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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Milk / Sweet 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 MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with a billowing tan head. Lots of chocolatey aroma. Mouth feel is silky smooth with prominent flavours of chocolate and vanilla. Fairly sweet but delicious

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Photo of cmurkar
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown from a 550 ml bottle. Head is two inches and light tan in color. Retains very well, leaves a lot of lacing behind. Smell is dark chocolate right off the bat. Very sweet in scent and covers up most of the malts. Taste follows the smell. Chocolate hits the palate immediately. This is an extremely sweet beer, reminds me heavily of chocolate milk. Faint bitter finish from the roasted malt. Beer is medium in mouthfeel and silky smooth in texture. This is a delicious dessert stout, and will definitely be a go to in the future.

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Photo of g_rat
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1st Review

Look: Dark brown almost black. Tan creamy head that sticks to the glass with plenty of lacing.
Smell: Malty, chocolate, subtle nutty notes.
Taste: Chocolate milk, with some dark chocolate and a mild bitter finish with a taste that I can only describe as dirt. Though I'm left wanting more. Taste better once it warmed up a bit.
Feel: Fairly thick and creamy. Little to no carbonation.
Overall: Smooth and very drinkable beer. Sweet, but balanced.

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque medium brown color with a thick tan head. Good retention. Strong milk chocolate aroma with oatmeal. There is a prominent milky, sticky sweet presence up front with chocolate and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel and full-bodied. Just an awesome beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Don't feel like deciphering the incredibly convoluted freshness date. Pretty sure it's like 6 months old IIRC.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Drippy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Smells exactly like chocolate milk. No joke.

T- Rich, sweet chocolate flavor floods the palate with some roastiness on the back end to balance. So drinkable but borderline decadent. Notes of caramel, vanilla, a bit of marshmallow and some toffee from the biscuity malt.

M- Standard feel for a single stout with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A beautiful, straightforward chocolate stout and is a classic I've just passed over too many times in my years of drinking craft. Glad I finally grabbed a single since this is delicious.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight mahogany hue, a moderate off white foam head, sudsy lace that retains well.
This one is all about the chocolate. It is in the nose; smells like a milk chocolate bar. It is on the tongue; creamy and milk chocolate sweetness. Definitely a dessert beer. Yet, there is a tiny amount of wood and hops bitterness that balances it out. The feel is silky, creamy, smooth and light for a stout.
I will have this again but next time, I will have it with a cake or pastry pairing.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with tan head that leaves lacing on glass sides but fades somewhat quick. Smells of chocolate and cocoa with a mineral-like quality - most likely from the well water used in this beer. Tastes fabulous: chocolate & vanilla with easy drinking bitterness and a creamy thin to medium feel. No alcohol notes. No off flavors. Overall, a great tasting beer. Would love to try this cask conditioned as I could drink quite a few of these to end the night.

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

The color of a Hershey bar, this beer has a light head and aromas of sweet chocolate. The taste is incredible with creamy, milk chocolate and a nice balance of sweet malts. Like drinking chocolate milk, outstanding !!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear, very dark brown with two fingers of fluffy mocha head that leaves cheerful brown clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells wonderful. Smooth, dark, rich, sweet creamy chocolate, roasted caramel malt, dried vanilla and very faint drying hops.

Tastes of more delicious chocolate and vanilla. Like an airy chocolate cake. Toffee-like roasted malt and more mild leafy hops.

Feels soft and silky. Medium bodied with velvety carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Better than a chocolate milkshake.

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Photo of Albianfire
1.69/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not worth a long review.
Look- poured gently. Dark appearance with little head.

Smell- chocolate and chocolate (and I have difficulty picking up chocolate in most beers made with it). Some toffee candy.

Taste - not as sweet as others are experiencing but it is there. Some nut flavor. Extract like. Small bite (thank God that is there).

Mouthfeel - thin as others have said. Soda like.

Overall - Is there beer in there? Really comes off as an off store brand of chocolate soda or something. Samuel Smith beers have yet to impress me despite such a strong following. I made a mistake and bought the 4 pack. I'll have a few good beers tonight and tackle these once my taste buds go to sleep.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, 5% ABV, 28 IBU. Pours thick and dark, with lots of tan head that dissipates quickly, good lacing. Nose is all dark chocolate or cocoa, taste follows. Some bitterness, perhaps from the well water they brag about. Also a bit tangy somehow. Good mouthfeel. Overall an excellent chocolate milk stout - if you don't like chocolate, then don't bother. One of my favorites.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Writing as I drink.

Poured a very dark, almost black with a massive fluffy beige head that lasted all the way to the end. Lots of lacing

Nose is chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Hints of caramel, toffee and malt also present.

Palate is chocltae, coffee, toffee, caramel. Hints if burnt malt but not too much. Well balanced and not overly bitter.

Mouth is good - full.

Overall this a is a superb beer. For me it's an almost perfect chocolate stout as it's not too bitter with a good mouth and lots of chocolate flavour. Hugely enjoyable.

Highly recommended,

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Photo of bowz32
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank at room temperature. Dark brown color, thick creamy brown head with strong retention, smell of dark/milk chocolate, nice carbonated mouth feel with medium body, sweet long lasting chocolate with a hint of cream soda flavor. Compared with young' double chocolate. Smiths is hands down a better stout. Very tasty!

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma- Pours black with a huge frothy tan head

Smell- Exactly how it's supposed to smell, HUGE dark chocolate aroma with roasted malts

Taste- Very smooth, follows the nose in slightly sweet dark chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery, but smooth. About what you would expect for 5%

Overall: Definitely a great deal for the price and availability. It's a damn good stout for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass at ZooBrew, Jackson, MS. Thanks, Dylan.

A: Shoe polish brown with a thick tan one finger head that lingered. Frothy lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, cocoa, vanilla.

T: Like other reviewers have written, this baby is so freakin' smooth. That's the first thing that hits your tongue. Smooth chocolate and cocoa with a bit of vanilla tucked away on the finish. Frothy, thick. Like drinking a milkshake.

O: One of my new favorite stouts. It's just a pleasure drinking this one. Right up there with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, only creamier. Recommended.

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Photo of gee0001
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Would I drink it again: Absolutely. I will buy this again and enjoy it even more. What an amazing beer and value (I paid $2.99/bottle). This baby is rich with chocolate and malty flavors. It's SMOOOOOTH to drink. What an utter enjoyment in every way...and its organic? Just another healthy reason to drink a good beer!
Look: Bit 'ol tan head that looks pillowing and inviting. Dark brown on the pour.
Smell: There is a wonderfully clean and inviting smell to this beer. You will exitedly anticipate the chocolate tasting that's about to happen.
Taste: Just awesome! Smooth malts and tones of cocoa fill your mount in the most pleasing way. Wonderful structure through the entire tasking.
Feel: Smooth, smooth, and.....S M O O T H! You will enjoy drinking this beer if you like dark chocolate stouts.
This is my kind of beer. JUST DO IT. Give this stout a try.

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Photo of rms3434
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I strongly disliked this stout. I do enjoy dark chocolate, and I do enjoy stouts, but I do not enjoy Samuel Smith's mix of the two. I like other chocolate stouts, but for some odd reason this one just disappoints. It has almost a wine-like taste to it, and there is very little chocolate on the back end. You get smacked with a delicious dark chocolate aroma right before you sip, but once it gets in your mouth, utter disappointment. On the plus side, as I already stated the smell is amazing, and it pours a beautiful dark brown with a chocolatey head.

Edit: I always review without having read other reviews, so as not to be psychologically influenced by others, and I am shocked that people say that it is too sweet, and has too much chocolate taste. Guess everyone's taste buds are different!

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No wonder this brewery has been around for centuries. Pours a nice super deep brown, close to black. Has a nice even and dense head that recedes back to a 1/2" layer in the 60 seconds after pouring. The smell is delightful with a pleasing scent of smooth cocoa blended well with a hint of malt. The taste is fantastic and reverses the order of the nose. Malt first followed by cocoa but the finish is all cocoa. Very smooth mouth feel leads to an almost crushable stout! This was purchased for me as a gift by someone who does not know beer at a supermarket chain. I had not looked it up first and had no expectations as I opened it. Once I tried it I didn't find it surprising that it rates so highly here.

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Photo of Curtis
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up on a whim in Pocatello, Idaho, was feeling in a stout kind of mood. Truly amazing ! This pours pitch black, absolutely no light coming through. Tight, thick tan head that fades after a couple of minutes leaving nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, perhaps a little caramel. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, it just melts on your tongue. The taste is the epitome of balanced smooth chocolate stout with hints of vanilla, some caramel. The beautiful thing about this beer is the smoothness of the chocolate gives the impression they didn't hold back and used the good stuff -no cheap extracts here - they went all out on this one. An incredible beer and a wonderful experience. Highly recommended. I should have bought many, many more.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a pitch black color with a small head. Not head retention and minimal lacing. Chocolate, vanilla bourbon aroma. Very pleasing. The taste of this beer is awesome. Pretty much all chocolate but not too sweet. There is some vanilla bourbon at the end. Medium bodied, lower carbonation, very smooth.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I loved the look and the nose of this beer. The taste was a little bit of a let down - it's very sweet - too sweet for me. The mouthfeel is silky in keeping with the sweetness. For me - it's ok.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle.

A: Opaque black. Poured one finger high of head, sank soon.
S: Medium high chocolate aroma. A little vanilla.
T: Moderate chocolate. Semi-sweet. Low bitterness. Short finish.
M: Moderate body. Medium carbonation.
O: Smooth, easy to drink. A little bitterer is appreciated.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours dark brown with a light brown head
S: sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, coco powder.
T: just like the nose. But the main chocolate flavor I get is coco powder.
F: thin and sessionable.
O: very sweet chocolate, too much for me.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a beautiful khaki head that maintains well and laces nicely.

S: Big delectable notes of rich chocolate with small notes of toffee and coffee, although the chocolate reigns supreme, like a molten bar of bittersweet.

T: Once again, rich and delicious chocolate is at the forefront, leaving a pleasant chocolate aftertaste on the palate.

M: Not too heavily bodied, with tight carbonation that does a good job of scrubbing the palate. It's comparatively low ABV and overall sweetness makes it a fairly light-bodied stout.

O: A great dessert beer, this chocolate stout gives some of my favorites a run for their money. It's an easy beer to drink and not too heavy, so crushing a bomber on your own is a cinch.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From bottle, Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma dominated by chocolate with vanilla, roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Taste wow wow and wow Sweet flavour of chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla, very creamy. Very nice wow.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,036 ratings.
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