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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

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 2,712
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 28.71%
Wants: 195
Gots: 678 | FT: 2
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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 gonzo000
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent chocolate stout. Imagine boiling down chocolate chips and inhaling a big whiff of chocolate goodness - it is similar to the smell of SSOCS, with a hint of malt tossed in for good measure. The dark brown brew has a modest head that shrinks to a ring of small bubbles around the outside of my glass that remaining throughout the beer. The taste is lead by chocolate, and although it is excellent, there is a hint of something being off - a fake quality, but I am being very picky. Mouthfeel is Smooth and silky. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

like carbonated chocolate milk, don't know if it would work as a desert beer on its own due to the over-carbonation but this paired phenomenally with alden's chocolate, chocolate chip ice cream.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - 550 mL bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass. The head and lacing are probably the best I've ever seen in a beer. Beautiful tan head that just stays around forever. Pours an opaque ruby red/black. One the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smell - heavy chocolate, sweet cream, sugar, barley.

Taste - bitter cocoa, sweet chocolate, cream.

Feel - very creamy/velvety & goes down super easy

Overall - a very good world-class beer, but a tad too sweet for my palate to consider it one of my all-time bests.

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Photo of dhfreak
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I'm not much of a stout fan, I can't help but love this beer. Very light and easy mouthfeel; not as heavy and dry as some stouts, and makes for a great desert as much as it does a breakfast addition.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout last week for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer and I since I'm in the mood for a Chocolate Stout I thought this would be a good choice, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over a fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up and it dominates the aroma with of this beer with a nice fudge like aroma and some chocolate syrup like aromas. Up next comes just a slight roasted malt and sweet malt like aroma. This beer had a really nice aroma that was just dominated by the chocolate.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up and it's just as dominating as it was in the aroma and it imparts those same fudge and chocolate syrup aspects. Up next comes the roasted malts which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma and there's some sweet malts showing up in the background. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and lots of chocolate showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer that lives up to it's name.

M- Very smooth, rich, a little crisp, slightly creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style. it had everything that I look for in a Chocolate Stout and while it wasn't the most balanced I thought those nice chocolate aspects made up for it. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, rich, a little crisp, slightly creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these and it would be a nice beer to enjoy during the cold weather. What I like the most about this beer is the chocolate aspect, it's very nice and it's just what I want in a chocolate stout. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness, it wasn't bad, but it was just a little on the sweet side for me. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a chocolate stout and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I liked this beer, it isn't something that I could drink all the time, but it's nice for when I want my chocolate fix. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery and it's one of the best chocolate stouts I've had. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the pint 2.7 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, opaque up to the light, the head is about two fingers of khaki foam, minimal lacing. Aroma is of dark Malts, milk chocolate (yes milk), biscuit, and a hint of fruit (maybe cherry?). Taste is very similar to the aroma, milk chocolate with a hint of malty/ biscuity taste at the end, nearly too sweet for my liking. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, evspdcially a chocolate stout. Overall decent, not something I'd go out of my way to get again, as say a southern tier mokah. 4/5

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours black with a tan head that settles to a cap.
S - First I caught the aroma when I opened the bottle. So much chocolate off the top of the bottle.
T - Sweet and chocolatey. Most chocolate flavored beers lean toward the dark chocolate side. This is the closest I've tasted to a milk chocolate flavor in beer. You could pour this over ice cream.
M - Nice chewy mouth feel, chocolate flavor coats your mouth and lasts a long time.
O - One of the best chocolate beers I've ever tasted. Can't believe I waited this long.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from the 550 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass produces about an inch of tan colored head that proves fairly sticky. The beer is a very dark ruddy brown.

Plenty of chocolate aromas and flavors, along with a little dark fruit and a little biscuit. Maybe a touch of brown sugar somewhere. A dark fruit tang combines with the chocolate to produce a chocolate covered cherry effect. The mouth feel is rather thin for a stout, but it works with this beer.

This is an excellent beer and another winner from Sam Smith 's. Reasonably priced at only 3-something for the bottle.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow,,,,very nice. The scent and taste scream milk chocolate. The muthfeel is a bit lacking as it would be nice if it were a bit more creamy. The color is opaque with offwhite head that is lacing. Overall.....very nice.

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Photo of MrWonka
4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. If you like chocolate stouts or anything to do with chocolate and beer, please, at least do me the favor, and seek this one out. Absolutely amazing. Smells like you were stuffing your nose in cocoa and tastes just like the smell only better. It's 5% so it won't knock you off your rocker but it'll go down easy and you'll want more. Get it if you see it, don't tthink twice.

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Photo of uvachief
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550ml bottle (18.7oz) into a brandy sniffer. Pours a dark deep chocolate brown with 2 full fingers of tan mocha head. Delicious notes of rich chocolate override aroma of roasted malts and light/weak coffee. Toffee maybe, caramelized sugar. Light and not as thick or creamy in the mouth as you would like. Thin actually. Tastes much like it smells with the overriding taste being chocolate. Milk chocolate. The other flavors are buried underneath. They fight the chocolate but fail. Low abv. Very drinkable. After taste is chocolate with roasted malts and a hint of hops and malts. Very smooth. Delightful.

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Photo of scootny
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! That's it in a nutshell. Jet black in low light, the glass shows dark ruby brown clarity when held up to a brighter illumination. An egg cream like head of prodigious proportions rises up majestically leaving thick layers of lace after a flow fade. As I drink the glass shows streaks and spots, the brew has a light covering that stays. Nose is bordering on criminally chocolate, a perfect melding of stout and and cacao. It has a lovely sweetness that makes you think the cup should have steam rising up and a marshmallow melting down inside. The taste follows suit. Luscious chocolate slathered on top of a lightly roasty glass of sweet stout. Mild earthy finish leaves more chocolate and some traditional Samuel Smith yeast and water flavors. Light stout graininess lingering giving a dark sweet roll laced with cocoa. A full velvety creaminess that envelopes the mouth has you sipping and savoring and back again as soon as you can bear. It goes too fast, but luckily it's only five percent. if you like Southern Tier Choklat but wish for a more sessionable brew your ship has come in. One of the best beers of the year so far for me

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Photo of maxson924
1.12/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

...I don't get it. A score of 94 and this might be the worst beer I've ever tasted. It's like they threw in random amounts of chocolate, cocoa, malt, sugar, spice and everything nice and just went with it. More power to them if so many people like it, but... my experience with this was horrible. I drain-poured it after two ounces or so.

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Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I never give out a 5 for taste but, thid is literally the best chocolate stout I have ever had. Totally recomend it. I only wish it had a higher alch% to pick a con.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black under a modest layer of medium tan foam

S - sweet chocolate milk

T - sweet cocoa, chocolate milk, slight bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, creamy medium body; low to moderate carbonation

O - I'm reviewing this as a sweet stout. Far too sweet for any other style, but very good for what it is. Excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Have heard so much about this beer. Here goes:

A: Good. Black, some red hue, pours a massive head with good lacing. Head lingers quite well.

S: Great. Lots of chocolate, milk, and cream. Not bitter at all; in fact, the beer is quite sweet.

T: Very good. Cocoa, milk chocolate. Delicious.

F: Only bad part about the beer. A little too light, IMO. Perhaps I shouldn't have had it so warm.

O: Great beer.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- opaque. No light gets thru this baby. Tan head quickly dissipates and then rings around the glass. I love a large, frothy head, especially on my stouts and that is the only disappointment here. Smell- awesome. High quality dark chocolate with a hint of cream. No hops here. Taste- great. You get some nice dark chocolate with a roasted malt character. I love this style and this is one of the better tasting. Chocolate lovers dream. Low Abv keeps this nice and drinkable. Mouthfeel- luscious and creamy. A slight carbonation at the end. Sip and enjoy this fine import!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow is this beer or dessert?
Both this is a beer drinker that loves chocolate dream this would not be an every day stout but if you have a sweet tooth crack one open you'll be sad when you realize you have none left

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body. One finger mocha head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- Smells like melted Hershey's chocolate bars. Very rich cocoa and milk chocolate. This is essentially what it's advertised to be. Fantastic, delicious aroma.

F- Dark cocoa, milk chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, mild earthy character- very tasty beer that smells better than it tastes, but given that it smells so good, that isn't surprising.

M- Medium-thicker bodied, smooth and silky, even a bit creamy. Plenty of dark cocoa bitterness blends in with the milk chocolate to make for a balanced, tasty finish.

O- Pretty damn awesome beer that is exactly what I expected it to be. A great beer for the chocolate lovers out there.

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Photo of Bone53
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a finger of tan head

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! Great quality chocolate at that, with a bit of cream; Sweet and satisfying

Taste: This is the best interpretation of a chocolate stout iv had; even better chocolate notes than i remember Choklat having. It sure does taste pure and organic.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; So damn smooth, and accompanied with the flavors, its as close to drinking chocolate milk as a beer can get

Overall: Im not even a fan of gimmicky chocolate stouts but this is one done right. You can tell its organic just by smelling and tasting it, none of that artificial flavoring some breweries are guilty of. This is definitely a beer I'd recommend to people who dont even like beer. In fact, my brother who isnt in to beer but takes sips of mine, tasted this and immediately said its his favorite beer to date. Its the perfect dessert beer, and imagine it going perfectly with chocolate truffels or something. This is what i will judge all chocolate beers by from now on.

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Photo of markgugs
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I've never tried this one, big fan of much of the Sam Smith lineup though so I set out to change that.

Poured a darker brown that eventually looked opaque, with a nice, bubbly cream-colored head. Enough retention to stick around throughout, leaving little wisps of lacing. Nose is all lactose chocolate milk, like Cocoa Pebbles (that's a great thing), but not much else. Perfect for the style. Wow, the taste follows suit too. If you let a cup of hot chocolate cool to room temp, then stuck it in the fridge for 30 minutes, it would taste like this. The barest hint of roasted malts toward the finish reminds you this is a beer. Creamy, thick & similar to a milkshake, tight carb does the trick. This would be ideal with a chocolatey dessert. Really tasty beer.

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Photo of JZEN7
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours with medium carbonation with typical dark stout color. Nose is delightfully full of cocoa, mocha and chocolate. Tastes exactly how it smells. Tons of chocolate and quite sweet but not overly so. Feel is a bit thin and lacks a bit of thickness and alcohol but overall an very drinkable stout. Not too pricey either at $4 a bomber. Will definitely keep a spare bottle around at all times.

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Photo of yannimou
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! Smells and tastes like a chocolate flavored cream soda! The body is quite thin, but the wonderful chocolate flavors and sweetness more than make up for it. It's probably the sweetest non-fruit beer I've ever had. This makes Young's Double Chocolate Stout seem watered down and pointless.

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Photo of Foyle
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 18.7oz bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a very thick beige colored frothy head which falls very slowly. Moderate lacing left behind on glass. Nearly opaque dark reddish-brown.

Aroma: chocolate to the max! Roasted chocolate malt, cocoa, with milk sweetness and a mild earthy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and silky with a somewhat wet finish.

Flavor: similar to the aroma, but the chocolate is not quite as overwhelming. There is a better balance of the milk sweetness and dry, earthy hops to accompany the chocolate and cocoa flavors.

Overall: another extremely good offering from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

If this was a gemstone, it's trying ever so hard to be onyx, but achieves black garnet instead. The dark appearance is almost imperceptibly translucent with deep crimson highlights. A thin, tan head of fine carbonation lingers for only a moment, before leaving a small ring around the edge. No lacing. Based on the fluidity of the pour, and the subsequent swirl of the glass, it foretells a relative lack of body. Chocolate cookie wafers and sweet vanilla creme scents immediately emanate. It's a veritable oreo sandwich. The first sip is bursting with chocolate flavor. A mouthful of dark and semi-sweet chips against a backdrop of subtle orange citrus hop. The touch of tart bitterness keeps it balanced and refreshing. A bit of chocolate-drizzled biscotti in the finish. There's a tame complimentary roast and authentic cocoa flavor that marries well with a mineral water foundation. Delightful. As expected, the mouthfeel is medium-thin, a touch watery, but quenching and delicious. This is a beer you can savor or gulp in equal measure. Perhaps the greatest chocolate dessert beer I've ever had.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.