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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: 2,106
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 109
Gots: 316 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
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
Photo of Damian74Shensky
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
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
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
Photo of MEsquandoles
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
Photo of teromous
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
Photo of KTCamm
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
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4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

organic? blimey, what is it with organic? gluten free i can understand. but ORGANIC, in a beer???
pours a nice dark with a beautiful tan head which simmers down to a nice one finger leveling...
smells.... like a hershey bar. what a beautiful aroma! incredible!
taste surprisingly does NOT let you down after wafting the cocoa aroma.... bitter and sweet chocolates abound. nice lacing progresses...
feels like a nice, medium bodied (for a stout) elixir with some bitterness, yet sweet on the middle tongue. i've had 'chocolates' in the past but this one is true to its claims of taste. unbelievable! almost a novelty in its taste.
i gave it a 4.5 in appearance for its beautiful texture and lacing, and its sweet dark color.
i'm NOT a fan of novelty brews, and i dont think this was intended as one, but i gave it a 4.75 for it overall as i believe they did a better job than anyone else in crafting the perfect 'chocolate'. i hate that it's only a 5% abv like the rest of their stuff, but i suppose that is their intention and they did it well. 5% is still the accepted norm. cheers!

pkalix, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

kew, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 Ml poured into a pint glass

A- Extremly dark brown verging on a lighter black. A very large tan colored head with decent retention.

S- Smells like a tootsie roll. A lot of milk chocolate and cocoa. A nice roasted malt. A bit of caramel and toffee as well.

T- An intense sweetness at first. Followed up by a nice light roasted flavor. Milk chocolate takes over and dominates the palate. There is a slight cocoa but this is a tootsie roll flavored brew. A slight fruityness. A very sweet and chocolatey brew.

M- A sweet and full bodied beer. A lot of feel and a sticky mouthfeel.

O- This is a pretty awesome beer. A very unique brew to say the least. It is extremely sweet but nice drinking.

TwelveOunces, Jan 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

DrunkenMonk, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Kelp, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

djhovajk, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

As with most Sam Smith's brews the appearance is welcoming. With a dark tan, a dense and fluffy crown that holds it's throne through a hard fought battle, and a dark brown color that lets in very little light, this castle looks impenetrable. Let us see if there's an army of aroma and flavor waiting behind the walls to help sustain the reign.

Full on caramel and milk chocolates to the nose, followed by coconut and bubblegum. The smell has dessert written all over it. I don't think I've ever smelled this much sweetness in a beer before, which begs the question whether or not any balance can exist after this point.

The palate is filled with a pleasing amount of coconut and milk chocolate with a mellow background of bitter nuts that provide that much needed equanimity. There's a slightly troublesome metallic character that quickly fades into the wilds when it realizes it's not welcome in these parts.

Creamy like pudding and smooth like silk. Has a pure medium body that has little actual weight to it when all is settled and done.

Tasty beers like this make writing reviews almost too damn easy, but any latent guilt is quickly assuaged after another swig.

stephens101, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

KZE80, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

TheHurtMerchant, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

jamesmelk, Jan 16, 2013
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.