Very sweet with hints of toffee and sandalwood. Man, just like chocolate.

T- terrific chocolate flavor, this time balanced out by mild roasted bitterness and malty tartness. Hops drizzle in a leafy edge. Coffee flavors at far in the background. There's not much else to say. Finishes with some tang and maybe some orange peel.

MF- full creamy feel with fuzzy carbonation. Moderate chocolatey dryness on the cheeks.

D- not a bad brew. Pretty good actually but I would like it better if it were a chocolate version of their imperial stout. Very drinkable.

Photo of robertrunner
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bear1964
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Moose90
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle into stout glass.

Bottled: 12.03.12
Tasted: 02.10.13

A – Pours near opaque deep dark brown, not black. Some clarity around the edges. Pours a cappuccino like head that thins and leaves nice lacing.

S – Sweet. Malted milk balls, deep rich milk chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate. Smells like sweet fresh white chocolate covered pretzels.

T – Big chocolate notes again, good malted milk notes and not overly sweet. Fresh creamy chocolates come through. No bitterness here, and the sweetness is borderline too much.

M – Surprisingly moderate carbonation, more than I would have expected. Nice though however as it provides a much needed crispness and dryness to the sweet heavy notes.

O – This is dessert in a glass. Chocolate ganache and sweet malted milk notes about. If there were any emerging coffee notes this would be a truly amazing beer. Still this is wonderful in its own right, quite sweet, but still drinkable.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany colored with a finely bubbled head of light brown that lingers long. Aroma of sweet cocoa, slightly powdery. Initially sweet chocolate flavor, but not cloying, slight fruity note, moderate bitterness, slight toasty acrid finish. Full mouthfeel, finishes dry, slightly tannic. Good beer overall, nice addition to the Sammy Smith lineup, and one of the top chocolate stouts IMO.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mwar
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a two-finger, creamy head. The sticky foam leaves some nice lacing behind, yielding a great appearance that's par for the course from Samuel Smith's. "Chocolate milkshake" best describes the aroma - it's that chocolatey. Milk chocolate with a vanilla note as well, smelling like it will be somewhat sweet.

That sweetness is realized on the palate, though it remains well short of cloying. Toward the finish it becomes more bitter and dry. Strong notes of milk and dark chocolate are prevalent. Toffee malt profile is there but hard to discern amongst a sea of chocolate. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, but not quite enough. A bit of prickly harshness could stand to be smoothed out.

A very chocolate-forward stout, true to its name. It drinks somewhat like a "light" version of another chocolate stout, Southern Tier's Choklat. An excellent dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with a cordovan brown tinge where light can penetrate. The head is a light cocoa color, baout 2 fingers thick with good retention. Strong lacing with great stick.

Smell - Loads of chocolate aroma. Sweet milk chocolate. Odd, but I'm getting coconut too. This smells like a Mounds or Almond Joy bar.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong milk chocolate, backed by a moderate amount of lightly toasted coconut character. Faint cocoa powder flavor. Not much more to it than that, but damn is it tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Silky smooth finish. Very drinkable; near chuggable.

Overall - In the land of ho-hum chocolate stouts, Samuel Smith steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park. Sweet, satisfying chocolate flavor. If there's one knock, it's the lack of a balancing bitterness, but I don't think anyone's gonna buy this beer expecting it to be their session, and the sweetness isn't cloyingly so. A perfect dessert beer. Makes me wanna go buy an Almond Joy!

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