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

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 1493
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%

Brewed by:
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:
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(Beer added by: rangerred on 10-16-2012)
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Photo of darthvohn


3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Tumbler pint

Appearance: Deep brown, almost opaque. Only a shimmer of light is seen when held to a light source. Thick tan foamy head with good lacing.

Smell: Creamy sweet milk chocolate and lots of it. Hints of caramel.

Taste:Full on chocolate with some malt in there. Finished with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: With the smell and taste, I thought it was going to have a sticky feel to it but it didn't. Light body and carbonation.

Overall: If you want a chocolate stout, this should be on your list. An excellent chocolate offering with minimal secondary flavors that could take away from what this is. A very well done chocolate stout. I would definitely buy this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:54:19 | More by darthvohn
Photo of ADZA


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of all the English breweries I'm always interested in new Fullers and new stuff from these guys even though this is not new it's new in this state and pours a very dark brown hue with a beautiful rather creamy two finger head that just wants to stay all day,the smell is milky milky chocolate and its confronting its almost like a strong Milo with vanilla essence and the slightest touch of toasty malts,the mouthfeel is full bodied creamy with moderate carbonation and the tastes of milky chocolate,vanilla and toffee really push the boundaries of the sweetness and even though its more on the sweet side there is an effort on finish from the herbal hoppiness to try and level things out a little bit and I'm glad they did otherwise thus would be too sweet and after my first few golden beers tonight I wasn't looking for something like choc milk and gladly I didn't,I'd buy this again as its the perfect nightcap just not something you would start your session on cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 13:11:20 | More by ADZA
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.95 CDN. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, an enormous 3.5 fingers of head was poured leaving beautiful tan lacing all around the glass. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving about a half finger of dense cream-like head on top of the beer. Rather opaque as well.

Smell - Chocolate, faint espresso and a slight nuttiness in there as well. the chocolate is the featured aroma though.

Taste - Sweet chocolate, blended milk and dark chocolates. Frothy like flavor like some sort of extravagant dessert. A bit rich and sweet for my tastes, a touch cloying but overall quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Rich, decadent, medium carbonation and continues with the dessert illusion.

Overall - While this is probably my favorite of the style that I've tried so far, I can't get the same enjoyment out of this style that I can from others. Even with that said I would not hesitate to split a bottle with some as an after dessert beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:47:24 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of I3eck

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Wine Glass
A: Dark black coffee colored, 3/4" khaki colored head, spotty/stumpy lacing, fine bubbles similar to a Guinness draught - head dissipates to a fine film.
S: Cocoa, coffee w/ cream, caramel, milk chocolate malts.
T: Milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet chocolate syrup middle, slight hop ending with a slightly bitter finish.
M: High CO2 which makes the brew have a surprisingly light mouth feel, creamy, no heavy coating effect.
O: Very tasty brew. Great flavor but personally, it (the chocolate sweetness) gets to be a little much towards the end of the brew. The sweetness lingers like hot cocoa. Wife and sister-in-law loved this beer. Great beer to sip next to the fire on a cold winter night for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:28:25 | More by I3eck
Photo of mattbk

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice head retention, appears fairly carbonated, color is deep brown bordering on black. Appears a bit thin during the pour. Nice lacing going down.
S: Wow, amazing chocolate syrup aroma. Really, not much else. But, never got this much chocolate aroma out of a beer before. Impressive.
T: More depth in the taste. Yes, definitely chocolatey, very sweet, but some malt depth here too, a bit bready, almost like chocolate smeared over freshly baked bread. Some slight vanilla here too. Some slight bitterness to balance the sweetness, but mostly very sweet. No butter flavors coming through. This is very good, but the sweetness is fairly overpowering.
M: Medium, carbonation is actually fairly mild. Wouldn't mind a bit heavier.
O: Great chocolate flavor and aroma. If you like chocolate and sweets, you may love this beer. I found the sweetness a bit high on this beer, and it would be difficult to have more than one of these. But very impressed with chocolate character - I may choose to spring this on a chocolate lover at some point.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 02:49:14 | More by mattbk
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a maroon hue, can see thru at the edges, clear; Light mocha colored head, sudsy and falls quickly to creamy collar and nice lacing.

S: Woah, big sweet nose; milk chocolate, biscuits and bread, toffee; loads of gently roasted malts.

T: Dominated by milk chocolate and cocoa; toasted malts, biscuits, bread; a wonderful sweet malt character. Hints of toffee and molasses.

M: Medium body and carbonation; big, thick, creamy. Impressive given the meager 5% ABV.

O: This beer creates incredible depth of flavor and body on a modest grain bill which is truly impressive. A great beer with loads of sweet milk chocolate and bready, toasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:34:19 | More by mtomlins
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pretty dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is terrific in this beer, especially if you like chocolate. So, as you might expect, on the nose there is considerable mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of vinegar. The vinegar is actually a nice addition, as it helps to cut the considerable sweetness in the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and for a 5% abv. beer, it's truly amazing how much flavor this beer delivers. Also, while certainly the beer is pretty rich and sweet, it's not overly so, IMO, and the light bitterness on the finish is just sufficient to balance that sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for the abv., though certainly you can tell this isn't a 10% abv. beer. Still, the beer finishes well, with no flavor drop off at the end. Drinkability is terrific, and while I'm usually not that big a fan of beers this sweet and chocolaty, I had no trouble knocking back of bottle of this stuff.

Impressive. One of the better efforts I've had from this always excellent and reliable brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 17:00:19 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottled June 28, 2013.

Beer is very dark brown, close to black, with lots of bubbles. A large tan head. Good retention, head fades slowly.

Nose contains a lot of chocolate, smells like cocoa. A sweet scent that makes me think of a milkshake, somewhat milky. A nice chocolate smell.

The taste is like the nose, and is a bit too much. Tonnes of cocoa, a sweet lactic taste, some roast malt. Very sweet and chocolatey, almost like a thick chocolate milk.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation level. Smooth.

Overall, I can see some people loving this, but it is too chocolate milk-like for me. Pretty good, and very much a dessert beer, but a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:33:48 | More by jrenihan
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance; very dark brown, but isn't cloudy. thick bubbles settle into moderate lacing.

smell. at first, it smells so chocolaty that if i was blindfolded i might have thought i was smelling chocolate milk, once getting over the initial chocolate the aroma is lots of cocoa and sweet malt.

taste. the taste is very similar to the smell, the creamy texture of the beer combined with the very strong cocoa taste makes for a milk chocolate flavor. there is also classic sweet maltiness that lingers on the tongue beautifully.

mouthfeel; strong bubbles, very creamy and pretty smooth on the finish. very nice.

overall; this is a beer that will take a moment to adjust to, but in a good way. i think many types of beer drinkers would enjoy this, the strong chocolate will please those who are less inclined to drink stouts and dark beers, but the delicious maltiness and great texture of the beer will also please more old school craft beer drinkers. you have to like chocolate, but i would recommend this beer to people looking for a unique and easy to drink beer experience

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:46:55 | More by SteveB24
Photo of JMad


4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours an almost opaque black/dark brown with a towering light brown head. It's smell is very nice, reminds me of a gourmet chocolate shop. The taste is chocolatey and milky, that's about it but it's awesome. It has a nice thick body with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is an excellent beer that I would definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:47:08 | More by JMad
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a big meringue-like tan head that drapes the glass in foam. Quick chocolate syrup, lactic sweetness and espresso roastyness in the nose. The taste is unsurprisingly dominated by chocolate. Creamy, milk chocolate, like a milkshake mixed with a chocolate lava cake. Hops are very restrained, providing only requisite bitterness. The mouthfeel is sparsely carbonated and a bit coating with residual sweetness. The chocolatey, dark cocoa finish manages to stay off dry.

A very nice Milk Stout. Lots of luscious chocolate flavors and never cloying. Worth a try, stout fans will love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 04:45:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had a few times and wanted to do a full review. Good looking beer that smells like easter. Taste is perfect. This is a desert beer, at least that is what I call it. Wonderful, smooth, and sweet. I always have one in the fridge in case I get a sweet tooth. So much better than a candy bar. Easily one of my favorite beers, it is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:41:31 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I've tried 2 bottles. The first one I had a couple of weeks ago. Was not impressed but I wanted to give it another shot especially after the letdown of Young's and Brooklyn's offerings. Poured into a beer glass. Nice head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell is a nice sweet chocolate malt. The initial taste is dark beer followed by a fabulous chocolate finish. I must have been dead when I tried my first bottle because this thing tastes fantastic! Has a nice much sweeter taste and finish than the other two. This is the chocolate beer for me. Finally a chocolate beer that tastes and smells like chocolate with a perfect balance of actual sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:47:26 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a foamy tan head with excellent retention
S-sweet chocolate and expresso, like a freshly brewed cappuccino
T-Sweet chocolate followed by nice roasted notes and a bit of hazelnut
M-medium bodied and creamy
O-pretty well balanced milk stout. Great sweetness without being over the top

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:36:18 | More by atr2605
Photo of alphagnome


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Borderline black in color, this dark brown beer filters out all light. Topped by a cream colored, finger width thick head that looks soft enough to double as a pillow. No noticeable carbonation or lacing.

Most beers require getting up close and personal to gather a good sniff - not so here! This one fills the nostrils. Heavy cream and chocolate milk - reminds me of mixing Hershey's chocolate syrup with milk. Thick molasses, almost cavity-inducing and cocoa nibs galore! Has a powder like quality to it.. the overall package is very aromatic and potent.

Incredibly sweet! After each sip I found myself both enjoying and cringing at the sweetness. Oddly enough, it's the presence of the alcohol I notice first. It's upfront and not masked well, but adds surprisingly character. Chocolate lovers rejoice! Thick, sweet chocolate attacks your taste buds from beginning to end. Molasses and heavy cream crank the sweetness to 11.

Thick body with plenty of carbonation. Extra creamy. Sweetness stabs your tongue from beginning to end. Easy to drink at first but the sweetness slowly starts to overwhelm the senses. Best enjoyed one small sip at a time.

I find myself surprised by the fact that I enjoyed this considering I do not like stuff this sweet - I typically avoid them. That said, it's not a beer I'd seek out often but highly recommend checking this one out at least once because it's definitely a unique experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:34:50 | More by alphagnome
Photo of a0lbudman


4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a large tan head that laces the glass
S-sweet malt and some chocolate
T-toffee with a dark chocolate taste that gives you a bitter aftertaste that fades quickly back to a sweet choco;ate malt finish
M-creamy and smooth with high carbonation
O-I am a fan of this stout. The balance is great, not to sweet not to bitter

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:44:39 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of MikeB20


3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P: 550ml bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque black with the tiniest hint of ruby highlights. A creamy two finger dark tan head floats on top. Lacing is very good.

S: An intense milk chocolate aroma dominates your nose. Not much else.

T: A lot like the aroma, you've got a heavy milk chocolate flavor. The beer is quite sweet but there is some bitterness to keep it from being cloying. There's a little dark roasted malt in the finish. It's quite tasty if you're into chocolate, if you're looking for complexity this won't be your beer.

M: Thick and creamy, carbonation is moderate. It coats your mouth with a nice milk chocolate flavor that lingers a bit. In many ways it reminds me of a glass of chocolate milk.

O: I picked this beer up out of curiosity. I'm a big fan of Samuel Smith's stouts and porters and figured this one was worth a try. It's not complex in terms of aroma or flavor, it's all about the chocolate and it does that well. Easy to recommend to someone who enjoys chocolate, but it would never be my go to chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 21:32:36 | More by MikeB20
Photo of elNopalero


4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a midnight black with tremendous, creamy, cocoa-colored foam. Looks impressive.

On the nose I get a pronounced character of powdered milk chocolate upfront, backed by a touch of dark cherry. This stout tastes sweet, with a pleasing chocolate and the dark cherries reminding me of a box of Valentine’s chocolates. There’s a touch of roast, a touch of milk stout sour, and a mellow, smooth sweetness that makes this an excellent desert selection.


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 08:39:38 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Beerasaurus


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easing into the late fall, the time has come to move to the porters and stouts.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, minimal head, but a nice brownish red color. Virtually no lace.

Aroma: Smells like a bottle of chocolate syrup, very sweet.

Taste: Again, super sweet, milk chocolatey taste with a hint of cherry at the back end. Sweetness overpowers and maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, medium body.

Overall a tasty brew, but I think I could only have a couple of them, it's too sweet for a session beer. Agreed with others that it is would make a nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:47:15 | More by Beerasaurus
Photo of HalfFull


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. This Organic Stout pours deep brownish black and with clear ruby highlights. An inch of mocha foam collapses slowly upon the liquid and leave good lace, keeping a ring through the pint.

Nice aroma of milk chocolate and some subdued black cherry along with a yeast component. Taste follows suit and adds a slight roast character mid palate and a lingering fruity chocolate and cocoa finish. Offers a wonderful feel with a touch of fruit and then some chocolate and with a slightly coarse spicy finish that coats the tongue for like a week. Not sure what 'natural flavors' are added to this brew but they do seem to enhance rather than detract from the whole experience and blend well with the yeast and malt factors that underly it all. Another solid brew from Tadcaster..

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 05:06:04 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Steamer


4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a large 20 ounce mug (I love English pints). Dark root beer in color with some ruby tints around the edges. A very nice 2-inch beige pillowy head. Outstanding chocolatey aroma; strong and sweet like a chocolate cake right out of the oven; nice hazel nut overtones. It doesn't get any better - makes you want to keep on breathing it in. The taste follows the nose plus hints of vanilla and deep malty goodness. Mouthfeel - light carbonation, heavy and sticky. Top of the line for the style. Not much more to say except don't pass this one up!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:53:21 | More by Steamer
Photo of Flounder57


4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing on the glass too. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up the glass. More lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and sweet confectioner sugar.

Taste: Super sweet and creamy milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a little mild bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer awesome. I've seen it for years, and happy to have bought a bottle of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:30:32 | More by Flounder57
Photo of zookerman182


4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say about this beer.
Pours a dark black with a two finger tan head that lingers.
Aroma is dark, bittersweet, and strong milk chocolate with heavy cream.
Just barely any coffee.
Flavor is full milk chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel.
Tons of coco and coco powder flavors with a little vanilla.
Gets better as it warms and pairs well with any chocolate or coffee dessert.
The beer alone is good enough for dessert and at 5% there's no sign of alcohol.
Amazing beer and my new favorite dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:55:22 | More by zookerman182
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's 'Organic Chocolate Stout' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to almost black in the glass with some ruby peeking thru the glass edge with a big tan head leaving a frothy lace along the pint

S-bakers chocolate

T-sweet & smooth tasting stout , hint of bitter bakers chocolate on the swallow

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-good beer , definate dessert beer

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:36:42 | More by LampertLand
Photo of scotorum


4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 19th, 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with lots of clear ruby highlights. Inch and a half tall tan head receded to even surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Chocolate!

t; Chocolate up front with some hop bite following. Some fruit accents remind of chocolate candy with liquid fruit centers. Luscious.

m: Medium. Good body.

o: Outstanding chocolate stout, very easy drinking. A chocolate lover's dream come true.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:18:37 | More by scotorum
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,493 ratings.