Organic Chocolate Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Stout - English
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,065
4.26 | pDev: 11.74%
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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jgido759 from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered at a restaurant. Poured from a bottle into a snifter-type glass. Dark brown color with almost not head to speak of. Aroma is of mild, dark chocolate and taste is roasty, with a cocoa flavor without being overly sweet and little to no hop presence. Very smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this very much and would order it again.

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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle. Pours fizzy dark brown. Not much of a head. Smells of cocoa and nutty malts. Tastes very chocolatey. Sweet chocolate with low bitterness. A little bit of toasted malt in the back. Medium body. It's not that sweet, but it comes off as sweet as there isn't much bitterness to cut it. Good for such a low alcohol chocolate beer, but still a little too sweet for me.

Sep 08, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great stout! I am totally surprised at how smooth this beer is. I love the flavors and the lack of hop bitterness. It taste creamy smooth and has no bad finish. Highly recommend this beer if you like stouts!

Jul 30, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 18.7 oz bottle Tamuras $6.09
Smell of chocolate
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Sweet creamy chocolate taste, coconuts
Overall a good beer that delivers what it name says, which is chocolate. Makes a great dessert beer. Would be better if there was more of a roasted malt flavor to balance out the chocolate. Not sure if I would buy it again, but worth it to try.

Jul 29, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Bull's Head Public House in Litiz PA. Borders on too sweet, but the roast and chocolate definitely balance this fact out. Licorice. Bought on advice of bartender. So glad to have tried this!

Jul 28, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, no discernable date on the labels, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a very nice cola brown color, nearly jet black with a great finger or so of bone colored head that has great retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is lovely, smooth chocolate, rich and bittersweet, modest coffee roast, hearty brown bread, a touch of vanilla cream, a bit of chalkiness but a very rich and decadent nose. The flavors are very nice, rich bakers chocolate, bittersweet dark chocolate as it warms, rich vanilla and cream, modest coffee that comes across like a nice mocha with a great hearty grain base a touch of stone fruits. The mouthfeel is good, coating and smooth, heavier medium body that feels rich and luscious with a creamy finish.

Verdict: A very nice stout from Samuel Smith. Rich, decadent, smooth and creamy with a wonderful expression of chocolate that feels like a much bigger beer.

Jul 17, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apppearance is dark brown, some light gets through the thick body, average fluffy head. Aroma of chocolate and strong coffee. Taste was thick with malts with coffee flavours and a quite sweet acidic chocolate aftertaste. Slightly cremy nd sweet in the mouth. I know these sorts of things get a lot of love on rating websites but I am yet to be convinced about chocolate's role in beer. It's nice don't get me wrong but I would take a normal well made traditional beer style over this.

Jul 15, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raul is feelin’ this one just like last nights lap dance. Feeling it on all levels like in Little League when hitting it to the kid in right field that played defense like Ted Williams.

Honestly though, it’s just kind of there. Not bombastic, and not large and in charge. This beer is like the girl you should marry; just beautiful and subtle goodness.

May 29, 2020
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Schoeni from Germany

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Physical appearance: deep black, only as I put the glass against the light, I can slightly see through a red liquid.
Very good foam, very fine , fluffy head, like snowy mountains, but not white: its beige. Aroma of sweet chocolate, nuts and vanilla, very very sweet, a bit too sweet. Tatste: Sweet, lots of choc, a litle roasted malts and a dry finish. In my opinion a nice dessert beer! Its a sipper... All in all very good , the only minus Point in my opinion: The finish should be even more bitter, meaning there are some bitter coffee notes and/or some bitter hops missing.

May 14, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This poured a deep dark brown, almost like a cold brew coffee. Had a half finger khaki colored head but had very little retention.

Of course, this had a massive sweet chocolate aroma, more specifically of chocolate cake. There was a large amount of sugar aromas coming out of this such as marzipan, chocolate frosting, brown sugar coupled with a bit of mocha coffee and cream.

Unfortunately, I wish this tasted as good as it smelled. I actually really disliked this taste as it tasted way too artificially chocolate and cloyingly sweet. It was very perfume-y upfront with the taste following the nose but double the potency. It had a bit of a citrusy and sweet malt to it, but this was easily overwhelmed with the massive amount of artificial chocolate taste from it that I just couldn't get over. It really ruined this beer for me.

This had about a light-medium body and a medium amount of carbonation to it. Had a medium finish to it and it was fairly drink-able in the feel with a little bit of alcoholic taste to it.

May 12, 2020
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a Yeti snifter. is certainly very chocolatey, but too sweet for me; it stops just short of becoming cloying. In addition to the chocolate, there are some extremely clean sweet grain notes, as well. Silky and a bit thin and almost but not quite watery on the mouthful, no hop liveliness, nor any kind of bitterness from the roasted grain, which seems to be perfect to style.

I do think that this is exceptionally well made -- there isn't a rough moment or a hint at a flaw in the design or execution, that I can discern -- so if rating to style, it has to be fairly high. It is a bit one-note and there's not much development of different kinds of notes over the mouthful, nor are there really layers. In terms of my beer-drinking pleasure, I'd rate it as good but not great.

May 10, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a slight mahogany hue and a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Rich chocolate, roasty, earthy, slightly nutty, vanilla, sweet cream, and caramel, and faint herbal notes.

T: Milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, caramel, brown sugar, slightly nutty, roasty side slowly comes out, light underlying earthy and herbal notes, and a hint of char.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Kinda torn on how to score this one. The chocolate flavor fantastic, but it is a bit on the sweet side which makes the flavor seem a bit less stout like. Still an enjoyable desert beer.

May 06, 2020
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a seidel.

Appearance: Wonderfully frothy head, lots of structure, extremely appetizing. Deep brown with red.

Smell: Smells like chocolate/cacao, malted milk chocolate; almost Ovaltine/Milo-esque. Malty and rich. Delicious.

Taste: Sweet malt and cocoa dominate. Absolutely delicious. Sweet but in balance, with a hint of bitterness. Nothing wrong here: it just barely fails to reach the ideal of what a stout could be.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin of body but otherwise deliciously satisfying. Frothy. No alcohol taste.

Overall: Wonderfully drinkable, satisfying and only 5%. Might not be as interesting for a second pint, but a bomber is the right size. Truly delicious. Reminiscent of a satisfying glass of chocolate milk from your childhood.

Apr 19, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

2.57/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dull, lifeless brown that stares brainlessly at you from beneath a foam dunce cap the color of brown paper bags. The cap slowly slips away from its lusterless head until it completely falls off, disappearing into the emptiness beneath.

Smells like I tripped violently into a candy store and fell nose-first into an open bin of chocolate Pocky. After dislodging a pair of milk chocolate sticks from my nostrils, I am able to notice the sweetened biscuit aroma beneath.

The body feels malnourished, for a stout. I'm worried the poor dunce hasn't been getting 3 square meals a day. It has a slender, willowy body that flows like a splash of light ale. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the cool, refreshing texture befits the flavor profile. Which brings me to...

Leads with a near-fatal overdose of English Sweet Malts that thankfully stop short of unbearably cloying. Beneath this sheet of sugar-laced malts lay a clean, breezy milk chocolate. The chocolate aspect runs a smidge artificial and tastes astoundingly like Yoo-Hoo, which is sort of enjoyable, given that the body's skinny frame matches the casual, uplifting palate.

Not bad. If you enjoy a stout so light and sweet that it challenges the definition of the breed, you won’t mind it. Personally, I wouldn't buy 'em again, but I'll still enjoy the remaining bottles in my fridge for what they are: a childish refreshment aimed to please young adults who just hit the drinking age.

Apr 17, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

2.22/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Notes from 3/21/2020.
Poured from an 18.7oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark brown with 1.5 fingers of off-white head leaving a thin cap. 4.25
The aroma is medium in strength and is of milk chocolate, and malt. 4.00
The taste is a little above medium in strength and is of milk chocolate, sweet malt, and has a long lasting lightly bitter finish. I can tell it has quality ingredients, but I don't like the chocolate flavor. It's just gross. 1.00
The feel is a little above medium in thickness, creamy, is lightly carbonated, and has a level of astringency that is closer to low than medium. 4.00
Overall, I do not know what it is about the chocolate flavor in this one but I thoroughly dislike it. It baffles me how this is ranked the top English Stout. 1.00

Mar 23, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This may have been cellar aged but it had a great occasion to showcase this beer, the last day before pubs and bars were ordered to shut shared with good beer drinking friends
Hint of coconut with quite a milky chocolate taste

Mar 20, 2020
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2.91/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

This score's a 95? Must be the same crew who cleared the shelves of TP at Walmart when the Coronavirus hysteria hit or just burned their taste buds out on squirrel pi$$ ( IPA). I have had quite a few delicious chocolate stouts. This isn't one of them. It tasted like cough syrup. Likely because it's artificially flavored which seems like an oxymoron with "Organic" in the title.

Mar 14, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith Imperial pint glass I have had for years. Huge head that almost overflows, so almost 8 oz woth of head volume on a 12 oz beer. Color is a dark walnut. Solid. Nose is pure chocolate.

Nice medium texture with reams of cocoa flavors, supplemented by a healthy grain bill. Rich, complex aftertaste, with some bitter baker's chocoklate tones and some burnt flavors balanced out by creamy milk and silky oats and nuts. The cocoa is still the overwhelming master of its domain.

I like my English style ales as much as the next man, and love me some Sam Smith's, and this is very good, but not quite great, despite its obvious merits.

Mar 07, 2020
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Radome from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 550 ml bottle.

L - Deep brown color that is just this side of black. Opaque, but when held up to the light garnet shows at the edges. Huge pillow of off-white head that lasts and lasts.

S - Delicious milk chocolate aromas. Some roasted grain in background. No hops or yeast apparent.

T - Bitter roasted grains blend with sweet milk chocolate. Great depth of flavors.

F - Medium body with just a hint of sweetness in the finish. Hops bitterness is barely detectable, but it holds the sweetness back. No alcohol presence.

O - Amazingly clean and complex flavors in a beer that is only 5% ABV. Wow!

Feb 26, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours very very dark, but not opaque dark brown. It lets just a touch of light through, revealing that the brew is nearly crystal clear, despite the darkness. The head is tan, foamy, and excellent. It lingers and the legs and lacing endure. The foam clings down the side of the glass. This is a spectacular look.

The aromas are simple but very well-defined and distinguished. Milk and semi-sweet chocolate aromas predominate. Hints of coffee, caramel malt, and hops hide in the background.

This brew delights each segment of the tongue. The brew is definitely sweet on first presentation, but never seems cloying. Milk-stout-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Chocolate flavors (milk and cocoa) abound initially, but some vanilla, nutty, and creamy notes arrive as the brew warms in midstream. As the brew flows to the finish, Just a kiss of roast and char as well as bakers'-bitter chocolate in the back of the tongue provide a restrained but welcome bitter note to offset everything else. As the brew warms, the finish also opens and reveals just enough grassy hop notes to remind us we're drinking a beer here.

The body and feel of the brew is where the battle on this one was won, I think. Despite everything that is going on, this feels, on reflection, like a merely medium-bodied brew. The carbonation endures well, which helps finish the quaff. Yet it feels smooth, creamy, velvety.

Is this really a beer? It's almost more like a tasty dessert drink. But everything about the feel and finish says "brew" not "dessert." This is pretty special.

Feb 09, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Normal pour into pint glass. Brew appears nearly black, fully opaque. This beer sports a nice one finger head with good head retention. Carbonation is mild to moderate.

S - Chocolate stands at the forefront. Bread, malt, and barely notes come through, along with some coffee.

T - Unreal. This brew couldn't taste any better. Everything about it screams desert beer in the absolute best way possible. Can you tell I like this beer? I hope so.

M - Lingering mouthfeel without oil slick. Once again, this beer lingers on the palate in the best way possible. It's like a good cup of coffee, it stays with you long after the first sip, beckoning you to take another.. and another.

D - For a desert beer, it's fantastic! I wouldn't exactly session these but that's not the point. The point is, that for what this beer is, it's one of the very best that money can buy. I've been drinking this one for years, and I hold it in the same regard as I do Rogue chocolate and Young's Double Chocolate. Truely, this beer is a masterpiece. If you like stout beer and like chocolate, this one should be at the top of your list. Cheers!

Jan 28, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark, nearly black, poured with a 1cm cream colored head that dissipated quickly

Smell: strong chocolate smell

Taste: malty, strong but not overpowering chocolate taste

Feel: very smooth, low carbonation

Jan 09, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

delightful beer. really delicious.
L: very dark, nice head.
S; chocolate, cocoa. fairly sweet
T: chocolate, fairly sweet but not cloying. a bit of coconut.
F: smooth, rich.
O: worth finding and enjoying.

Jan 03, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look : Black as night , yellow fluffy head initially which dissolves to a decent thin layer of bubbles.

Smell : They're not kidding with the chocolate , cocoa powder, vanilla, hazelnuts, malt, fudge, carmamel

Taste : Chocolate (obviously), chocolate syrup more than a chocolate bar however, but not as sweet, buscuity and malty finish. Tastes like a cozy night in by the fire in the wintertime.

Feel : Easy drinking , minimal carbonation , hallucinations of bits of cocoa powder hehehe , warming and rich.

Overall : It's just really quite nice, among the most relaxing beers i've ever had. It's quite something.

Dec 23, 2019
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Premo88 from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 oz. bottle poured into Samuel Smith nonic with CO2 nucleation point
(SE13S1 printed on neck of bottle)

L: black-and-tan perfection, the beer pours a clear dark brown-amber but piled into the glass it's black topped by a thick, dense head of creamy tan foam; I poured as soft as possible to let the nucleation point do it's job, and wow ... it's a perfect pour, and now the head is sticking too ... among the easiest 5s I've run across

S: sweet stale wood, cocoa powder, earthy burnt wood

T: chocolate beer ... there's a bit of roasted malt woody/earthy something in there and a wonderful lingering wood flavor, but the chocolate leads everything and at times dominates; it's not super sweet milk chocolate, but it's also not bitter baker's chocolate; maybe a pinch of earthy hop flavor is helping balance, but it seems like more of the earthy/bitter balancing flavor is coming from the roasted malt that has a dryness to it

F: the first third to a half of the pint is perfect — you drink through a constant 1/2-inch head of that meringue-like foam, so it's nice and soft and fluffy, but there's still enough carbonation left in the liquid to give it a wee layer of crispness; the weight of the beer seems relatively big for 5% ABV, amost midweight

O: it was stupid of me to wait so long to try this one; now that I have, I'll revisit this beer often ... in fact, as soon as I clear out some of the beer currently in my fridge, I'm envisioning a collection of Nut Brown Ales and Organic Chocolate Stouts taking up residence, for I bet this chocolate stout would follow a good English pale ale wonderfully

Dec 01, 2019
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