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

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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 louiebianchi
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 -16.3%
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 +9.6%
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 -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of porters4life
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylers65
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ColSanders123
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digitalflood
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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