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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish - this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate that will lead to smiles and refills. Samuel Smith's brews in traditional coppers, uses stone 'Yorkshire Squares' for fermentation, and ships every bottle from the brewery with great pride.

Added by rangerred on 10-16-2012

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Photo of benetoh
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into wili becher pint glass

A: dark brown-black, with 1 inch head that dissiapted quickly, leaving a light foam lacing on the glass.

S: dry chocolate, nothing else ( this is not a bad thing at all)

t: mild roastiness up front, followed by a solid taste of relatively dark chocolate. just a touch of sweetness, not close to something like Youngs.

m: exactly what you would expect out of an English style stout; mild carbonation on the front of the tongue. very smooth texture, medium thickness.

o: A solid beer that is now one of my wife's and my new favorite non imperial chocolate beer. Another solid stout by the people at sammy smith.

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Photo of Efay
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a head of light brown foam head. The head is about two fingers of foam, with great retention. There is not much lacing at all with this beer.

S- Probably the best smelling beer I have ever tried. There's a pleasant smell of vanilla, with some light baker's chocolate and some sweetness that I cannot define, probably the lactose. Smells like a chocolate milkshake.

T- Can taste the chocolate malt that gives some light initial bitterness, as well as some light chocolate that mellows out the bitterness from the malt. There are also some hops that make the finish bitter, but not too bitter as the sweet lactose works with the hops.

M- Sadly, very light and thin to me. For this style I enjoy more thickness. Very sticky and moderate carbonation.

O- One of my top chocolate stouts. Just extremely tasty and great a desert beer. They definitely hit the mark with the aroma, but I wish it was a little more robust in flavor. If more breweries were making milk stouts like this, I feel like they would be more popular.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at Gary's up in Wayne and I was short of packs here at the house, so I grabbed four of these. I didn't know what the appeal was with the organic aspect of this but I love every beer that I've ever had from Samuel Smith's and this was no exception to this. Most of the Stouts that I've had lately seemed to be caught up in an arms race to see which can be the hoppiest, boldest, and strongest, but this one had such a nice understated aspect to it that it just may be my new favorite for this style!

Nice pour to this, with a dark hue and lighter head that contrasted nicely with the liquid, reminding me of a good chocolate mousse. Lots of milk and power chocolate to the nose with a hint of lactose that was a bit stronger in the taste. This was neither sticky nor bitter, and the roasted, espresso notes that tend to characterize Stouts were not to be found here. Instead, this felt like an egg cream without the whip cream, because of how smooth and silky this beer was. Very little hops and no alcohol to be detected here, it almost felt as if I took a Ghirardelli bar and melted it into some farm-fresh milk. The alkali wasn't here but there's just a bit o power-like residue that seems to be present here, in the taste and not in the mouthfeel.

Thought I only had one of these at a time, this would be great to enjoy as a dessert unto itself, one after another. At no time did this feel like beer because the alcohol never made itself known and the creaminess hit whatever booze was present in this beer. While it will never measure up to the heavier Stouts, the organic nature of this comes through because of how natural this tasted and felt. It calls for some milk chocolate bars or truffles to go with it but why ruin a good thing? This is one of those beers that's a meal unto itself and doesn't need anything hard to ruin the pure enjoyment that it offers.

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose is heavily leaning to cream soda with notions of vanilla, cocoa and molasses brimming forth as well.

On the pour it is average darkness hued with moderate translucency around the edges and a ho hum head that disappears quicker than I would have thought.

Sweetened dark chocolate and cocoa are the first foremost frontrunners, flavor wise. Roasted caramel is just a faint echo somewhere in the background.

Not incredibly thick in the mouth which in this case I call a good thing. I think we all tend to get sort of accustomed to chocolate stouts with that thick oatmeal backing, and here's proof that that's not a necessity.

Overall this is very pleasing sip after sip. Sweet and heavy on chocolate without being unrefined. It's nice to have a chocolate stout that is unabashedly one yet manages to stay endearing and never obnoxious.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep ebony body, crowned by a dense, cloud-top head, with Belgian-type lacing. The head retains quite well.

Aroma: Profound note of sweet chocolate in the aroma, rather like cocoa. There are notes of vanilla, as well, and a suggestion of milk.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of sweet chocolate. As the taste progresses, there are mild toasted grain notes, and as in the aroma, notes of vanilla and milk. That being said, the sweet chocolate flavor dominates the taste from start to finish. There is a little, mild hop bitterness at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice dessert beer, pairs very well with chocolate-based desserts.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom embossed 550ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purhased at World Market in March of 2013 for $5.49/bbl.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Organic Chocolate Stout pours a black color, with a nice sized tan head. There is a strong chocolate aroma. The taste contains lots of chocolates, and hints of hops bite throughout the taste. A bit of a funky aftertaste, but good full flavor. Overall a nice interesting chocolate stout with a bit of a bite in it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, very dark essentially pitch black beer.

Nose is just all chocolate, candy chocolate, milk choc mostly, like Hershey candy bar, sine light cocoa nibs and bakers choc, hint of vanilla with it, little caramel, not much else.

Taste starts with creamy choc again, milk choc, little bakers choc, again that candy bar choc with lush melting choc, but also a little fake choc kinda taste, and a bit of a make syrup kinda thing as well, a bit strange. Light honey malt flavor, little caramel and candy syrup. A light earthy hop flavor and bitterness to. Finish is drier, little sticky though, lots if lingering cheap choc flavor, light earthy bittering hops.

Mouth is med bodied bit creamy and bit syrupy, fluffy carb.

Overall not bad but harder for new to drink since its pretty much just cheaper end chocolate candy bar flavor and very little beer, bust still tasty as a dessert.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a very dark brown color with a foamy, light brown head. The aroma is sweet with chocolate and malt. The taste is robust and fairly light from lots of carbonation. It finishes very sweet leaving a lingering chocolate taste. This certainly leaves a different taste than beers brewed with cocoa. Overall, this was a pretty good desert style stout.

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Photo of phillyrich
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

PERFECT JUST PERFECT TRIED ALL OTHERS THIS ONE. IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST TASTING CHOCOLATE STOUT OUT THERE BEST TASTE. BEST SMELL BEST FLAVOR THIS ONE HAS IT ALL AND HOPEFULLY ITS NOT JUST SEASONAL LOVE IT LOVE IT DONT CHANGE A THING SAMUEL SMITHS THANK YOU

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Photo of scratch69
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with two fingers worth of lingering tan head. Fair amount of patchy lace.

Smell- Strong aroma of chocolate.

Taste- Milk chocolate flavor with the faintest hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and very smooth. Very light amount of carbonation which goes great with this beer.

Overall- Fantastic beer! This is what all chocolate stouts and ales should aspire to. This definitely my new favorite.

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Photo of mnrider
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle. Has complicated freshness date.

A: Pours dark brown, nice tan head. Great lacing and coaster thin head retention.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, sweet dark fruits. Some malts. Not too complex yet the
chocolate and fruit aroma is simply delightful.

T/M: Smooth, could use a little more carbonation. Creamy chocolate malts and
cocoa. Less sweet than the smell. Hops are small with little bitterness. Roasted
malts with hints of dark fruits.

O: Great tasting milk stout. A nice winter weather dessert stout. Possibly a little
too sweet, which makes it less of a session beer and more of a special occasion
beer.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured in a Stout glass.

Appearance - Mostly black with a nice but not overbearing brown head.

Smell - Very pungent and prominent chocolate/cocoa smell. One of my favorite smelling beers. Some stouts tend to be difficult to pick up a good scent on, but this is right in your face and it's just quite amazing.

Taste - chocolate...no two ways about it. maybe a little coffee/express in the finish. So delectable. My first time drinking this was favorable, but my 2nd purchase (a 4 pack) quickly made not only my favorite Samuel Smith variety, but also surpassed it as my favorite Chocolate Stout (the previous being Young's double chocolate..which is a fantastic stout in itself). It's certainly a dark chocolate flavor...one that you want to keep sipping until the glass is empty. Sometimes you feel bad you drank the whole thing without savoring it properly.

Mouthfeel - despite it's somewhat rich flavor and smell, it is a medium mouthfeel. Not overbearing or too filling. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it's hard to resist having a couple in a row if you have enough available

Overall - A terrific representation of the style. I *love* this beer. It's one of those beers where you just bask in each sip and wish the glass was bottomless. There are a few beers which are hard to believe are even beers, and this is one of them. Samuel Smith is probably my favorite brewery period, and this is their best beer IMHO. That should say enough about how i feel about it

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Photo of robhbest
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip, shared with The Lone Wolf.

A: Dark brown with 1 finger tan head, awesome retention and lacing.

S: Hot chocolate with marshmallows.

T: Chocolate Milk, oh, and marshmallows.

M: Little lighter than I expected.

O: This is the epitome of sweet stouts. Its a malted milk shake, chocolate and marshmallows in a beer form. One of my favorites and almost everyone would drink it. Non beer lovers would enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a small tan coloured head.

The smell is milk chocolate, smells very nice. Would have been nice if it was a little stronger.

The taste is milk chocolate much the same as the smell.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little prickly carbonation.

Overall the chocolate flavours are delicious but just a little bit weak. Would have like a bit more body as well.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard tumbler. Poured a black mostly opaque, with a thin light brown head, with occasional carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was chocolate, no two ways around it. Very similar to a Hershey's bar. Flavor was also chocolate. Sweet, with obvious chocolate, finishing with a bit of bitterness. A bit thin in the mouth, didn't coat as well as would be expected. Overall a great chocolate stout. Nothing overly bad about this beer, just needed a bit more chew to be stellar.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way back, years and years ago, I remember picking up a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout in Honolulu on a particular day. Clearly, it was a day cemented into my memory. That is about how long it's been since I've tried something from this brewery.

Very strong cocoa nose on this one. Flavor is heavy, in my face, cocoa laden chocolate. I put strong emphasis on the cocoa bit as it's quite pronounced. Probably a bit too much, honestly, as I would like a bit more actual chocolate character on the mix. But I can live with this. Definitely bringing something beyond the typical.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A=Pours a very dark brown color with a fluffy tan head
S=Sweet milk chocolate and cocao nibs, with a slight malty undertone. Smells sweet and delicious
T=Dark chocolate, not overly sweet which definitely adds to its drinkability. A bit of espresso in the finish.
M=lighter than expected, with a higher level of carbonation than i expected that distracts from the taste a little. Definitely a drinkable beer though
O=Sweet and delectable, a great beer to drink on a cold day by a fire.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with some redish highlights, ample cap of tan froth, good lacing. Scent leads right away with melted Hershey's chocolate bar - semi-sweet, milk chocolate - faint notes of fruitiness and malt only other notes detected. Taste back again with the melted milk chocolate candy bar, some dark roasted and toasted malts, notes of fruit, light herbal note. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth and creamy. There are some chocolate stouts that have an artificial, tootsy roll like quality and some big, bad stouts with full on decadent, dark chocolate. This guy picks a familiar middle ground and succeeds beyond my expectations.

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Photo of 57md
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown to black color with two big fingers of beige head that holds on for awhile. The chocolate in the nose is exquisite! The only bad things about the smell being so distinctly chocolate is that it pumps up the expectation of chocolate in the flavor profile. Unfortunately, the chocolate flavor is muted in comparison to the nose.

In addition to the chocolate, there is some roasted malt flavors, but not as much as I might like (even in a milk stout). There is a sweet touch on the finish which is very nice, indeed.

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a thin, brown head that has good retention

S - huge chocolate aroma, pure cocoa and bittersweet chocolate

T - also huge chocolate and cocoa flavors, some faint roasted malts, some very faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, creamy, faintly crisp, well carbonated

This was delicious! It was incredibly chocolatey with a full-flavor and fantastic drinkability. I was very impressed by this beer. On top of all that it has a low enough ABV to make it sessionable. This is definitely a stout I would buy again.

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Photo of Rutager
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. A vigorous pour reveals a deep, dark brown beer with almost three fingers of creamy tan head that leaves some great lacing behind.

Smell. Big sweet creamy chocolate. Remind me a little of Quick powder from when I was a kid. Maybe a little dark malt, but the sweet chocolate pretty much pwns this one.

Taste. Tons of milk chocolate goodness with a slight lactic tang. There's some darker malts, a bit of a metallic taste in there, and a slightly grassy, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. A little thin with that sweetness at below medium bodied, with below medium carbonation.

Overall. This started out great with sexy looks and an awesome smell but the taste and mouthfeel didn't hold up. Good stuff, but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally came upon this one at a local bottle shop. 16oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light coffee colored 1 finger head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black though pretty thin. Spotty lace with good stick and thin legs. Pretty.

Nose is lactose, milk chocolate, sweet cream. Moderately aromatic, appetizing and very appropriate.

Opens chocolate, cream cane sugar. Lactose and sweet cream in the middle with cocoa powder at the finish. Some subtle roasted malt too. Aftertaste is milk chocolate and sweet cream. Enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly but pretty smooth in the mouth. A touch thin and a bit too carbonated. Goes down smooth with some bubbles. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

Pretty solid milk stout that is very true to its name. Probably one of the most chocolatey stouts out there without being overly sweet... which is quite an accomplishment (just ask Southern Tier!) A bit too thin and carbonated but I'd love to try this from cask. Enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of yankeeairpirate
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of PaterMorse
3.94/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of Maxwell
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.