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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rangerred on 10-16-2012

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Reviews: 535 | Ratings: 2,956
Photo of StoutElk_92
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a light head. Smells faintly of chocolate. The taste is like a watery chocolate syrup. Not bitter or roasty. The feel is thin with low carbonation. Overall, pretty fair and easy to drink.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into nonic pint glass. bottled or brewed on jun 9 2015. consumed oct 26 2015

a: super dark brown, almost black, with mild ruby highlights. three fingers of light brown head with large bubbles

s: artificial super sweet chocolate (akin to hershey's syrup like other reviewers are saying), a bit of dark chocolate/cocoa, marshmallow, and a touch of cherries and raisins

t: chocolate syrup, raisins, hints of cocoa. no bitterness

m: almost watery with medium-minus carbonation. sugary feel on the finish

o: personally i love the sweetness of this beer. steer clear if it's not your thing. if it had more body, i'd rate it higher

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4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty nice. Chocolate beer. What else can i say. . Deep Dark delicious. Thick beer very organic very chocolaty. Liked it but cannot drink more than one. Was not as sweet as i expected. People love it , it was just ok to me. .not really into stouts. .

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

With a near-black ruby color, it boasts a fantastic, slightly sweet baker’s chocolate aroma, with sweetened baker’s chocolate milk taste and an effervescent chocolate aftertaste in the end. Fantastic mouthfeel overall! This is a fantastic competitor to Boulevard Brewery’s Chocolate Ale and Atwater Brewery's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into clean tulip glass. Pours dark brown almost black, minimal head, thin fizzy lacing. Smell nicely mixes chocolate and molasses and promises more complexity than it tastes. Too sweet for me, though I love other chocolate stouts. This one is closer to root beer than beer. Nice mouth feel, easy to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 10/07/15 notes. 550ml bottle at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London, England.

Like alcoholic Hershey's milk chocolate...could give Southern Tier a run for its money. Very good, not as sweet.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.66/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: body is pure dark chocolate, topped by a thick, foamy head that crackles like rice krispies

Aroma: here we get a sense of sweet milk chocolate; some nuttiness, maybe hazelnuts

Taste & Mouthfeel: now it's getting into candy sweet chocolate - intensely sweet, much too aggressive; like drinking a flat coke that has a touch of chocolate, right off the bat feeling reluctant to continue with the tasting; carbonation is now almost non-existent; the chocolate flavour has a fakeness to it, almost like plastic

Overall: other reviews were great, maybe this was a bad batch, but it's just unbearably sugary, lacking body and real character

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Thulsa Doom (my manly chalice).

Appearance : Pours a nutty brown color from the bottle but forms a very dark brown to black body in the chalice. The head starts at a finger and then sticks around at half a finger. A creamy ring moves with the beer as its agitated in the glass. Pretty par for a stout.

Smell : Milk chocolate, Nesquik powder, roasted peanut, chocolate syrup, malted barley. The aroma is mostly chocolate but more muted than I expected. Still, a decent nose.

Taste : Quite a bit of milky chocolate right out front, slightly burnt, with roast malts, walnut, light coffee grounds, and slight plant in the distance. It's pretty dirty though, there's not a whole lot of clarity to the profile. It ends on a chocolate powder note and a little bit of bitter coffee bean.

Feel : Pretty exciting carbonation going on here, buzzing all the way to the finish. Beyond that it's highly creamy, and densely layered. It ends semi-dry.

Overall : It's an okay stout. I bought two just in case it rocked my world. I'll have it again in the near future, or maybe I'll let it age. It's just too "English" for me, it has that certain something...I'm not really a fan of it personally. I could have taken a dose of oatmeal, maybe a touch of fig...for me it's just not substantial enough, it doesn't "wow" me. But it is decent.

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Photo of Hahnin
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sammy Smith is probably the most consistent and solid brewery in that everything they make is perfect. Perfectly balanced flavor, perfect color, small yet substantial head and a gorgeous smell. This beer is another one that is perfect by Samuel smith. The chocolate flavor is just awesome on top of a beautiful stout.

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Photo of DerbyDave35
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This chocolate Stout is different to any other I've tasted and its quite magnificent. Very indulgent , it is quite luxurious . An Aussie mate of mine , tried it for the first time the other night , and is raving about it !!.
As mentioned elsewhere , if I wanted to be really picky ...a touch too sweet for my taste

Wont stop me buying more of course

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark. Blots out sunlight dark. Seriously. This is just delightful. The chocolate is everywhere and the mouthfeel is just as it should be. A top five all time for me, maybe a top two.

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Photo of VonMisfit
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculous. My non beer drinking friend said it was like Yoohoo made a beer. I don't feel that's a fair statement, but I know what he was trying to say. The mouth feel of this beer alone.... the only thing I can say negative about it is that it is a bit sweet.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. The nose is tons of sweet and silky milk chocolate. You already know your in for a treat then. The entire body of the beer is a sweet, milk chocolate, with a strong cocoa finish and a nice silky mouth feel.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This stout pours to a giant rocky tan head with moderate retention on a clear, sparkling dark brown body with ruby highlights; lacing manifests as medium rafts. The nose is assertive; it is a nice strong blend of milk chocolate and sweet cocoa with hints of molasses and sweet toffee. Up front, the palate is predominately slightly-sweet milk chocolate and bright, acidic coffee notes; mid-palate the malt flavor opens up to show a broader range of roasted notes, including the toffee and molasses hints from the nose. The finish is chocolatey malt, with a mild lingering bright coffee/chocolate tang that fades to a mildly bitter chocolateness that stays with you quite awhile. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin given the body, but the texture is nice: creamy and very slightly peppery from the fizzy carbonation. The prominence of the coffee-like acidity on the palate and the linger is a bit of a distraction from what is otherwise a very nice flavor profile. (550 mL bottle, 184 days after pkg.)

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Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstandingly smooth.
Look: very dark, good 2 inch foam, good carbonation
Smell: Chocolate chocolate chocolate....did I say chocolate??
Taste: wonderful , immediate chocolate flavour, lingers on the palate
Feel: a little thin, I prefer my beers thicker
Overall: wonderful milk stout. Excellent chocolate flavour. I would recommend this to anyone.
Definitely one of my top 5 beers.

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Photo of L0ne
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 550ml bottle, January 2015.

Rich, dark brown, with a foamy beige head. Loads of chocolate and vanilla, seems to run the gambit of dark to bittersweet to milk as it crosses the palette and the sweetness asserts itself. Toffee, caramel, and coffee play in the background. Body is fairly light, but exceptionally smooth.

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Photo of MahjongNucleus
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scored this one for a few bucks at the local bottle shop.Never had Sam's Chocolate Stout before, but I have had his Oatmeal Stout and it was pretty good.

Look: Dark cola, pouring with about two fingers of rocky head.

Smell: Lots and lots of chocolate Really sweet, almost syrupy.

Taste: Almost like a coffee with some chocolate. Feint alcohol finish.

Feel: Super smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and easily a top 5 for me.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cola colored dark brown with just slight clarity and the head is an amazing caramel color with rich dense bubbles and the retention is superb! The original two finger thick head finally settles into a film over the brew itself and the lacing is quite well done with strings and small patches of soapy foam clinging to the side of my glass! The carbonation is too hard to see but I'm sure it will be nice....overall a very nice looking sweet Stout!

S- This is simply an awesome smelling ale! Sweet cocoa/dark chocolate nibs are so dominant that I sense that I'm going into a great organic bar of chocolate! There is an underlying tone of sweet malt, lactose, full fat cream, biscuit, milkshake aromas and little else....this smells like pure dessert in a glass!....WOW!

T- This is simply bliss on the palate!!! Mr Smith was having a good day when he came up with this formula for sure! Creamy malted milk Chocolate is very upfront, with underlying flavors of smooth intense vanilla, and slightly lesser iced coffee with heavy cream. Caramel like cola hints are present and possibly some earthy root beer notes as well. Toffee nut flavor is on the finish with just a hint of dryness to round everything out....I can't really explain how good this is....I just cant.....

M/O- Full body, and intensely rich smooth creamy carbonation just coat my palate so well....this is a simple yet complex pleasure to drink and really....who needs dessert when one can just pour this into a glass and enjoy?!?! Chocolate silk in texture and the alcohol is not even a factor.....I can see myself getting into a lot of trouble over the course of an evening with this in my hand, however, I don't believe this is a true session beer. This should really be illegal...enough said! Cheers!

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, nearly pitch-black, with a surprisingly dark, rich head that dissipates slowly, leaving a persistent lacing.

The nose is fairly muted at first, with chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes, but expands greatly as the beer warms, becoming deeper and more inviting.

The first sip was a great surprise, as the flavors were far deeper and richer than I expected. First comes a surprisingly strong vanilla flavor, which competes with and at first dominates the chocolate, but that rich, Dutch-cocoa flavor is quick to reassert itself, and continues warring with the vanilla for supremacy throughout. Each sip brings new notes of raisins, prunes, cherries, whiskey, and a hint of smoky char that mirrors the nose. Mouthful is very good, smooth and slightly creamy, if not quite as full as I would like. A world-class sweet stout, and a great reminder to me of just how good Samuel Smith's are at their jobs.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head that did not lace or retain. The body is as black as night with brown notes and seems to have good carbonation.

Smell: Some chocolatey malt, with a slight touch of vanilla and sugar. Warming doesn't really help it's case. Good, and done right, but not particularly expansive or potent.

Taste: Now this is where this beer shines as solid but not overwhelming chocolate, blended with rich sweet malt and a hint of smokey bitterness with a mild creaminess to the entire operation.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation goes flat a bit too quickly, but the creaminess, mild chocholate aftertaste and a very relaxed transistiong help it out here.

Drinkability: It's rich and sweet but not overly so, so it's not like drinking candy. It's what chocolate and beer together should be. Surprisingly light and easy on the system and nice and smooth going down.

Final Thoughts: This once certainly gives Young's a solid run for it's money, but this one is just a bit too sweet and not quite beery enough. That said, it's still an excellent Beer and further proof that Samuel Smith is the king of English brew.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown.. Smells like my son's Halloween chocolate bag. Holy chocolate gods. Someone else said nesquik... Spot on. Sweet cocoa throughout but not much else. Thin for a stout. Very easy to drink... I love chocolate so thumbs up for me.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown. Minimal head that was bubbly; disipatated almost immediately. No lacing.

Smells VERY sweet. Vanilla bean. A little nutty. More like a cupcake than anything. Not bad at all.

Taste is less sweet than the smell, but still sweet. Chocolate is not overwhelming. Creamy. Quite good.

The feel is where this beer is lacking. Very thin and lacking that bold feel that should go with a stout.

Overall, the feel really let me down. I want a stout to feel a certain way and this one did not. Tastes, smells, looks like a good stout, but doesn't feel like one.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.90 for a single bottle.

Pours a dark opaque, chestnut-tinted black body, which is unchanged when held to the light. A two-finger in height, light tan coloured, foamy head, quickly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of thick soapy lacing.

Wonderfully powerful aromas of milk chocolate, sweet roasted malts, creamy lactose and touch of mild sugary coffee waft out of the bottle as the beer is being poured. In the glass it smells like rich, dense chocolate cake batter, and is immensely inviting. The taste follows the nose, leading with rich, sweet milk chocolate and creamy lactose notes underpinned by lightly roasted dark malts, and traces of sweet coffee, vanilla and tangy fruit. In the mouth it feels a little thin and lacking in the heft I normally look for in a good stout, but the medium body and ample carbonation make it light on the palate and easy drinking whilst still smooth and creamy. Perhaps more weight combined with the overall sweetness and large serving size might make finishing the bottle alone more of a challenge and less of the delight that it is. The finish is long, sweet and creamy with a lingering chocolate taste. Faintly dry cocoa and mildly bitter roasted barley provide enough balance to leave me craving another sip almost immediately.

Overall this is a sensational beer, delicious, easy drinking, and readily available. It’s my go-to Milk Stout. I actually live opposite a Sam Smiths owned pub, if they made this on draught I would be in there every day! Recommended.

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Photo of bonesTdog
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am a big fan of Samuel Smith beers but this was not only one of the most expensive beers I have purchased in a while, but was not a favourite. The chocolate was overwhelming and there just wasn't much more. A bit thin on top of that. Organic... Whatever...

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.94/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Don't have time for a good sized review like I usually do. These well-water beers simply do not cut it for me.

Looks fine with a slightly transparent black appearance with a two finger mocha head and a touch of lacing

Smells chocolatey with some lactose and roastiness.

Tastes the same only with a flavor killing tinge of metal.

Feels watery with a touch of cream.

UPDATE : This beer made me physically sick a few hours after drinking it. I'm not lactose intolerant as I've had quite a few milk stouts. Not sure if infected or what, But I have to adjust my rating accordingly.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.