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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Reviews: 583 | Ratings: 3,128
Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lumpy parchment over black with garnet highlights. 4
Crazy Belgian chocolate truffle nose. 4.5
Licorice and sweet raisin but mostly big cocoa, a roasty hit, then brown sugar comeback. 4.25
Plummy little linger.
Medium, soft, smooth. 4

A metric fuck-ton of chocolate, and in a non-cloying way. I wish it cleaned up after itself a bit better - where’s the roast to go with the chocolate malt? But earns it back with drinkability. Stand shoulder to shoulder with Young’s Double Chocolate and Southern Tier Choklat. 4.25

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this beer last year and was very pleased, but this years fell a little short for me. It still has a nice stout dark color with hints of ruby, with a nice mocha foam, but it disappears quickly. The taste is a sweet chocolate ( a lil' to sweet for me this year) had a nice chocolate covered cherry flavor last year with nice balance. Not this time, and also the 5.0 does not comes thru like I remember. Still has nice cocoa flavors and gets better as it warms. Aroma is straight up chocolate no adventure at all for the noise. Will continue to keep tasting though.

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Photo of nick_perry
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color with a thick light brown head that lingers. Malty aroma. Very strong chocolate flavor, along with notes of nutmeg. Strong malt backbone. An unpleasant aftertaste is an unfortunate detractor.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a tulip pint glass. Pours a cola color with a small, tan, rapidly dissipating head. Smells and tastes for all intents and purposes like a chocolate malted, despite being very light bodied. Really a delicious treat.

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Photo of powerfulech0
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch dark black coloring. Leaves a creamy, tan head that is about an inch think. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is dominated by chocolate. Reminds me of chocolate milk, or Hershey’s syrup.

T - This beer is incredibly sweet and chocolatey, especially on the front end. No bitterness to the taste at all. There is also no alcohol taste at all to it.

F - Nice and fizzy, while being a medium thickness. Slight dryness at the end. Leaves a chocolate after taste in the mouth.

O - This is a very specific type of beer, and I believe enjoyment of it relates to how much enjoyment is received from the taste of chocolate. For me personally, it is a very good, very sweet beer. Some people will not like this type of beer, and that is okay, but for those chocoholics out there, it is worth getting your hands on. Great beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to black color, some ruby red highlights. Thick tan head.

Milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, some hint of roasted malts.

Very rich and sweet. Milk chocolate, cocoa, cream, vanilla, caramel, hint of roasted malts. Hop bitterness is super low. Finish is sweet, a little dryness, super smooth. Creamy body, smooth, highly drinkable.

It's an excellent Chocolate Stout!

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Photo of BsRblu
2.69/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe I'm writing this, but I'm disappointed. Samuel Smith's has long held an almost idyllic status for me, their Oatmeal Stout being one of my lifelong favorites, but this beer is almost undrinkably sweet to me. It looks beautiful, with deep black color and active head, but it's too thin, sweet, and fizzy. Once was enough; however, I'm wondering if it could be an issue of inconsistent quality, given the number of high marks from other reviewers.

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Photo of DallasK
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thick 1in mocha head that quickly disapates to a wispy ring. Smells like chocolate milk. Reminds me of a favorite beer of mine, trinity's chocolate river. Taste is chocolate and only chocolate. This beers greatest strength is also its weakness. A watered down chocolate river, but still a great brew.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a thin tan head. There is an extremely strong smell of chocolate. It has a strong chocolate taste with a very small hint of roastedness. It has a nice medium body and an overall smoothness with have medium carbonation feel to it.

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

550ml bottle in a massive Kane snifter.

Very dark brown color with reddish brown highlights on the edges. Dark tan head, 1F, quick fade to foamy thick film. Light spot lacing and working carbonation.

Milk chocolate aroma, sweet like cocoa drinks. There's a touch of alcohol on the nose, too. I get a bit of rum and cola or vanilla vodka and cola mixed drink aroma.

It's a chocolate drink.

Slightly fizzy and medium-light bodied. Very clean and smooth.

I like this brew well enough but it could use a little more roast and stout and a bit less chocolate.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
Color: pitch black, chocolatey, 2.5" fluffy cream head.
Aroma: chocolate syrup.
Taste: malty, creamy and chocolatey but as it says on the bottle flavor is added to the stout, if chocolate malts were brewed in it rather than added I do believe it would taste better. It is easy to tell chocolate was added and not brewed and almost tastes like chocolate syrup was added after it was brewed. Sam Adams Chocolate Bock has a much better taste. Although still worth the try and still is better than many chocolate stouts. The intake on first sip is bitter creamy chocolate that ends with bitter sourness.
Feel: thin and creamy.

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Photo of CC93
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 20oz stein glass. Beverage chilled to perfection.

Look: A dark brown body with a dark brown, foamy, 2 - 3 inch head, depending on how you poured it. Slight carbonation.

Smell: Chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Chocolate is the predominant flavour, here, along with its malts.

Taste: Chocolate, malt. Unsure about coffee.

Feel: Very smooth. No persistence in sipping it. No bitterness; the chocolate makes it much easier to sip it.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer. One of my favourites of all time. Chocolate seems to be my favourite flavour, and this takes the cake. There is nothing remarkably bad to say about this pint. If anyone is new to the drinking scene, something like this may turn them off due to stronger flavours, but would soon realise that, after a few sips, may prove to be worth sipping.

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Photo of KevCan
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 550mL bottle from Whole Foods in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Shared at my parents' house.

Look: Black with healthy off-white head.

Smell: Powerful chocolate scent.

Taste: Awesome balance, delicious and refreshing.

Feel: Medium-minus body, medium carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic chocolate stout, and great for a low-ABV brew.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours chocolate brown with moderate head

Smell is lots of chocolate candy, chocolate malt, some vanilla

Taste is rich milk chocolate, lactose, some caramel and vanilla at the end

Overall I'm not a fan of this beer. I really enjoy Sameul Smith but this fell short. Yes I know it has a low abv but I'd still like a little more fullness. To me it tastes wayyyyy too chocolatey. It makes a great stout float though!

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Photo of TrueOregonian
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- not completely black
Poured a inch head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- amazing smell, I get hot chocolate, w/ rum.

T- taste is the same as the smell... except it's way watered down... too watered down. I know it's a 5% so what do I expect.. but it doesn't need to taste this watery

Overall- decent

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Global Beverage Warehouse in Ellsworth, ME
Pours opaque dark brown with light tan head, smells like hershey syrup and light chocolate fudge sauce, taste is light and sweet syrupy chocolate milk, mild cocoa powder, no bitterness, hints of roasted malts, feel is light and creamy. Chocolate mild made with extra syrup, sweet and chocolatey.

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Photo of Captainsteve
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice beer. Nice chocolate taste and a smooth finish. You really need to have a feel and taste for the chocolate beer finish. High quality beer.

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Photo of Gordon-Freeman
2.64/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I realize that I should have known what I was getting myself into with a name like Organic Chocolate Stout, but I felt that the chocolate flavor was way too overpowering. It was like drinking a glass of carbonated chocolate milk, which may be appealing to some people just not me. I had this strait with no food pairing so maybe that's where I went wrong.

Just to give a different perspective, my friend who also has tried this said it's possibly his favorite brew.

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Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is black; the three-finger head is beige and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The rich smell is candy sweet with distinct notes of chocolate and dark cane sugar, Some toffee.

The taste is sweet with lots of smooth chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit less sweet with some growing toffee and clean bitterness. The short finish is quite light with chocolate toffee.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the many small bubbles are smooth and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Intensive chocolate flavours, and a sweetness that becomes a bit one handed.

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Photo of drmeto
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-pours the darkest of brown with slight ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,beige head
-milk chocolate,brown sugar,nougatcinnamon,hazelnuts,chocolate syrup,coconut
-brown sugar,lactose,milk chocolate,cinnamon,faint coffee,faint prunes,coconut
-low to medium,spicy bitterniss for the style
-too sweet
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
A massively,chocolate-y Stout,that i found way too sweet

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Photo of mattroc000
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Of all the chocolate milk stouts that I've tried, this is the creamiest and most chocolaty. Chocolate is prominent from the smell to the taste, but dwindles a little at the finish where some malt and hops first show themselves. It still has the feel and viscosity of a dark beer instead of milk, which is nice. It tends toward a more milk chocolate taste than dark chocolate and is sweeter than most chocolate milk stouts.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 550ml bottle bought at Trader Joe's (of all places), pours as a clear almost opaque black with a beige one-finger head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is dominated by a dark chocolate with sweet roasted malts and a bit of follow on vanilla and caramel flavors. Overall, really creamy and carbonated and satisfying.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic little beer. It pours dark and thick, a bit darker than coffee, and with a bit of lightly off-white foam that goes away slowly. It smells like a milk truck that crashed into a candy store; very sweet, and perhaps, too much. The taste, while very sweet, is much more balanced than the aroma suggests. Tons of milk, a bit of cherry and vanilla. There is just enough hop character and chocolate to hold the brew together, and this balances the beer surprisingly well, since most chocolate stouts tend to lean heavily to either sweet or bitter. Pleasant, slightly acid finish, not drying at all.

The interesting part is the body, since it is rather thick; much thicker than its 5% ABV would suggest. Most other brews around this ABV range tend to feel like watered-down coffee. In combination with its delicately balanced taste, this makes for a very pleasant drink.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears black at first but on closer inspection it looks to be a very dark brown with clear garnet at the edges and a finger of long lasting light khaki head. Aroma is loaded with cocoa and a subtle sweetness, it's very pleasant but lacks depth. The taste is chocked full of cocoa and sweetness, I also get some vanilla and subtle dark fruits. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body and medium+ carbonation. Overall this is a very tasty beer, it's quite like milk chocolate.

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Photo of Dakin
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep brown, amber around the edges of the glass. Thick vanilla colored foamy head.

Smell: French vanilla, chocolate mousse, hint of cherry or other light fruits, slight malts. Deeper chocolate aromas upon swirling the glass.

Taste: Wow. Chocolate up front. Like chocolate milk. Some light carbonation, finishes almost like a soda water. Some dark chocolate and cherry notes near the end, with some slight hops on the finish without being bitter. Not much else, but that's fine with me as this is very drinkable.

Feel: Light mouth feel, as mentioned above, almost like a soda water. Chocolate comes through on the mouth feel with this one.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer. Perfect for a cold winter's night. Like others said it would go very well with any sort of dessert like cake or a chocolate pie. I could even see this paired with a late night snack of cold pizza or something of the variety. Very drinkable. The absence of bitterness is something I really like in a beer personally. Would buy again. 8/10.

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