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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: 2,115
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 109
Gots: 322 | 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%

WeymouthMike, Nov 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kmeinel, Nov 18, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked SG28N1 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of chocolate
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer with arcs of thick lacing.
Lacing good – thick arcs of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor predominantly slightly bitter chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25 Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Ozzylizard, Nov 18, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4%

TeddyRyan, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

gibgink, Nov 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jeffleepa, Nov 17, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

JasW, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

The chocolate in this beer is too overt for my taste as a straight beer, but this is one of the best beers for beerfloats. Just add vanilla ice cream to either this or Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Dry stouts like Guinness also work, but the chocolate stouts with added cocoa, like this one work best.

Overall, this is one of the best examples of a chocolate stout with cocoa and is well made, even if the resulting beer is sweeter and more chocolaty than I would prefer.

dabarton, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Grabester, Nov 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

diablo14, Nov 16, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

RhinoBrew, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

chillin, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Jobin_24, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

MisterGross, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours with about 1/2 finger of tan, mottled head, which dissipates quickly to a film. No apparent bubbles. Dark mahogany color, light just gets through. Vanilla, butterscotch, cocoa, tobacco aroma, with cherry and roasted malt too. Primarily a sweet taste, with just a hint of sour and a little bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A lovely beer - why do I want to have a Manhattan now?

PacNWDad, Nov 15, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

joel_bou, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

TWStandley, Nov 14, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

CaptainRichman, Nov 14, 2014
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4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AR 5 Ap 4.5 F 4.75 MF 5 OA 4.75

I thought that I knew what a chocolate stout was supposed to taste like. It is a style that I enjoy but that is fairly predictable --- a semi-dry stout with a little bit of chocolate in the background. But this is something else, all together.

I poured it from a bomber into a wine glass (it is what I had handy) and immediately picked up incredible cocoa aroma, along with some malty sweetness. It pours a clear dark brown (almost black) with a light tan head.

The flavor is chocolately, extremely chocolately. Lots and lots of cocoa. There is nothing subtle about it at all, but I kinda like it for the contrast with the more understated chocolate stouts. Mostly sweet at first but it dries out for the finish. Exquisitely smooth mouthfeel, downright creamy. A lingering bitterness on the tongue.

This beer was a delight. Completely unexpected. I will be looking for this one in the future. It is a bit sweeter than I normally prefer from a stout but I liked it none the less.

jmbranum, Nov 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Greatheil, Nov 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

krispykar, Nov 12, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Rich1255, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

Appearamce: pours muddy dark brown, off white foamy head

Smell: expresso, hint of cocoa, dried raisin, chocolate milk

Taste: semi sweet cocoa, hint of coffee, hint of dried fruit at the end with a fairly clean finish

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth and almost like milk with enough carbonation to provide body and prevent it from being syrupy.

Overall a not-too-sweet chocolate stout, good beer to sip with desert; as it warms, one can detect more woody, nutty flavors and hint of smoke. Great beer, and I wouldn’t hesitate to try some of the other offerings by Samuel Smith.

ThaneMcC, Nov 11, 2014
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,115 ratings.