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 cubsfan2004
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appreance - Poured into a tulip with a frothy head. Brown-black in color.

Smell - Sweet chocolate.

Taste - Delicious sweet chocolate is definitely the highlight but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Not thin but also not chewy. Simply very smooth.

I have been waiting for this one a while and it did not disappoint. Definitely a sweet stout but it tastes delicious and is supremely drinkable. (393 characters)

Photo of Groucho75
2.77/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've spent plenty of time in the company of Samuel Smith products but alas, this one isn't one I'll visit again.

Picked this up last week from my go-to guy; he was quick to flag me down and pull this off the shelf. I had seen the box the day before and was looking forward to finally giving it a try.

The pour into a nonic pint left a healthy, creamy, gorgeous looking tan head afloat a deep, deep chocolate brown stout. Lovely appearance.

Here's where things go pear-shaped: the smell. Maybe I grabbed the one bad bottle out of however many barrels they made, but the aroma kept me from enjoying this. It literally smelled like bad imitation chocolate flavoring. I picked up some of the fruits (plummy, a little fig, perhaps some lactose from milk sugars) but overall it smelled terrible.

Once I made it around the nose, the taste was only so-so. There was almost an oily-ness to it. Chocolate (natch) and some coffee notes were there, but lacking the balance I come to expect from SS.

Mouthfeel was above average; it settled smoothly down the gullet and had a nice chewiness. Not as oily as the initial taste.

I hate to bring the average down, and if I had a bum bottle, I'd be happy to try this again. But overall this was a drain pour for me. I tried to like it, I really did. (1,291 characters)

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

Serving Type - 18.7 oz classic sized bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a thick, creamy 3 inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark milky chocolate,bitter coffee, some cocoa, brown sugars, molasses. A sweet honey like aroma at the finish.

Taste - As expected, chocolate bomb, as with sammy smith, its a clean, bold and smooth flavor. Plenty of cocoa mixed in with some light coffee and sugars. Hasa very sweet finish, like a mix of brown sugar/molasses and maybe honey.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, tasty and sweet, but not overdone. Tounge gets major chocolate, sugars and cocoa, palate gets more of the same. Aftertaste is sweet and dry.

Overall - Straight on with there other organic beers, clean smooth flavor, the featured flavor is strong and enjoyable. Low alcohol , great flavor and limited release makes this a must try. (832 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

When I saw the name Samuel Smith placed next to the words "Chocolate Stout", I knew I had to pounce. This stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger-and-a-half of light tan foam. The nose is a blast of straight Cocoa Puffs-esque chocolatey-ness. I'm hooked already, waiting to be reeled in. The taste runs similarly, opting for a baking chocolate route, one that winds from overt sweetness to a dusty bitterness. Frankly, my tongue may have been overwhelmed by chocolate a bit, as my reaction was surprisingly not altogether positive. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine chocolate stout, though it verges on too much. Verges, but doesn't drop off the brink. (770 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle from Bullock's (Marietta, GA). 3.49. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours deep brown with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Nice clumps of lace.

Smells like sweet chocolate milk.

Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, heavily creamed coffee and mild fig/date. Not a whole lot going on but it's mighty good at what it does.

Creamy, smooth, medium light bodied feel that is only mildly carbonated. Long sweet cocoa aftertaste.

This beer does one thing and does it quite well. It's a smooth chocolatey pleasant sweet stout that happens to also be a great value. (575 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, like a stout should be, a skilled pour creates a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a sticky thin layer after a minute or so.

S - milk chocolate aromas punch first, big lactic sweetness, with some buttery acetyls create a rich creamy chocolatey aroma, enticing!

T - more sharp in the taste than I expected, it starts off with a bitter/sour coconut milk flavor, then the chocolate kicks into gear, like a liquid version of a 100% cocoa bar. The sourness fades while the chocolate stays and becomes much more enjoyable as it proceeds. some nondescript fruitiness comes up to,but its hard place.

M&D&O - smooth, a bit thinner than expected, the sweetness was a surprise too as I did not notice the style until this very moment. The milky, buttery, chocolately sweetness are fantastic 1and really make this seem like a chocolate bar turned into a beer. Well done again Sam Smith!! (900 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I think the aroma is excellent, it smells mostly like sweet milk chocolate, it reminds me a lot like chocolate milk with chocolate syrup added to it. Very, very sweet. I can also smell some vanilla and a bit of coconut, but for the most part I just smell milk chocolate. The taste isn't quite as chocolatey as the aroma, but it's still pretty good. It tastes mostly like milk chocolate, along with some vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, but then I like sweet tasting beers so if you're not into sweet stouts, then this one might not be for you. At just $3.99 a bottle it's a great deal, I'll definitely be buying this again! (921 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle. Pours a black color with dark brown hues and a half inch of frothy tan head. Some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate covered cherries and some raspberries. Taste is of chocolate and berries. Some coconut at the finish along with more chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Silky mouthfeel. This is an impressive Milk Stout and easily one of the best I have had. Overall, worth having again for sure. (434 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark, not quite pitch black with a tan head.

S-milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut

T-very similar to the nose-milk chocolate, vanilla, hint of coconut. Not roast, pure chocolate.

M-Not very carbonated which was nice, but not too thick.

D-the sweetness could cut into drinking more than 2-3 of these, but this is delicious.

Overall, this beer is very tasty and I hope to drink more in the future. I would put it up there with Young's Double Chocolate Stout and it might be better tasting. A note of caution, don't drink this unless you want something sweet. (572 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This just showed up in TN this past week. Surprised it hadn't been added yet.

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a thick, long lasting tan head. Incredible head retention; it just will not go away!

Very sweet, milk chocolate aroma. Smells a lot like chocolate milk. A very tiny bit of coffee along with semi-sweet baking chocolate. Chocolate just absolutely dominates.

The flavor is quite sweet right off the bat. Lots of milk chocolate very similar to Nesquick. Whipped cream along with very light coffee kind of reminds me of those cheap cappuccinos you get out of a machine, but in a good way. A little bit of that signature Samuel Smith fruityness but it is really buried underneath the chocolate. Sweetness borders on cloying but never quite gets that far. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light considering the sweetness.

Overall, this beer is extremely chocolate-y but definitely tasty. The sweetness sort of limits drinkability but this would make an excellent dessert beer. Tons more chocolate than Young's Double Chocolate Stout but also quite a bit sweeter. Probably will be an occasional beer for me but definitely one those who like sweet stouts should seek out. (1,219 characters)

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