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)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 Foyle
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 18.7oz bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a very thick beige colored frothy head which falls very slowly. Moderate lacing left behind on glass. Nearly opaque dark reddish-brown.

Aroma: chocolate to the max! Roasted chocolate malt, cocoa, with milk sweetness and a mild earthy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and silky with a somewhat wet finish.

Flavor: similar to the aroma, but the chocolate is not quite as overwhelming. There is a better balance of the milk sweetness and dry, earthy hops to accompany the chocolate and cocoa flavors.

Overall: another extremely good offering from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

If this was a gemstone, it's trying ever so hard to be onyx, but achieves black garnet instead. The dark appearance is almost imperceptibly translucent with deep crimson highlights. A thin, tan head of fine carbonation lingers for only a moment, before leaving a small ring around the edge. No lacing. Based on the fluidity of the pour, and the subsequent swirl of the glass, it foretells a relative lack of body. Chocolate cookie wafers and sweet vanilla creme scents immediately emanate. It's a veritable oreo sandwich. The first sip is bursting with chocolate flavor. A mouthful of dark and semi-sweet chips against a backdrop of subtle orange citrus hop. The touch of tart bitterness keeps it balanced and refreshing. A bit of chocolate-drizzled biscotti in the finish. There's a tame complimentary roast and authentic cocoa flavor that marries well with a mineral water foundation. Delightful. As expected, the mouthfeel is medium-thin, a touch watery, but quenching and delicious. This is a beer you can savor or gulp in equal measure. Perhaps the greatest chocolate dessert beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black body. Thin beige head. Aroma is of chocolate and not too much else. Flavor brings more beer aspects to the picture with some light roasted malts to accent the chocolate flavor. There is a pretty definitive chocolate flavor, but it's not artificial or over powering. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and easily drinkable. Good solid beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle (a great Christmas present--Thanks Steve!) in a pint glass, this FANTASTIC chocolate stout pours a very dark blackish brown with some glints of light shinning through on the sides with a HUGE tan head and superb lacing. Nose of luscious organic beans with some deep roasted grains. Flavors are chocolate up front, on the back, on the sides....everywhere. A light roasted grain and coffee flavor comes through on the aftertaste making this one of the most astounding chocolate stouts I have had the pleasure of enjoying. Smooth creamy mouth feel and nice carbonation makes this lightly slick stout go down easy. Fantastic brew from Tadcaster!


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Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having this finally. Dark brownish black pour with off white head. Aroma of big roasty grains, some bakers chocolate. Flavor is the bittersweet chocolate up front and finishes with nice roasty bitter on the back end. Lingering chocolate on the palate. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, plenty of flavor. Nice stuff.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this evening on 12/27/14 but had this one before. This is a single 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle but seen it in a smaller bottle in a 4-pack. Bottle has been in the back of the beer cooler since earlier in the year. Chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a handled-g;ass stein.

Pours pretty close to a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger foamy/creamy beige head that stays around a while before settling down to around 4mm near the end of the drink. Some sediment is seen in the bottle of the bottle after the pour. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant and is of cocoa powder for the most part. The taste is pretty much the same with lots of good chocolate flavor that is so very smooth that you don't think it is a brew at all. Of course no bitter aftertaste, just lots of great flavor. Probably the best style of this type of brew on the market. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this style. Fantastic brew! Perfect in each category!

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

Not very stout, but certainly chocolaty. Sweet, with a little bit of a lingering, but pleasant, aftertaste. I'd consider it a dessert beer. Definitely not something you'd drink with a hearty meal, but then again it is chocolate.

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Photo of London1985
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best chocolate stout iv'e ever had. The smell, the flavour, the mouth feel. Everything perfect. I'll go back to this again and again.

Like chocolate milk.

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big chocolate impression on the aroma and taste....minerally water gives this a unique flavor and texture....not a big stout or even creamy bodied...drinks very easy.......light to medium body...some light black licorice notes.....unique and enjoyable but not one I would buy again....prefer Young's over this but kind of apples and oranges...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split between a few tumblers.

Pours black with a biggish light brown head. Medium to low carbonation. Smell is super chocolatey. I barely get anything else -- maybe a little coffee, but mostly just chocolate.

Taste is chocolate shake. I want to put vanilla ice cream in this.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Overall, tasty.

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Photo of KennyJames
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Although I am new to the beer world. When first opening this organic chocolate stout. Immediately I can smell the deep dark chocolate and a slight coffee hint.
Pouring in the glass the body is very dark almost black in color, the head a very nice tan color that lingers for quite a few minutes. A little remnants linger along the side of the glass.
When first tasting this i immediately am struck with a strong dark chocolate flavor. It is almost hard to detect a coffee flavor but i think it is slightly present. Now the fun part, although the beer has a strong and dark chocolate tasteyou wouldn't expect the beer to have a sweetness to it but it certainly does so it is very pleasant to drink. This would make a wonderful after dinner beer. I would definitely buy another bottle of this.

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Photo of 49ers
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Wow i thought i had some good chocolate stouts in my past but this is hands down my favorite to date. It's as smooth as it's gets and the only reason it's not a 5 rating is because it's only 5% abv. Very sweet but no sugary sweet more chocolate milky sweet. I think it resembles a cold hot chocolate.

Very flavorful not heavy easy drinking, great for those who don't want a heavy stout or high alcohol content. Every women that has tried it has loved it. Cheers.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Pours a deep brown color and develops a nice one - finger head that, upon dissipation, leaves a nice caramel colored layer of froth behind.

S: The aroma of Hot chocolate with a touch of spice, a cinnamon note on the finish.

T: This is an all - out chocolate stout, through and through. There is a hint of spice. A vanilla finish follows the taste of roasted malt....but all of this is hidden behind a wall of decadent chocolate.

F: Nice and thick, a creaminess that sticks to the mouth. A proper level of carbonation brings it all together.

O: This beer is amazing. If you like good beer and chocolate this is guaranteed to be a home run. It's like a brownie in a bottle.

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Photo of magpieken
5/5  rDev +19.3%

550ml bottle. Pours a very deep brown, almost black colour with a ruby tinge when held up to the light. Dark tan head but left absolutely no lacing. Powerfully enticing aroma of milk chocolate, mocha and vanilla. Smells great. Deliciously sweet, chocolatey taste with only a hint of bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, low carbonation, long finish. A chocolate stout that provides a massive chocolate hit. Bottled chocolate. WOW!!!

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a dark dark brown color with a tall, frothy, beige head that recedes to leave some decently spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted malts and then tons of milk chocolate syrup and some lesser dark baker's cocoa. The chocolate seems "real" if that makes sense, compared to some beers where the cocoa seems stale or artificial.

The tastes begins with lightly roasted, toasted maltiness, but the milk chocolate flavors burst huge right after. As it warms you get a tad but of English yeast fruity esters but the waves of cocoa are hard to overtake.

The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is sweet albeit a tad bit on the watery, flabby end.

Overall, this really hits the mark for a sweet after dinner beer in the winter when you don't want a huge beer and plan to last past midnight. Pretty one-noted but luckily the one note isn't too sweet or burdensome on the palate. It delivers what it advertises and much better than any other of Samuel Smith's Organic offerings, especially the fruited ones.

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Photo of interzen
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

Look: Murky brown - looks like it was pulled from a swamp. If you're expecting opaque black stoutness then you're in the wrong place. Creamy head which leaves some lacing.

Smell: You know how it's called 'Chocolate Stout'? They ain't kidding - chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. This smells like hot chocolate with added fruit and malt, there's even a certain 'milkiness' about the smell. Absolutely divine.

Taste: It tastes like it smells - fruity hot chocolate, with a slightly earthy, hoppy aftertaste. It doesn't taste like a beer at all, much less a stout, but in a very good way. Quite sweet, but not excessively so.

Feel: Seriously smooth. Despite looking like swamp water and smelling like a bedtime drink this stout has a wonderfully creamy feel which slips down perfectly. Imagine chocolate brownies liquified and fermented and you're probably not far off.

Overall: Sam Smiths cop a lot of flak for their business practices but with very few exceptions their beers are all absolutely top notch. For me, the chocolate stout is ahead of the pack by a country mile, with only the Imperial Stout coming anywhere close. The combination of the amazing chocolate aroma and taste make this a world class brew.

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Photo of predikit
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours deep deep brown, settles in the glass black, yields a thick brown head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells like rich chocolate.

This is a dessert no doubt, sweet, roasted chocolate, it's like a chocolate maker and brewer fused together to make this brew.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, almost no noticeable alcohol presence.

Definitely a great after dinner drink.

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Photo of avwrite
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Yummmy. Great chocolate taste and easy flavor makes this a great treat, especially during the holiday. Comes out dark, but isn't to heavy on the stomach. Taste lasts, and its robust and a bit sweet. I loved it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550 ml Bottle

Poured into a true pint Squatters glass a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy one-finger head, which did leave some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, with some chocolate notes and some really sweet vanilla thrown in. The taste is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee, and slight coffee, and some nice vanilla notes. Medium body, with a very nice sweet/dry finish. Overall a very nice brew, surprised me. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Greasy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Darkness. Not pitch black, holding it up to the light gives is a cola like hue. 2 fingers of a tan head that stayed around long enough to make an impression.

S: Nice. Tons of chocolate. Reminds me of chocolate syrup.

T: Follows the nose well. Chocolate dominates the taste buds. Similar to a whopper malted milk ball. A little roasted malt flavor peeks through the chocolate blanket. Delicious. not overly sweet. In the very back is that faint metallic taste that most other Samuel Smith's brews have. No alcohol whatsoever.

M: A little thin. carbonation is nice.

O: This beer is really, really good. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of samtrillo
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

I love chocolate stouts and have heard and read nothing but good things about this beer. I hate to say I was rather disappointed. For a beer labeling itself organic all I could think of was fake!

The chocolate is too overpowering. Too sweet and artificial tasting. It gives the impression that they poured chocolate syrup into the vat. There isn't much from the malt to add any complexity or roasted notes on its own, everything is from the chocolate they added.

I had this experience with Young's. Compared to that, Sam's is a bit better. It's probably a good started chocolate stout for someone not into beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked SG28N1 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of chocolate
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer with arcs of thick lacing.
Lacing good – thick arcs of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor predominantly slightly bitter chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25 Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev -4.5%

The chocolate in this beer is too overt for my taste as a straight beer, but this is one of the best beers for beerfloats. Just add vanilla ice cream to either this or Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Dry stouts like Guinness also work, but the chocolate stouts with added cocoa, like this one work best.

Overall, this is one of the best examples of a chocolate stout with cocoa and is well made, even if the resulting beer is sweeter and more chocolaty than I would prefer.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours with about 1/2 finger of tan, mottled head, which dissipates quickly to a film. No apparent bubbles. Dark mahogany color, light just gets through. Vanilla, butterscotch, cocoa, tobacco aroma, with cherry and roasted malt too. Primarily a sweet taste, with just a hint of sour and a little bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A lovely beer - why do I want to have a Manhattan now?

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Photo of jmbranum
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AR 5 Ap 4.5 F 4.75 MF 5 OA 4.75

I thought that I knew what a chocolate stout was supposed to taste like. It is a style that I enjoy but that is fairly predictable --- a semi-dry stout with a little bit of chocolate in the background. But this is something else, all together.

I poured it from a bomber into a wine glass (it is what I had handy) and immediately picked up incredible cocoa aroma, along with some malty sweetness. It pours a clear dark brown (almost black) with a light tan head.

The flavor is chocolately, extremely chocolately. Lots and lots of cocoa. There is nothing subtle about it at all, but I kinda like it for the contrast with the more understated chocolate stouts. Mostly sweet at first but it dries out for the finish. Exquisitely smooth mouthfeel, downright creamy. A lingering bitterness on the tongue.

This beer was a delight. Completely unexpected. I will be looking for this one in the future. It is a bit sweeter than I normally prefer from a stout but I liked it none the less.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,026 ratings.
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