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

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Reviews: 497
Hads: 2,791
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 28.71%
Wants: 201
Gots: 725 | FT: 4
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Dark black, rich yet thin this poured with a nice bubbly head that kept a bit of creaminess around the edge. The nose is straight chocolate, like a brownie, it so good I just wanted to keep my nose buried in the snifter. Cocoa and caramel are prominent in the aroma.

The taste is of cocoa, chocolate with hints of caramel. Tempered sweetness, nothing is overpowering yet I'm missing the maltiness of the stout. It has all the flavor of a nice dessert beer.

The only negative would be in the mouthfeel. Thin and fizzy it misses the thickness and meal like quality of a fine stout. No matter, I'm very happy with this offering from Samuel Smiths.

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Photo of Naters333
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served from a 550ml bottle with no born on date.

A-Poured a jet black color with a nice light tan head. Has some nice lacing for a stout as I drink it down the gullet.

S- Has a very sweet smell, almost of sugar water. I do get the chocolate smell. Smells like cheap chocolate, similar to a Milky Way candy bar. Nothing else here that sticks out.

T- Very very sweet. Sugar, chocolate, sweet. No real developing flavors here. Sweet taste on sweet taste for me.

M- Mouthful is kind of nice. Good mouthful for a stout. I might even prefer it to be a bit thicker for a milk stout. I really get more of the chocolate taste in the mouthful.

O-Well, first of I'm not a huge fan of milk stouts or sweet stouts. This one is really just too sweet for me. Not much going on here to balance that sweetness. Pretty low alcohol, which maybe if it were a tad higher it might make this beer more to my liking. Anyways, I will say that this just isn't my favorite beer or type of beer, but I'm glad I tried it. Comes from a brewery that for the most part I really enjoy their offerings.

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

Served in a pint.

A - Deep brown hue with an rich ivory head. Head that took up half of glass. Took ages to recede leaving heavy lacing behind.

S - Chocolate fudge is taking hold of my nostrils. Hints of coconut and vanilla in the background.

T - Powdered chocolate goodness mixed with a milky composition. Slightly bitter near the rear of the progression showing the coconut-like flavor I detected in the nose. Nice malts throughout.

M - Medium body with silky smooth composition. Carbonation was light.

O - Enjoyable and does well for a milk stout. I prefer the bolder RIS, making this a bit of an unfair comparison.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this just out of pure curiosity, it sounded good so I figured what not try it. The beer poured out as a very deep brown color. It's got a decent looking head on top. Not much retention but it does have some sticky lacing which is impressive. The smell of the beer is chocolate which is good, it's a soft milky cocoa aroma and not overly sweet at all. The taste again is full of soft cocoa flavors, it's got a moderate bitterness in the finish but the flavor itself is very easy going. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, the carbonation is a little high but remains very drinkable. Overall it's a really good chocolate stout. This was very surprising.

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Photo of losdizzel
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off big fan of Samuel Smiths brown, oatmeal,and imperial .
Poured in a Sam Adams glass,nice and dark very dark .
good head retention and lacing ,
Its pretty cold still , smells of cooking cocoa ,creamy looking head .
Taste like a chocolate coke almost, wet finish, and vanilla ,stays creamy on the tounge ,oily .

all around good beer this a keeper for me .

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Photo of APB
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Black, with very little head.

S- Super rich chocolate and slight vanilla hint

T- Creamy very chocolate taste and strong vanilla presence

M- Very creamy feel, very drinkable

O- Very good beer but not quite what I was expecting from the Samuel. Almost artificial vanilla taste. It's a 1 to 2 beer drink for me.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with only faint mahogany edges. Two finger, frothy beige head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with a strong, desert like chocolate presence bursting with cocoa, fudge and chocolate cake character. As it warms, the roast becomes more prominent with some toast and coffee bean but it still smells like pastry. There's some hazelnut and toffee as well butbthe chocolate really stands out.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very nice balance of sweet and roasted malt notes. Strong lactose/creamy presence up front followed by fudge-y chocolate cake flavor, oatmeal, hazelnut and toffee. Not too sweet though with some roasted malt, burnt toast and espresso like flavor balancing things out. Very clean and easy to drink, excellently incorporating the chocolate without being overly sweet/gimmicky. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New to me beer picked up at Whole Foods this afternoon.. Pours dark walnut brown.. almost black but not quite... tannish head with decent lacing.

The nose is chocolate and vanilla extract... seems very VERY artificial.. No "real" beer qualities at all... more "SODA".

Flavor is the same.... vanilla soda with a chocolate extract addition.. Very light "stout" qualities..

Mouthfeel is better.. but the body and carbonation are still like an alcoholic "POP".

Disappointed for sure.. throw away... dumping.

I rated this one waaay too high for my liking.. but I did not want to destroy the curve.. I just don't like beers with additions.


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

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is clear and very, very dark brown with a solid two fingers of rocky head. Good retention. Nice lacing. The nose has massive notes of unsweetened cocoa powder, dark and milk chocolate. It is easily the most chocolaty-smelling beer I have encountered yet. It smells like a confectionery. There are also hints of vanilla, hazelnut, and graham crackers.

Medium body. Firm, semi-creamy feel. Light roasted notes and very little bitterness. Lots of sweetness. Malt, chocolate, and tiramisu. The beer never seems cloying or syrupy. Very mild, somewhat disappointing finish. Not much of a lingering flavor. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, a wonderful beer. I really enjoyed it, and will likely buy it again, but probably wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting. It lacks complexity. A little more bitter roastiness would serve this beer well. Still, an absolute must try for fans of sweet stouts and milk stouts or those new to craft beers looking to get into stouts.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #600

550ml served in a Southern Tier tulip

A - Pours black with a hefty 3 fingers of foam. Impressive retention and solid lacing.

S - Wow! Very rich and creamy milk chocolate, reminds me of french silk pie, hints of roast, tangy chocolate syrup, amazing.

T - Creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, very decadent flavors, sweet and creamy, dark chocolate comes out toward the finish. Woody herbal hops add low underlying bitterness.

M - Super creamy feel, perfect carbonation, glides over the palate.

The best chocolate aroma I've smelled from a beer. I could smell this all day long. Awesome milk stout thats sweet without being cloying. Chocolate is the dominate flavor but it's on another level.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 550ml bottle into my brand new Sam Smith's pint glass. The whole bottle fits inside!

Pours a near pitch black color - only against the light does some light streaks of brown and red appear at the bottom of the glass, but not much else. Poured in the glass, I was faced with an enormous head that was yeasty and full bodied, but it quickly died down. Other than some small streaks of bubbles that rise up to the glass, this maintains a solid presentation by keeping a ring of foam at the top and lots of lacing at the glass's edges.

Oh yes, they indeed did get the chocolate flavor quite well here. There are fresh notes of cacao that leap at the nostrils, combined with flavors resembling vanilla beans, milk, cream, and strawberries. There's not much of a bitter finish going on here. If anything, the dark malts and hops used to make this take a direct backseat here, and all that there is to focus on is the melding of chocolate "natural flavor" with the yeasty fruity aromas and seemingly present alcohol.

The flavor is more of the same, except for the fact that there's more chocolate here that I could ever imagine in a stout! Now, I've had strong imperial stouts in the past that produced massive chocolate flavors - often mixed with coffee - but this is like a combination of a balanced English stout with pure semi-dark chocolate syrup. As a result, it's really sweet, but at the same time the chocolate flavor is extremely impressive here. Other than that, the vanilla is big and bold here, and the candied red fruit flavors are present in a pretty over-the-top manner, so much that I sipped this to avoid getting to dizzy. As for the mouthfeel, it's quite thick, well carbonated, syrupy, and spot on. Easy to drink like nothing else.

This is the closest rendition I've ever had to beer becoming a chocolate drink. This is to chocolate in the same way that Péché Mortel is with coffee. Utterly fantastic and flavorful, and an excellent release for the holidays. I do hope they release this every year, as it's like no other stout I've ever had. Pair with cake and cookies and enjoy!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present.

Poured into my Winnie The Pooh pint glass.

A - Pours an almost-black black color, with just the tiniest bit of light creeping through. Creamy, frothy, chocolate colored head. Looks amazing.

S - The smells just hit you right in the f**king face. Smells like a bottle of liquid chocolate gold. A mosaic of like three different types of chocolate hits the nose, all melded together. Vanilla beans and cookie dough make an appearance also. A hint of earth and just a tad of booze smell. Absolutely stunning.

T - Beautiful milk chocolate creaminess. Like a wonderful whipped chocolate topping. No hops or carbonation or any bogus filler flavors to distract you and throw you off from this lovely gourmet beer experience. As you drink it, the several different notes of chocolate present themselves. Never had anything like this beer before.

M - Smooth mouth feel, with the creamy milky chocolate flavor sticking around, hanging out under your tongue and whatnot. Not too heavy, not too weak. Pretty well-balanced.

Overall, this beer is superb, and I have already recommended it to quite a few people while drinking this beauty, so do yourself a favor and find yourself a bottle before it's too late. One of the best beers I've been able to review fully on BeerAdvocate so far, and probably the best stout I've ever had as of yet. And this was my first introduction to Samuel Smith's beers. Looking forward to many more!

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout ---5/5

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Photo of axeman9182
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout pours not quite entirely black, with one or two scant ruby highlights barely poking through. Two plus fingers of light coffee foam crown the beer, before slowly fading away. A decent amount of lacing is left in its wake. The nose is straight milk chocolate. It's one note, but it's extremely spot on for what it is. Similarly, the flavor profile consists almost entirely of syrupy milk chocolate. It's almost like a less intense version of Southern Tier's Choklat. There is a bit of a nice fruity ester presence in the finish though. Still, there's nothing to balance the sweetness of the dominant chocolate presence. A light touch of hops, or roast, or even booziness would have been welcome. The body is full, and just a little bit slick. In general I like my stouts to tend towards being lowly carbonated, but this one takes that a hair too far. I had high hops for this chocolate stout, as I'm usually a fan of Samuel Smith's, but this one doesn't quite live up to the quality of some of their other brews. This would definitely be a good bottle to split with a couple people after a meal though.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.