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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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4.23/5
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3,238 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:
#883
Reviews:
618
Ratings:
3,238
pDev:
12.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
252
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1,040
Trade:
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steinhauser10
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devo1980
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freaking love this beer! Sooo chocolatey and decadent as a beer can get. Smooth, full flavor and low alcohol. Not sure how they pull that magic trick off, but it works.

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

Photo of maxarvo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pantalones
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of two loose bottles picked up at the local beer store recently. Can't find a bottling date or best-by but I'm not too concerned about this being old.

Color is a cola-like brown when pouring, darker once in the glass -- pretty much black, with just a bit of dark brown visible around the edges. Nice layer of light tan foam on top, which shrinks to about half its initial size over a few minutes but seems to be sticking around pretty well, leaving some really nice trails behind as it goes.

The smell is incredibly chocolatey right away -- reminds me of a chocolate cake! I'm reminded of the Shiner Birthday Beer chocolate stout from a couple years back, but I think this one is a level up from even that beer on the chocolate-o-meter -- that beer (while delicious) had more of a store-bought-cake-mix kind of thing going on while this one is nicer. It's almost like there's two layers to the chocolateyness, a chocolate+cake sort of smell at first and then a richer pure-chocolate smell peeking in a little on the end of every sniff. Smells really, really good.

The taste is also heavy on the chocolate, though oddly it's coming across as a good bit weaker than the smell. There is a presence of stout-like roasted malt in there, too -- a little bit of an almost-charred black malt thing popping in on the very end once most of the chocolatey-er flavors have faded, lingering for a little while afterward. Overall, taste is not quite as nice as the smell. but still good, and the roasted malt making itself known is a plus -- a little reminder that yes, this is still a beer and not some kind of alcoholic chocolate milkshake! Interestingly, the flavors do seem to come out more as the beer warms, giving it a definite chocolate-milkshake vibe that's nicer than the flavor when fridge-cold but still not quite as good as the smell -- I still have one in my fridge and I'll be sure to let it sit and warm a bit before drinking (I should've known to do that ahead of time, what with this being English and all, but... it's 2 am and it slipped my mind.)

The feel is probably the weakest feature of this beer. I mentioned above that I was reminded of Shiner's "Birthday Beer" chocolate stout when smelling this one -- well, that impressive chocolateyness in the smell isn't the only thing they have in common: they're also both surprisingly thin in feel. On the positive side it is very drinkable (it's hard not to take this down gulps at a time), but a bit thinner and fizzier than I would like for a beer that tastes like this one does. I can't knock it too hard for this, though, since it is only 5% ABV -- the richness of the chocolate in the flavor and especially the smell just causes a bit of a disconnect when the feel is as thin as a typical 5% ABV beer would be.

Overall, this is a great stand-in for the no-longer-brewed Shiner beer I mentioned several times in the review -- I'm not sure why I didn't notice just how similar they were the previous time I had this beer, but I'm definitely noticing it now. This is almost certainly a better beer, though, despite my scores for them being so close -- the richness of the chocolate in the smell is a big difference, and this one looks nicer in the glass too, leaving perfect little rings of lacing as you drink. Anyone who misses that 106th anniversary Shiner beer should try this for sure, as should anyone seeking out a chocolate beer that leans more in the "chocolate" direction -- especially if you want serious chocolateyness without a high ABV to go with it, as this is only 5% ABV.

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

Photo of Rindir
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Branlott42
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewnme
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure I would like a chocolate stout but this one is really delicious. Just nicely balanced and memorable.

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

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my 10oz nonic.

Dark, clear, seal brown liquid topped by two fat fingers of beige foam up top. Rocky lacing; good retention.

Potent chocolate liqueur aromatics with a lush malt, cream, and a dark nutty quality as well.

Cloying palate entry is overwhelmed by chocolate syrup, which contrasts rather than merges with the malty base. Low bitterness, and a vague cola note. Finishes sweet and only faintly roasty.

Creamy, but light-bodied.

This seems directed at chocolate lovers rather than beer lovers - it is very tasty, but more akin to a chocolate soda than a proper ale.

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

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

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy dark chocolate color with thick fading head, notes of dark chocolate and creamy coffee stout. Tasty beer desert!

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Photo of red_5_sooner
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Scotty_Karate
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of NicolasBird
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of this beer. Pours just like any stout, has a large head though so pour with caution. Smells sooo sweet. Like an uber sweet vanilla milk chocolate. Taste is much too sweet for my palate. It's probably the sweetest beer I've ever had which kind of turns me away from liking it. I'm not a fan of milk chocolate and this is like the most sugared up milk chocolate melted down with some vanilla and maybe like a toasted almond-ish taste. I do appreciate this beer for what it is. I mean it's called an organic chocolate stout, and it sure is a chocolate stout, it's just too sweet for my taste. Mouth feel is fine, kind of a carbonated creamy feel. As I said, I do appreciate this beer but for my own personal taste I don't like it so much. Not a bad drink though by any means. Cheers!

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Plumbwader
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overly sweet. By far my least favorite beer from this brewer. My expectations were so high. I didnt even finish the four banger.

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