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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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Reviews: 495
Hads: 2,777
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 28.71%
Wants: 201
Gots: 723 | FT: 4
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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:
Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012

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.
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Photo of L0ne
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 550ml bottle, January 2015.

Rich, dark brown, with a foamy beige head. Loads of chocolate and vanilla, seems to run the gambit of dark to bittersweet to milk as it crosses the palette and the sweetness asserts itself. Toffee, caramel, and coffee play in the background. Body is fairly light, but exceptionally smooth.

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Photo of MahjongNucleus
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scored this one for a few bucks at the local bottle shop.Never had Sam's Chocolate Stout before, but I have had his Oatmeal Stout and it was pretty good.

Look: Dark cola, pouring with about two fingers of rocky head.

Smell: Lots and lots of chocolate Really sweet, almost syrupy.

Taste: Almost like a coffee with some chocolate. Feint alcohol finish.

Feel: Super smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and easily a top 5 for me.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cola colored dark brown with just slight clarity and the head is an amazing caramel color with rich dense bubbles and the retention is superb! The original two finger thick head finally settles into a film over the brew itself and the lacing is quite well done with strings and small patches of soapy foam clinging to the side of my glass! The carbonation is too hard to see but I'm sure it will be nice....overall a very nice looking sweet Stout!

S- This is simply an awesome smelling ale! Sweet cocoa/dark chocolate nibs are so dominant that I sense that I'm going into a great organic bar of chocolate! There is an underlying tone of sweet malt, lactose, full fat cream, biscuit, milkshake aromas and little else....this smells like pure dessert in a glass!....WOW!

T- This is simply bliss on the palate!!! Mr Smith was having a good day when he came up with this formula for sure! Creamy malted milk Chocolate is very upfront, with underlying flavors of smooth intense vanilla, and slightly lesser iced coffee with heavy cream. Caramel like cola hints are present and possibly some earthy root beer notes as well. Toffee nut flavor is on the finish with just a hint of dryness to round everything out....I can't really explain how good this is....I just cant.....

M/O- Full body, and intensely rich smooth creamy carbonation just coat my palate so well....this is a simple yet complex pleasure to drink and really....who needs dessert when one can just pour this into a glass and enjoy?!?! Chocolate silk in texture and the alcohol is not even a factor.....I can see myself getting into a lot of trouble over the course of an evening with this in my hand, however, I don't believe this is a true session beer. This should really be illegal...enough said! Cheers!

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, nearly pitch-black, with a surprisingly dark, rich head that dissipates slowly, leaving a persistent lacing.

The nose is fairly muted at first, with chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes, but expands greatly as the beer warms, becoming deeper and more inviting.

The first sip was a great surprise, as the flavors were far deeper and richer than I expected. First comes a surprisingly strong vanilla flavor, which competes with and at first dominates the chocolate, but that rich, Dutch-cocoa flavor is quick to reassert itself, and continues warring with the vanilla for supremacy throughout. Each sip brings new notes of raisins, prunes, cherries, whiskey, and a hint of smoky char that mirrors the nose. Mouthful is very good, smooth and slightly creamy, if not quite as full as I would like. A world-class sweet stout, and a great reminder to me of just how good Samuel Smith's are at their jobs.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head that did not lace or retain. The body is as black as night with brown notes and seems to have good carbonation.

Smell: Some chocolatey malt, with a slight touch of vanilla and sugar. Warming doesn't really help it's case. Good, and done right, but not particularly expansive or potent.

Taste: Now this is where this beer shines as solid but not overwhelming chocolate, blended with rich sweet malt and a hint of smokey bitterness with a mild creaminess to the entire operation.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation goes flat a bit too quickly, but the creaminess, mild chocholate aftertaste and a very relaxed transistiong help it out here.

Drinkability: It's rich and sweet but not overly so, so it's not like drinking candy. It's what chocolate and beer together should be. Surprisingly light and easy on the system and nice and smooth going down.

Final Thoughts: This once certainly gives Young's a solid run for it's money, but this one is just a bit too sweet and not quite beery enough. That said, it's still an excellent Beer and further proof that Samuel Smith is the king of English brew.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown.. Smells like my son's Halloween chocolate bag. Holy chocolate gods. Someone else said nesquik... Spot on. Sweet cocoa throughout but not much else. Thin for a stout. Very easy to drink... I love chocolate so thumbs up for me.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown. Minimal head that was bubbly; disipatated almost immediately. No lacing.

Smells VERY sweet. Vanilla bean. A little nutty. More like a cupcake than anything. Not bad at all.

Taste is less sweet than the smell, but still sweet. Chocolate is not overwhelming. Creamy. Quite good.

The feel is where this beer is lacking. Very thin and lacking that bold feel that should go with a stout.

Overall, the feel really let me down. I want a stout to feel a certain way and this one did not. Tastes, smells, looks like a good stout, but doesn't feel like one.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.90 for a single bottle.

Pours a dark opaque, chestnut-tinted black body, which is unchanged when held to the light. A two-finger in height, light tan coloured, foamy head, quickly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of thick soapy lacing.

Wonderfully powerful aromas of milk chocolate, sweet roasted malts, creamy lactose and touch of mild sugary coffee waft out of the bottle as the beer is being poured. In the glass it smells like rich, dense chocolate cake batter, and is immensely inviting. The taste follows the nose, leading with rich, sweet milk chocolate and creamy lactose notes underpinned by lightly roasted dark malts, and traces of sweet coffee, vanilla and tangy fruit. In the mouth it feels a little thin and lacking in the heft I normally look for in a good stout, but the medium body and ample carbonation make it light on the palate and easy drinking whilst still smooth and creamy. Perhaps more weight combined with the overall sweetness and large serving size might make finishing the bottle alone more of a challenge and less of the delight that it is. The finish is long, sweet and creamy with a lingering chocolate taste. Faintly dry cocoa and mildly bitter roasted barley provide enough balance to leave me craving another sip almost immediately.

Overall this is a sensational beer, delicious, easy drinking, and readily available. It’s my go-to Milk Stout. I actually live opposite a Sam Smiths owned pub, if they made this on draught I would be in there every day! Recommended.

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Photo of bonesTdog
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am a big fan of Samuel Smith beers but this was not only one of the most expensive beers I have purchased in a while, but was not a favourite. The chocolate was overwhelming and there just wasn't much more. A bit thin on top of that. Organic... Whatever...

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Don't have time for a good sized review like I usually do. These well-water beers simply do not cut it for me.

Looks fine with a slightly transparent black appearance with a two finger mocha head and a touch of lacing

Smells chocolatey with some lactose and roastiness.

Tastes the same only with a flavor killing tinge of metal.

Feels watery with a touch of cream.

UPDATE : This beer made me physically sick a few hours after drinking it. I'm not lactose intolerant as I've had quite a few milk stouts. Not sure if infected or what, But I have to adjust my rating accordingly.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG, this beer is so amazing! If you want a chocolate tasting stout, this is definitely what you're looking for. It seriously tastes like Nesquik, in a good way. I am loving this beer and going to buy it again as soon as possible.

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Photo of krossoverking
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very creamy and very easy to drink. Reminds me less of chocolate milk and more of ovaltine or a cold glass of hot cocoa. When I was younger I was only interested in a chocolate milk beer, if I ever decided to drink; this doesn't quite fit that bill, but I think even my younger self would really enjoy this one.

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Photo of laurapompeo
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I know a lot of people liked this beer and I love the chocolate and coffee stouts but this one just didn't taste like a bold flavorful stout. It tasted like melted carbonated candy.

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Photo of Myotus
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with three (!!!) fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates to a fingers worth of foam within three minutes (best dissipation rate that I have ever seen). Black in color with an orange tint (I love this combination). Has extremely strong aromas of milk chocolate (yummy!) that combine elgantly with strong vanilla aromas, mild coffee aromas, and a hint of alcohol. Initial taste is of strong milk chocolate flavors that mix with mild vanilla flavors. Subtle coffee and alcohol flavors enter shortly after the initial taste as both initial flavors persist. Light bodied, extremely creamy so much that the flavor sticks in your throat, with subtle carbonation. Move over Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, I have a new favorite milk/sweet stout.

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Photo of jws7968
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black
Smells of chocolate
Taste is the same, but there is something additional a can't put my finger on.
Beer has a great feel to it and was an exceptional choice today.
Makes me want to try more Samuel Smith products.

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Photo of Knilas
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve fallen in love with this brew!! Just another example of Sam Smith excellence. From the look, aroma, mouthfeel, and taste...just extraordinary. If you’re a lover of chocolate, vanilla, and beer....you’re gonna love this stout! Pairs well with a cigar too.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a thick, fluffy, coffee cream color head. Aroma is all chocolate, smells like a slightly roasty herseys kiss or syrup. Taste is more of the same with a slight roast complimenting the chocolate syrup flavors. Sweet and chocolaty, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is thin, but it doesn't detract much from the experience, especially for a regular stout, not being an imperial version. Overall, a very good beer, and a wonderful experience! Samuel Smiths can do no wrong it seems.

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

A: black body of ale under a few fat fingers of dark tan foam

S: mild roasty malts with accents of chocolate, coffee, and char

T: mild and smooth bittersweet chocolate malt and cocoa, earthy and mellow

M: light-feeling with some softness; mild aftertaste, hints of faded cocoa

O: a very nice beer - smooth and mellow for easy drinking, accents of chocolate are nice but not overwhelming. Sweetness is subdued. Drinks dry and classy.

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Photo of Carrier4
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Its very good, however it is not one of Samuel smiths best beer. Im more of a fan of their oatmeal stout. You cant really taste the qualities that make Samuel smith great, mainly due to the overdue of chocolate. BUT THE SMELL IS TO DIE FOR, OMG

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Photo of mzingie
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown (but not black) with a small head that faded quickly. Faint smell of cocoa, toffee, and malty sweetness. Tastes a lot sweeter than most chocolate stouts which tend to resemble more bitter chocolate which I prefer. The biggest is what too watery both for the style and my preference. A small bit of spurned a comes with the aftertaste which I found as strange for the style. I respect Sam Smith and believe their Nut Brown is a signature beer of its style but this one didn't do much for me at all.

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Photo of TinkerBell05
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured this into a standard American Pint. Glad I tried this beer.
A: dark brown, with a thick tan or light brown head with little to no carbonation and very thick lacing.
S: Chocolatey with a hint of vanilla
T: tastes like a tootsie roll, so very chocolatey hints of vanilla and oats
M: Sweet, very thick with a long lasting flavor
O: One of the best dessert beers I have ever tasted, I would gladly use this beer for a beer float.

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Photo of BlueSpader
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Taste initially pretty good though not really my ideal in a good beer. There's a lingering aftertaste that makes it a tried but won't buy again for me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beige on top. It smells like rich chocolate. The taste is like chocolate milk with some light bitterness from roasted barley. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of Gear54
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 550 into a tulip glass.

Pour us pitch black with 2 fingers of thin kaki head. Head fades very quickly and leaves no lace on the glass. A little more carbonation than I'm use to in a stout.

Smell is exactly like tins if Hershey's baking coco. It's like I'm getting ready to make no bake cookies. I've had coffee and chocolate (both milk and dark) and coco smells before but nothing this clear and strong. The smell is so potent I can't find much else but general nuttiness and maybe some toasty maltyness.

Taste follows smell exactly. It's like drinking Hershey coco. Possible the most pure chocolate flavor I've come across in a beer.

Feel is nice. Chocolate flavor lasts until the next sip. Smooth with absolutely no bitterness. Wow!

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's labels, as well as a few other things I've read about their beers seem to indicate that their brewery sits upon a magic well, which is what makes all of their brews turn out as best in class. it's the unique mineral content they say. I kind of believe it. I love the flavor of every one of their stouts and quite frankly, I have noticed a similarity in the foundations of the flavor profile between the different lines. Maybe it is just the water!

At any rate, this one is every bit as good as the rest of the Sam Smith line. It pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black if your lighting isn't first rate. It smells like a gloriously decadent bar of dark chocolate and follows that up by tasting like it as well, except with a smooth creaminess taking the edge of the bitter chocolate notes. This brew is glorious and you'll want another, although it is far too rich to drink more than one. Still, I can't imagine a better dessert after the evening meal...

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.