Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

588 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 588 | Ratings: 3,142
Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like chocolate syrup wow. It drinks like a great milk stout with the cocoa sweetness leaving a lasting taste on the back of the tongue. Great full body for a 5 percent beer. Carbonation is perfect at colder temps it can taste like chocolate soda but it warms up to a full bodied stout. Even my wife who doesn't like beer loves this beer! Plus its organic which I think a lot more breweries should be doing.

 413 characters

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This stuff taste tremendous! really a great balance....the creamy like chocolate taste is just enough! very dry finish.
I wish the ABV was a little higher.....kind of a lot of money for a 4 pack only being 5%....but the beer is still a really nice treat.

 255 characters

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one to two finger white to off white foamy head that once it dissipated it left a nice rounded out lacing gracing the sides of the glass.
The smell had a super big rich chocolatey maltiness over top of a cakey/somewhat bready substance.
The taste had a thick sweetness pulling my tongue under the weight of a rich aftertaste which led to a medium bodied mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate basically just coats my tongue.
Overall, love this stuff, I'll buy it every Winter for the rest of my life as its such a great beer to have in the winter.

 608 characters

Photo of Nugganooch
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a snifter glass
Notes from 11/01/2014

A: Dark mahogany and a touch thin on the pour. Settles closer to a near pitch in the glass with a vibrant khaki foam pillow that comes to rest on top. Real impressive hang time with a few broken rings of lace running down the glass.

S: Smells like some high quality chocolate syrup. I get a good dose of melted candy chocolate kind of like tootise roll. Brownie batter comes to mind. Some light roast to it with a waft of dark caramels.

T: Super light and creamy milk chcolate or chocolate milk. Take your pick. Cocoa with understated coffee notes and some rootbeer or vanilla like flavor. The beer has a slight chalky powder and artifical candy likeness to it albeit a fairly minor nuisance. Virtually no bitterness to this and not all that sweet which is welcomed. Like a friggin' chocolate soda.

M: Super light with a creamy and lush feel. Turns slightly chalky towards the finish but has a nice drying componenet to round it out.

D: Really great for the price and for those looking to satsify those chocolate cravings. Very approachable in that its not too sweet and not too heavy at all. Like a liquid tootsie.

 1,196 characters

Photo of Ryan4120
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L - deep black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - A lot of sweet chocolate on the nose as well as roasted malt and molasses. Possibly some vanilla as well.
T - Lots of sweet chocolate up front - almost milk chocolaty. There's a nice amount of malt/barley as well. Maybe a little vanilla at the end.
F - full body with mild carbonation - very smooth.
O - A fantastic chocolate stout - probably my favorite. It's got amazing chocolate flavor and a good amount of malt and barley - it's a fantastic stout. Definitely a dessert beer though.

 575 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich, decadent aroma is primarily chocolate with an undertone of brandy and fruit - like sniffing a Hershey bar that’s been dipped into Grand Marnier. Pours a deep, warm, opaque sable with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Flavor fills the mouth with sweet chocolate, fruity and brandy notes plus hints of roast malt and caramel. Smooth, syrupy texture has firm body and a good amount of fizz. A perfect dessert beer, lip-smacking and most enjoyable.

 464 characters

Photo of Sonofcur
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate it certainly is, good tasting beer for when you have a sweet tooth, not to sweet though. Some might compare it to chocolate milk, I am not to sure about that. But it does make a good beer for a mixer.

 210 characters

Photo of Trombone69
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't really NEED chocolate in my beer, but I have to admit, this was pretty enjoyable. My buddy Karl recommended this, and as usual, he was correct!

 151 characters

Photo of TheRobotGuyLLC
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer isn't perfect but i would say that it exceeded almost every expectation i had for it.

Deep rich body and flavor. Chocolate taste really comes through. Smells amazing and tastes every bit as good. Is not as bitter as some stouts but still a true stout flavor. Has a full alcohol content..... But it's no imperial stout. You might need a smoke and a nap after.

Explosive upon opening. Best to open standing straight up. Might be too sweet for some. Has a bubbly head but not what I expected for a stout. Still..... It's just a visual issue. Sometimes hard to pair with food. Better as a dessert beer.

 625 characters

Photo of Erik-P
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

was excited to try this one due to previous reviews. however was quite a bit sweeter then i was expecting and didnt have the body that i usually look for in a stout

 164 characters

Photo of McGooTheWise
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite beer. Don't expect any sweetness, but if you do have cravings for chocolate and alcohol this will more than suit your needs.

The look is similar to Guennis, as it has a typical stout look. It's not my favorite aesthetic as far as beer goes, but it plays its part quite well in this department.

The scent is the purest chocolate scent you could ever dream of. If I had to smell a beer, I would want it to be this one. I am a chocolate fanatic, and the first time I cracked this bottle I was amazed at how the chocolate tone filled the room. It's not exactly a beer smell, and not exactly a candy smell. You can definitely tell it's chocolate, though, and it demands that you take a drink. Very powerful scent. My favorite.

Considering that this is a stout, known for bitterness and harshness, the flavor is surprisingly kind to your taste-buds. You will taste the chocolate immediately, and then it fades into a bitter stout flavor typical of its kind. It isn't a very complex flavor, as it does its best to emphasize the chocolate. It's somewhere between devil's food cake and a baker's bar. Bottom line is, lots of quality chocolate on the taste.

Not a big fan of the way stouts feel. This is a very heavy beer, and it lingers in your mouth until it begins to sour, which is why I knocked of points for taste.

Overall, my favorite craft beer. This is something I would show up to a friend's house with on game night so that they drink one and quit so that I can save the rest for myself. If you're not crazy about chocolate you might want to skip this one. If you are crazy about chocolate however, and happen to also love beer, this is an awesome brew. Just drink it slowly.

 1,702 characters

Photo of comadiv
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a sampler pack with the India Ale and Oatmeal Stout. Wouldn't have bought it on my own as I'm not much of a stout drinker. As printed on the bottle... smooth chocolate flavor, not very bitter. If that's your thing then it's a great beer. Just OK for me.

 269 characters

Photo of gonzo000
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent chocolate stout. Imagine boiling down chocolate chips and inhaling a big whiff of chocolate goodness - it is similar to the smell of SSOCS, with a hint of malt tossed in for good measure. The dark brown brew has a modest head that shrinks to a ring of small bubbles around the outside of my glass that remaining throughout the beer. The taste is lead by chocolate, and although it is excellent, there is a hint of something being off - a fake quality, but I am being very picky. Mouthfeel is Smooth and silky. An outstanding beer.

 556 characters

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

like carbonated chocolate milk, don't know if it would work as a desert beer on its own due to the over-carbonation but this paired phenomenally with alden's chocolate, chocolate chip ice cream.

 194 characters

Photo of CIBoy10
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - 550 mL bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass. The head and lacing are probably the best I've ever seen in a beer. Beautiful tan head that just stays around forever. Pours an opaque ruby red/black. One the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smell - heavy chocolate, sweet cream, sugar, barley.

Taste - bitter cocoa, sweet chocolate, cream.

Feel - very creamy/velvety & goes down super easy

Overall - a very good world-class beer, but a tad too sweet for my palate to consider it one of my all-time bests.

 512 characters

Photo of dhfreak
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I'm not much of a stout fan, I can't help but love this beer. Very light and easy mouthfeel; not as heavy and dry as some stouts, and makes for a great desert as much as it does a breakfast addition.

 208 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout last week for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer and I since I'm in the mood for a Chocolate Stout I thought this would be a good choice, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over a fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up and it dominates the aroma with of this beer with a nice fudge like aroma and some chocolate syrup like aromas. Up next comes just a slight roasted malt and sweet malt like aroma. This beer had a really nice aroma that was just dominated by the chocolate.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up and it's just as dominating as it was in the aroma and it imparts those same fudge and chocolate syrup aspects. Up next comes the roasted malts which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma and there's some sweet malts showing up in the background. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and lots of chocolate showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer that lives up to it's name.

M- Very smooth, rich, a little crisp, slightly creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style. it had everything that I look for in a Chocolate Stout and while it wasn't the most balanced I thought those nice chocolate aspects made up for it. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, rich, a little crisp, slightly creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these and it would be a nice beer to enjoy during the cold weather. What I like the most about this beer is the chocolate aspect, it's very nice and it's just what I want in a chocolate stout. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness, it wasn't bad, but it was just a little on the sweet side for me. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a chocolate stout and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I liked this beer, it isn't something that I could drink all the time, but it's nice for when I want my chocolate fix. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery and it's one of the best chocolate stouts I've had. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

 3,009 characters

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the pint 2.7 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, opaque up to the light, the head is about two fingers of khaki foam, minimal lacing. Aroma is of dark Malts, milk chocolate (yes milk), biscuit, and a hint of fruit (maybe cherry?). Taste is very similar to the aroma, milk chocolate with a hint of malty/ biscuity taste at the end, nearly too sweet for my liking. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, evspdcially a chocolate stout. Overall decent, not something I'd go out of my way to get again, as say a southern tier mokah. 4/5

 554 characters

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours black with a tan head that settles to a cap.
S - First I caught the aroma when I opened the bottle. So much chocolate off the top of the bottle.
T - Sweet and chocolatey. Most chocolate flavored beers lean toward the dark chocolate side. This is the closest I've tasted to a milk chocolate flavor in beer. You could pour this over ice cream.
M - Nice chewy mouth feel, chocolate flavor coats your mouth and lasts a long time.
O - One of the best chocolate beers I've ever tasted. Can't believe I waited this long.

 553 characters

Photo of archyquaffer
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from the 550 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass produces about an inch of tan colored head that proves fairly sticky. The beer is a very dark ruddy brown.

Plenty of chocolate aromas and flavors, along with a little dark fruit and a little biscuit. Maybe a touch of brown sugar somewhere. A dark fruit tang combines with the chocolate to produce a chocolate covered cherry effect. The mouth feel is rather thin for a stout, but it works with this beer.

This is an excellent beer and another winner from Sam Smith 's. Reasonably priced at only 3-something for the bottle.

 592 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow,,,,very nice. The scent and taste scream milk chocolate. The muthfeel is a bit lacking as it would be nice if it were a bit more creamy. The color is opaque with offwhite head that is lacing. Overall.....very nice.

 222 characters

Photo of MrWonka
4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. If you like chocolate stouts or anything to do with chocolate and beer, please, at least do me the favor, and seek this one out. Absolutely amazing. Smells like you were stuffing your nose in cocoa and tastes just like the smell only better. It's 5% so it won't knock you off your rocker but it'll go down easy and you'll want more. Get it if you see it, don't tthink twice.

 383 characters

Photo of uvachief
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550ml bottle (18.7oz) into a brandy sniffer. Pours a dark deep chocolate brown with 2 full fingers of tan mocha head. Delicious notes of rich chocolate override aroma of roasted malts and light/weak coffee. Toffee maybe, caramelized sugar. Light and not as thick or creamy in the mouth as you would like. Thin actually. Tastes much like it smells with the overriding taste being chocolate. Milk chocolate. The other flavors are buried underneath. They fight the chocolate but fail. Low abv. Very drinkable. After taste is chocolate with roasted malts and a hint of hops and malts. Very smooth. Delightful.

 634 characters

Photo of scootny
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! That's it in a nutshell. Jet black in low light, the glass shows dark ruby brown clarity when held up to a brighter illumination. An egg cream like head of prodigious proportions rises up majestically leaving thick layers of lace after a flow fade. As I drink the glass shows streaks and spots, the brew has a light covering that stays. Nose is bordering on criminally chocolate, a perfect melding of stout and and cacao. It has a lovely sweetness that makes you think the cup should have steam rising up and a marshmallow melting down inside. The taste follows suit. Luscious chocolate slathered on top of a lightly roasty glass of sweet stout. Mild earthy finish leaves more chocolate and some traditional Samuel Smith yeast and water flavors. Light stout graininess lingering giving a dark sweet roll laced with cocoa. A full velvety creaminess that envelopes the mouth has you sipping and savoring and back again as soon as you can bear. It goes too fast, but luckily it's only five percent. if you like Southern Tier Choklat but wish for a more sessionable brew your ship has come in. One of the best beers of the year so far for me

 1,143 characters

Photo of maxson924
1.12/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

...I don't get it. A score of 94 and this might be the worst beer I've ever tasted. It's like they threw in random amounts of chocolate, cocoa, malt, sugar, spice and everything nice and just went with it. More power to them if so many people like it, but... my experience with this was horrible. I drain-poured it after two ounces or so.

 338 characters

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,142 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.