Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#892
Reviews:
635
Ratings:
3,288
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Aroma of this one is dominated by a lucious malted chocolate. Reminescent of milk duds (in a good way) and a touch of ovaltine (also in a good way). Taste is also moderately rich, lucious, silky, sweet, chocolatey goodness. There are more chocolatey stouts out there but this one delivers a perfectly satisfying level of chocolate with style and class. There is some Sam Smith familiarity on the back end of each sip, but that is certainly not a complaint. Spectacular.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of MudDrinker
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - classic stout. Its dark with an off-white to light brown head.

Smell - It smells like melted milk chocolate. No yeast, malt, etc. scent.

Taste - Its like drinking a cup of malt chocolate syrup with a teaspoon of milk and a teaspoon of espresso. It really is an oddball for a chocolate stout, it is almost cloyingly sweet like a chocolate ice cream beer float. No alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel - Its a fairly typical stout mouthfeel, the sweet chocolate is complemented by the body coming through rich and thick but not sticking to the throat.

Overall - Drink it in a frosted glass with dessert, or as a standalone dessert at the end of a light dinner. If you're seasoned in chocolate stouts and used to the "chocolate" taste but the standard sweetness of malt prepare for an unusual experience. It tastes like someone added 2-3 tablespoons of white sugar into every bottle just before you opened it.

Definitely going to have a couple on hand for dessert.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beergoot
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presents a deep, dark chocolate body with a very thick, rich, creamy head. An impressive chocolate nose; rich mocha, caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa; some roasted grain notes buried deep within the overall chocolate character. Outstanding flavor and feel: buttery smooth, luxurious milk chocolate; rich and sweet throughout.

Perhaps one of the finest stout's I've tasted. Definitely on the sweet side of things yet very, very delightful to sip. A must try for sweet stout fans and well-worth checking out for any dark beer fan.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- pours a cola brown body with a fluffy thick mocha head.

S- cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, sweet lactose

T- this is like a beer milkshake. Lots of cocoa powder, milk chocolate and cream flavors. It just doesn't seem like a beer. Barely any hop characteristic

M- thick and creamy, low carbonation.

Overall this was quite a rich and chocolatey brew. It was like drinking a carbonated hot chocolate that has cooled down. It's smooth and rich, and recommendable to those who would like a truly chocolatey chocolate stout.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date that I can find.

Pours a dark brown with a fluffy light tan sheet, the beer leaves small spots of lace. Smells of sweet cocoa, lots of cocoa, little bits of roasted malts, some sugar, a hint of milk and spotted with leather. Taste is sweet, milky, some slight bitterness, a strong dose of cocoa still remains - the flavor is more obviously cocoa nib than other beers touting cocoa (meaning- powdered cocoa). Full bodied with a low carb and viscus finish. Nice beer, would be great mixed with their organic strawberry ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamp of SH29L1 on the neck. Poured into a Libby porter/stout glass.

Appearance: Black, with just a bit of mahogany brown at the edges when held up to the light. Initial tan head died back rather quickly to leave just a ring at the edge. Occasional island or strand of lacing noted but this would slowly slide back down - not persistent.

Smell: Deep cocoa powder smell - the good high quality stuff. Some fruit smells thrown in under all that cocoa. Very impressive.

Taste: Rich cocoa flavor again, nice sweetness to the middle. Like having a very nice solid chocolate bar....a good milk chocolate bar. Tiny bit of roasted malt bitterness at the end of swallow, just enough to bookend the sweetness and chocolate nature of this beer. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, just south of fizzy. It initially feels light and thin under that carbonation, but you notice a bit more thickness towards the end of the swallow. Kind of odd. Good, but not great.

Overall / Drinkability: A dessert in a bottle most definitely. Impressive aroma and taste as many beers I've had with actual chocolate brewed in sometimes seem to have it more as an accent where in this case, the cocoa takes center stage and is the dominant feature of this milk stout. I think it works though and I could see myself having another, but not in one evening. I think one is enough because it's rich and it feels like a dessert. Somehow more than one would feel like too much.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a good sized, foamy and dense chocolate milk-colored head. Fades slowly, leaving very fluffy tracks of lacing as it goes. Good head retention too.

S: Very sweet and creamy chocolate. Smells like nougat too. In fact, reminds me of creme brulee (the beer). Almost sickeningly sweet.

T: Super sweet, super creamy chocolate. Ridiculously sweet and creamy. Turns into a burnt cream and nougat in the middle. Finish is a touch of bitter chocolate and char.

M: Creamy and smooth. Feels heavier than just a 5% ABV brew.

O: Definitely a sweet one. It tastes like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Light. Lots of creamy chocolate and that pervasive burnt cream flavor and aroma. Tasty dessert beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of JayS2629
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours jet black with a four finger, foamy tan head that sticks around. Beautiful, seafoam lacing! The aroma is of sweet, dark chocolate with vanilla undertones and nutty notes. Smells like a candy bar. The taste follows the nose, and for those that say it is too sweet...remember the style...it is a milk stout. Milk chocolate candy bar with rich, vanilla and earthy hints. Balanced with a just enough bittering and roasty notes to make the finish not cloying. A dessert beer, but not overly rich. Rich, creamy, and full bodied. Excellent chocolate stout.

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Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 3,288 ratings