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

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep chocolate brown with a creamy 1/2 finger tan colore head atop,a great looking pour.Milk chocolate really stood out to me in the nose along with roast and a hint of vanilla,like dessert in a glass.Mellow slightly fizzy feel to the beer,both balance each other out well.Chocolate and more chocolate on the palate but it doesn't hammer your taste buds,it's just a mellow lingering chocolatiness,mild roast and nuttiness with a shot of vanilla.I would make an ice cream float out of this,it's not even close to being cloying but the chocolate flavors are predominant,a great fricken milk stout here!

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Photo of Kromes
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. Pitch black color with a two finger's width head that dies down to a thin blanket of foam leaving lacing on the sides of the glass.

A very strong bittersweet chocolate aroma. Some milk chocolate in there also. That's about it, pure chocolate and maybe a touch of caramel. Smells great, but then again I do love chocolate so I may be biased.

Flavor begins with a bittersweet chocolate flavor with a touch of roasted malt. The chocolate is very strong and turns very sweet. The finish is where you get a little more of the roasted malt flavor. Finishes very sweet with milk chocolate and some roasted malt.

The body is light and the feel is a little watery. It does remind me of yoo-hoo a little.

I love chocolate and I used to drink yoo-hoo all the time when I was younger. So this beer does have a bit of a nostalgia factor. The roasted malt flavors in the finish do give it a beer-like flavor, but for the most part this is just a dessert beer. Albeit a tasty one.

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Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This beer truly does taste like I'm drinking alcoholic chocolate milk. So deep and rich flavored I emptied the bottle in one sitting no problem. The color seems more brown on the edges than I've seen in other milk stots which are usually more black all the way through. The smell is sweet but not very potent. The flavor is fantstic with the dark malt base and cocoa with maybe a dash of nutmeg. The body nice and creamy and it goes down with no fuss. Just an overall great beer. Better than Young's!

Hy-Vee putting this in the organic section threw me off.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beesy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - pours an intensely deep brown that forms to black in the glass. A creamy head two fingers deep and light brown in color builds and reduces to an elegant coating lasting for the duration of the glass. A moderate amount of lacing.

S - intense sweet milk chocolate and cocoa. Slight nose of molasses. Condensed milk.

T - much of the same from the nose. Intensely rich with milk chocolate and cocoa. Nesley's Quick. Sweet. Caramel sweetness on the late palate. Some malt throughout. Very litter to no bitterness. No noticeable hop presence in either the flavor or bitterness. Chocolate malt shake.

M - slightly creamy, medium bodied.

D - very easy to drink one down. One being the key word.
Overall - I really enjoyed this libation with some tortilla soup tonight. Extremely sessionable for at least one bottle. More of a desert type beer like a Young's. This would be a fun beer to make some "black and tans" with using some framboise. I think I'll pick up a few more bottles to experiment mixing with vs drinking it on it's own.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Poured from an imperial pint; this beers looks simply gorgeous. Deep dark body a shade lighter then pitch; light just penetrates the edges of the glass and reveals a faint reddish brown tint. Enormous, rocky, cream colored head, great retention and lacing.

Simple and straightforward aroma; milk and semisweet chocolate wafts up from the glass. The smell is sweet and also hints at quality ingredients; highly reminiscent of the Ghiradelli baking chips I used only hours before drinking this. Some dark malt character is detected underneath but remains only a subtle reminder that is a beer, not an ice cream float; roastiness is quite minimal.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely, although there's more semisweet chocolate and attendant bitterness than in the nose. Sweet but not overtly so or at all cloying, at least to my palette. Nevertheless this a chocolate beer for chocolate lovers more than for beer lovers.

Medium bodied, lacking the heft and smooth creaminess that would either turn this into a cloying mess or a silky chocolate masterpiece. A little fizzy and assertively carbonated.

I try anything from this brewery eagerly and while I enjoyed this, I cant say I'd buy myself another anytime soon, at least not to drink 19 ounces of alone. Would be nice to share alongside a chocolate truffle cake, raspberry sorbet, mint chocolate chip ice cream, or similar desserts.

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Photo of cubsfan2004
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appreance - Poured into a tulip with a frothy head. Brown-black in color.

Smell - Sweet chocolate.

Taste - Delicious sweet chocolate is definitely the highlight but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Not thin but also not chewy. Simply very smooth.

I have been waiting for this one a while and it did not disappoint. Definitely a sweet stout but it tastes delicious and is supremely drinkable.

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Photo of Groucho75
2.77/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've spent plenty of time in the company of Samuel Smith products but alas, this one isn't one I'll visit again.

Picked this up last week from my go-to guy; he was quick to flag me down and pull this off the shelf. I had seen the box the day before and was looking forward to finally giving it a try.

The pour into a nonic pint left a healthy, creamy, gorgeous looking tan head afloat a deep, deep chocolate brown stout. Lovely appearance.

Here's where things go pear-shaped: the smell. Maybe I grabbed the one bad bottle out of however many barrels they made, but the aroma kept me from enjoying this. It literally smelled like bad imitation chocolate flavoring. I picked up some of the fruits (plummy, a little fig, perhaps some lactose from milk sugars) but overall it smelled terrible.

Once I made it around the nose, the taste was only so-so. There was almost an oily-ness to it. Chocolate (natch) and some coffee notes were there, but lacking the balance I come to expect from SS.

Mouthfeel was above average; it settled smoothly down the gullet and had a nice chewiness. Not as oily as the initial taste.

I hate to bring the average down, and if I had a bum bottle, I'd be happy to try this again. But overall this was a drain pour for me. I tried to like it, I really did.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 18.7 oz classic sized bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a thick, creamy 3 inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark milky chocolate,bitter coffee, some cocoa, brown sugars, molasses. A sweet honey like aroma at the finish.

Taste - As expected, chocolate bomb, as with sammy smith, its a clean, bold and smooth flavor. Plenty of cocoa mixed in with some light coffee and sugars. Hasa very sweet finish, like a mix of brown sugar/molasses and maybe honey.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, tasty and sweet, but not overdone. Tounge gets major chocolate, sugars and cocoa, palate gets more of the same. Aftertaste is sweet and dry.

Overall - Straight on with there other organic beers, clean smooth flavor, the featured flavor is strong and enjoyable. Low alcohol , great flavor and limited release makes this a must try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

When I saw the name Samuel Smith placed next to the words "Chocolate Stout", I knew I had to pounce. This stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger-and-a-half of light tan foam. The nose is a blast of straight Cocoa Puffs-esque chocolatey-ness. I'm hooked already, waiting to be reeled in. The taste runs similarly, opting for a baking chocolate route, one that winds from overt sweetness to a dusty bitterness. Frankly, my tongue may have been overwhelmed by chocolate a bit, as my reaction was surprisingly not altogether positive. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine chocolate stout, though it verges on too much. Verges, but doesn't drop off the brink.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle from Bullock's (Marietta, GA). 3.49. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours deep brown with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Nice clumps of lace.

Smells like sweet chocolate milk.

Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, heavily creamed coffee and mild fig/date. Not a whole lot going on but it's mighty good at what it does.

Creamy, smooth, medium light bodied feel that is only mildly carbonated. Long sweet cocoa aftertaste.

This beer does one thing and does it quite well. It's a smooth chocolatey pleasant sweet stout that happens to also be a great value.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, like a stout should be, a skilled pour creates a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a sticky thin layer after a minute or so.

S - milk chocolate aromas punch first, big lactic sweetness, with some buttery acetyls create a rich creamy chocolatey aroma, enticing!

T - more sharp in the taste than I expected, it starts off with a bitter/sour coconut milk flavor, then the chocolate kicks into gear, like a liquid version of a 100% cocoa bar. The sourness fades while the chocolate stays and becomes much more enjoyable as it proceeds. some nondescript fruitiness comes up to,but its hard place.

M&D&O - smooth, a bit thinner than expected, the sweetness was a surprise too as I did not notice the style until this very moment. The milky, buttery, chocolately sweetness are fantastic 1and really make this seem like a chocolate bar turned into a beer. Well done again Sam Smith!!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I think the aroma is excellent, it smells mostly like sweet milk chocolate, it reminds me a lot like chocolate milk with chocolate syrup added to it. Very, very sweet. I can also smell some vanilla and a bit of coconut, but for the most part I just smell milk chocolate. The taste isn't quite as chocolatey as the aroma, but it's still pretty good. It tastes mostly like milk chocolate, along with some vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, but then I like sweet tasting beers so if you're not into sweet stouts, then this one might not be for you. At just $3.99 a bottle it's a great deal, I'll definitely be buying this again!

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle. Pours a black color with dark brown hues and a half inch of frothy tan head. Some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate covered cherries and some raspberries. Taste is of chocolate and berries. Some coconut at the finish along with more chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Silky mouthfeel. This is an impressive Milk Stout and easily one of the best I have had. Overall, worth having again for sure.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark, not quite pitch black with a tan head.

S-milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut

T-very similar to the nose-milk chocolate, vanilla, hint of coconut. Not roast, pure chocolate.

M-Not very carbonated which was nice, but not too thick.

D-the sweetness could cut into drinking more than 2-3 of these, but this is delicious.

Overall, this beer is very tasty and I hope to drink more in the future. I would put it up there with Young's Double Chocolate Stout and it might be better tasting. A note of caution, don't drink this unless you want something sweet.

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Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This just showed up in TN this past week. Surprised it hadn't been added yet.

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a thick, long lasting tan head. Incredible head retention; it just will not go away!

Very sweet, milk chocolate aroma. Smells a lot like chocolate milk. A very tiny bit of coffee along with semi-sweet baking chocolate. Chocolate just absolutely dominates.

The flavor is quite sweet right off the bat. Lots of milk chocolate very similar to Nesquick. Whipped cream along with very light coffee kind of reminds me of those cheap cappuccinos you get out of a machine, but in a good way. A little bit of that signature Samuel Smith fruityness but it is really buried underneath the chocolate. Sweetness borders on cloying but never quite gets that far. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light considering the sweetness.

Overall, this beer is extremely chocolate-y but definitely tasty. The sweetness sort of limits drinkability but this would make an excellent dessert beer. Tons more chocolate than Young's Double Chocolate Stout but also quite a bit sweeter. Probably will be an occasional beer for me but definitely one those who like sweet stouts should seek out.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 3,198 ratings
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