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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'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

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Ratings: 3,240 |  Reviews: 618
Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 18, 2012.

The pour is is a deep, dark black with a brown head that settles down to a lingering ring.

The aroma is explosive with roasted chocolate malts but it is difficult to pick up much of anything else.

The body is bold, thick, but of medium texture.

The taste is sweet but there is so much chocolate in it that it is more like a Hershey's Chocolate milk. There is a low to medium bitterness on the tail end but altogether it is a likable enough dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle $3.99. Dark black color, cream colored head, sticky lacing. Aroma is cocoa, kind of sickly sweet, hints of vanilla. Flavor is full of chocolate, cocoa, but that sweetness if there and its cloying. They captured the chocolate well but this tastes like it has sugar added to it, not my thing at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of warrenout330
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml

A- pours a deep black color, huge 5 finger head.. good retention... very nice blotting of lace to the glass

S- smells of sugary chocolate syrup, milky chocolate, faint roasted barely

T- super sweet chocolatey syrup, faint barely taste.. low bitterness... the organic chocolate almost masks everything

M- thin and a tad oily on the tongue... super sweet lingeringness... minimal hop bitterness in the finish

O- very odd take on this milk stout... this is seriously a dessert beer if I have ever had one, and I have many times.. but this really just tastes like super syrup chocolate beer... geez

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Photo of Macdoyal
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at the local beverage den. Got home and poured one into my pint glass.

Appearance. It's very dark with and nice small head of creamy foam. Kinda reminds me of Guinness.

Smell. After I topped the top i took a whiff and i was shocked that it's actually smelled like chocolate. I didn't detect any roasted notes or anything. Once it was poured the smell triggered the image of Count Chocula in my head and thats what it smells like to me. A light sweet chocolate smell.

Taste. It acutally taste a lot darker then I was expecting. I'm getting the bitter roasted flavor that hangs on the palate but a sweet chocolate or Kaluha taste up front.

Mouthfeel. I like how it's got just the right amount of carbonation going on and it's not too watery. You can take a pull and not belch right afterwards.

Overall. I like this beer and the smell is amazing. I'd buy it again and at only 5% abv it's a good beer to sit and drink with friends.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

550mL bottle, pours black with a tall, bubbly, beige head, good head retention, leaves some lacing on the glass as it slowly fades. Aromas are sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, Kahlua. Tastes are delicate cocoa, vanilla, cream, sweet not roasted, very White Russian-like, kind of reminds me of vanilla ice cream with a dash of chocolate. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, medium bodied. Overall, this is a little too sweet for me. It's good, but i like some roast in my stout.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These guys are my favorite British brewery, and after seeing what they did with a Russian imperial stout, I’m pretty confident they’ll be able to deliver with this one.

The bottling code means this one was brewed on August 10, 2012, I’m pretty sure, making this one about three months old.

A: Pours a dark, syrupy chestnut brown with a foamy brown head standing nearly half a glass high. It takes minutes, but the foam finally diminishes to thin, bubbly layer; impressive. Thick lacing crawls up the side of the glass in intricate webs.

S: Spicy, dark flavors of bitter cocoa, mocha, burnt sugars, and deep, deep caramel; I expected chocolate syrup, but what I’m getting is a dead-on noseful of Kahlua. Interestingly enough, it really works for this style. Thick vanilla and Irish cream aromas help make this more of a liqueur scent than a beer one. Chocolate syrup is still there, though, with toasted biscuit malts rounding it out.

T: More of the nose, but with an abundance of chocolate and milky vanilla. Comes across in an uproar of sweet candy corn, acidic coffee, and warm, robust burnt sugar tastes, sustained for minutes at a time by torrents of bread crust, walnut, cinnamon-roasted almonds, baked apple, and an tangy, artificial cherry note (like cough syrup). It’s an intriguing array for a palate you’d expect to be all about the chocolate. Finishes warm and nutty, pricked up with oily hops only coming through in the aftertaste.

M: As milky as a 5% milk stout can get – and that is, in fact, pretty milky. Smooth and light without a touch of carbonation.

O: This beer dishes out a palate you won’t find anywhere else; that’s right, the normally traditional Samuel Smith throws a virtual curveball in a glass. At first, it feels like more liqueur-like, but after a few sips, you start to realize something about it: no matter what else you relate it to, this drink is just different. And it’s pretty damn good, to boot…

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours solid black with a tannish head that dissipates slowly.

Smell is of sweet milk chocolate and mild vanilla. Kind of like a chocolate syrup smell, but a REAL chocolate syrup smell, not artificial.

Milk and chocolate flavor, sweet and rich with minimal notes of malt or bitterness save for a hint of roastiness.

Medium creamy body with a velvety carbonation, especially impressive for a stout with such a low abv.

This is desert in a bottle. It's very chocolatey and smooth. Great body at a low abv makes it very drinkable. It's more chocolate than beer, but if you might be into that, then you really can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of vanilla and milk chocolate mostly and the scent overpowers anything that dares find its way to my nostrils. The the flavor is sweet and creamy with more of the vanilla and milk and dark chocolate. There's a hint of tart and a touch of butterscotch as well as that characteristic mineral flavor that I always seem to get from Samuel Smiths. I think it's from the water. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a malted chocolate shake really. Light on the beer, heavy on the chocolate, it was nice to try but not something I would often seek out.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a rich creamy tan head that leaves wispy lacing.

Smells chocolatey - a mix of baker's chocolate and milk chocolate.

Sweet and bitter cocoa/chocolate soon becomes powdery. A sour milk tang gives it a kick. Some alcohol is noticeable.

It has a creamy, full body that is not too thick.

It has strong characteristics of sweet stout and milk stout with cocoa powder, so fits style well-enough. It does have a tang to it. It started off chilled, and became smoother as it sat and reached (near) room temperature. It started off fine, and became more enjoyable as it progressed, landing the overall score a half-point higher than I was going to give it after the first half. Worth the buy if you like English Milk/Sweet Stouts!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that recedes into a frothy cap with good lacing.

S: sweet milk chocolate dominates with some vanilla notes. Smells like a Yoo-Hoo. Simplistic, but nice.

T: sweet chocolate dominates here as well with vanilla and some more bitter and slightly tart roasted flavors.

M: medium-thick body with frothy carbonation, this beer manages to avoid being watery.

O: a simplistic, but enjoyable, chocolate stout. Very, very chocolatey.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Corey1978
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect desert beer. Great taste of Chocolate and malt silky rich goodness! Just the smell when you open the bottle give a great smell of sweet chocolate. If you dont like sweet over the top flavored beer then you will not like this beer. I feel they got everything about this right on. Just another great from Sam Smith!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 3,240 ratings
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