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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present.

Poured into my Winnie The Pooh pint glass.

A - Pours an almost-black black color, with just the tiniest bit of light creeping through. Creamy, frothy, chocolate colored head. Looks amazing.

S - The smells just hit you right in the f**king face. Smells like a bottle of liquid chocolate gold. A mosaic of like three different types of chocolate hits the nose, all melded together. Vanilla beans and cookie dough make an appearance also. A hint of earth and just a tad of booze smell. Absolutely stunning.

T - Beautiful milk chocolate creaminess. Like a wonderful whipped chocolate topping. No hops or carbonation or any bogus filler flavors to distract you and throw you off from this lovely gourmet beer experience. As you drink it, the several different notes of chocolate present themselves. Never had anything like this beer before.

M - Smooth mouth feel, with the creamy milky chocolate flavor sticking around, hanging out under your tongue and whatnot. Not too heavy, not too weak. Pretty well-balanced.

Overall, this beer is superb, and I have already recommended it to quite a few people while drinking this beauty, so do yourself a favor and find yourself a bottle before it's too late. One of the best beers I've been able to review fully on BeerAdvocate so far, and probably the best stout I've ever had as of yet. And this was my first introduction to Samuel Smith's beers. Looking forward to many more!

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout ---5/5

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Photo of axeman9182
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout pours not quite entirely black, with one or two scant ruby highlights barely poking through. Two plus fingers of light coffee foam crown the beer, before slowly fading away. A decent amount of lacing is left in its wake. The nose is straight milk chocolate. It's one note, but it's extremely spot on for what it is. Similarly, the flavor profile consists almost entirely of syrupy milk chocolate. It's almost like a less intense version of Southern Tier's Choklat. There is a bit of a nice fruity ester presence in the finish though. Still, there's nothing to balance the sweetness of the dominant chocolate presence. A light touch of hops, or roast, or even booziness would have been welcome. The body is full, and just a little bit slick. In general I like my stouts to tend towards being lowly carbonated, but this one takes that a hair too far. I had high hops for this chocolate stout, as I'm usually a fan of Samuel Smith's, but this one doesn't quite live up to the quality of some of their other brews. This would definitely be a good bottle to split with a couple people after a meal though.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with a generous coffee-colored head that sticks around as long as the beer does.

S: Whoa. Massive chocolate aroma that hits right away, with big layers of sweet milk chocolate and hints of more bittersweet dark chocolate, some cocoa powder. Really, really rich, smells like a candy bar.

T/M: The chocolate flavor in this is just unreal. Rich, delicious, and not the least bit artificial-tasting. Big sweet milk chocolate flavor that coats the palette and gradually gives way towards the end of each sip to more of a bitter dark chocolate that lingers after each swallow. As the beer warms up, some more roasty malts and subtle hops come out to accompany the dominant chocolate, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate and really creamy, a perfect complement to this sweet dessert beer. Like a great chocolate milkshake.

O: I thought I'd had some pretty good chocolate beers before this, but this puts them all to shame. Sweet, rich, totally natural-tasting - a couple times I've made chocolate milkshakes with beer and ice cream, but this tastes like that already, without the ice cream. Amazing stuff. Pretty much the ideal chocolate stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a thin, frothy, light tan head that coats the surface and lingers for a bit while you drink. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, and baker's chocolate. A delicious blend of chocolate smells that does not overpower, and blends amazingly well on the nose. Flavors are a blast of chocolate initially, with some presence of a more bitter, dark chocolate component. Even some hints of cocoa nib throughout. Sweet, smooth milk chocolate ribbons along the palate, also, keeping the blend light and tastily sweet. The beer is smooth and round in mouth, with a crisp, dry underlying feel. Aftertaste of roast chocolate and milk chocolate. This beer may be a choco-holics dream brew. Smooth, clean finish that has enough bitterness to dry, as well as avoid being cloying. Masterfully crafted and pretty damn tasty, this is a good brew in low quantities, unless you have a massive sweettooth. Well done!

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

Poured into a snifter, with about 2 fingers of tan head, recedes rapidly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles, and not much lacing. Dark chocolate brown, not quite black in color.

Smell is amazingly chocolatey. Sweet milk chocolate aromas dominate, with slightly roasted malt just beneath. Most interestingly, I am getting some natural aromas as well, whether it's the roast or minimal coffee I know not.

Love the taste. Beginning to realize I am really into milk stouts. Not usually a huge fan of chocolate, I'd say, but this is very good. Nice balance with malt and slight coffee flavors. My my favorite chocolate-tasting beers.

Moutfeel is perhaps most impressive. Silky smooth, little bitterness, perfectly sweetened.

Overall, my guess is that I enjoy this more than most. To me it just has a really nice balance to it, all around. If you like chocolate stouts, and you like milk stouts, my 2 cents requires you to try this one. Cheers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near black color with a huge 3 fingers worth of tan head

S: Chocolate and maltiness are the big stand-outs. Basically smells like a hand full of malted milk balls

T: Follows the nose, but leans more on the pure maltiness to get the chocolate taste. Definitely get some milk chocolate as well, though. Not much beyond the sweetness, malts, and chocolate

M: This threw me off a little... not as smooth as expected. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very straight-forward chocolate beer. Certainly a dessert beer, the chocolate and malty goodness are all that you're going to find in this beer. So don't go into this beer looking for a mild chocolate beer, because you won't find that here. It is a sweet stout for a reason

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger's worth of cream-colored head that settles to a thin froth on the surface. Lacing is thin, but still present on the side of the glass.

S: Almost all chocolate up front, with some coffee and roasted malt notes trailing behind.

T: Chocolate dominates up front, while roasted grains, coffee, and some fruity notes brought on by English yeast make up the mid-palate. Finish has more of a bitter chocolate character, and is drying at the end.

Notes: Medium in body, with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Flavors are everything I expected from a chocolate stout. This beer is what it says it is. Reminds me of my grandmother's chocolate cake. A dessert beer by all means. Well-crafted and worth a try.

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers tan head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

S: Rich chocolate, vainilla & caramel

T: Chocolate, slight caramel notes powdery dryness up front with a whisper of charred grain. More chocolate, slight bitterness as this warms, a bit of pecan too, some dulce leche
also. Finishes sweet, slightly dry just a little coffee

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, become creamier as this warms

I really enoyed this, more of a dessert beer very drinkable. Might pair well with spicy foods as well, wouldn't mind trying it with some curry

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BostonBiosafety
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly pleasant and flavorful. This stout is worthy of being rated in the top chocolate stouts. The taste is not at all harsh and the mouthfeel is very pleasurable. The organic factor is a bonus, but did not factor into my rating. This is my new Go-To stout.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate both sweet milk and dark varieties

Taste: cocoa powder dominates with tastes of sweet milk chocolate, light amounts of dark chocolate and slight coconut

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone, light bodied, moderate carbonation, bit chalky

Overall: I like this one a lot, but perhaps not as much as their organic fruit beers--almost like a good English chaocalte candy bar in liquid form. It takes on a great chalky--but pleasant cocoa quality to it. A lot more choclate taste than stout taste but definately one to get again--especially in the cooler months.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- Even a careful, partial pour creates a 2-finger, light brown head. Dark brown, near black, body when away from light. Held up it's something of walnut. Awesome retention and stick (I'm a sucker for both).

S- Very sweet and chocolate-like. Between powdered and milk chocolate. Later on it gets almost sugary. Definite lactose qualities.

T- Pretty sweet without getting cloying at first. Sweetened, condensed milk and a definite dose of semi-sweet chocolate. A touch of dark chocolate bitterness. It does get a little long in the finish as it seems to getter sweeter toward the end of a sip. I'm thinking a dose of lactose is at play. My sweet tooth is saturated by the end of the bottle.

M- Moderate body, just short of light. Light-medium carbonation (nice in a stout). Creamy. Would like to try a cask version. Sticky lips by the end.

O- Sweet treat without overwhelming in smaller quantities. Up there with chocolate favorites (Younges, Brooklyn, Detroit, et al). In the end it does get a little overly sweet. Tasty, but a bottle might be best shared with a dinner companion for dessert.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle - $3.49 at Lucky's in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Near black body with a tall, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts, though, it's largely a scent of chocolate syrup. It's odd, I've found a few of the chocolate beer scents a bit repellent, but others I've found to be just fine and dandy. This is one of those fine and dandy times.

Taste: Roasted, toasted maltiness, really just enough of a scaffolding to hold the chocolate flavoring. Maybe a faint fruitiness. Maybe. Mostly just a sweet, chocolaty thing, like those Hostess cupcakes minus the white swirls.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Hits the spot, if you're looking for a pleasing chocolaty dessert beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Organic Chocolate Stout

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color. Soapy head forms leaving lace down the pint. Immediately after pouring I began to smell chocolate.

SMELL: Chocolate malt, milk chocolate candies, and even chocolate iced cake. A really delicious smelling beer. Just a little toast, bread and floral touches, this smells like hot cocoa.

TASTE: Roasted chocolate malts, cocoa powder, big on chocolate, with a English ale yeast twang that seams tart by comparison. A good helping of earthy bitterness balance this most chocolatey ale.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, with a firm chocolate finish and a good level of carbonation.

OVERALL: Beer and Chocolate lovers unite! This is what you need to get your hands on.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a classic nonic pint glass. Sorry no tulip pint available har har. I am not usualy a fan of this style, but lets see how this goes.

Forms so nicely, much like many of Samuel Smith brews. Giant four finger head formation and in control, foamy rich with a light chocolate tan cocoa head and big retention on a classic dark walnut brown body. Head gives to whipped up cream.

What a fantastic incredible nose on this beer. Powdered cocoa in buckets, and lots of cream. Whipped sweet milk and sugars, almost like Carnation instant breakfast. Buttery cococa fat all over!! This is bringing back memories, I am keen on this one so far.

On the palate, the nose and sensations come to fruition. Very light bodied milky wet but seems to match style wise. Incredible silky milk chocolate with powdered cocoa finish. Very light bodied and a bit watery but feels to style. Not high quality chocolate but more like instant mix. Sweet milk lactose finish and coating, even a little lingering. Lip smacking coating cocoa abounds everywhere, with a malt backbone. It's sweet but not overly.

This is just a super fun brew, I am dumb impressed with this one and I don't even like this style, so easy to drink also. Chocolate milk shake for beer adults in a glass.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of milk chocolate and maltiness. A touch of bitterness added some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good milk stout. Another tasty brew from Samuel Smith's.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Goosey
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black, a color that to me is very similar to a soda. Tanish-white head with not much lacing to speak of. Smells overwhelmingly of chocolate, all other flavors in the nose are drown out, which is great at first, but after a while it get tedious. Taste, again chocolate. To me, it kind of tastes like I would imagine a chocolate-vanilla coke to taste like. Litterally no alcohol taste at all, and not much roasty stout flavor either. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which at first I was a little dissapointed by, but now that I am halfway through the bottle, it's not such a bad thing. Overall, spot on for a chocolate brew; this one beats Boulevard's Chocolate for me. Great choice for a dessert beer, tastes just like a chocolate bar. Just make sure you've got some friends or family to split this one with, because it is just too much for one person to take on.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 3,355 ratings