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 shypop1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heliolatry
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ImaStoutLover
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable beer.

Look - Very dark amber-nearly black. A one finger tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Some lacing hanging on the glass throughout.

Smell - Strong chocolate/cocoa aroma, and perhaps a bit of coffee. Very pleasing.

Taste - Sweet with hints of chocolate, but perhaps with an even stronger mocha coffee taste on the back of the palate. Malt is in there with perhaps the slightest hint of oak or bourbon, too? Finish is "roasty", but not bitter.

Feel - Slight, even carbonation. Stayed consistent throughout the glass. Creamy feel despite the carbonation. Good body-not at all watery.

Overall a very, very good beer. Easy to drink, full flavor

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance is a nice looking off white two fingered foaminess that lasts about a good two minutes before gently dissipating. There is some light bubbly lacing that ends up sliding for the most part. The smell has a nice chocolatey aroma with a decent roastiness backing that up and even letting a nice sweet vanilla enter in after a bit warming. The taste was sweet chocolate and yet there’s still a decent roastiness about it and the vanilla even comes back. The aftertaste is slightly chocolatey and yet still carries that roastiness to invite me into the finish. On the palate, this one sits about a medium in body with a semi-decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation is super smooth. Overall, I say this is a pretty good sweet stout worthy of having again.

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a motor oil black color. Not much head on the pour but intense chocolate aroma. Quite thin and a bit watery. Doesn't taste like a beer whatsoever, but has great chocolate flavor which is the only flavor I could get off of it. Would have again, just not eager to go out and look for it.

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Photo of rypkr
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heBREWgomez
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is really good.

Look- Very dark and opaque brown. A one finger tan head that dissipated quite quickly.

Smell- Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and some coffee,particularly a mocha cappuccino. Smells amazing.

Taste- Very sweet and pleasant on the palate. This chocolate stout has had the most chocolate flavor out of the 10 or so chocolate stouts I've tried in the past. Its like drinking chocolate syrup. Its a bit too sweet to have more than 1 in a sitting in my opinion. It's a bit roasty in the finish but hardly any bitterness.

Feel- Although the head disappeared quite rapidly, i was surprised of how creamy it felt. It's mellow and medium body complements the strong milk chocolate flavor. It's definitely a dessert beer and what a chocolate stout should be.

Overall great beer, easy drinking, and would definitely buy again.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of m_hall
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a twelve ounce bottle, poured into a nonic pint. Very dark cola- brown in color, just barely short of completely opaque. Topped by a dense tan head about two-fingers tall, which falls slowly to a persistent film that leaves thick lacing lingering all the way down the glass.

The nose is dominated by a massive jolt of cocoa, as one would expect- it's pretty close to what you'd get from a freshly-opened tin of cocoa powder.

The taste follows the nose right at first, with a big hit of semi-sweet chocolate right away. As it lingers on the tongue, slight coffee-like dark roast malts come in to bring a bit more balance, leading into a finish that's slightly dry and bitter, but not astringently so.

Mouth-feel is medium in body, a bit creamy but offset by the moderate carbonation giving this one a bit of tingle. Alcohol is fairly modest at 5.0% ABV, though this one is a bit too sweet to be a session beer for me (except perhaps as the very last beer of the night.)

An excellent example of a beer that's pretty specialized in character, Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is exactly what it says it is. It's not a hugely complex beer, but I don't think it's trying to be, either. It's certainly a beer I think I'd only want from time to time, but when the mood hits it's a real winner with how well it uses the chocolate- it's a dessert in a pint. If you're not fond of chocolate you'll definitely stay away, but it's a decadent treat for those of us who are.

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

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown color with a frothy tan head. No light penetration through and head stays with you. Quite chocolatey smell. Initial taste is overwhelmingly chocolatey as well, and a little bitter at the end. The feel thicker with dry chocolate aftertaste

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Photo of rbrandt22
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gtjwilding
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favourites, but couldn't have more than one in a session.

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Photo of jglaw1
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeEdgeworth
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time I had this I really liked it, but I was watching a movie so couldn't really pay attention to the beer. After my second visit to this guy, it's good. Def dessert beer. My only gripe is that it has this weird alkali taste on the back end. Didn't like that. After drinking it for awhile too the chocolate starts to taste chemically. It reads Organic but it's only fit the first have of the bottle for me.

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Photo of thoglund
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From Tercertiempocervezas. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Aaru's Awakening + Void & Meddler. Lots of chocolate here, and of the real kind, not something that reminds chocolate. However, its too much for my liking and becomes cloying

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Photo of sjrider
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a 2 finger light tan head. Smells strongly of sweet milk chocolate. The taste follows the nose with very very sweet chocolates and a light bitterness at the end. Mouth feel is medium with good carbonation. Wow, this one really blew me away. It's very sweet and I usually hate overly sweet beers, but this one did it right. Not something to drink everyday, but for special occasions I will be buying this again. Share the bottle if you get it, it's hard to drink the whole thing by yourself.

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Photo of RAFH
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of basicoutdoors
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,172 ratings.
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