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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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing on the glass too. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up the glass. More lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and sweet confectioner sugar.

Taste: Super sweet and creamy milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a little mild bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer awesome. I've seen it for years, and happy to have bought a bottle of it.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say about this beer.
Pours a dark black with a two finger tan head that lingers.
Aroma is dark, bittersweet, and strong milk chocolate with heavy cream.
Just barely any coffee.
Flavor is full milk chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel.
Tons of coco and coco powder flavors with a little vanilla.
Gets better as it warms and pairs well with any chocolate or coffee dessert.
The beer alone is good enough for dessert and at 5% there's no sign of alcohol.
Amazing beer and my new favorite dessert beer.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's 'Organic Chocolate Stout' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to almost black in the glass with some ruby peeking thru the glass edge with a big tan head leaving a frothy lace along the pint

S-bakers chocolate

T-sweet & smooth tasting stout , hint of bitter bakers chocolate on the swallow

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-good beer , definate dessert beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of scotorum
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 19th, 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with lots of clear ruby highlights. Inch and a half tall tan head receded to even surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Chocolate!

t; Chocolate up front with some hop bite following. Some fruit accents remind of chocolate candy with liquid fruit centers. Luscious.

m: Medium. Good body.

o: Outstanding chocolate stout, very easy drinking. A chocolate lover's dream come true.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stunning chocolate stout with an unbelievable fudgey taste of fresh milk/dark chocolate. The aroma is highly indicative of the flavor to come with the first velvety sip of this unique concoction. If you love flavor enriched richer beers, Samuel Smith is your guy. Any beer that comes from this brewery is guaranteed to be just as described on the label. This is hands down the best and most true to taste chocolate stout on the market. This is a slow sipping sweet brew that is to be savored and enjoyed slowly. Great for the fall or a cool summer night.

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Photo of LordBeardman
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: thick tan colored head and a dark chocolaty liquid.

S: smells like a bar of dark chocolate with a faint alcohol undertone.

T: slightly bitter and sweet. Very chocolaty. The stout flavor comes in a bit in the aftertaste.

M: very smooth and easy to drink.

O: one of the better chocolate beers I've tried
I enjoy it as a dessert beer and my girlfriend really loves it. Only problem is it is pretty expensive around where I live.

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

This is a great milk/sweet stout. Pours a dark brown color with light coming through only at the bottom of the glass, Big light tan head and thick patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is the best part. Pure milk chocolate and a little roasted malts. The chocolate is strong enough to think you are smelling a melted Hershey bar.

Taste is more subdued than the aroma. That much chocolate in the taste would probably be not as good as it sounds. Still plenty of milk chocolate but there is some maltiness and possibly a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit light.

Overall this is a great snack/after dinner beer. Too much chocolate for it to be a session beer. The big flavor makes this a sipping rather than guzzling beer.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Samuel smith's makes a fine brew. This is a rich dark stout with great nose appeal and a taste to stand up to most. The flavor is a well balanced of chocolate and milk. The color is of a dark, thick, coal mud. I believe this is one of the best valued chocolate stouts available. Drink up.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a full three fingered head that slowly recedes into a rocky, sea foam head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate notes with a hint of vanilla, toffee, and coffee.

T: Much like the nose in variety of flavor, though some are a little less dominating. Sweet chocolate notes with a hint of vanilla, some light coffee notes and not a whole lot else.

M: Mild carbonation for this fairly bodied beer, the carbonation suits the flavors well. The beer is a thick, certainly not light.

O: Overall, a fantastic beer, definitely on the buy again list, thanks to my friend who recommended it.

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Photo of DavidGross
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not what I expected. Pour into glass was exciting, dark beer, thick head. Aroma was good, came off like a stout. Taste wise was a huge let down. The chocolate was horribly artificial and not from grain or cacao. I was really expecting it one way or another, but the way it came off was a let down. At least I had other stout options to go to for round 2.

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

Poured from the bottle into an XL pint glass.

A- Beautiful black coffee appearance with a toffee-colored head that's about two fingers thick.

S- Quite surprising, as there's much more than chocolate here. I detect notes of coconut, vanilla, and toffee. Mild hints of coffee. The chocolate is there but takes a back seat.

T- Again, more like coconut than chocolate, although the chocolate is present and adds some intrigue. Slightly sweet, but not in a distasteful or unappealing way. Really very tasty.

M- Smooth, creamy, with a slight bitter hit at the end.

O- Quite a spectacular beer. Very well composed, complex and ultimately enjoyable and easy-drinking. I'll need more of this.

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

Love this beer! The nose is cocoa, and not much more. It tastes much like chocolate milk with a hint of vanilla sweetness. The carbonation gives it a creamy feel. It's not too rich - well balanced. With the cocoa taste, you'd think there might be a bitter edge, but this is not the case. It's sweet, but not too sweet.

If it weren't for the price, I'd make this a frequent purchase. $ 4.99 for a 18.7 oz bottle. Got it on special for $4.49.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of head. The head looks like the head on a rootbeer float. Head has a lot of staying power and slowely drops to an uneven cap with heavy lacing all over the glass.

Smell: milk chocolate bomb with a hint of vanilla. I bet that if you let your chocolate fiend girlfriend smell this beer she would probably have a orgasm over the smell of this beer. Serious as a heart attack right now...

Taste: Just like the nose! Milk chocolate bomb and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Hint of light roast malt and faint black licorice, but its barely noticable. Finishes with a lite bitterness from a cocoa note mixed with a hint of rootbeer and some lingering vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beers mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. The beer is spot on with those trademark mouthfeel qualities of all Samuel Smith dark beers. At 5% abv this bomber can be drank solo without even getting a slight buzz.

Overall: Its a session stout with big chocolate flavors! At $3.25 a bomber, this is a fantastic value for a high quality craft beer. Awesome job Samuel Smith! This beer is effortlessly good. Its definately a desert beer and your girlfriend or wife will like quite a bit too. Southern Tier Chocolate is not as good as this Samuel Smith beer! Thats fact!

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Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A slightly late to develop head that yields close to three fingers worth of dark khaki / medium brown colored velvety froth with a bit of a rocky top... Decent retention... Once settled there is a thick rich creamy lacing that is quite inviting... The color is a dull flat black that doesn't late any light permeate... Mostly still with just an occasional stray carbonation bubble though some additional bubbles remain clung to the sides of the glass... A thick sheet of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - It shouldn't come as much of a surprise but this one packs a mammoth chocolate aroma... Loaded with fudge brownie uncooked batter... Cocoa... A mix of both milk and dark chocolates... A light layer of mocha coffee... Did I mention chocolate??? Quite intoxicating...

T - The flavor is much more subdued the nose with much better balance... Lightly roasted malts is introduced to the equation... The sweetness of dialed down several notches... Loads of cocoa... Dark chocolate... A hint of fudge... A hint of dark choclate... Some sweet cream character as well...

M - Medium to full bodied... Smooth... Velvety... Even and consistent... Limited carbonation... A bit chalky on the finish...

D - A rock solid Milk / Sweet Stout... Solid in all areas... The stellar aroma and 5.0% ABV are the stars of the show... Very nice brew that I recommend and will gladly indulge in again in the future when presented the opportunity...

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Photo of Sunshineoforegon
1.96/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle: Design is nice
Color: dark chocolate color
Foaming: creates 1/2 '' of foam and stays very long time
smells: not quite appetizing sweet but fake chocolate and sugary taste
first feel: chocolate and acidic
fake chocolate smell and taste.
mouth-feel: full body but acidic
finish: acidic bitter at the end weird chocolate

overall: did not like the aroma neither the smell

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout's got a good look. It's thick in the traditional sense, not a big motor oil-looking stout but a stout nonetheless. It's not black but it is very dark, some brown in the edges but with a heavy hue to the body. On top. a light tan head grows and rests at just over one finger. Retention is good, and there's a solid amount of patchy lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass.
Not too subtle but without screaming too loudly, this is a chocolatey beer. Very nicely crafted, the milky chocolate sweetness isn't too sugary and melds with the toasty, very slightly roasty character of the base stout very well. A bit of creamy, milky, almost whipped-cream sweetness coincides with the chocolate. It's smooth, and ultimately some notes of vanilla are out front with just the slightest touch of somthing a little dryer underneath.
A full-bodied beer, it has a certain robustness to it, though it isn't at the heavier end by any means. it's pretty smooth, though, with just enough carbonation and very light crispness that's good for a stout.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- From the 12oz bottle comes a black beer with just a tiny bit of light coming through the very edges, still appears quite thick. A tan head forms to just over a finger in the tulip with a thick, creamy texture. Nice webs of creamy lace around the glass.

S- Immediately brings me back to making the huge glasses of chocolate milk in my parent's house as a kid. A very distinct sweet chocolate syrup ala Hershey's aroma dominates this beer's aroma. Some roast but this is adult chocolate syrup thus far.

T- A bit more complex than the aroma but still the sweet chocolate Hershey's syrup is the foremost of things happening. Slight maltiness behind that with hints of roast grains, nuttiness and caramel. Just a bit of fruit hints from the yeast. Lactose sweetness is pretty big. Bordering cloying sweetness overall.

MF- Medium thickness and a superbly creamy feel to the body. Very silky moderate carbonation that goes down smoothly without being harsh on the palate at all. Slight roast bitterness.

Reminds me a lot of the first time I had Choklat. A massive chocolate syrup flavor and big sweetness throughout. A bit too sweet in my opinion and the Hershey's syrup flavor is a bit much. Aroma is great, taste is too much.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled August 2013 from bottles in pint glass. This is the first time that I had drank this beer.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head, and the head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong chocolate aromas. The chocolate gave a sweet smell, especially compared to other stouts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt, hops, and chocolate. There is a sweet flavor due to the chocolate, but it has an excellent overall taste. The chocolate is more pronounced than most other "chocolate" stouts I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy.

Overall: Interesting stout. Great for after dinner with desserts. I enjoyed the multiple bottles that I drank, and I would buy this again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle: BBD Nov 2013. Poured on 26 Aug 2013 at home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.

Lovely dark brew: on top a huge tanned crown of foam.

Chocolatey and stouty! Really nice, I like chocolate and I like stouts.

Rich, at times creamy, wholesome and sweet: a very, very good beer. Haven't checked my scores, but this is the best beer I've had from Sam Smith's so far.

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Photo of Lenzzzzzz2099
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is by far a great great rich chocolaty stout. It's like a Hershey's decided to take a dip in this sea of chocolaty,malty,cappuccino darkness with hints of chocolate milk and cream.

Recommended with coconut macaroons or even a good Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of bens0n
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an opaque dark brown, not quite black, but close. Theres a pretty weak amount of light tan head, decent amount of lacing going on.

Smell wise the sweet milk chocolate aroma dominates the nose, can’t pick much else out, but that’s a good thing.

Flavor wise, it’s got a nice amount of lactic sweetness and the chocolate flavor is on the burnt, roasted side of the spectrum. Really sweet aftertaste.

Mouth feel is pretty thick, not chewy like some other milk stouts I’ve had, but its got a decent viscosity.

Overall, an awesome milk stout, I haven't tried too many organic beers, but I would still rank this one really high even if it wasn't organic.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Tan head, lots of cling lace, very dark near black body.

S - Outstanding plus for sure. Hersheys syrup mostly, hint of soy, rich and inviting.

T - Taste emulates smell, just not as high volume or prominent. Still awesome.

M - Creamy, nice texture, not cloying but definitely on the rich sweet creamy side.

D - Easy to drink , fun to try. Low ABV so you could have many.

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Photo of Kobal
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick, but not oily, black with a full creamy head. Bold, sweet chocolate and some coffee is on the nose. Smooth and creamy bodied. Palate is obviously chocolate, transitioning from sweet milk chocolate to dark chocolate at the end. Cherry and some minor tobacco notes develop as the beer warms and the cherry becomes more pronounced throughout.

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Photo of Ballerbrewer
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Great dark color, solid stoutly head.

S. strong cocoa, not much malt aroma

T. Overwhelming cocoa, good flavor but sweet. Breakfast beer.

M. Nice and thick. Good character.

O. I was expecting something different from Samuel Smith. Not one of their typical beers.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice jet black with two fingers of khaki brown head that fade relatively quickly, lining the glass with a nice brown lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted barley, and more chocolate. Absolutely inviting me to take a sip with a powerful aroma. So much cocoa.

Taste: Absolutely what I hoped from this, with a nice malty backbone and beautiful hints of chocolate and a slight coffee flavor. Delicious stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with the right amount of texture and carbonation for the style. Great creaminess and a nice sipping beer, hard to believe it is only 5% alcohol.

Overall: Wow, this is a really great stout that I need more of now. Absolutely worth trying.

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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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