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

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Reviews: 465
Hads: 2,674
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 189
Gots: 645 | FT: 3
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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 Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical SS mid sized bottle. No freshenss info.

Pours near black. Head is larger and luxorious. Stays and stays. Then a nice film, low sheeting and ample fine bits of lace and more sheeting.

Chocolate sniff. Yum

Smooth and super tasty. More milk chocolate all over this one.
Also notes of dark malts, vanilla, dark bread. A treat to enjoy this well crafted ale. They have been doing it since 1758! Dark beer lovers go get some and enjoy with a chocolate dessert or worked great with some spicy mexican tacos (511 characters)

Photo of DragonzBreath
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, This is the finest chocolate stout to date, the One to beat. Rich chocolate flavors, malt, vanilla. Pours thick dark with a creamy foam tan head. No bitterness. Exceptional ---- Abv 5.0
This is by far one of my favorite chocolate stouts. (277 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with some amber on the sides. Pours a nice big khaki head with decent retention.

S: Fudgy chocolate with roasted coconut. Reminds me of a mounds candy bar. Both milk chocolate and bitter chocolate on the nose.

T: Very sweet beer with an initial taste of a malted chocolate shake. Bitterness from roasted grain comes midway through but fails to balance the big sweet flavor. This results in what seems like a watery aftertaste.

M: Thin with low carbonation. More thickness would be better. Finishes wet and a bit sticky.

O: Although this beer is unbalanced and very sweet, it was enjoyable. Lacking some "stoutness" but definitely delivers on the chocolate. (674 characters)

Photo of smonice
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have seen this quite a few times at the local shop and have always passed it by since it was organic but a friend raved about it and bought me a bottle. Really really good!

A: Dark brown color pouring, head was a off white and there was minimal-moderate lacing.

S: The first thing I though of when I smelled this for the first time was hot chocolate.

T: Every mouthful I was looking for something else in this beer but to my mouth, all I get is chocolate (that's not a bad thing).

M: Lighter than I expected, would have thought it would have been a little creamier.

O: Like a reviewer before me said, "Heavy on the chocolate, light on the stout." but I will def be purchasing this brew in the future! (707 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, reddish-brown (not as dense as most stouts, as I could see light from the other side when I held the glass up to the light). The head was 2-fingers of cafe-au-lait colored froth, that lingered a long time, but left scant lacing.

S: Some roasted malt grain malt, and a hint of dried fruit, but dominant aroma was chocolate -- not cocoa or baker's chocolate, but Yoo-hoo chocolate drink.

T: Very sweet initially, with a hint of toasted malt; then chocolate; then more sweet chocolate; then some bitter-sweet chocolate toward the end (so I guess they must have thrown in a couple of hops cones at the end of the boil...). No complexities or subtleties; just chocolate.

M: Moist and decently carbonated up front; slightly chewy in the finish.

O: Heavy on the chocolate, light on the stout. In fact, nothing stout about it other than the color (and even that was more in the porter family). It wasn't bad, but definitely didn't live up to my expectations, either from the labeled style or from the Samuel Smith brand (which has rarely let me down). I've had chocolate beers before that I really liked, but they weren't so overwhelmingly sweet as this one. If I ever get one again (unlikely), I'll drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in, as dessert is all this one is really good for. (1,294 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is very dark in color. When held to the light it does come through, barely. An aggressive pour yielded a few inches of creamy, tan head.

S - I get a noseful of baker's chocolate. Wow! It's a lot more intense than I anticipated.

T - The taste is full of sweet, dark chocolate.

M - It is slick, but not thick. It seems a bit thin for a stout. I like my stouts like I like my women, dark, thick and full of alcohol.

O - This is a very good beer from a good brewery. It has good chocolate flavor and is not as sweet as some chocolate stouts I have had. It's good beer to have with a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. (697 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Monday Night Brewing Pint.

A - Pours very dark. Not the darkest around, but still vary black. Almost opaque. One finger light tan head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Smells like straight up McDonald's chocolate milk shake with a hint of malty twang. Has me jonesing for french fries.

T - Chocolate malt and light nut with the signature Samuel Smith after taste.

M - Just a touch on the light side for my preferences. Not quite chewy but still much better than a lot of lesser examples of the style.

O - My favorite Milk Stout thus far! (577 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown color with a tall, frothy, beige head that recedes to leave some decently spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted malts and then tons of milk chocolate syrup and some lesser dark baker's cocoa. The chocolate seems "real" if that makes sense, compared to some beers where the cocoa seems stale or artificial.

The tastes begins with lightly roasted, toasted maltiness, but the milk chocolate flavors burst huge right after. As it warms you get a tad but of English yeast fruity esters but the waves of cocoa are hard to overtake.

The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is sweet albeit a tad bit on the watery, flabby end.

Overall, this really hits the mark for a sweet after dinner beer in the winter when you don't want a huge beer and plan to last past midnight. Pretty one-noted but luckily the one note isn't too sweet or burdensome on the palate. It delivers what it advertises and much better than any other of Samuel Smith's Organic offerings, especially the fruited ones. (1,047 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extreme Chocolate beer.
Pours an almost black color. Tan head. A little light comes through when held up to a bright light.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.

It has a milk chocolate smell. Sweet and pleasant.

Of course, the taste is of chocolate. This beer is too syrupy sweet to be enjoyable by its self. An overly sweet chocolate flavor dominates the taste. Sweet up front, and it does have a mild bitternes in the finish, but not enough to balance things out.

Yeah, it is just too sickly sweet.
If I were to drink this again, I would probably want only a small glass served with dessert. (599 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy tan head that last a good spell.

S- The big nougat chocolate syrup aroma dominates and covers any other possible aromas.

T- The taste of cream gives way to a big hershey’s syrup and chocolate nougat flavor with some tootsie roll hints leading to a slightly dry finish. The hershey’s syrup flavor lingers after the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This is like drinking carbonated hershey’s syrup. The stout flavors are overpowered and don’t even come through the artificial chocolate flavor. It was tough getting through this beer. (695 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like your standard stout—black body, off-white foamy head—but the aroma has the added bonus of chocolate! And they really nailed it. It’s a big, noticeable chocolate smell. Also some dry, pale malt, and bready/sweet notes to it.

Flavor is also strong on chocolate, though mainly through the front and mid-palate. Finish has a slight twang, making me think the water is imparting this unique character. Could also be the bittering hops adding something to dry out the end. Either way, there’s still a nice lingering chocolate flavor in my mouth. Body could be a little better; it’s just a bit thin and slightly over carbonated. I’d prefer it to be a bit fuller and smoother, much like their oatmeal stout.

Samuel Smith delivers on the chocolate, and for that I really enjoyed this beer. I’d like having this next to their oatmeal stout, as I think I’d prefer that over this. In a perfect world, they’d just add the chocolate to the oatmeal stout and call it good. (989 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great chocolate stout, especially at under 5 bucks a bottle. the pour is nearly black in color, impenetrable to light, with about an inch of tan head. the nose is incredibly chocolatey, not dark chocolate, not cocoa powder, but pure delicious milk chocolate, like a candy bar or something, very sweet, and the roasty malt behind it adds a nice depth to the smell. the flavor is also extremely chocolatey, maybe moreso than any other beer ive had, including the youngs double chocolate. in fact, i taste little else. its very sweet, almost too much so, and sits funny in the stomach as a result. my only real complaint with this. to me it was a bottle that had to be shared, just couldnt take all the residual sugar. but the chocolate flavor is as authentic and prominent as it gets in a beer, so extra credit for that. full body, sticky sweet, minimal carbonation, velvety texture. a great beer overall. i guess you cant have a chocolate beer without the sweetness if you want it to taste like milk chocolate, this does an excellent job of getting those flavors across, but once a year is enough for me on this one. (1,117 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a snifter. Dark brown, almost bordering on pitch black, with a massive two finger head that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma lives up to the name, it is chocolate all the way. Even though the aroma is almost one-note, it is very pleasing to the senses. It smells like liquid chocolate malt balls.
The aroma translates almost perfectly to the taste. Very chocolaty and malty beer. Hints of bitterness towards the finish.
Smooth, silky, luscious mouthfeel. A solid brew from Samuel Smiths.
I really enjoyed this stout and would recommend it strongly. (582 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

550ML bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- The darkest shade of brown and almost opaque. A finger of off white head that dissipates somewhat and leaves sticky multi level lacing.

Smell- Thick chocolate and coco. This is Hershey syrup in a bottle. Wow, such a faboulous smelling beer.

Taste- Heaps and heaps of Hershey chocolate with an awesome bitter sweet chocolate finish for great balancing! So Impressive, with a brewery that I expect to be impressive. Living up to your own created hype is one of the hardest things to do, yet they have done it again.

Mouthfeel- Just the littlest bit on the watery side but a nice amount of carbonation to make with a very very easy drinking stout.

Overall- About as impressed as I could be. Samuel Smith is seriously the boss daddy when it comes to stouts and porters. They show that you dont have to do complexity and can still hit a homerun! (907 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a solid half inch oatmeal head that dissipates slowly, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, amaretto, and lightly roasted malt.

Flavor is also milk chocolate dominant, with notes of nutty almond, a hint of roast, booze, and light hints of dark fruits.

Body is moderate to full and slightly creamy, with carbonation on the low side.

Excellent dessert beer. Chocolate is over the top. Lacks roast malt acrid flavor. Delicious. (476 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown bordering on black but not quite. Pours slightly thinner than I guessed. Head is a beautiful light tan, as thick as you want, lasts forever, and full of rocky looking foam that sticks to the glass as it finally gives way.

Smells like a chocolate milk shake. The most chocolately smelling beer I've had yet, and it totally works. Not too sweet smelling, not too bitter smelling, just smells like chocolate.

A chocolate bomb explodes in your mouth. There's faint coffee notes, even some toffee, but all the rest is chocolate in just the right way to work for a beer. Tastes like a mild liqueur.

Totally creamy and smooth. Sweet, but not overly so. Just a smack of bitterness in the finish to wipe off the sticky sweetness from your tongue. Easy to drink, maybe too much so. Only 5% ABV so you can drink them all night long. Not terribly thick, but not too watery either.

Overall, it's something I'd could drink a lot of. It goes down easy and tastes like a chocolate shake. There's really nothing wrong with this except some may not consider it a beer. (1,071 characters)

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout pours out black with a fairly sizable head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing behind. The aroma is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The taste follows with an excellently rich and realistic chocolate flavor. There's just a bit of roasted malt and coffee backing it up. It manages to pull off the incredibly rich chocolate flavor without being too sweet. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. This is probably the best straight chocolate beer I've had. Chocoholics need to get at this one as fast as possible. (615 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tall, densely creamy head. Beautifully rich chocolate aroma topped with some whipped cream. Not syrupy or fake or overdone, it just smells like a delicious dessert. Somewhat less singularly chocolaty than the aroma, the flavor is less sweet having a slight bitter roast to go along with milk chocolate and cocoa powder. A little dark fruit, vanilla, and a late tartness add to the experience. Smooth, medium body with a dry finish. Not too sweet at all. Well done... (479 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's organic chocolate Stout

Poured from 550 ML bottle into CBS snifter. Serve slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown nearly black, with a big fluffy finger of mocha head. This settles to a dusting, and has some nice lacing.

S) The aroma is chocolate malt, milk chocolate, and cocoa powder. A bit of coffee bean as well. Really lots of chocolate....

T) The taste is very similar to the nose, but perhaps not quite as sweet. There's a bit of hops there at the end as well. Chocolatey aftertaste.

M) Medium bodied moderate carbonation, smooth and fairly creamy.

O) I've always enjoyed Samuel Smith's beers, and this is no exception. A real chocolatey treat, and I'm glad to recommend it. (694 characters)

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

Black beer. Head is almost four fingers high. Tan in color and very slow to recede.

Healthy chocolate aroma with both milk chocolate and dusty cocoa character. Touch of coffee malts and lactose. Light nuttiness. Nice sweet stout nose.

Very milky and chocolaty, but still has a touch of dark charred bitterness in the middle. I love that it's not over-the-top. Still clean and malty and a little bit of hops makes this an ideal chocolate stout.

Smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Great round mouthfeel.

Great stout. I really need to enjoy the Samuel Smith line more often. (582 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into snifter.

A - Dark black-brown with a creamy tan head.

S - Rich milk chocolate. Fudge. A hint of vanilla cream and roasted malt.

T - Smooth, rich milk chocolate flavor all the way through. Reminds me of malted milk balls. Sweet but not cloying. There is a little roast, caramel and vanilla on the backend.

M - Medium bodied, silky, and creamy. Mild carbonation.

O - A great dessert beer. The chocolate flavors are not artificial tasting and the mouthfeel is very pleasant. A bit one dimensional overall but it's still very good. (550 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured aggressively but only a 1 finger white head. Nice micro bubbles, retention and lacing.

S - Extremely perfect chocolate smell like being at the factory or cooking melted chocolate on a stove

T - Perfection in a bottle. Extremely balanced with malt and chocolate flavor very pronounced in the beginning with a slight hop crispness in the finish. Very sweet and dessert like yet easy to drink and very sessionable as well.

M - for a 5% beer its very creamy and full bodied on the tongue

O - This is one exceptional beer from Samuel Smith. For a true chocolate flavored beer, this one really delivers the goods and provides a true premium chocolate flavor that is genuine. No cheap syrupy flavor here. A great beer by all regards. Did I forget to mention how inexpensive it is, only $4.99 for a 550ml bottle. Comparable beers would be $8-12 per bottle and probably not as tasty. (889 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 550 ml bottle from Rutherford Wine.

Very black body with ruby highlights along the bottom of the glass. A full fist of medium tan rocky foam.

Deep inviting, intoxicating, irresistible chocolate aroma.

There is a hint of coffee, then a flash of solid British hops, and then everything is engulfed by a wave of Hershey syrup. And it works.

Mouthfeel is medium while I was looking for more, but still a plus.

I fell in love with Samuel Smith very early in my craft, or rather micro-brewing, hobby, but its been a long while since I purchased any, keeping for my beer buying domestic for the last few years. My return to the brand did not disappoint. (658 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this beer is essentially Rogue Chocolate Stout, but more affordable and in 12oz four packs. Score. Pours out a brown liquid, light beige head on the top, the cocao nibs don't really allow for much in the way of head retention, lacing etc. . .

Aroma is chocolate, and big on it. Its not really a dark chocolate vibe, more of a lighter variety. But its tons of chocolate. The flavor profile is rather simple: tons of chocolate, some chocolate malt, an average amount of two row, alcohol kept low, a really good sessionable chocolate stout. Good stuff. Easily jumps to the top of the list in terms of my favorite imported beer. Very smooth, hardly any bitterness to it. A little caramel running through it melds quite nicely.

These guys have never come out with a new beer in my drinking lifetime, its nice to finally see a new addition to the portfolio, which was already good, this one might be my favorite. I'd stay away if you don't like sweet chocolate, but if you fancy yourself as a chocolate and beer fan, this is a must try. (1,039 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I scored the last bottle in the cooler at The Fridge last night. I did not realize that it was a limited release, but I have reviewed most of their other beers and I definitely wanted to get this one in also.

From the bottle: "Brewed with water from the original brewery well sunk in 1758, the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors 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."; Captioning a picture: "A brewer caring for a batch of ale during open primary fermentation,where the centuries-old Smith yeast strain produces the rocky white foam."; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."

My pour produced a finger of dense, mocha-tan head with great retention. I was mesmerized while watching it slowly fall on top of itself. Nose was definitely sweet chocolate, probably much sweeter than I will care for, but we shall see. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. Mouthfeel was more medium than creamy and the flavor was more like chocolate extract or chocolate liqueur than any chocolate beer that I can remember. Finish continued to have an odd sweetness to its chocolaty flavor. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but it is not leading to either a) smiles or b) refills. (1,615 characters)

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.