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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

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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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Photo of lwillitz
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black under a modest layer of medium tan foam

S - sweet chocolate milk

T - sweet cocoa, chocolate milk, slight bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, creamy medium body; low to moderate carbonation

O - I'm reviewing this as a sweet stout. Far too sweet for any other style, but very good for what it is. Excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Have heard so much about this beer. Here goes:

A: Good. Black, some red hue, pours a massive head with good lacing. Head lingers quite well.

S: Great. Lots of chocolate, milk, and cream. Not bitter at all; in fact, the beer is quite sweet.

T: Very good. Cocoa, milk chocolate. Delicious.

F: Only bad part about the beer. A little too light, IMO. Perhaps I shouldn't have had it so warm.

O: Great beer.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- opaque. No light gets thru this baby. Tan head quickly dissipates and then rings around the glass. I love a large, frothy head, especially on my stouts and that is the only disappointment here. Smell- awesome. High quality dark chocolate with a hint of cream. No hops here. Taste- great. You get some nice dark chocolate with a roasted malt character. I love this style and this is one of the better tasting. Chocolate lovers dream. Low Abv keeps this nice and drinkable. Mouthfeel- luscious and creamy. A slight carbonation at the end. Sip and enjoy this fine import!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow is this beer or dessert?
Both this is a beer drinker that loves chocolate dream this would not be an every day stout but if you have a sweet tooth crack one open you'll be sad when you realize you have none left

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body. One finger mocha head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- Smells like melted Hershey's chocolate bars. Very rich cocoa and milk chocolate. This is essentially what it's advertised to be. Fantastic, delicious aroma.

F- Dark cocoa, milk chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, mild earthy character- very tasty beer that smells better than it tastes, but given that it smells so good, that isn't surprising.

M- Medium-thicker bodied, smooth and silky, even a bit creamy. Plenty of dark cocoa bitterness blends in with the milk chocolate to make for a balanced, tasty finish.

O- Pretty damn awesome beer that is exactly what I expected it to be. A great beer for the chocolate lovers out there.

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Photo of Bone53
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a finger of tan head

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! Great quality chocolate at that, with a bit of cream; Sweet and satisfying

Taste: This is the best interpretation of a chocolate stout iv had; even better chocolate notes than i remember Choklat having. It sure does taste pure and organic.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; So damn smooth, and accompanied with the flavors, its as close to drinking chocolate milk as a beer can get

Overall: Im not even a fan of gimmicky chocolate stouts but this is one done right. You can tell its organic just by smelling and tasting it, none of that artificial flavoring some breweries are guilty of. This is definitely a beer I'd recommend to people who dont even like beer. In fact, my brother who isnt in to beer but takes sips of mine, tasted this and immediately said its his favorite beer to date. Its the perfect dessert beer, and imagine it going perfectly with chocolate truffels or something. This is what i will judge all chocolate beers by from now on.

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

Can't believe I've never tried this one, big fan of much of the Sam Smith lineup though so I set out to change that.

Poured a darker brown that eventually looked opaque, with a nice, bubbly cream-colored head. Enough retention to stick around throughout, leaving little wisps of lacing. Nose is all lactose chocolate milk, like Cocoa Pebbles (that's a great thing), but not much else. Perfect for the style. Wow, the taste follows suit too. If you let a cup of hot chocolate cool to room temp, then stuck it in the fridge for 30 minutes, it would taste like this. The barest hint of roasted malts toward the finish reminds you this is a beer. Creamy, thick & similar to a milkshake, tight carb does the trick. This would be ideal with a chocolatey dessert. Really tasty beer.

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Photo of JZEN7
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours with medium carbonation with typical dark stout color. Nose is delightfully full of cocoa, mocha and chocolate. Tastes exactly how it smells. Tons of chocolate and quite sweet but not overly so. Feel is a bit thin and lacks a bit of thickness and alcohol but overall an very drinkable stout. Not too pricey either at $4 a bomber. Will definitely keep a spare bottle around at all times.

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Photo of yannimou
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! Smells and tastes like a chocolate flavored cream soda! The body is quite thin, but the wonderful chocolate flavors and sweetness more than make up for it. It's probably the sweetest non-fruit beer I've ever had. This makes Young's Double Chocolate Stout seem watered down and pointless.

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Photo of Foyle
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 +3.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.9%
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 chocolate....rich 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 -5.3%
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 +19.6%
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 -4.3%
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 +18.2%
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 -2.9%
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 -10.3%
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 +6.7%
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 +13.6%

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 +7.7%

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 +19.6%

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 +1.7%

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 +19.4%
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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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,062 ratings.
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