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: 584 | Ratings: 3,130
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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Photo of Flicker4hisheart
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was looking for a good chocolate beer like ones I've tried on different flights that wasnt too bitter. I found this and its amazing!! It has a great chocolate flavor, not bitter or too strong! Great taste!! Love that its organic and love the look of the bottle! Smells amazing!

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Photo of TAMU99
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious rich coffee chocolate stout. Pours a deep black-brown with. A thick tan head gives off a sweet cake aroma. Taste is of...chocolate, go figure. Also flavors of biscuit, caramel and molasses. Smooth mouthfeel. Be careful, this is strong and the ABV will sneak up on you. Very tasty and very well crafted.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a tan head. Smells like a sweet latte. Tastes like a mix of chocolate and coffee, but heavier on chocolate. Almost doesn't even taste like beer it is so sweet but it is still delicious if you want a beer for dessert instead of a milkshake.

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Photo of vinicole
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown. Thick tan head.
Sweet milk chocolate smell. Dried fruit present.
Tastes like the bouquet. Mild roasted malt bitterness to finish.
Moderate body. Very smooth.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Not quite black but almost, just some hints of brown around the edges. Very little head for me, and zero lacing.

Smell: I can smell this stuff across the room. Chocolate. Like a container of quality melted milk chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, cream, slight metallic/bitter on the end. Malt comes through a little more as the beer warms up.

Feel: My only complaint really with this beer is the mouth feel. When cold it feels like the beer doesn't want to leave my mouth and almost made me gag. That goes away as it approaches room temperature. Something to consider.

Overall: This is a beer that anybody can approach. Regular beer drinkers might appreciate the break from routine, and non beer drinkers would like it because it tastes like dessert.

Oh, and it only costs about $3.50 where I live for a 550ml bottle!

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Photo of gonger
1.81/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

Yuk. I guess I don't like chocolate stouts. Not sure what I expected but this isn't it.
Looks great. Pours black coffee black. Caramel colored fluffy head that lasts a while. Leaves nice lacing down sides of glass.
Smells like chocolate syrup, not much else.
Sweet chocolate taste overpowers everything else. Feel is OK but a bit thin even for a sweet stout.
Overall, I can't stand this stuff. Hard to even call it a beer. Can't imagine a food pairing for it.
Heavy Stouts and Porters are my favorite styles but this is way too sweet for me to enjoy. The chocolate is overpowering. Like drinking a Hershey bar
I hate to slam Samuel Smith's because they make some great beers but I don't like this one. Luckily, I have a couple Sam Smith IPA's to get this cloyingly sweet chocolate taste out of my mouth. It might be a very good example of this style, it's just not a style I care for.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is definitely different but good
Tastes MUCH better than expected but just a bit too sweet; wife likes it though
Mouthfeel a bit thick for a stout
Good dessert beer

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Photo of mikeg67
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, cacao, graham crackers and brown sugar. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and sweet. Good dessert brew.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of chocolate/kakao note hit you in the face, both in smell and taste. Creamy. Not that bitter compared to other stouts.
A tad watery in the feel though. Something is not right with the aftertaste, a bit bland for what the beer is. In any case, it's still a very good beer.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,130 ratings.
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