Organic Chocolate Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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English Stout
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Ranked #935
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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Reviews: 679 | Ratings: 3,441
Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as oil with a bigger, darkbrown, spongy head.

Smells of cacao, bakers chocolate and milk chocolate, together with a light note of roasted hazelnuts.

Has a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, due to its lighter body with a fitting carbonation spark during the finish.

Tastes of earth covered milk chocolate, light vanilla and toffee, together with a fantastic, ongoing whipped cream smoothness. Has a lighter roastiness then with a subtle cacao bitterness to it, offering a chocolate/coffee interplay. Finishes sweeter, with more toffee, a lighter honey note and a long lasting, earthy and slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Quite traditional and very tasty interpretation of a Stout, which appears bigger on the palate then its abv indicates.

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Photo of GarryJames
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazingly smooth chocolate smell and taste. Reminds me more of milk chocolate than the dark chocolate others have. Taste lingers but is not bitter or overly sweet. Just a nice reminder of smooth chocolate. Very nice head from the bottle that didn't disappear immediately. Overall, nothing to improve on. Excellent!

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice dark beer with equal head. Smells delicious chocolate. Taste is pure chocolate. Easy to drink and overall an exceptional beer. From a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

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Photo of Mr_Rabbit
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Rad bottle. Beautiful intriguing label. ·Looks... Black and beautiful in my glass mug. I love the ·Smell of this one! very chocolatey coffee-like. ·Tastes..... great! Chocolatey, very chocolatey! With a Slightly banana-ish sweetness however this is a sweetness which fades very fast; definitely not too sweet. Boozy burnt chocolate aftertaste. I enjoyed this stout.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-clear, deep mahogany bottle pour with persistent tan foam cap. The nose is straight cocoa. The flavor is sweet. Toasted dark malt and chocolate dominate. The mouthfeel is a tad chalky, thin and dry.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 9/17/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge tan head; nice lace.

Chocolate syrup & banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & milk chocolate flavors; as this warmed, the chocolate began to dominate.

A sweet treat, better enjoyed with a friend.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate chocolate chocolate, did I say chocolate? Pitch black pour with full head. Smells chocolate, tastes smooth chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied chocolate and aftertaste is chocolate. Aftertaste is chocolate with some alcohol finally coming in. Just a notch below beer perfection aka Guinness, but very few are at this level

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I wasn't expecting much from this but damn - this is good...

Right out of the bottle it looked fantastic - beautifully black, nice thick head, and lacing all the way down. The smell is an almost perfect blend of chocolate and malts, with a nice sweet tange in the nose. This translates to the taste as it may be the best chocolate stout I've had to date. What makes this special is the spicy nature of the taste - unique to any other I've had up until now. Mouthfeel is carbonated, light, and maybe not the best aspect of the beer. Overall, this is truly special, quite possibly the best chocolate stout out there. Good as a dessert beer and for anytime...

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.27/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice black stout with finger width tan head, has a hint of chocolate but smells kind of like a sour mash, very very chocolatey with a kind of sour finish way to sweet and tart for me, nicely full bodied like a stout should be

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Photo of brap
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty. I hadn't had a Samuel Smith product since college, when they were my go-to "fancy" beer. I drank more than my share of their Oatmeal Stouts, which I adored. It's on the sweeter side, more of a dessert beer. If you really want a decadent sugar bomb treat mix this three to one parts with Frambois Lambic, it's like raspberry chocolate cake.

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Photo of grinreeper
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It tastes good, but it could be better. Seems to lack something for me to rate it higher. IMO it could possibly benefit, if it was hopped up to 6.5 - 8.0% (ABV). The Stouts and Porters that I like best start at around 7,0% ( ABV).

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Photo of tdiers
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is great! It's like a combination of a stout and cocoa. Seriously, the starting taste is a nice stout with a strong following of slightly sweet and rich chocolate cocoa. As others have noted the mouth feel is a little thin. I too was expecting a thicker mouth feel considering the taste. I love it. This is another of my go to stouts.

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Photo of SB2017
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This isn't that good. It's too sweet, too thin, and too metallic. Looks pretty beautiful when first poured though, and has a rich, chocolate nose. Pass this one up.

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Photo of aatazebeats
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's pretty good. It tastes just as you would expect, a good, sweet stout with milk chocolate. The only thing I could really criticize about it was the mouthfeel. For the price point I was expecting something a little richer. It's pretty rich, but not on the level of a lot of other stouts I could get for cheaper. Overall, not bad!

3.69 - B+

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

It is a pretty good and easy drinking stout. Chocolate stood out.

Look: Very dark brown almost black with a thick fluffy tan head

Aroma: milk chocolate with nuts

Flavor: The flavor is mild roasted malts/barley, a bit sweet, chocolate, some coffee, fairly mild flavor, fairly light, but definitely chocolate.

Feel: medium body

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : One finger white head, brown body.

Smell : Chocolate, coffee, mild nuttiness, mild roast, mild cream.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, mild sweetness upfront, balanced finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of dense khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee, and caramel with hearty roasty, toasty, nutty, caramel malts behind. It smells sweet, but not overly sweet, netting a firm base between dessert and standard. Flavor profile is milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel and roasty and toasty malts. It starts out sweet, but quickly balances with the malts. Dynamic taste. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a velvety texture that develops a little grain. Almost like chocolate milk out of a store bought jug at first, and then with a touch more grain and fizz at the finish, breaking down the smooth, creaminess at the start. Overall, big and flavorful with a wonderful texture too. All of this and right at 5% ABV. Perhaps one of the bigger and more flavorful stouts per the alcohol volume.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 550mL bottle.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

550ml bottle

Pours nearly two fingers of tan head into my nonic. Retention is above average, hanging around for a solid few minutes, and settling into a firm layer of head for the remainder. Initial lacing looks fantastic. Body is jet black, barely any hues even when held up to the light. Overall this looks great so far.

Nose is very chocolatey, very sweet. They definitely added chocolate in here, and a fair amount of it. On one hand it smells good, on the other hand it doesn’t really smell like beer. Maybe that bothers me more now than it used to. Technically that’s not a “fault”, but it always seems weird to me. I really can’t pick anything else up on the nose. Maybe some british yeast? Would be a higher grade if it smelled like beer.

Flavor is a tad more reasonable, but not by much, this is still just chocolate and nothing else. I can’t even pick up roasted malts. Tasty, but probably not what I’m looking for more of the time.

Carbonation is about medium. Body is relatively light considering it’s a stout, though I suppose that’s not uncommon for british beers. The beer is very sweet, but so far the sugars aren’t lingering or sticking too my mouth too bad. Overall a pretty nice mouthfeel, the carbonation makes it far more sessionable than it could be.

Because of the good mouth, the drinkability is pretty high. Tasty, and nothing too offensive.

The appearance turned out wonderful. Extremely thick lacing all the way down the glass, and what remained of the head stuck around the entire time.

Overall I just can’t really get behind a beer that doesn’t get its flavor from any of the four main ingredients. It’s fine, but they just dumped a boat load of chocolate in here.

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Photo of npolachek
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer with tastes of mocha and chocolate. Pours black with good lacing. Very tasty with good balance of sweetness and mild bitterness in this brew.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm...sadly, quite disappointing given the high ratings here and the fact that I really respect this brewery. But was just unbalanced and too sweet for me. Pours a very deep, dark rich brown color with a little lasting tan head and spotty lacing. Smells of milk chocolate, malt, caramel, vanilla and some medium roast coffee. Tastes similarly, but the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors seem to dominate, along with a rather strange metallic taste that I normally associated with European (continental) beers. Too much malt sweetness that seemed to overwhelm any other subtle nuances here. Smooth, thin, fairly mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Just too overly sweet for me and everything sort of went downhill after the first two sips.

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Photo of jkblr
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle coded SG05Q1 poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours dense black with abundant mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is pure chocolate. The taste is semisweet chocolate with a touch of tangyness and just a bit of roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. Overall, good, but not my thing. It's a little one noted with the chocolate, although it tastes good with unknown freshness.

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Photo of pants678
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, off white foam.

Cocoa powder more so than malt.

A bit artificial and granulated but still stout-y and tasty. Milk chocolate through and through, even when it's room temp. One note is the knock.

Doesn't seem viscous enough.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Firstly, pour it slowly and angled down the side of the glass! Even held up against a light-bulb this is entirely 100% black, unusual even for a stout/porter. The pale tan head of fine bubbles forms very easily, and is holding well. Fortunately it isn't bottle conditioned so I left 1/3rd in the bottle to give the foam in the glass some time to reduce. After a few minutes I manage to decant all the beer into the glass with a nice 5mm head in place above the rim, and not a drop spilled.
S- Chocolate for sure, that's prominent. The smell has almost a buttery richness to it; very pleasant.
T- Puddingy rich, prominent chocolate, plus some notably sweet notes that bring treacle to mind. At the finish indulgent chocolate seems to duel versus vanilla to hold the longest.
F- This needs to served cold, the lable suggests about 51F/11C. Even then I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and this has a sweetish edge but it's not overbearing.
O- Very interesting and I'm glad I tried it, though it's a little too rich and exotic for me to make a regular. However my wife who doesn't enjoy hoppy bitterness, but loooves chocolate and stout could probably session this one!
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8, in a 550ml bottle.
p.s Now with 1cm left in my pint pot, there is elegant lacing right down the glass, and there is still a thin head remaining on the beer, quite amazing, that must have held for 15-20 minutes.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but it surprised me. Smells like a typical stout, but kind of sweet. The taste though, very sweet, starts off great, but eventually gets a little too sweet for me. Makes me think of chocolate, coffee, maybe some sweet fruit preserves and a hint of char. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these in a sitting, but in small amounts this is a great beer. Aside from the sweetness the beer is pretty smooth drinking.

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Photo of Reef
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, undated.
Pours black with an easily raised three finger’s tan head lasting for several minutes. Full curtains of lacing.
Strong chocolate malt aroma.
Milk chocolate taste. Slight sweet stone fruit aftertaste. Malt richness opens slightly with warming.
Smooth, medium body notable for the 5% ABV.
Consistent, always enjoyable, never seems faded or off-flavor.

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Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 3441 ratings