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

Brewed by:
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 rsuarez1982
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vabeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been enjoying Samuel Smith beers since around 1980 when I started enjoying the Pale Ale.

This pours with a thick tan head that laces along the glass as it gradually settles.
The aroma seems dark chocolate and coconut oil? Not much hop or malt.

Almost too sweet, taste similar to smell.

Pleasant throat coating feel

A good low abv stout, 500 ml is enough of anything this sweet

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Photo of Bmarkalan1970
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

550 ml bottle, Gardiner Haskins, Bristol - Pours jet black with a large light tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - cocoa, roasted chocolate malts Taste - Sweet, smooth, lactose, cocoa, roasted chocolate malty middle, very light bitter finish. Solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As good as any other sweet chocolate light milky stout, with a bit more mineral and chocolate than most.
a) an opaque jet black with brown highlights. Sports a two finger creamy tan head that reduces to sudsy islands and laces a bit.
s) Abundant aromas of chocolate milk, cocoa, peat fire, and wood smoke.
t) Strong flavors of chocolate milk with cocoa that's tempered by roasting chesnuts, wood smoke, peat fire, and ancient wooden cabinetry.
f) Light bodied, a bit creamy yet a bit thin.
o) Outstanding light dessert beer with good mineral base.

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Photo of TagForKeeps
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The color is a nice dark coffee color with a very nice dark tan head that disperses quickly, leaving a frothy lace.

Smell: There's no mistaking the cocoa and roasted chocolate malt in this beer, and as a result there are no earthy or bitter notes. Still a nice aroma regardless.

Feel: This stout has a very nice heaviness to it with moderate carbination. Nothing overpowering or unique about it.

Taste: Stellar taste. It greets you with the roasted chocolate malt and just as quickly the cocoa joins in giving this beer a sweet, almost milk chocolatey flavor that lingers on the tongue. Almost no trace of bitterness, making this a prime brew for people who don't like overly bitter tastes.

Overall: West O CocO stout has now been pushed into 2nd place for me. Overall, this beer's taste, feel and look are what propell it towards the top. The taste alone while certainly inviting to beginners, or people that don't like bitter tastes, is neither too complicated, but not too simple either. A perfect blend that doesn't give you diabetes with over sweetening, or turn your face inside out with IPA hoppiness.

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of d5001986
2.75/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

L — Pours a moderately dark black body with a two-finger tan head produced with gentle pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S — Nutty chocolate, toffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, barley
T — Almond nougat, milk chocolate, vanilla, tobacco leaf, caramel, sarsparilla
F — Pretty thin and watery for the style. Sweet but not syrupy or cloying
O — As many others have noted prior, this brew is very much about the chocolatey dessert-like character and very little about the base beer. How much that matters depends on how much one likes chocolate and flavored stouts in general


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Photo of Weekiwachee
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So lovely, delicate, balanced, agreeable. I am so tired of imperials. This is the proof you don't need a high ABV to taste good. I am glad I took it out of the fridge a while before drinking it.

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Photo of lastmango
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very dark brown with one finger tan head that disappeared quickly. Moderate lacing. Aroma was like chocolate chocolate malt. I could not detect any other aromas. Taste - I love a chocolate malt. I do not want it in my beer. This beer is just too much chocolate. Moderate body and carbonation. A bit dry. If you want a chocolate beer, this is probably what you are looking for.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyM72
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great dessert beer, lots of chocolate, but still not too dense, so if you had a full meal you'll still find room to have this one without being afraid of ending up exploding, also light on alcohol content so it won't add up too much to the ones you already had either. I'll see it more to enjoy at home with friends after dinner than at a bar. Definitely a good one, I'll have it again.

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Photo of windowside
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Chocolate strong, good dessert beer.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can see why some people like this beer so much, but I'm only mildly happy with it. It's a very very chocolate beer, or maybe I should just say a very very chocolate beverage, as the beer elements in this beer come in about fourth place, after chocolate, cocoa, and a milky sweetness. It's an impressive feat to put that much cocoa into the beer, I'll say that. The beer looks good (poured into a tulip), with a big tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is excellent ... lots of chocolate!

I was not as enthusiastic about the taste. If I were more a fan of milk chocolate and sweetness, I'd probably be happier. This is like a melted Hershey bar, meaning that the chocolate is mild and not complex. However, I'm a dark chocolate fan, I'm not big on overly sweet beverages, and I like my stouts to have a more dark roasted malt character. This beer is mild, sweet, not complex, and not really a dark stout at all.

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Photo of Lemures
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nephilium
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich chocolate aroma, pours an almost opaque ruby red with a light tan head. Mild milk chocolate flavor, with a residual sweetness. Thinner mouthfeel then I was expecting, but a solid and traditional chocolate stout.

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Photo of Easton70
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’m drinking this after three other strong flavoured beers, one of which was a barrel aged Russian imperial stout so it is a bit of a surprise that this one stands out after a couple of hours.

It pouts thick black with a tight creamy head that does not dissipate but it’s the aroma that shocks you initially. It’s very sweet, very milky and very artificial cocoa. It’s almost unpleasant, but that maybe because I’ve had an awesome IPA, a barrel aged Russian imperial stout and a brown ale beforehand.

The flavour is a sweet beary artificial hot chocolate. It’s not unpleasant but it’s slightly weird after those other beers. If Disneyland did stout, this is what it would taste like

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Photo of shagal
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle SD18Q1. CBF Tulip.

A: pours black, but at the bottom of the glass it is transparent. One thick finger of frothy sandy head that retains as a thin cap all the way down. Ring after ring of lacing.

S: chocolate! Sweet, milk chocolate. Sugary.

T: sweet, surprisingly light arrival. Light malty, sweet, and toasty mid-palate, with chocolate expressing itself fully right at the end. On the swallow a big hit of chocolate followed by floral English hops, and then lingering chocolate. It never gets too sweet, though the chocolate flavor does get to be a bit much.

M: lighter end of mid bodied, midweight, active but not excessive carbonation, very, very clean finish. Has the texture of my favorite English pale ales; unlike most stouts I've had - save for Guinness - much lighter. Wouldn't mind if it were heavier.

O: I expected this to be a novelty, and to a certain extent it is, but it is a really, really, quality English stout with chocolate added, and I love English beers, so I may revisit this sooner, rather than later. Really piques my interest for other Sam Smith's stouts.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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