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

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 2,648
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 630 | 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 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)

Photo of brureview
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Temp- about 55F( 12.8C). The stout is better warmer to bring out the flavors.

Very dark chocolate color with a 2 finger head.

Good aroma- rich chocolate-cocoa.

Mouth feel: smooth.

Taste: Deep, rich milk chocolate. Exceptionally drinkable. One of the best chocolate stouts I have tasted. Only 5%ABV. Quite a winter treat and superb! (359 characters)

Photo of Pexkool
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty standard for a stout: brownish head, 1 and a half finger tall, with little lacing and pitch black body.

S - WOW! Really sweet chocolate hits the nose the moment you open the bottle, but a little too much for me; like smelling a chocolate-covered marshmallow type of candy. There's nothing else I can smell except for chocolate, and maybe a little brown sugar.

T - A super sweet chocolate milkshake. The sweetness of the chocolate is a little too much for my taste, being a more dark chocolate kind of person. Aside from the chocolate, there are some sugar and "marshmallow-y" notes in it, but overall sweet taste. The aftertaste comes with some hops and nutty flavors.

M - Silky smooth with little carbonation. It's very drinkable, except for the extreme sweetness it leaves in your tongue.

Overall, a great stout, except I didn't like it at all. Coming from Samuel Smith and being an organic beer, I'd say everything in it is natural and... well, organic. Still, the sweetness I get from this beer seems almost artificial, like eating a cheap chocolate-covered marshmallow (and I know this is like the third time I mention that, but it tastes and smells exactly like that). I know most people are fascinated by this beer and seem to enjoy it a lot, but I prefer stouts with a darker chocolate flavor. Would recommend, but not have it again. (1,356 characters)

Photo of BeerNut402
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my top 5 favorite beers. It has everything I like in a beer.. Thick creamy head, smooth finish, and full flavor. I recommend this as a desert beer instead of a dinner or lunch beer.

A - Very dark brown almost black. The head on this beer has the appearance of a chocolate malt.

S - The smell is very chocolaty and bold. I get some coffee or espresso notes along with it too. The smell also resembles very closely that of a chocolate bar.

T - The taste is very similar to the smells you get. Chocolate and coffee tones along with a very suttle smoky flavor. This beer has one the best after tastes of any Beer. When it hits the palate you instantly get a burst of chocolate. This beer would pair very well with Nestlé toll house chocolate chip cookies or any other chocolate desert.

M - Not quite a chewy mouth but close. It is not like most stouts in that it has a much more carbonated feel to it. The beer finishes amazingly.

O - I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys craft beers. This is truly a masterpiece in my opinion. 5/5 baby !!!!

Note: I know this beer is labeled a stout but if you have ever had boulevards "Chocolate Ale" the feel and mouth of the beer is a close resemblance. Please try this beer if you like Ales this beer is nothing like a normal stout. (1,308 characters)

Photo of seagullbeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown, almost black with a head that fall pretty quick

S- super chocolaty, first time "chocolate" beer that actually smells like chocolate, also a bit of fig newton smell, mmm fig newtons

T- Chocolate without being super sweet, tastes like semi sweet chips, i want to mix it with chocolate milk. More milk than dark chocolaty

M- Relatively light for heavy tastes, sweetness sticks around for a while

O- Super chocolaty, would definitely buy it for a newcomer to beer who likes things on the sweet side.

Why doesnt anyone do a hoppy chocolate beer that blends the two elements bitter qualities? this stout was a bit too sweet but a fun thing to try out (664 characters)

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

Wow, incredibly yummy beer! Faultless! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, tan head that lasts and some lace. Color is a clear, dark brown with cherry highlights. Aroma is massivley cocoa with malt. Flavor's like nose, sweet malt and cocoa up front with a hint of bitter and carbonic tang in the back. Body is full, round, and lush with perfect carbonation. Finish is fairly long, like flavor, and very satisfying. This beer is just faultless. Love to try it with a scoop of Sweet Shop New York ice cream. (519 characters)

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.