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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by rangerred on 10-16-2012

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Reviews: 540 | Ratings: 2,971
Photo of Benjo87
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - jet black in a glass with a nice creamy looking tan head. Looks great.

Smell - Milk chocolate galore. Legitimately smells like a chocolate milkshake in a glass.

Taste - exactly what you're expecting after the smell. It's like a chocolate milkshake. It's sweet with no ending bitterness. It's almost not even a beer, it's so smooth to drink. Velvety mouthfeel. I can see why some beer drinkers wouldn't like this beer, but if you love a sweet chocolate beer like me, than this is what you need to get your hands on.

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Photo of Kokobutter
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've tried a lot of beers. If you're craving a chocolate beer it doesn't get much better than this. Pour this one in to big cold glass, smell the sweet aroma, taste the bubbles, savor the wet chocolate goddess. Enjoy.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thin caramel head no lacing head dissipates completely.
Smell is heaven sweet chocolate roasted malt notes oh and lots of chocolate.
Taste very decadent chocolate very cakelike very sweet and delicious.
Feel little thick but does not coat the mouth and is not heavy. Goes down clean.
Overall this is a very good beer I love very much.

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Photo of drexeldan
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin by saying that I don't normally seek out stouts. When I get a few in a variety pack I usually make a half and half with a pilsner or other pale lager. I bought this as part of a gift pack at Total Wine in DE. The gift pack) was definitely worth it, given the size of the brews and the brewery pint glass - not to mention two coasters. I bought it, really, because Sam Smith Pale Ale was the first brew that I ever had that awakened me in the 1980s to the possibility that there was something else out there (like a whole different beer planet.)
In any event, I've on ly had one chocolate brew before, Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. That was good, this is much better as an occasion drink. The taste and feel of the chocolate hits you immediately. To my palate, it enlivens the blandness of many stouts. The hoppiness I like is absent, but I find this to be a nice brew.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head.

Chocolate chocolate chocolate on the nose!

A sweet, slightly velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate up front once again in the taste.

Delicious, but a one trick pony. Chocolate. Not a bad thing, just no complexity is all.

Still one of the very best milk stouts ive ever had.

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with a 2 finger tan head that dissipates leaving a light lacing in the glass. The smell is dark cocoa. The taste is sweet milk chocolate with slight notes of roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy, but not too heavy. A delightful chocolate stout...my favorite so far...

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

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with one finger of tan head that fades slowly to a thick cap with little lacing.

Aroma: Like a chocolate malted milkshake. Sweet, creamy, chocolate, faint roasted coffee notes.

Taste: Sweet and creamy with roasted malt, lots of chocolate that thins out and finishes pretty fast and clean.

The Rest: Lots of chocolate, yet not too sweet or heavy. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strange, I drink this regularly, but never did review...Pours dark brown with thin chocolate head. Aroma is undoubtedly chocolate. Flavor is certainly rich chocolate first, but also has some nice malt roast to remind that this is beer. Very smooth, with a fairly clean finish, this is very drinkable any time.

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Photo of Steev-o
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with nice tan head that goes away in 2-3 minutes leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is completely chocolate and very strong. As the beer warmed, a slight malt smell came through.

Taste is very chocolaty. Some malty aftertaste. Sweet overall. Mouthfeel is thin.

I would drink again. Probably one a night would be my limit.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lighter brown pour, tan head, thin on top. Aroma was almost entirely chocolate, sweet.

Taste is rich, chocolate, thin body allows even more chocolate impact, that is really this beer's schtick all the way through, chocolate bomb on a small stout body, and you know it works pretty well, the chocolate mouthfeel is delicious. The malt doesn't seem heavy or bitter. Sessionable. Easily my favorite SS.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 550 mL bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A very pretty beer. Dark brown with some red. An impressive tan head that persists. A bit sticky.
Aroma of cocoa and roasted malt.
Cocoa and milk chocolate taste. A hint of licorice in the background.
Very smooth and creamy.
Will drink this anytime.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is delicious! The chocolate aroma is incredible and the chocolate taste is very strong and complex. It is definitely a very well made beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of bgm1911
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick head. Smells of sweet chocolate, and the taste is right there. This is delicious. Drank one last night, heading to the store today to get a sixxer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a jet black with a thick cream-colored head.

smells like a hershey chocolate bar. pure sweet chocolate, amazing!

tastes like sweet chocolate. this is like a liquid chocolate bar. so sweet and chocolate-y. goes down smooth, finishes sweet and dry.

definitely my favorite milk/sweet stout. more chocolate than anything. a typical milk/stout stout leads with sweet milk and causes an off taste. this is so clean and pure it is unreal. just an amazing stout.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Amber color. Almost looks like a porter. Aroma is huge roasted chocolate. Flavor is very nice. Great chocolate flavor is a malty backbone. Has a velvety mouth feel and a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste. Overall a really nice beer with great flavor.

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Photo of StJimmy92
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown, nearly black but not quite. Poured with a nice tan head that faded slowly
Smell - Exactly like a chocolate scented e-cig, which was very unappetizing
Taste - very sweet (but not overwhelmingly so) chocolate, with a lingering (but not unpleasant) aftertaste of alcohol
Feel - medium body, slightly creamy
Overall - A great beer once I got past the smell

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Photo of jw4free
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a classic stout. With two fingers of head, slight waterfall, fades quickly to heavy lacing.
S: chocolate, raspberry truffle, hint of vanilla. Pleasant without being obnoxious.
T: Cocoa but not bitter. Sweetness is a bit high, but it's a chocolate stout.
F: does not linger on the palate, but very rich, and one is good.

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Photo of Cimperman17
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very dark brown almost black. Tan head at first
Smell - Chocolate and roast nuts
Taste - chocolate taste with dark malt, lingering aftertaste
Feel - medium to heavy body
Overall - Awesome Beer!

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith Old Brewery - Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. 5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass.

Look: Pitch black, with dark amber highlights when pouring. Thin light tan head from semi aggressive pour, and dissipated into trace amounts of lacing.

Smell: Very strong dark chocolate and cocoa, with dark malts; reminds me of the aroma of hot chocolate.

Feel: Very rich and thick bodied, and very smooth and creamy, with a good amount of carbonation.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate, and semi sweet cocoa, and dark malt. Also has a unique taste from what I assume is the well water is brewed with.

Overall: Another great beer from Samuel Smith's Brewery. Incredible taste, feel, and aroma from this stout; very pleasant and extremely easy to drink. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Suds
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black, with a tan head...it has a very cocoa aroma...cocoa powder and malt. The taste is sweet, with malt, lightly roasted grain, sugar, and lots of chocolate. No real hop presence. Full in body...velvety and thick. Excellent.

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Photo of DarthRod
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: As a person with an impaired sense of smell and taste my rating are a bit skewed.

Look: Dark with light brown foam

Smell: I could smell the stout. Could not smell the chocolate.

Taste: With the first sip I could taste the stout and the chocolate. And every drink after the first was as good as the first.

Feel: Mild carbonation, no burn

Overall: I really really like this stout.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

**FROM OLD NOTES, 03/27/13:
Strong Chocolate , and nothing else.Dark Black Pour with a creamy head. Looks a little watery for a stout while pouring; but the head is there.Very Chocolatey, too much so. A little too sweet. Not quite right for a stout. Too thin. Love the aroma on this, but ultimately the beer falls short. Had some last weekend in short succession with Youngs DC Stout, Brooklyn BC Stout, River Horse Oatmeal Stout and Sam Smith Taddy porter. This was the least of the 5. **

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Photo of Phoneguy
1.97/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured beautifully into a Spiegelau stout glass but that is where the wonderfulness ended. Smells like cocoa powder, and tastes like a chocolate soda. Too sweet and chocolaty, even for a sweet stout. I would never have mistaken this beer for a stout as there is no discernible roasted barley character or bitterness. I'm not sure it was even hopped. Mouth feel is very thin and fizzy, not what I expect or like in a stout. This is the first Samuel Smith beer I have tried which I did not absolutely love. I even put it down for a while thinking it might taste better if it was warm, but it didn't help. I poured at least half of it down the drain. If you have a sweet tooth, which I don't, you might like this beer. Very disappointing but I still love Samuel Smith Old Brewery!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark stout with a little bit of light going through it. Had a large head that went away quickly. Has an overwhelming smell of very sweet chocolate. Has a creamy chocolate coconut taste.

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Photo of KidSublime
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark with a two finger head. Great feel in the mouth, you definitely know it's a stout. Wonderful aroma, chocolate didn't seem to come through though. The chocolate flavor is definitely there, though. This is a definite repeat

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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