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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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Reviews: 555 | Ratings: 3,035
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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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luscious brownish/black color with a frothy tan head. Aroma of rich layers of roasted malt and ashy burnt grains. Heavy cocoa aroma and flavor living up to its expectations. Smooth light carbonation and moderately heavy body make this a decadent stout! Must try this beer if you like chocolate!

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Photo of RavynX
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Black with a tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Very sweet dark chocolate and vanilla

Taste: A bit too sweet for my tastes (and I like sweets). You can definitely taste the chocolate.

Feel: Smooth and creamy, pretty much a liquid candy.

Overall: I like the smell but it ended up being too sweet for me to finish.

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

basically black in color with a thick head that quickly recedes.

nose is pretty awesome, creamy and rich chocolate sweetness. taste follows and the mouthfeel is pretty perfect in terms of complimenting the flavors. very rich beer, not something I would drink everyday but dayumm its tasty... i highly recommend it!

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is awesome stuff! Like drinking melted chocolate. Black with small head, aroma of chocolate, taste of chocolate, slightly sweet. If you know a chocolate lover, this is the drink for them.

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a dark brown (essentially black) with lighter brown edges with mocha colored bubbles that stay. Smells of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, mocha, dark chocolate, and chocolate syrup. It honestly smells delicious. Taste reflects the smell. Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, with slightly more subtle mocha and vanilla flavors. Initial milk chocolate leads into vanilla and mocha flavors that finish with a dark chocolate finish that lingers in the mouth. Absolutely delightful. Mouthfeel is medium, semi-fluffy which reminds me of a chocolate whipped coffee. Overall, this is an absolutely delicious beer with great chocolate aspects. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it and definitely worth buying again.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - jet black in a glass with a nice creamy looking tan head. Looks great.

Smell - Milk chocolate galore. Legitimately smells like a chocolate milkshake in a glass.

Taste - exactly what you're expecting after the smell. It's like a chocolate milkshake. It's sweet with no ending bitterness. It's almost not even a beer, it's so smooth to drink. Velvety mouthfeel. I can see why some beer drinkers wouldn't like this beer, but if you love a sweet chocolate beer like me, than this is what you need to get your hands on.

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

I've tried a lot of beers. If you're craving a chocolate beer it doesn't get much better than this. Pour this one in to big cold glass, smell the sweet aroma, taste the bubbles, savor the wet chocolate goddess. Enjoy.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thin caramel head no lacing head dissipates completely.
Smell is heaven sweet chocolate roasted malt notes oh and lots of chocolate.
Taste very decadent chocolate very cakelike very sweet and delicious.
Feel little thick but does not coat the mouth and is not heavy. Goes down clean.
Overall this is a very good beer I love very much.

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Photo of drexeldan
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin by saying that I don't normally seek out stouts. When I get a few in a variety pack I usually make a half and half with a pilsner or other pale lager. I bought this as part of a gift pack at Total Wine in DE. The gift pack) was definitely worth it, given the size of the brews and the brewery pint glass - not to mention two coasters. I bought it, really, because Sam Smith Pale Ale was the first brew that I ever had that awakened me in the 1980s to the possibility that there was something else out there (like a whole different beer planet.)
In any event, I've on ly had one chocolate brew before, Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. That was good, this is much better as an occasion drink. The taste and feel of the chocolate hits you immediately. To my palate, it enlivens the blandness of many stouts. The hoppiness I like is absent, but I find this to be a nice brew.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head.

Chocolate chocolate chocolate on the nose!

A sweet, slightly velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate up front once again in the taste.

Delicious, but a one trick pony. Chocolate. Not a bad thing, just no complexity is all.

Still one of the very best milk stouts ive ever had.

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with a 2 finger tan head that dissipates leaving a light lacing in the glass. The smell is dark cocoa. The taste is sweet milk chocolate with slight notes of roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy, but not too heavy. A delightful chocolate stout...my favorite so far...

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

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with one finger of tan head that fades slowly to a thick cap with little lacing.

Aroma: Like a chocolate malted milkshake. Sweet, creamy, chocolate, faint roasted coffee notes.

Taste: Sweet and creamy with roasted malt, lots of chocolate that thins out and finishes pretty fast and clean.

The Rest: Lots of chocolate, yet not too sweet or heavy. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strange, I drink this regularly, but never did review...Pours dark brown with thin chocolate head. Aroma is undoubtedly chocolate. Flavor is certainly rich chocolate first, but also has some nice malt roast to remind that this is beer. Very smooth, with a fairly clean finish, this is very drinkable any time.

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Photo of Steev-o
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with nice tan head that goes away in 2-3 minutes leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is completely chocolate and very strong. As the beer warmed, a slight malt smell came through.

Taste is very chocolaty. Some malty aftertaste. Sweet overall. Mouthfeel is thin.

I would drink again. Probably one a night would be my limit.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lighter brown pour, tan head, thin on top. Aroma was almost entirely chocolate, sweet.

Taste is rich, chocolate, thin body allows even more chocolate impact, that is really this beer's schtick all the way through, chocolate bomb on a small stout body, and you know it works pretty well, the chocolate mouthfeel is delicious. The malt doesn't seem heavy or bitter. Sessionable. Easily my favorite SS.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,035 ratings.
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