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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.

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Photo of danieelol
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black, brown around edges with nice white head and lacing.

Nose is chocolate, earthiness, sugar crystals, nuttiness. Nice rich chocolate aroma, almost like Nutella (even though that's supposedly made with hazelnuts). The authenticity of the chocolate is easily the best aspect of this beer, and the best of any chocolate flavoured beer I've had. Also some cheap confectionery malts.

Taste is more chocolate, earthiness, nuttiness. While it starts kind of sweet, it finishes rather astringent. I suspect this may be from the presumably high levels of cocoa powder in the beer. Little bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is thick and good- cocoa butter-y but still has that astringency.

This beer is a great accomplishment in chocolate aromatics but that astringency detracts a lot from its enjoyment.

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

I have tasted other chocolate beers but when I tried this one, I fell in love with it. It has that sweet taste to it, smooth, and rich in flavor. The smell smells like chocolate, the beer feels great flowing down the throat, and the after taste is to die for. I wish this beer was more widely produced and cheaper. It makes me happy.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout

A – Colour is of burned, melted dark chocolate. Head disperses just as soon as it arrives. This departure struck me as a little hasty.

S – Milk chocolate wafts with abundant generosity through the head of the beer. Balanced by a hyper-sweet, scotch-maltiness. Smells great.

T – Tastes quite sweet, quite malty. Watery hot chocolate. Lacks power. Pleasant rather than delicious. Bitter finish.

M – For me this is where this beer falters. It tastes a little thin and soda-fizzy. Looking for a richer, creamier, thicker, and more robust mouthfeel. Perhaps too much to ask though at 5% abv.

O – It’s definitely a nice beer and one that I would happily session. Can’t help feeling that it would benefit from a little intensity; double the creaminess, double the chocolate, double the booze etc. Nevertheless I’d happily drink lots of it, shame it's not a little cheaper. Bought this as a four pack and I must say that as of the second day of drinking, it 's really grown on me. Try some.

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Photo of drewsif22
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Nice dark look, without much head. Lacing fades pretty quick.

S - Definitely a strong point. Very rich chocolatey smell. Almost like chocolate syrup, but its held back by the maltiness of the beer. Almost smells too sweet, but I really enjoy the smell overall.

T - Almost as chocolatey and sweet as the smell. The malt is more prevalent, however. Still is extremely sweet. Not for someone with a full stomach.

M - Medium bodied. I would have liked a little more fullness, actually, for a stout with so much creaminess. I feel like I should be able to chew on the chocolate. Still, it is extremely smooth and has a slight tingle to it.

O - For people like me that love milk stouts, this is a must try. Sure it's very sweet, but that's part of the style. Definitely chocolate heavy. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Weston19
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a red hue against the light. Two finger mocha colored head.

S: Smells like pure melted milk chocolate. A lot of other beers smell more like dark chocolate but this one smells more like milk chocolate. It's a sweeter smell. Like hot cocoa.

T: This is borderline chocolate shake. The chocolate absolutely stands out and it also has a hoppy note to it. This is about as close as you can get to making this chocolate stout without getting too sweet.

M: Oily and mid to heavy mouth feel.

O: It's a tasty beer but you have to really like sweet flavors to enjoy this. The sweet chocolate flavors are very intense and they can be overwhelming if you're not fully into them. Not bad overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

550ml bottle, strangely only available at Top's Liquor on Whyte Ave in my town.

This beer pours a deep, dark cola-tinted chestnut brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, cushioned, and mildly frothy ecru head, which leaves a bit of palm tree lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells like a chocolate ice cream milkshake, the experience leavened somewhat by a bready maltiness that still could be associated more with with Pop's of Archie Comics fame than any real-world brewing concern, with a bit of caramel Mars Bar added in for shits and giggles. The taste is still pretty sweet on the milk chocolate malt front, with a nice biscuity graininess sidling along, a touch of candy-bar toffee, store-brand chocolate ice cream, and rather weak earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is duly present, but mostly perfunctory and innocuous, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and near-perfectly smooth and creamy. It finishes still pretty sweet, the milk chocolate essence continuing its large and in charge prevalence.

While I appreciate chocolate as much as the next person, this offering just comes across as a little too much like a dessert, from convenience store or pâtisserie, it doesn't matter - what does, though, is the lack of balancing stout bitterness that might round this thing out. Tasty, and enjoyable for a spell, I suppose, but a certain region of my tongue tires quickly of it.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown to black with a creamy, milk chocolate head.

Aroma and flavor are very much chocolate and very sweet, dominatingly milk and dark choco-fied. It's got a little maltiness for some semblance of balance, and a hint of caramel.

Body could be a bit thicker but it's still pretty good, plenty drinkable too.

Overall it's pretty much the definition of a sweet stout with chocolate added, if that's what you're after, this is your beer.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served cold in glass beer challis

A) Deepest brown and thick with beige puffy head that settles down quickly. Impossible to see through, even when held to the light. Few bubbles are visible.

S) Sweet apple pie, burnt caramel, sour dough bread. This beer is lovely.

T) Surprisingly mild for such a thick, dark stout. Mild hops and sweet malt give way to - no surprise - milk chocolate, espresso and sweet toffee. Delicious!

M) I truly enjoyed this beer but felt here is where it comes up a bit short, at least for my taste. Sticky sweet and mild, but less carbonation than I prefer.

O) As noted I thought this Samuel Smith Organic Milk Stout is an excellent example of this style, and I enjoyed it. I would like to see more carbonation but note its certainly possible this bottle lost its fizz after its 1000 plus mile journey.

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Photo of Boggdogg
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brownish red color with a nice thick creamy colored head which left excellent lacing covering the glass.
Smell to me was heavy with chocolate or coca beans.
Taste was outstanding. Like fine chocolate and malt. Cocoa beans leave a slight bitter aftertaste. A little more sweet than bitter but balanced quit nicely and that's how I like it.
Medium bodied beer. Not quite as heavy as I was expecting.
Overall, a well crafted beer which I enjoyed very much. One of The best beer I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Dark Brown with a slight head and a little bit of lacing.
Smell: Very nice chocolate smell with a slight coffee note
Taste: Just like the smell very chocolate forward. Chocolate Milk comes to mind. Now I'm imagining the Nesquik Bunny
Mouthfeel: Not a heavy beer as color may imply, low carbonation.
Overall: A great finishing beer, how can you not smile when your drinking dessert.

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Photo of frag316
2.94/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer after I had a Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It was merely "ok," in my not-so-humble. It smelled good, looked fine, poured well, but the taste was a bit underwhelming. I didn't feel like it had the chocolate taste the Young's had, and the bitterness at the back end overwhelmed the taste it did have.

I would definitely recommend the Young's over this one.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black, light head.

S - Delicious, aroma of chocolate, clean smell, hints of boysenberries.

T - Nice, clean chocolate, mild bitterness.

M - Fairly light body. Smooth but maybe too silky.

O - A very solid and tasty brew. Very satisfying. Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 550 ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A: deep brown in color with a fluffy three finger head that is slightly off white. The head breaks slowly leaving decent lacing and a good foamy film.

S: heavy on the cocoa and chocolate, a sweetness comes straight across.

T: chocolate, some faint coffee, sweetness through and through.

M: lighter than I would have expected. Good carbonation and a little slick.

O: quite nice, perhaps a little sweeter than I was expecting, but it is a nice beer. Definitely not sessionable though.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, with Theobroma Cacao. 5% ABV

A: A finger's head, which is... Antique White, I guess. Medium brown with red tone at the bottom of the glass. Dark brown, with red tint shooting up the center. Good, solid lacing.

S: Plenty of dark cocoa flavor. Faint, sweet licorice. Sweet, creamer-like notes.

T/MF: Lightly roasted coffee. Touch of dark cocoa. Slightly sweet. Nice tingle from light carbonation.

Pretty good.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of jaz58
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the first "dessert beer I've ever had.

Right from the get go, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate yet not overwhelming.

Poured in a clear pint glass the colour was dark brown to black with a creamy chocolate malt coloured head.

The nose is a blend of dark chocolate and cacao.

The taste is amazing. Dark chocolate, a nice balance of malts, nice hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel is round and balanced

This stout can easily be a great ending to a meal.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a near black with a finger of fluffy near white head, surprising light head, strong lacing, OK retention.

S - chocolate and sweet granulated sugar.

T - pure sweet chocolate, like good chocolate milk

M - really light bodied, superbly drinkable

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

If you like chocolate, this is the beverage for you. Easily the most chocolate beer I've had (tonight) and it really is quite good. One can skip dessert and have this instead (as long as you don't let you don't...I repeat DON'T feed it to your kids (they'll say it tastes like a bad chocolate milkshake (they're wrong and you shouldn't have had them))) It's organic so it's good for the environment. I can even taste the O-zone repairing itself.

in short, this beer is QXQX approved, Al Gore recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/almost black body with one finger tan head that left lace. Not a complex aroma or tasting beer as the chocolate is dominant. Also not a beer for everyone but I have a sweet tooth, like chocolate (not a chocoholic) and love sweet beers so this hit the spot. Medium bodied, not sticky or syrupy or bready but not watery, and could be described, although not entirely accurate, as chocolate milk with alcohol. The beer is balanced as there is a touch of roasted malts and crispness in the finish so it's not a complete sugar bomb/milk shake. Really hit the spot as a sweet beer for desert.

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Photo of ludachris
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's body isn't black, but it looks close when the glass is filled. It's more of a deep chestnut brown. Almost two inches of creamy light tan head steadily falls, eventually forming a ring around the glass. The lace is left in thin legs.

Wow, I wasn't ready for this. Two beers come to mind instantly; Souther Tier's Choklat and Flying Monkey's BNL and I think this surpasses both in decadent richness. Heaps upon heaps of chocolate ooze out of the glass. If I had my eyes closed I wouldn't think this was a beer. There's Black Forest cake, milk chocolate, sweet dark chocolate, and of coarse cocoa powder. There's not much else besides chocolate in all of its wonderful forms. Witht that said, I don't think you could fit anything else in. Absolutely incredible.

Lactose isn't an ingredient listed on the back of the label but its milky sweet base gives me the impression of it. There's a subtle roastiness and the cocoa has more of a raw edge but this is still sweet through and through. Fudge furthers the sweetness of its sweet milky chocolate character and has some stick in the end.

The body sits between light to medium but has plenty of depth and richness for its alcohol content. It's silky, it's chewy; you might as well freeze this stuff and eat it as a dessert.

What a pleasant surprise. I've always enjoyed Samuel Smith's line of products I just didn't expect the blast of chocolate this packs. Clocking in at 5% makes this a nice change of pace for the bigger stouts I've been drinking recently. Even at the average alcohol however, this sits with the big boys for flavour and richness.

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Photo of bamastout
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The smell is just beyond other chocolate stouts I've had.

The head isn't thick and disappears 'normal' very typical of a stout. Nothing special

It isn't strong, very drinkable.

Great starter stout for chocolate lovers.

I've never had an organic stout.. heck ive never had an organic beer, but this beer is just.. wow. I never have had the pure aroma of chocolate from any other stout. You would think this is a chocolate bar.

In conclusion i will be seeking more organic stouts in the future because this destroys every expectation i had.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 550ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired some time back from Trembling Madness in York. A stout brewed with organic cocoa extract.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intensely sweet milk chocolate with hints of roasted malt, vanilla, sugar, faint dried fruit and earthy yeast. Seriously chocolaty but rather nice.

Tastes of sweet chocolate and mild roasted malt, with a subtle bitter finish. Notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, sugar, faint dried fruit and earthy yeast. No hop character to speak of. Pretty sugary, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation and good body. An aftertaste of sweet milk chocolate, faint roasted malt and sugar.

Not bad - plenty of chocolate presence but overly sweet. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour have a ton of sugary chocolate going on. This dominates all else and verges on the cloying. Decent body; could be a shade creamier. Drinkable enough but overdoes the sweetness in my opinion. A drier, slightly more bitter character would enhance the flavour. Still, worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into tulip 13/12/13

A almost black with a deep cola edge, three fingers of mocha foam slowly falls to a thick film leaving continuous unorganized lace to the bottom of the glass, no complaints here

S massive Hershey chocolate syrup, coco powder, faint vanilla, chocolate milk, and more chocolate syrup, one dimensional but it works

T some nutty notes, a little prune and chocolate covered cherry, faint cold coffee, chocolate syrup still owns this one and even though there's more going on in the mouth I preferred the nose

M not as full as the color would imply, creams up nicely from the bubbles, lots of chocolate lingering

O it is what it claims that's for sure, this is a must for chocolate lovers and my bottles already gone at this point so that says something

I'll stop short of saying its complex but the intensity's there and for a 5% stout I could drink a few without getting board

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Photo of darthvohn
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Tumbler pint

Appearance: Deep brown, almost opaque. Only a shimmer of light is seen when held to a light source. Thick tan foamy head with good lacing.

Smell: Creamy sweet milk chocolate and lots of it. Hints of caramel.

Taste:Full on chocolate with some malt in there. Finished with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: With the smell and taste, I thought it was going to have a sticky feel to it but it didn't. Light body and carbonation.

Overall: If you want a chocolate stout, this should be on your list. An excellent chocolate offering with minimal secondary flavors that could take away from what this is. A very well done chocolate stout. I would definitely buy this one again and again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of all the English breweries I'm always interested in new Fullers and new stuff from these guys even though this is not new it's new in this state and pours a very dark brown hue with a beautiful rather creamy two finger head that just wants to stay all day,the smell is milky milky chocolate and its confronting its almost like a strong Milo with vanilla essence and the slightest touch of toasty malts,the mouthfeel is full bodied creamy with moderate carbonation and the tastes of milky chocolate,vanilla and toffee really push the boundaries of the sweetness and even though its more on the sweet side there is an effort on finish from the herbal hoppiness to try and level things out a little bit and I'm glad they did otherwise thus would be too sweet and after my first few golden beers tonight I wasn't looking for something like choc milk and gladly I didn't,I'd buy this again as its the perfect nightcap just not something you would start your session on cheers.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.95 CDN. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, an enormous 3.5 fingers of head was poured leaving beautiful tan lacing all around the glass. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving about a half finger of dense cream-like head on top of the beer. Rather opaque as well.

Smell - Chocolate, faint espresso and a slight nuttiness in there as well. the chocolate is the featured aroma though.

Taste - Sweet chocolate, blended milk and dark chocolates. Frothy like flavor like some sort of extravagant dessert. A bit rich and sweet for my tastes, a touch cloying but overall quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Rich, decadent, medium carbonation and continues with the dessert illusion.

Overall - While this is probably my favorite of the style that I've tried so far, I can't get the same enjoyment out of this style that I can from others. Even with that said I would not hesitate to split a bottle with some as an after dessert beverage.

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