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.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a nonic pint. It has a great appearance almost black with low transparency and a 3/4 inch off white head. It has a delightful milk chocolate/dark chocolate nose. It has a nice creamy chocolate taste. It has a creamy mouth feel with a wet finish. Overall a very enjoyable chocolate stout.

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

Appearance - dark brown color with tan head

smell - milk chocolate, cream, cocoa powder

Taste - milk chocolate, cocoa, cream

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, rich, sweet, flavors linger, the aftertaste is similar to eating melted chocolate ice cream

Overall - very nice milk/sweet stout, lots of chocolate, worthy of a re- visit

price Point - $10.99/4 pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL poured to tulip

Pours black with a tidy tan head, lays down to a faint haze of bubbles

Smells of chocolate, dark malt and vanilla. Dissipates quickly

Taste is big on the chocolate, with a nice bourbon vanilla note. Sweet but not cloying.

Mouth feel is surprisingly light

Overall: great dessert beer when in a chocolate mood. A little more balance would be required to be a more regular drinker, but the spritely mouth feel makes an impression. Interesting and exotic.

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Photo of beer456
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer initially and would have given a higher rating based on just my original impression, but over the course of the entire journey I felt the taste was too SWEET to justify too high a rating. A nice beer, no doubt but I have higher standards and expect a beer to be exceptional throughout the entire journey. This beer did not satisfy that requirement. Definitely worth trying once but not worth having AGAIN.

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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cola-colored body with a fizzy thick head to match. Beige head with solid retention.

Huge sweet chocolate on the nose: milk chocolate, chocolate bean, dark cacao. There's a soft, thick creaminess as well, and a slight sharpness hinting at alcohol. Reminds me of a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.

Flavor matches the aroma, with both sweet and dry waves of chocolate, banana notes (likely due to the yeast), and the unmistakable presence of cream. There's an earthy blend of chewy grains and hops, but the only noticeable bitterness comes from the chocolate. Tiny bit of cola flavor, as well - perhaps mint.

Drinks relatively thin for such a thickly-flavored stout, but it is also a 5.0% ABV beer. Creamy and smooth, with a long, sticky, wet finish, while also providing a little bit of pucker on the back-end. Surprisingly lively, with a noticeable - but not unpleasant - sting, and no foaming.

This is a delicious dessert stout. The quality is readily apparent, and the chocolate flavors thick yet nuanced, obvious yet not overwhelming. Superb balance and drinkability. Well worth the price; clocks in at half of what you'd expect to pay for an American chocolate stout!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Solid dark brown with a tan head, significant lacing.

S - Mostly cocoa powder and malts, but not a strong roasted aspect - more like a milkshake.

T - There is more roasted malt in the taste, but that is purely relative to the nose. The main thing is strong chocolate, primarily cocoa powder over nib.

M - Smooth. Heavy enough but not to the point of coating the mouth.

O - This is a beer that lives up on the promise of being called a chocolate stout. The reality is, this beer puts chocolate flavor front and center. If you like a sweet milk stout and you want something that screams chocolate, this is your brew.

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

Pours dark black with a medium to thin off white head. Smells like chocolate, looks like chocolate... Also getting a little malty smell on the nose too. Taste is first and foremost(you guessed it) chocolatey. Lots of chocolate and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. I personally can't taste any alcohol in this beer, its really really smooth and easy to drink. Not a particularly heavy brew, when compared with the rest of the stouts on the market where I am, this is pretty light.

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Photo of AntMan76009
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- blek like chocolate with a nice tan head
Smell- chocolate
Taste- chocolate
Mouthfeel- like bubbly chocolate milk

I didnt expect a chocolate stout to actually taste like chocolate, but it does. How they do dis? It tastes just like chocolate. Wut. Is this beer or some sort of tastey dessert? I want to pour this on ice cream. I want to dip strawberries in this beer. I want to pour this in my Cocoa Pebbles, want to bask in this chocolatey goodness for eternity.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith's Organic chocolate stout 550 ML (18.7 fl oz) bottle $3.99(OH)

the bottle code on the neck reveals it was bottled in Jan 2014. so this stout is fresh.

poured into a 17 oz stemless white wine glass. almost jet black with a two finger thick creamy tan head stays around for a little while, then gives way to decent lacing.

the smell is kind of disappointing. i don't really smell much, just some artificial chocolate. (it smells kind of like play-doh, come one 70's-80's kids you know that smell.)

the taste is that of the smell, good but for Samuel Smith's very disappointing. at first its good. the more you drink the more you taste the artificial chocolate. a big let down. nothing like the imperial stout they make that is so great.

mouth feel is what it is. light and not very pleasant at all. that fake/artificial chocolate (play-doh) taste lingers.

overall i would have to pass on this one, not to say it wasn't OK. but for a milk/sweet stout i was severely disappointed. tasted fake and or artificial. i will stick to other Samuel Smith's brews that i know and love. i don't know if this stout needed to age, but it was pretty bad for S.S. i may try it again if i find an aged bottle.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is huge and dominated by milk chocolate and cocoa along with hints of vanilla and nuts. The taste mirrors the nose. Huge cocoa and milk chocolate totally dominate. Very sweet, tasting much like hot cocoa. Besides some nuttiness and vanilla, not much more going on other than the enormous chocolate and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but extremely rich with cloying sweetness. Really hurts the drinkability. Overall, the first couple of sips were great, but were soon overtaken by the sweetness. Ironically, the sweetness of the chocolate comes across as artificial and not organic at all.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 550 ml Victorian bottle, poured into beer tulip glass with a stem 16.5 oz.

Appearance: Pretty dark, some ruby around the edges when held to the light, less than a finger head not an aggressive pour. The head is a tan color, a lot of tiny bubbles in the head and sticking to the glass.

Smell: Heavy cocoa smell, roasted malt, not a strong aroma.

Taste: Heavy cocoa up front, roasted malt flavor with some bitterness on the back. Very smooth, alcohol is there but it is not overwhelming, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, its not flat or too carbonated, not too watery or heavy like an imperial stout

Overall: This is an outstanding chocolate stout, one of my favorites. High quality, great overall beer to have after dinner, very drinkable not heavy on the stomach, %5 alcohol.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a solid ring and thin cap on top and leaves spots of lace.

Smell is dominated by sweet chocolate with some dark malt and a hint of vanilla.

Taste too, is dominated by creamy dark chocolate with faint vanilla accents.

Texture is approaching heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

This is as close to chocolate milk as you're going to get in a beer. A massive chocolate bomb that is almost too sweet. I can't think of a better dessert beer. Straightforward but, damn delicious.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout tastes like something made by Cadbury and looks it too; its milk chocolate brown body highlights colour and clarity nearly as much as it conceals them. It's barely dark enough to qualify for a stout (even if ts head does have a sandy tint).

Cocoa beans, like wine grapes, produce distinct flavour depending on the strain, where they're grown and how they're processed. High-quality ("premium") single-origin chocolate bars can offer flavours as diverse as they are rich: berries, nuts, cream, licorice, molasses, wood, spice, cigar, vanilla, leather, smoke, flowers... the list can go on and on.

The cocoa flavour showcased here, however, is that of the quintessentially English confectionery chocolate bar: the milky, light-coloured, caramel-laced kind of profile you'd expect from Cadbury. It seems like the Swiss had a hand in this as well; it smells heavily sweetened. One is assured this is a "chocolate" - as opposed to "cocoa" - stout right away.

Indeed, there's no dark, heavy roast or smoky bitterness here - this is extra cocoa-butter creamy with a generous splash of vanilla. The finish, also quite milky and absolutely saturated in cane sugar, has a hint of that slight sourness you find in a Hershey's Kiss (another bland, commercial chocolate). It bears mentioning, however, that the recipe uses no actual cocoa, just extract.

Does no one else find it ironic that a chocolate beer promoted as being "organic" doesn't actually use any chocolate, but rather an artificially extracted flavour compound? I sure do. Had they used the real thing I bet the toffee sponge cake notes and toasty nuttiness of the malts would make flattering pairings. But as is all I taste is the so-called "natural" flavour; it's very one-dimensional.

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout tastes like any number of commercial, heavily manufactured and sweetened candy bars. There was a time when something of this nature would have impressed me mightily, but my tastes being what they are now, I would have much preferred something dark, smoky, and bitter - a *dark* chocolate stout. That said, this is an undeniably delicious treat that is sure to please most people immensely.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a snifter glass. A big “Thank you” goes out to ybnorml for sharing this beer with me.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong milk chocolate and roasted malts; simplistic and pleasant.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong and rich milk chocolate flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice chocolaty beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of yardkl
1.94/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I hated it. I was expecting a roasted dry cocoa flavor. Instead it tasted like Newcastle with Hershey's chocolate syrup added. Very disappointed. One of the few beers I was not able to finish. If you are not into sweets STAY AWAY. Expensive beer and not worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a 2 finger tan cap. The cap gives way quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, some vanilla, chocolate

T: Burst of chocolate. The chocolate is slightly bitter - but very nice. Some other hints of vanilla. There is very little after taste.

M: Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Goes down very easily.

O: I love this. It is my favorite chocolate stout. IT might be over the top, for some people, but I find it very appealing. Also it is organic! (That is not really a selling point for me)

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout in a nonic.

Pours with a weak head over a very dark brown body. Limited lacing.

The aroma of chocolate clomes out loud and clear. Rather like hot chocolate without the extra dairy, and some chocolate nibs.

Flavor: sweet, perhaps just a touch above optimum. Some dark roast (and light bitterness) in the aftertaste but largely masked by the chocolate before then.

Feel: Medium body and near medium carbonation; Creamy smooth yet with an undesired sharpness.

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Photo of 1fortheroad
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

For a stout I prefer a little more thickness and in this case that's the only thing this beer did not deliver. I have had the pleasure of enjoying this brew on multiple occasions now and the thin texture is the only negative thing i have to say about this otherwise heavenly brew.

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

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown with a small white foamy head. Exceptional lacing.

Smell - Chocolate milk and malt. Definitely cocoa powder or some form thereof, though it's organic so there's that.

Taste - Chocolate milk beer. Sweet cocoa and malt.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with low carb. Rests roasted malt slightly bitter, gives it a bit of character.

Overall - Solid tasty brew. It's not beerish, but it's a tasty drink. More like a chocolate drink. Definitely a milk/sweet stout.

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Photo of Extol
4.96/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

WOW. This beer is divine. Celestial. Superb. I opened the bottle and smelled it and looked at my dad (we always try new beers together) and said "oh my god, it smells like chocolate syrup". I poured it into our glasses and he had the first sip. He looked at me and said "oh my god". My mother, who doesn't like beer at all tried some. It is the first beer she didn't cringe after drinking it. This beer is seriously so good. I might be biased as I prefer stouts to most beers (aside from Weihenstephan Original Lager), but this is honest to god a good beer. We found it at a store in Atlanta, but the name escapes me. But it was $5 for a pint. A while ago I had marked this as a "want" on BA and forgot about it and by chance we grabbed it without me remembering. I wish I had grabbed more. I would buy again. Definitely.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a bomber from Whole foods cranbrook (ann arbor) For 4.99$ :) Best purchase in our cart (which was 200$+)

A: Pours black, but still see-through not pitch black.. Leaves a lasting ring of white/tan head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a chocolate bar mixed with a chocolate malt... Nesquick/Hersheys chocolate YUM!

T: Follows suit of the smell. Chocolate bars and cocoa powder... slight roasted malt, but mostly sweet lactose flavor mixed with chocolate syrup. Doesnt taste like beer at times, which is strange but still love it. .

M: Very sticky sweet. Chocolate/malt flavors stick around for a while too.

MUST TRY beer here. Will definitely be buying more in the future.

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Photo of BradC
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored black with slight head and nice lacing

Smells of hot chocolate, chocolate milk

Taste is straight up chocolate, sweet maybe a hint of dark roast and toffee

Medium bodies, lightly carbonated and easy drinking.

If chocolate is your thing, you'll love this stout. Overall I liked it, I'm not a fan of overly chocolate beers but this one is well made

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Photo of mick303
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

SS Chocolate – a fitting beer for the 600th review.
Poured a dark brown blackish colour with a nice initial head and a strong frothy lace and film. Plentiful and sticky. Amazing lace.
S – rich hot cocoa, cocoa powder, some rich bread pudding. Semisweet chocolate and malt, a light enticing roastiness. Rich and full of delicious chocolate notes, some hints of roasty bitterness.
T – starts with a roasty hot cocoa, with a rustic woody bitterness, a balanced milky creaminess, clean malt profile, a light leafy grapiness profile and maybe even some lemon, finish is clean with an astute balance between the chocolate and yeasty crispness. The start has a bit of the milky sweetness then the earthy spicy english hops come in with some yeast esters to balance everything out.
M – moderate, with a full balanced chocolate and malt profile, like what an absolutely perfect hot chocolate should taste like. A smooth carbonation, with a very clean mouthfeel, refreshing and utterly delicious.
Nothing bad to say. This is one awesome beer, showing that a moderate strength milk stout can be both amazingly tasty/complex and balanced. Taste is refreshing and delicious, tons of cocoa flavour but so many other elements working there as well. Well worth trying.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at a liquor store near Tampa, FL. $10.49 for a 4-pack. Outrageous price for the ABV, but what can you do, it's an "organic" beer from England.
A- Appearance is dark. Looks like a stout.
A- Mmm.. smells like cocoa powder and almond liqueur.
F- It's delicious. Rich, malty, chocolatey. It's not overly sweet, like I was worried about, but it's definitely sweet. A bit of sourness at the beginning and hint of bitter on the follow-through compliment the sweet flavors perfectly and remind you that it is a beer (not just a delicious chocolate beverage).
M- Wonderful mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to make the rich nuttiness pop.
O- It's wonderful. It's the kind of flavor I would want in an ice cream. It's the most drinkable and delicious stout I've had. Anyone who loves chocolate will want to experience this beer... intimately.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of midnight with a faint ruby hue when held to the light. A fat head of mocha colored foam falls quickly but leaves some soapy lace until it finally recedes to a slight ring. Nose is decadent chocolate. Some vanilla smooths it out and there is a light coffee. There is not any alcohol on the nose. As the beer warms you get a sense of the different chocolate characters. Bittersweet, sweet, and a scent that is very much like homemade cocoa. There is something creamy in there like marshmallow. The taste is serene. Luscious, and smooth. The body is thin but it tastes rich. The malt is like chocolate cake and does not become bold with roast or bitter. It's a subdued flavor. As it warms it develops a sweet caramel that offers a silken nutty flavor that is like ribbons of decadence under all that chocolate. Only at the very end in the finish do you notice any flavor from wood and just a faint little bitter. The mouthfeel has an indescribable softness. Well done

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,130 ratings.
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