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'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:
#888
Reviews:
632
Ratings:
3,271
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
253
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1,048
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,271 |  Reviews: 632
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

83/100

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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

Photo of Thmcress
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of obywan59
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nearly black in appearance yet when held up to a bright light, it shows ruby highlights. A 4 finger medium brown head leaves good lacing.

Aroma of chocolate cake, rich hot chocolate, chocolate truffles, and chocolate covered cherries. More milk chocoate than dark.

Taste of fruity milk chocolate. Some light citrus with blended stone fruits. One of the sweetest beers ever.

Slightly higher than moderate. Creamy with great retention. Light stickiness and carbonation. Drying and somewhat astringent in the end.

Oh my god this beer is good! Smooth and easy drinking all the way

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550 ml bottle into Schlafly tulip. Pours dark chocolate brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head, which leaves beautiful spotted lacing. Rich chocolate smell and a taste that matches it to a tee. Has a little carbonation with a light to medium feel. This is really an excellent light stout that I could drink several of. Samuel Smith definitely knows how to make drinkable beers.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anthony-s
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 3,271 ratings
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