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

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
90.1%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 3,198 ratings
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#856
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
3,198
Liked:
2,882
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
12.06%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
248
Gots:
1,024
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,198 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of I_am_durk
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet and malty smelling. Reminds me of vanilla extract and hot chocolate. Taste is similar, with the chocolate persisting long after you've taken a sip. Unfortunately, I found the sweetness of it to accumulate pretty quickly, maybe compounded by the beer warming up. Not bad overall, but definitely could drink more than one.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the bottling code was SK16P1 before it rubbed off. Maybe bottled november of last year?

Anyways...

Super tasty chocolate stout! I don't think I'd be able to point out that it's an english stout during blind tasting, likely using a historical english ale yeast strain. Regardless - this is a flawless brew.
Amazing retention of the fine bubbly tan half finger of head. Delivers a deep sweet chocolate and brown sugar aroma followed by a deeper chocolate eruption of flavor paired with evenly, not overly roasty, malts and a clean chocolatey and super light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium viscosity. Overall, going in with the intention of drinking a fairly sweet and sticky chocolate stout, this really delivered. Especially considering it's just over $3 for 550ml!

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Photo of puck1225
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color, thick beige head, beautiful lacing. Lovely chocolate smell, really nice. Tastes thick and rich. Great chocolate flavor and toasted malt. Nice beer!

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Photo of BucBasil
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a very dark brown clear color with a foamy tan head that dissipates after a couple of minutes.

S: The chocolate smell of this is incredible. I just want to hold it next to my face and take a few deep breaths and take it in. I know this will be a good dessert beer.

T: Very sweet and indeed chocolatey, but with some brown sugar sweetness and a solid malt backbone in there as well. Just a little bit of bitterness to leave you wanting another sip.

F: Maybe the weakest part of this brew. With a taste this strong I expected it to have a bit more thickness, but it was a bit thin.

Overall: A good dessert beer that I will come back to again and again.

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Photo of Demi
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MHJeff06
2.25/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed, after a while, with a wee bit of blueberries, raspberries, vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate.

Initially two finger of big, white bubbles, quite thin head after five minutes (time needed to let it awaken)
A deep ruby-brown peaks out towards the bottom, otherwise onyx. Lacing at first was sad, excellent after a few.

Smells of sweet, dry chocolate.

Taste follows the nose. Simple, high quality. Crisp & dry. Dominant, lingering aftertaste of vanilla. Not lacking in earthy carbonation.

Patiently letting it warn up, the flavors unfold. Good on a quiet, foggy night, after French Roast coffee!

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Photo of itsZachShaw
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of louiebianchi
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours jet black with a small head. The aroma is very chocolate-y (milk chocolate rather than dark chocolate). The taste is sweeter than I was expecting and combined with the silky and full body of the beer it feels like you're drinking a slightly carbonated chocolate milk beverage. very enjoyable.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is definately not what I was expecting after having some other Samuel Smith beers.

Press deep brown nearly Bosch without a big off white head.

Smells almost like hot chocolate or coffee with Bailey's.

Flavor is much sweater than expected, and although interesting tires quickly. Chauky, bready notes add dimension but seriously lacks any bitterness to finish the beer.

Might be good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Photo of briandschorr
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Harris Teeter in Leland, NC today. The color is a wonderful black. The head dissipates slowly with good lacing. The nose is coffee meets chocolate. Gotta love that! The taste..... ah, the taste. For me, the taste does not really follow the nose. The overall taste has vanilla, sweet chocolate and there is a roast element to the finish. The bitter notes are balanced by the sweet ones. Overall, a fantastic Stout.

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Photo of LT630
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with fluffy khaki head.
The aroma is overly dominated by sweet milk chocolate and dry cocoa.
It's just such a sweet beer. I've never had a chocolate stout with this strong of chocolate flavor. This tastes like an alcoholic melted chocolate tootsie pop and some vanilla, with a very pleasant roasty bitterness on the finish to balance the sweetness. It's just phenomenal.

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Photo of cyberglob101
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of porters4life
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylers65
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ColSanders123
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/21/17:

Dark brown or black, mostly opaque, fairly viscous. Fine-bubbled, even, foamy, filmy, rich tan head of good retention. Walls of lace. Smells like chocolate pudding, butterscotch pudding, banana cream pudding (these last two both could be off flavors, I suppose, but it is still enticing), and vanilla extract. Palate has even more vanilla but the base is still sweet chocolate, tiny amount of dark fruit, and there are mild earthy suggestions throughout, ever so slightly stronger and roastier on the finish. Medium-bodied, slick, with extra fine, soft, creamy, gulpable suds, and a little too much astringency for the style, even if I did’t catch it at first.

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 3,198 ratings
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