Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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 +0.7%

Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev -10%
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 -28.9%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +6.6%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of JayS2629
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
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 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The crown cracks with a satisfying hiss, and a gentle straight pour fills the tulip with a perfect half-and-half mix of beer and head. The body is clear and not quite black, with bright brownish-red highlights; above is a majestic cap of fine tan foam that settles slowly and leaves tremendous lace. Gorgeous.

S: Chocolate to the extreme. Creamy, milky, nougaty chocolate. There's not much in the way of characteristic beer aromas, but the chocolate is lovely.

T: Opens with smooth, sweet milk chocolate, and while this dominant flavor never really goes away it is joined by some roastier elements midway through (espresso), as well as a hint of fruit and malt husk toward the bittersweet finish. Long, chocolatey aftertaste. Extremely rich and flavorful for only 5%. Terrific.

M: A trifle thin, but nicely carbonated.

O: While I've never been disappointed with a Sam Smith offering, this one was probably the most impressive I've had. I rarely enjoy chocolate stouts that foreground the adjunct entirely, but in this case it really worked.


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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BrownNut
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.5 - Dark brown. Nearly opaque but not quite. The classic Samuel Smith's head. Tan and thick and enduring and beautiful. Their beers are the most beautiful I've seen, largely due to those heads.

S - 4 - Strongly chocolate. Brownies and chocolate icing and cocoa and maybe vanilla. Maybe a fleeting hint of coffee

T - 4 - Tastes a lot like it smells. Chocolate icing, bit of chocolate syrup. But also there's an almost metallic thing happening in the thinness of it, in the non-chocolate beer component of it, which I have been getting from Samuel Smith's brews for years now. Has a pleasant chocolate desserty aftertaste. There may be a bare hint of coffee on the exhale. I'd say this is more of a 3.9 in taste.

M - 3.5 - Thinner than expected. Short of medium bodied. Nothing special really.

O - 4 - Very pleasant from a trusted name and a nice value at under $4. I may be spoiled after all those imperial stouts but I think this one would benefit from some more black malt char and some coffee notes to play off of all the chocolate and ramp up the complexity. If it's a milk stout then I suppose it's true to style, however.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.41/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate, kind of like Hershey's syrup. In the taste, like Hershey's syrup, uber sweet. A small bite, but mainly smooth, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Uber sweet and sticky, kind of Hershey's syrup like, kind of icky.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Danno48
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pretty excited that Sam Smith made a chocolate stout.
Pours a jet black that shows the tiniest bit of dark red when held up to a light. Average tan head.
Smells like a mixture of sourdough bread and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate.
Tastes very very chocolaty. Kind of like when chocolate is in the double boiler though when it is giving off vapors.
Was smooth and velvety on the palate.
Great beer but something I think I will only have once or with a big piece of triple chocolate cake.

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Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,301 ratings