Organic Chocolate Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Stout - English
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,080
4.27 | pDev: 11.71%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Organic Chocolate StoutOrganic Chocolate Stout
Notes: 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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md3kcn from Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as a four-pack of 12oz bottles from The Cellar (Troy) for $10.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Deep molasses brown with a three-finger sticky khaki head. Lacing is wonderful, and the head retention is fantastic.
S - Milk chocolate, caramel, and rich malts. Generic wheat backing everything, but damn - that chocolate!
T - Chocolate, molasses, and wheat are the stars here. It starts out as a sort of semisweet cocoa, then slowly transforms into a sweet milk chocolate. The taste is akin to those "Chocolonely" bars you sometimes see in stores. There's a slight ethanol flavor at the VERY end (like the last two sips). The finish is walnut and toffee, with an extremely faint floral note.
F - Silky, creamy, and rich. Incredibly easy-to-drink, but not filling in the slightest. Full-bodied, with medium-light carbonation.
O - An incredible brew, and one of my favorites of all time. Sam Smith aimed to make a chocolate beer, and a chocolate beer they did make! This beer feels inviting. The sort of inviting that feels like when your old hippie friend from the mountains of Western North Carolina shared a six-pack after helping him make tie-dye shirts. It's a certain feeling that is always weird to describe, but it evokes nostalgia and warmth for what probably happened a week ago. The chocolate notes in this beer are the stars here, and they nailed it. One would likely argue that this is a dessert beer, but I could see myself enjoying a pint of this stuff alongside a roasted duck and some mashed potatoes. It tastes heavy, but feels pretty light - sort of like a Guinness. I cannot recommend this brew enough. Even if it seems expensive (it is), it's worth every penny. Buy it if you see it. I know I will.

Sep 03, 2021
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NEBeerGoddess from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing amount of flavor packed into a 5% abv stout. Sweet chocolate aroma and taste. Not thick or sticky like many higher abv sweet stouts, but still creamy with a pleasant mouthfeel. Very nice lacing.

Aug 29, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark brown colour, almost black, with garnet red highlights. Foamy tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves thick lacing that sticks around for the whole pint. The chocolate on the nose goes without saying, but there is also toffee, vanilla, and a hint of something that reminds me of red wine tannins, reminiscent of Sam Smith's nut brown ale. Of course the taste is mostly semisweet baker's chocolate, with some toasty toffee malt, vanilla, and a bit of drying bitterness, though the beer is quite sweet. As other reviews have noted, the feel is not quite as full bodied as most stouts, but it is nicely rounded and smooth. Overall a novel and very enjoyable ale, though I imagine a session on it would have your gut protesting.

Aug 23, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours ebony with a 1/2" tan head, which fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, chocolate, caramel, toffee.

Taste follows nose: Sweet, chocolate, caramel, toffee.

Thin to medium bodied, lively carbonation. Sweet finish.

Very sweet and awful thin bodied for a stout.

Jul 07, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells very chocolaty and a little malty.  More like a semisweet chocolate than the normal dark cocoa of a stout.

It's just a chocolate beer.  It's unlike anything else I've had.  The chocolate is subtle and there's also a subtle bitterness.

It's really light bodied and has a lot of carbonation.  The finish is sweet with a little bitterness.

Overall it's delicious.  It's a stout I guess but it is really delicate.  I give it a 5.3 out of 6.

Jun 16, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, at the Robert Raike’s House (a Samuel Smith pub), Gloucester. Served ice cold. ABV is 5%. Nearly black colour, ruby in the highlights. Moderate beige head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, cocoa and vanilla, hints of marshmallows. Fairly light bodied. Medium sweet flavour of chocolate, cocoa and vanilla again. Low bitterness.

Jun 02, 2021
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a three finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Looks great. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a suggestion of caramel. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a touch of char, milk chocolate, vanilla and some hazelnut in the finish. Lingering lightly nutty chocolate finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. All Samuel Smith stouts are worthy, but this is their stellar product. Looks great, smells choclatey as it should and packs a lot of flavor in a modest ABV stout. I drink mostly imperial stouts now and have a bit of trepidation trying standard strength ones because of a high expectation palate. It's a well made 5% stout that gives me the flavor burst I want and this one delivers. The chocolate is well handled and authentic tasting. I first tried this decades ago and it was one of my regular stouts, but for some reason I never reviewed it. Glad to try it again. A fine stout.

May 19, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of sweet chocolate. Smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable.

May 09, 2021
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HochFliegen from Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I really enjoyed this stout. Poured a dark black with a think tan head. The strong chocolate aroma was quickly evident. Wow the smell of this stout is very inviting. Chocolate was the only scent I could pickup on nothing else came through. The flavor followed the aroma. Very yummy chocolate flavors dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was light and smooth very pleasant. Overall this is a great beer.

Apr 10, 2021
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nasty15108 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark almost black color, with slight reddish hues. The head was a soapy tan foam that quickly dispersed. The smell of this stout is amazing. Right away the aroma of high quality dark chocolate hits your nose. It's not an overly artificial chocolate smell, but of the real thing. The chocolate is definitely the dominate aroma, with not much else coming though. The flavor is on par with the aroma, semisweet chocolate dominates the palate with an ever so slight burnt hop finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly coating and smooth. This beer was reminiscent of a chocolate soda or a high quality NYC egg cream. Way to decadant to be a session beer, but this stout is world class.

Feb 28, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours practically pitch black, accompanied by a tall tan/brown head with good retention.
S: Smells of chocolate, nice roasty malts, vanilla, dark fruits. None of the aromas were very strong though.
T: Taste very much follows the nose, has a really great coffee finish that goes great with the sweet milk chocolate flavor.
F: Somewhat thin for the style, medium-bodied, low carbonation, exceptionally smooth though.
O: Straight-up this stout is truly bitchin, I really was impressed with this one. The only thing I would change would be bumping the ABV up just a notch to add a warming effect to this brew.

Feb 27, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As far as English stouts are concerned this is the epitome with its just barely world class rating. Having looked down the list, the amount of SS's had's verses other beers within the style, should be enough to tell you this is simply the best comparably to others. As expected this beer pours a beautiful chocolate hued black, creating a mild head that diminished to a light coco coloured lacing on top.

Chocolate in smell, this is not too much that is detectable from the scent. Similar to the smell the semi-sweet chocolate flavor balanced by a hefty roasted malt backbone and 50+ ibu's makes for an ultra smooth desert beer. Though slightly syrupy in texture the finish is mellow and packs a bit of a hoppy kick, especially at the 5% mark. The mouthfeel is full bodied, as expected, and the sweetness is a bit more bitter than overly sweet as the flavors resemble semi-sweet chocolate bars with a rounded overall balance between notes. There is a mild creaminess in the beers overall texture but rounded in overall mouthfeel.

Needless to say it is a gem of a beer and belongs in there in the 'must-have' for any beer drinker to try. This would be a masterful choice if found on tap conditioning as I feel like the bottle conditioning is not as smooth as you'd find on draught or as a real ale.

Feb 27, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Currently ranked #1 in the Top "Stout - English" list with an overall score of 95.

I nabbed a 4-pack of 355ml bottles at a Total Wine & More (Metairie, Louisiana) for $12.99 USD plus tax.

"Organic Chocolate Stout." "Malt beverage with natural flavor added."

Ingredients; water, organic malted barley, organic cane sugar, yeast, organic hops, organic cocoa extract, carbon dioxide. (Notice that there is no actual chocolate used in the brewing of this beer...just cocoa extract and roasted chocolate malt). 5% ABV.

Nutrition Information (typical values per 100g):

Energy 212kJ/50kcal
Fat 0g
Carbohydrates 5.8g
Of which sugars 2.6g
Protein 0.4g
Salt 0g

Served chilled into a stemless wine glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a robust head khaki in colour appearing very creamy and thick. Excellent frothiness. Excellent (~10+ minute) head retention.

Body is true to style...opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within, but of course it's opaque...still, it does look filtered.

Appears perfectly carbonated. Nails the style appearance-wise. Wisps of lacing cling to the sides of my glass as the head recedes. Certainly an enticing brew....sumptuous.

AROMA: More subdued/less intense than I'd imagined coming in...yes, it evokes chocolate malt and cocoa extract, but it doesn't hit you over the head with it. Faint roasted barley and dark malts/black malts back the cocoa with malt sweetness and roasty almost coffee-like bitterness, complementing it well. Aroma promises a chocolate stout that's perfectly balanced; so many American chocolate stouts are overly sweet but this packs enough roasted barley in that it seems perfectly dialed in.

True to the style, no overt yeasty or hoppy aromatics are obvious.

One of the most genuine cocoa aromas I've encountered in any beer.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Silky soft with a bit of dryness up front from the roasted barley. Aptly medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Not too thick or syrupy like many chocolate stouts.

The creaminess and softness of its texture accentuates the gooey chocolate malts at its core and coaxes out more depth of chocolate flavour from the cocoa. I don't taste any cidery off-flavour despite the beer's use of cane sugar. True to style, no overt hoppy flavours are noticeable and the English ale yeast leaves this drinking clean with just the right amount of residual sugars.

It flirts with a malted milk ball flavour but luckily never quite delves too deep into it (I'm not a fan personally).

It's impeccably well balanced, harmonizing faint roasted barley with its chocolatey flavours. The chocolate/cocoa always tastes genuine, which is more than I can say about most chocolate beers (including those that actually do use real chocolate). This is the rare beer brewed with "natural" flavors that actually tastes natural.

Finishes on a chocolatey sweetness that rings authentic. This never tastes like Hershey's syrup or garbage American chocolates, but to pick a nit, it doesn't quite evoke the best chocolate out there (Belgian, Swiss, et al.). Still, Belgian chocolate is a bit too powdery to feel right in beer form and Swiss is probably too rich.

OVERALL: I didn't expect such roastiness in an English chocolate stout, but its presence is welcome and speaks to the brewers' mastery of balance. Or maybe they're just ripping a page out of Guinness' handbook. In any case, it's an even keeled chocolate stout with a genuine taste. I could imagine the chocolate character itself a bit more expressive and the beer overall better in terms of depth of flavour, but this is a stupidly drinkable 5% ABV stout that isn't trying to compete with the crazy intense imperial stouts dominating the scene across the pond. And I could easily crush multiple pints in a single sitting, which is more than I can say about most chocolate beers/chocolate stouts.

A classic, and a top tier expression of the style.

High B (3.74) / GOOD

Feb 24, 2021
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank this bottle over the course of two days. Both pours into a Guinness pint glass. Black with an about 2 finger tan head.
Roasty smooth chocolate. Smooth low carbonation.
An exceptional, widely available quaffable brew.

Jan 31, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It seems that it’s happened a few times that the first beer I try in a given style is the top rated of the style, with this English stout being yet another example. I have heard so much about this one for years, I’m not sure what my hesitation was to pick it up, considering it’s widely available and damn cheap at $2.50 for a single

Pours completely pitch black with 2 fingers of rocky tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

The nose dances a fine line between a nuanced experience and an all out chocolate bomb. I’m picking up on aromas of creamy milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, sticky maple, lightly roasted malt, and a touch of raisin

The taste loses a bit of its nuance, though it is still good. On the front end I’m tasting milk chocolate, light roast coffee, and sweet malt. The swallow drys up a bit, bringing notes of roasty malt, creamy vanilla, and more of the milk chocolate that defines the experience

A soft medium body pairs with very gentle carbonation resulting in a super silky beer. Finishes mostly dry, setting up each subsequent sip

This is a delicious beer, though a bit one dimensional. A nice session stout for the colder months

Jan 28, 2021
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PepRyan from Louisiana

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No chocolate stout I've ever had even comes close to competing with this beer.
Look: pours a young black with reddish-caramel undertones. 1 1/2 inch sleepy, dark tan head that boasts the beer's creaminess. Leaves nice lacing, so sticky it's almost sexual...
Smell: Quick aromatics upon pouring, can smell from more than a few feet away. Chocolate-covered raisins, coffee, toasted almonds, maybe a touch of cinnamon...
Taste: Follows the nose. Driven by sweet dark chocolate and malt, slight nuttiness, fruit evident on the back end where the subtle bitterness is also magnified. Hints of maple syrup throughout. Any sweeter and it would probably be a no-go for me, but that's what makes it beautiful. Mouth-watering.
Feel: Silky. Thought creamy at first, it’s a bit on the thin side after the first half. Light to moderate carbonation that fits the flavor profile nicely.
Overall, a nearly perfect beer.

Jan 22, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle copped from Buy Rite in South Orange. Impressive appearance consisting of a full-bodied tan head with coffee cream lacing. Mild aroma faintly reminiscent of cocoa and anise. Smooth texture combines with a silky mouthfeel to round out a brew that is easily drinkable and not too cloying. Decent stuff.

Jan 18, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#1 English stout feels fair for this one. Super unique and the chocolate flavour feels natural and it is not at all overwhelming. Look is great with a nice brown head that stays and leaves some lacing. The smell is that classic Sam Smith smell but for whatever reason I dislike this one when compared to the Imperial and Oatmeal stouts they do. Smells like good roasted malt and a hint of chocolate and coffee?? The beer tastes... interesting. Super unique and quite good but not really like chocolate. If anything it feels like the chocolate simply enhances the dark roasted malt's chocolatey flavour. Super cool chocolate stout overall and my favourite of all the chocolate stouts I've had. Considering the price, easy recommend.

Jan 11, 2021
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WiiillRyan from Louisiana

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No chocolate stout I've ever had even comes close to competing with this beer.
Look: pours a young black with reddish-caramel undertones. 1 1/2 inch sleepy, dark tan head that boasts the beer's creaminess. Leaves nice lacing, so sticky it's almost sexual...
Smell: Quick aromatics upon pouring, can smell from more than a few feet away. Chocolate-covered raisins, coffee, toasted almonds, maybe a touch of cinnamon...
Taste: Follows the nose. Driven by sweet dark chocolate and malt, slight nuttiness, fruit evident on the back end where the subtle bitterness is also magnified. Hints of maple syrup throughout. Any sweeter and it would probably be a no-go for me, but that's what makes it beautiful. Mouth-watering.
Feel: Silky, a bit on the thin side, light to moderate carbonation...
Overall, a nearly perfect beer.

Jan 07, 2021
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Jake-Bomb from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is magical. I've had many chocolate ales, and brewed many chocolate ales and I still couldn't obtain remotely the same chocolate flavor this beer perfects. People may argue that it's almost a medicinal treatment because cacao nibs and chocolate malts with traditional brewing methods can't quite come close but I believe that's a person who simply can't emulate the recipe and failed many times, so it couldn't be real. Having been to Tadcaster and seen the brew personally? I'm genuinely impressed at how accessible this beer is. Because...

Drank directly out of a 500mL bottle, but occasionally enjoyed lightly poured in a Spigelau Stout glass.

Looks beautifully ruby black with a delightfully foamy head that rarely fizzles. Wreaks of chocolate with an unfamiliar liquidity. Tastes like a boozy chocolate milkshake more than it does beer. Mouthfeel is hefty like a chocolatey drink but it doesn't sit in your gut like you drank a milkshake, and while it is filling it's about on par with a black ale and not so much a stout. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers because it departs so significantly from the traditional experience of drinking a beer while still very much being a beer. It takes you on a trip, and that's more than I could ask for.

Jan 06, 2021
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black, with ruby red highlights. Foamy tan head. Great retention and lacing.
Cocoa dusted almonds, milk chocolate candy, dried fig cherry on the aroma.
Nice bittersweet cocoa flavor, hints of milk chocolate, roasted almonds, chocolate covered cherry, fig and raisin, toasted burnt brown bread and a hint of coffee.
Moderately carbonated, medium body, good body for 5%.

A classic. Super tasty.

Jan 04, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550-ml bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass. Deep, dark, lightproof brown colored body, with a light tan head that left lots of sticky lacing. Cherry and chocolate dominate the aroma profile. There is an almost artificial-medicinal quality to the fruity aromas and flavors. Medium bodied, with good carbonation and a mostly dry finish with a little lingering sweetness and a touch of bitterness on the back end. Overall, a pretty enjoyable quaff in small doses.

Dec 23, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle dated August 24th, 2020 into a pint glass.

Pours a thin opaque black with about two fingers of very light brown head.

Smells pretty much of chocolate syrup, both sweet and dark. There may be just a tough of coffee in there as well.

Taste follows the nose. Chocolate dominates. Bit of bitter coffee on the back end of the sip. Quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but enjoyable. Slight chocolate aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. Loaded with flavor and low alcohol.

Dec 23, 2020
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WindyBovine from California

4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rocky moderate lacy head with mild staying power. Pours black-very dark. Definite chocolate with a bit of fruit smell. Best balanced chocolate beer I've had, tiny hint of sour as in coffee notes, slightly sweet, very little (no?) bitter. Ever so slightly thicker than a Tadcaster. About as spendy as a Tadcaster, so will be a rarity for me (1st time).

Dec 17, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: I'm mentioning this first, but it fills the air, as soon as the bottle is opened and floods the sense. Full and beautiful. More of a baker's cocoa than anything else. Still haven't lifted the glass to the nose, so here it goes. Deep, rich, milky, creamy, semi-sweet, and not a little bit bitter. Everything you want from chocolate, here in this stout.

Appearance: solid black with ruby-brown highlights at foot and side. Creamy brown head on top.

Taste: Bam! Chocolate milk, sweet, rich, indulgent. Small bitterness, lush malt, cocoa flavor swims through the mouth, creamy and delightful. You can't help but throw it back and want some more. Medium mouthfeel, moderate bitterness, full flavor, incessant cocoa taste.

The organic label, this time, does not yield a disappointing product, as is so often sadly the case. This beer is 100% yum. Who cares how organic it is, it's nothing but delicious. Highly recommended.

Dec 16, 2020
Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 3592 ratings