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

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 182
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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 yankeeairpirate
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a 1 pint Tulip glass.

A: Pours black into the tulip with 1-finger's worth of medium brown head. Lace is medium to stiff. Stays on the top of the glass, but slowly withdraws.

S: Can I "capitalize" CHOCOLATE? Actually, it's nose is cocoa-smelling with a hint of coconut.

T: Taste is tremendous. I can describe the taste as very meaningful chocolate taste without being overly sweet. I've tasted some chocolate stouts that really make your brain think that you're drinking a Snickers. This one you can taste the malt and just a bit of the hops, along with the CHOCOLATE. Truly a dessert beer.

M: Feel is much lighter than the other chocolate stouts I've tried. It's a pleasure to drink. It doesn't overwhelm like it's competitors.

O: Overall, this is an excellent beer, really decent when the snow is flying and you're all dressed up in flannel and bunny slippers.

Photo of PaterMorse
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Again, like Rogues Double Chocolate (which I had on the same evening), the smell seems "too forced." The taste is less bitter / "easier" than Rogue's (though that's not necessarily a good thing, as this was sort of like a sweet Miller Lite); but the aroma here was more artificial than Rogue's (sort of like the difference between scent of chocolate milk and the chocolate chemical scent of Yoohoo).

A: Thinner look than most stouts. Dark cola, but watery. Off-whtie head. Good lacing remains. Suds on sides drop quick. Yellow-green tint along rim of glass, having an almost golden raisin appearance. Cool bottle (for whatever that's worth).

S: Cookie dough and flour. Think Snickerdoodle; or more accurately, those funky cookies that I only see around the holidays that are made of egg whites and have chocolate chips in them. Heavy notes of vanilla, maybe too much. Whipped cream. Black & tan sundae (choco/marshmallow toppings). But again, as the experience wore on, the smell became a distraction -- not the way Rogues was (where the sweet smell was off-kilter with the bitter taste); but because it was just too artfcal -- "chocolate" in the same dubious sense you'd claim Count Chocula was actually chocolate.

T: Almost like a diet chocolate faygo or somethng. Flimsy, artificial. Not necessarily "bad", just a bit disconcerting. More like a chocolate Miller Lite than a stout. Needs some more guts. The taste was just too sweet, even for a sweet/milk stout; one-dimensional.

M: Simple. No dislikes. Had a light lager swish, semi-sweet aftertaste. VERY easy to drink (other than the aroma that became pretty distracting over time). Thinner (again, think Miller Lite).

O: As one reviewer aptly stated, the goal is a little chocolate added to the beer; not beer added to the chocolate. Maybe it's because I had this and Rogues Double Chocolate back to back, but I see them as the mirror image in some respects: Rogues being a little too hairy (at least for the misleading sweet smell), this one not being hairy enough That said, it's an easy quaffer -- and better to drink in bigger gulps than small sips (because that keeps the "nose hits" fewer and further between.

Repeat? A 4-pack (which is what I bought) is fine. I'm glad I tried it, and I'll come back to it as a point of reference or out of curiosity over the next few weeks I'm sure. I'd also be eager to share with friends, to see what they thought. But alas, the thought of drinking 2 in a single sitting makes my ill to even think about... Yuck!

Where Ideal? Pre-party; tasting where you're sampling lots of milk/sweet stouts. A birthday party where there will be cake...
Two Word Summary: Chocolate PBR

Photo of Maxwell
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark muddy brown, and sits in the glass as black with a very dirty white/tan head full of rocky bubbles that sit at about a quarter of a fingers’ width. In the light this beer has a dark murky body with a mahogany hue. The beer’s lacing is thin and slippery dry, leaving splotches of foam on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of chocolate cocoa powder with a caramelly, milk chocolate smoothness to the smell. There is also a very faint tartness to the back of the smell as well as a touch of creamy coffee and roasted malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly rich and creamy with milk chocolate goodness. The taste begins with sweet and slightly tart chocolate covered raisins, though the fruit flavor is light. This opens into warm and rich milk chocolate flavors with touches of roast and sweet creamy caramel. The finish is long with the creamy chocolate and caramel and though the after taste is very light with roast malt and a watery feeling. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a bit of a thicker finish. It is rich and creamy and velvety on the tongue. The mouth is left clean, coated with a slight sticky sweetness. Overall, this beer is delicious. This is the first chocolate beer I can comfortably say that they have nailed the chocolate flavor on. I’ve liked others. This beer perfects it. Creamy milk chocolate with some lovely subtleties and complexities. This beer is a must try.

Photo of srhoadsy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown as to be black with half inch tan head that quickly recedes with light lacing.

Wow, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate aroma.

Very strong flavor of chocolate with hint of vanilla.

Heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation and sweet and creamy finish.

Overall a good beer. Easily the beer with the heaviest chocolate flavor I've had to the point of being a bit cloying. If you love chocolate this is the beer for you.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle pours a medium brown color with good clarity and a tight-bubbled tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is cocoa nibs, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla beans. Smells good...rich and decadent with almost pudding/yogurt lactose.

Taste is like yogurt covered cocoa nibs with maybe a light dusting of cocoa powder. Man, Sam Smith's has come up with another winner here. A moderate fruitiness like strawberries and red grapes adds a little complexity to it. It’s nice...I wasn’t expecting the beer to be as flavorful as it is. Definitely has a yogurt-esque sharpness to it that is really different...though it is more vanilla than chocolate. I’d buy it again, very cool brewski.

Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a 3 finger foamy tan head. Has good retention and lacing. Smells just like Hershey's Chocolate Syrup and cocoa.

Tastes just like it smells: Hershey's Chocolate Syrup and cocoa. Sweet without any bitterness for balance, which is not a problem at all. In this case, it is nice to not have any bitterness.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. It is nice to have a beer with 5% abv have so much flavor. Definitely need to have this again.

Photo of Therisse
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I've tried this beer in several ways now: At a tasting, in a beer float, and finally by itself.

Appearance: It has a lot of small bubbles and poured with a thick head. A smaller head remained well after pouring. It was very hard for light to penetrate through it but regardless, I could tell the beer was mostly clear. The foam at the top was a light beige.

Aroma: Right away I could smell the roasted malt followed by vanilla and dark chocolate. Smell was on the stronger side and there was a slight hop smell in the background.

Flavor: If you want a chocolate beer, this is the beer to be drinking. It's sweet, but not like sugary sweet it's like dark chocolate sweet, especially in the nose. At the back of the throat through the finish hops can be detected as well as the roasted-ness. It also had nutty notes and kind of reminded me of sweet tarts at some point.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer is lacking. I like my stouts to be really thick and I felt it was on the thin side. The amount of bubbles I could feel was nice, but it made me crave more hoppiness or bitterness.

Overall: This beer is awesome... BUT! Personally, the lack of bitter and hop characteristics set it back for me. Because of that, I feel it was a little off balance. It also left me wanting a thicker body and an overall stronger flavor.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle.

Appearance: Black, mostly opaque with good looking off white head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet milk chocolate. So much that if I smelled it blindly I might not know its beer. It does smell good, but the chocolate is a bit overpowering.

Taste: Like the smell, the flavor is super chocolatey. Unlike the smell, there are also other beer-y elements that make this a really good chocolate stout. There's some roasty flavors and a touch of dark chocolate. Mostly sweet, but some bitterness and roast in the finish really rounds this out.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably soft, smooth, and creamy. Amazing that this is only 5%.

Overall: A very nicely done and sessionable chocolate stout. Better than Youngs.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Chocolate stouts, and this one was one of the best I've had.

In a nutshell, it reminded me of a more sessionable version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

Looked very appealing with a fluffy head and nice lacing.

Very nice aromas of Hershey syrup and cream. More chocolatey than I was expecting.

Taste was sweet, milk chocolate.

Light carbonation kept the beer from being too cloying.

Overall, I like this as a sessionable counterpart to Choklat. I'd buy it again.

Photo of Brad007
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a two-finger brown head into my glass. Reminds me of a cup of coffee more than anything chocolate.

The mixture of chocolate malt and cocoa is intoxicating with a very nice touch of cream. Like chocolate milk here. I'm ready to dive in.

Very sweet and creamy with an awesome chocolate kick. Tobacco and licorice stand out as additional flavors.

Excellent mouthfeel that is slick and creamy. Wow.

Impressive. The closest counterparts are Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Southern Tier's Choklat. I prefer this though!

Photo of AmitC
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer so very beautifully packaged. Awesome bottle.

And the more awesomeness follows as you smell this beer.

Very dark brown but thin porter like pour. Pitch black inside the glass. Light tan colored just about less than one finger thick head that stays just fine. Excellent lacing on the sides for a beer this thin. Opaque and very beautiful appearance overall.

Aroma is just bliss. Very different from any beer i have had so far. A lot of sweet chocolate aroma fills up the nose. A good amount of vanilla and some caramel. Milk and dark chocolate notes are seen very well. Very creamy and some roasted malts that take a back seat.

Taste is good. Upfront chocolate and cocoa. Some good amount of roasted burnt up mixed taste towards the end. A sweet chocolate finish.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Very delicate and smooth. Moderate to slightly high on carbonation. Silky touches. Drinks really well.

A joy to drink.

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

A: Pours raisin brown with two fingers of very fluffy light tan head that faded into a thick film and collar. A complicated network of lace was left down the glass after each swallow.
S: Strong notes of chocolate (duh), Hersey’s syrup, sweet chocolate icing, creamy chocolate fudge, and maybe a hint of nuts. Sweet nose, no hops.
T: Sweet (but not cloying) with dominating notes of chocolate. Rich but not overpowering. I get notes of roasted oat undertones and hints of toasted coconut. Bakers chocolate comes through in the finish and the aftertaste is nutty. Lightly bitter middle, sweeter lighter finish.
M: Medium body, smooth and soft mouthfeel, airy fluffy carbonation, and a bit fizzy.
O: Great flavor, awesome taste of chocolate without being super rich. Definitely enjoyable.

Photo of Jimmys
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Hardywood Park tulip. cant seem to make out this bottle code...

A: pours a very dark brown hue. looks practically black in the glass. head is closer to a light brown than a white. retention is good as it remains throughout the entire drink. lacing is spotty.

S: wow this smells like chocolate milk. some lactose, but mostly tons of chocolate here. milk chocolate, not your typical dark chocolate/big stout nose. pretty one-note, but I don't even care.

T: flavor is super similar to the nose. boatload of milk chocolate, plenty of lactose to keep things light/sweet, even has a significant amount of residual sugar that leaves a Kalua-like flavor. which can turn a little medicinal after mulling it over on the pallet, but I may just be being picky.

M: mouthfeel is super mellow. let's the sweets do the talking. nice. medium bodied.

D: this is right up there with top chocolate milk/sweet stouts that I have had to date. a shade below Young's, but on par with Rogue's and ST (while not nearly being as big). certainly worth picking up if you can and if you are a fan of this style.

Photo of frankiepop
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Organic Chocolate Stout is an Amazing stout. Dark enough beer with a beautiful sturdy chocolate milk colored head.

Amazing strong chocolate aromas. Reminds me of chocolate chip ice cream.

The taste is superb. Rich chocolaty with an almost like a cinnamon like flavor too. Sweet. Chocolate chip ice cream comes to mind again. Bigger sweeter chocolate flavors than even Rogues Chocolate Stout. Organic Chocolate Stout is certainly sweeter.

Certainly, this is a new favorite for me. At least this stout will hold a special place in one's heart as a unique and wonderful beer for special times. For example this might make be a nice Valentine's gift instead of a sucky box of chocolates for that dark beer lover.

Quite fizzy beer. More fizz than I would like, but easy to swallow and smooth. Just right for this beer though. Some might recommend this beer to be paired with the Jazz 60s classic Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage. I on the otherhand may prefer this to be paired with that classic of the 80s by Sade 'Smooth Operator.' Black but not too dark, romantic, sultry, sexy, and mellow.

Bon Voyage!

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550ml(18.7 oz) brown "Victorian" style bottle with classic Samuel Smith's label. No gold foil on the 550ml bottle or the smaller 4 pk version, but they made up for it with a wonderful art on the cap. Poured into a tulip pint glass(stout glass).

A - nearly black in color. Ruby brown highlights the edges. Shades of the darkest of creamy chocolate brown with a nice fluffy tan to light brown head before mellowing into a solid ring of lace with decent stick.

S - Rich chocolate whiffs with some dark malts. A roasted character with this scent.

T - Lots of sweetness. Big chocolate throughout with roasted dark malt laying behind to back up the huge amount of sweet chocolate flavor. A very rich flavor with this stout. Its Literally like drinking a Hersey bar though I doubt Hersey chocolate was used, so ill say like drinking an English chocolate bar. Finish is like chocolate syrup with a roasted character.

M - smooth and rich. Definitely a dessert beer. I can't say it'd be easy for everyone to drink given its rich sweetness and abundance of chocolate, but it is smooth enough for a lot of us to down.

O - As good as their Oatmeal, Imperial stouts or Taddy Porter? Well not quite. But it's still a well crafted chocolate stout. The chocolate stout is not something I've been fond of in past experiences, but Samuel Smith has changed that. It's probably the best chocolate style stout I've had, and is worthy of a spot in their lineup even if it be a seasonal spot. Idk what time of year you could release it, but it is something that could work and something some of us will go out of our way to buy. I enjoyed this stout. Samuel Smith is a brewery you can lay your trust in when it comes to darker beers and this one falls right in line with their other greats. It may not come before their other classics, but it still sits on their world class family tree of dark ales. Let's hope it's released again. I'd buy it.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Organic chocolate stout poured a chalky dark brown color in the pint glass. It gave a slight mocha colored head, while leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. In the aroma, one can detect chocolate and coconut. The aroma is certainly an attention getter. In the initial taste, the chocolate comes to the front with vanilla being the second most notable element. Other notes include pineapple, coconut, and a sweet malts. The coconut is much more on the sweet side than most chocolate beers which lean on the tart side of the spectrum. In the aftertaste, the sweet chocolate is prominent, coating the tongue nicely. For a stout, I thought this was a little thinner than I would have liked. This is a beer that non-craft beer drinkers and chocolate lovers can easily enjoy.

Photo of richj1970
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Poured very dark nearly black with two finger creamy light tan head that almost coated the sides of the glass as I drank it.

S: All chocolate all of the time... Faint hints of milk and roasted malts. Reminds me a lot of a quality chocolate milkshake.

T: Follows the nose fairly directly. Sweet chocolate, creamy milk, some underlying roasted malts.

M: Very creamy and full bodied. Coats the mouth nicely. Very enjoyable to drink.

O: Nice stout. Easy drinking. Makes for a good after dinner drink as an alternative to desert. I usually enjoy stouts with a bit more bitterness and complex flavors, but this is a nice diversion from those.

Photo of tectactoe
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, deep brown with some ruby shining through the edges - not quite dark or bold enough to be called black. A light tan head forms, stays, and leave a little bit of wet looking lace on the way down. The aroma is full-force, 100% chocolate. BIG TIME chocolate - creamy and sweet, like chocolate milk or chocolate candies. Chocolate syrup, up and down. Some light roasty malt aromas, of course, but they don't stand a chance against the chocolate barricade. As it warms up, a slight nutty aroma pops its head in. But, like, chocolate covered nuts. This chocolate means serious fucking business.

The taste is basically everything you'd expect - sweet chocolate, through and through. Like a creamy and sweet chocolate milk, with some extra chocolate syrup added. The chocolate is overall pretty sweet and milky, but there is a bit of bitterness from the heavy roast in the malt. Perhaps a little bit is from the hops also? But I don't taste much hop flavor, if any at all. Maybe a bit of leafiness, but I'm probably just talking out of my ass. I don't taste much else but combinations of different chocolates. Thin-medium body, a little thinner than expected, and not as creamy as I'd hoped for, with high carbonation.

Chocolate milk beer, basically. Milk chocolate flavors dominate, with just a touch of bitter roast for balance. Good beer to introduce people to stouts who are intimidated. Drinks easy, and very flavorful for being only 5% ABV.

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/9/2012. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and slight earthy hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of sweet malty notes. Taste of cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and light hop earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, cream, toffee, caramel, toast, light roast, and light hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity of malt notes; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sweet stout. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of sweet flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of BWED
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Beerstorian
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
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 hustlesworth
4.12/5  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 Moose90
2.62/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,617 ratings.