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

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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 151
Gots: 537 | FT: 6
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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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I thought that I knew what a chocolate stout was supposed to taste like. It is a style that I enjoy but that is fairly predictable --- a semi-dry stout with a little bit of chocolate in the background. But this is something else, all together.

I poured it from a bomber into a wine glass (it is what I had handy) and immediately picked up incredible cocoa aroma, along with some malty sweetness. It pours a clear dark brown (almost black) with a light tan head.

The flavor is chocolately, extremely chocolately. Lots and lots of cocoa. There is nothing subtle about it at all, but I kinda like it for the contrast with the more understated chocolate stouts. Mostly sweet at first but it dries out for the finish. Exquisitely smooth mouthfeel, downright creamy. A lingering bitterness on the tongue.

This beer was a delight. Completely unexpected. I will be looking for this one in the future. It is a bit sweeter than I normally prefer from a stout but I liked it none the less.

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Overall a not-too-sweet chocolate stout, good beer to sip with desert; as it warms, one can detect more woody, nutty flavors and hint of smoke. Great beer, and I wouldn’t hesitate to try some of the other offerings by Samuel Smith.

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