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:
#1,023
Reviews:
648
Ratings:
3,330
pDev:
11.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of pweis909
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am so impressed with how much chocolate they got in this beer that I want to it more than my ratings reflect more. But it is too sweet, too one dimensional.

This is black and opaque, with just a twinge of cola-like transparency at the bottom edges of the glass when held to the light. The top oc the glass is covered with a dense tan happy foam.

It smells really chocolatey. REALLY.

It is a sweet syrupy chocolate taste. As in chocolate syrup. Big chocolate up front. Finish is sweeter than I prefer.

The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, but I've had creamier, and I sort of want to have creamier with this beer.

Overall, this gets high praise for it's bold chocolate, but sweetness is it's downfall. It is a sweet beer with limited drinkability; the sweetness is cloying. It's the sort of beer you could share at a dinner party in 2 oz pours. Everyone would be happy to try it, ooh and ah about how chocolatey and sweet it is, then move on to something else. An imperial pint of it was not easy to finish.

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Photo of irishgreensoda
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of saburky
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about the seductive nature of chocolate that lulls the taste buds under its spell and makes it easy to dismiss any unpleasantries elsewhere in the beer. Yep, I'm guilty as charged!

The pour delivers a solid brown and slightly viscous appearance with a creamy whipped topping of mocha-stained foam. As the cap collapses underneath the cocoa oils, intricate patterns of lace decorate the glass with a full mural of randomness.

Aromas of straight-up chocolate fills the nose first and foremost. It's not until the beer warms that it starts to share more moderate notes of caramel malt, whipping cream, coffee, wood and hops; even if these remain in the backdrop and scent.

The chocolaty flavors are just as forward as they are in scent. Sheer chocolate wraps the tastebuds in a cocoon of silky, velvety, and milky delight- all spiced with the seductive cocoa bean. The taste displays more of a bittersweet chocolate taste than the more moderate aromas of milk chocolate and shares slightly bolder nutty coffee, vanilla, and woodish bitterness, particularly in the timid closure.

Medium-full in texture, the beer's silky smooth mouthfeel is sultry, velvety, and lightly creamy from early palate to late. Only a slight waivering into malt sweetness that seems mildly cola like signals the closure to the beer's taste as mild cocoa-type bitterness elevates.

This is one of those delicious beers that makes you forget that you are drinking beer. Its dessert like flavors and sweetnesses transcend everything you wanted in ale, yet remains highly drinkable and enjoyable- much like hot cocoa on a snowy winters eve.

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Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of templar316
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick and rich and chocolatey!! Pours a nice full stout the head falling back quickly and only a hint of ruby at the edge of the glass. Smells like candy! Chocolate sugar rush! The easily drinkable soft over the tongue finish is what really stands out; it'd be easy to drink a dozen of these. Strickly average if your average is world class stouts...

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of maxk
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550mL bottle, chilled, poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown beer, nice two finger head, good retention and lacing. Looks tasty, albeit not extraordinary.

Strong scent of milk chocolate, smells VERY sweet. Tiny aromatic hint of resinous/earthy hops.

Well, this beer is definitely a chocolate stout. Unlike some beers which are aged on cocoa nibs or brewed with chocolate, which have just slight hints of chocolate, this beer tastes more or less like a chocolate soda with a stout-y aftertaste. Very creamy and smooth, big body, sweet.

I enjoy this beer, but barely view it as a beer. It's a tasty chocolate flavored malt beverage. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of markmiller
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Rogercardinal
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A: It pours a beautiful, deep black color with a thick cocoa colored head that seems to last forever

S: Chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate. Smells very sweet

T: The taste follows the smell. Lots of chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup.

M: Very smooth, creamy.

O: A very nice beer, one I'll be picking up often. A bit too sweet to have more than one at a time

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a dark, rich dark chocolate black, with brown coming through the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head recedes to a bubbly film. Beautiful webbed lacing coats the glass.

The beer smells strongly of oatmeal, milk chocolate, and coconut.

The beer tastes exactly as it smells with sweet milk chocolate dominating, with a delicious dry oatmeal sturdiness in the body. Sweet coconut and almonds add wonderful candy bar afterthoughts.

The mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, with a nice finish.

Overall, simply a perfect beer to me, exquisite in every way.

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Photo of nh2032
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DWolf
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jnjander
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BourbonDork
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of wembly13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Dieck
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of Dat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,330 ratings