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)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English 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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Photo of dbauer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Samuel Smith's Brewery "Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout"
550 ml brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well here I am, I've already popped the cap off of a 550 ml / 18.7 fl. oz. bottle of Samuel Smith's and I don't have a "beer clean" imperial pint glass at hand!?! Well that won't do, so I'll have to pull out the vinegar and salt and do a quick clean. ... ... OK, good, this is at cellar temperature so I didn't want it to warm up too much. It pours a brown-black body with some clear deep mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. The tan head rises up, foamy (like cola) and rocky looking, and I have to wait for it to settle to try to pour a little more. Moving forward I've gotten most of it to fit and the head has held up really well. There's still a solid surface covering and the lace rises up the side of the glass where it's dropped. It smells completely of chocolate and I have to wonder if there's actual chocolate used in this - nope, the label reads "... WITH NATURAL FLAVOR ADDED". It's amazing, it smells like a cup of hot chocolate to me. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, although with all of that chocolate I can certainly see this as a dessert beer, and to be honest it is still quite sweet but there is a stiff bitterness that runs through it and surfaces occasionally. I'm wondering now how many calories are in it - and the whole 550 ml bottle? I'd better go on a diet! Hmmm... tasting it now, it's still loaded with chocolate but it's coming across more like chocolate syrup, not like actual chocolate. It's still pretty good though. Looking back at the glass I notice that there's a solid curtain of lace dropping down from where it started to where it stands - impressive. Back to the flavor, there's a touch of yeasty fruitiness as well, perhaps apple, berry, and pear. It's not particularly roasty, it's very soft, and more like coffee with cream than coffee. It mostly shows in the finish along with some residual bitterness. In the mouth it's medium bodied - no, medium-light I think - with a median, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it smooth. So, what to say in conclusion? I'm going to stick with very much a dessert beer, although it can be enjoyed at any time. I remember having had this at a party in the fall some time back and enjoying it very much outside on the porch in the cold air but I'm not so sure I'd want to have it while out at the pub with the lads. Or maybe I would, why not? But it's not the kind of beer that you'd have more than one of, it's just too much 'chocolate syrup' all at once.

4.5/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25 = 4.27

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Photo of StormAles
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdclark81
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very different than most chocolate stouts. The chocolate is very pronounced, and this is a bit of a sweeter stout. Don't get me wrong, it still has the depth of a stout, but this has a lot more going on. There's actually a lot more chocolate on the nose than there is on the tongue. It looks perfect. It's dark (obviously), and it has a head that just won't quit with great lacing.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola black color,medium carbonation. Strong smell of chocolate that masked a slight aroma of roasted malt. First taste was reminiscent of a chocolate egg cream and that lasted throughout even when it warmed a bit. Great dessert beer but otherwise the chocolate really,really dominated this beer

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Photo of mmoriarty
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jbehlar
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drstalker
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cshaffer
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shypop1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heliolatry
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Very enjoyable beer.

Look - Very dark amber-nearly black. A one finger tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Some lacing hanging on the glass throughout.

Smell - Strong chocolate/cocoa aroma, and perhaps a bit of coffee. Very pleasing.

Taste - Sweet with hints of chocolate, but perhaps with an even stronger mocha coffee taste on the back of the palate. Malt is in there with perhaps the slightest hint of oak or bourbon, too? Finish is "roasty", but not bitter.

Feel - Slight, even carbonation. Stayed consistent throughout the glass. Creamy feel despite the carbonation. Good body-not at all watery.

Overall a very, very good beer. Easy to drink, full flavor

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance is a nice looking off white two fingered foaminess that lasts about a good two minutes before gently dissipating. There is some light bubbly lacing that ends up sliding for the most part. The smell has a nice chocolatey aroma with a decent roastiness backing that up and even letting a nice sweet vanilla enter in after a bit warming. The taste was sweet chocolate and yet there’s still a decent roastiness about it and the vanilla even comes back. The aftertaste is slightly chocolatey and yet still carries that roastiness to invite me into the finish. On the palate, this one sits about a medium in body with a semi-decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation is super smooth. Overall, I say this is a pretty good sweet stout worthy of having again.

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a motor oil black color. Not much head on the pour but intense chocolate aroma. Quite thin and a bit watery. Doesn't taste like a beer whatsoever, but has great chocolate flavor which is the only flavor I could get off of it. Would have again, just not eager to go out and look for it.

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Photo of rypkr
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heBREWgomez
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is really good.

Look- Very dark and opaque brown. A one finger tan head that dissipated quite quickly.

Smell- Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and some coffee,particularly a mocha cappuccino. Smells amazing.

Taste- Very sweet and pleasant on the palate. This chocolate stout has had the most chocolate flavor out of the 10 or so chocolate stouts I've tried in the past. Its like drinking chocolate syrup. Its a bit too sweet to have more than 1 in a sitting in my opinion. It's a bit roasty in the finish but hardly any bitterness.

Feel- Although the head disappeared quite rapidly, i was surprised of how creamy it felt. It's mellow and medium body complements the strong milk chocolate flavor. It's definitely a dessert beer and what a chocolate stout should be.

Overall great beer, easy drinking, and would definitely buy again.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

From a twelve ounce bottle, poured into a nonic pint. Very dark cola- brown in color, just barely short of completely opaque. Topped by a dense tan head about two-fingers tall, which falls slowly to a persistent film that leaves thick lacing lingering all the way down the glass.

The nose is dominated by a massive jolt of cocoa, as one would expect- it's pretty close to what you'd get from a freshly-opened tin of cocoa powder.

The taste follows the nose right at first, with a big hit of semi-sweet chocolate right away. As it lingers on the tongue, slight coffee-like dark roast malts come in to bring a bit more balance, leading into a finish that's slightly dry and bitter, but not astringently so.

Mouth-feel is medium in body, a bit creamy but offset by the moderate carbonation giving this one a bit of tingle. Alcohol is fairly modest at 5.0% ABV, though this one is a bit too sweet to be a session beer for me (except perhaps as the very last beer of the night.)

An excellent example of a beer that's pretty specialized in character, Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is exactly what it says it is. It's not a hugely complex beer, but I don't think it's trying to be, either. It's certainly a beer I think I'd only want from time to time, but when the mood hits it's a real winner with how well it uses the chocolate- it's a dessert in a pint. If you're not fond of chocolate you'll definitely stay away, but it's a decadent treat for those of us who are.

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

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown color with a frothy tan head. No light penetration through and head stays with you. Quite chocolatey smell. Initial taste is overwhelmingly chocolatey as well, and a little bitter at the end. The feel thicker with dry chocolate aftertaste

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Photo of rbrandt22
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

One of my favourites, but couldn't have more than one in a session.

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Photo of jglaw1
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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