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

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

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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.

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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 3,118
Photo of DavidGross
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not what I expected. Pour into glass was exciting, dark beer, thick head. Aroma was good, came off like a stout. Taste wise was a huge let down. The chocolate was horribly artificial and not from grain or cacao. I was really expecting it one way or another, but the way it came off was a let down. At least I had other stout options to go to for round 2.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into an XL pint glass.

A- Beautiful black coffee appearance with a toffee-colored head that's about two fingers thick.

S- Quite surprising, as there's much more than chocolate here. I detect notes of coconut, vanilla, and toffee. Mild hints of coffee. The chocolate is there but takes a back seat.

T- Again, more like coconut than chocolate, although the chocolate is present and adds some intrigue. Slightly sweet, but not in a distasteful or unappealing way. Really very tasty.

M- Smooth, creamy, with a slight bitter hit at the end.

O- Quite a spectacular beer. Very well composed, complex and ultimately enjoyable and easy-drinking. I'll need more of this.

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Photo of sneakymagician
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! The nose is cocoa, and not much more. It tastes much like chocolate milk with a hint of vanilla sweetness. The carbonation gives it a creamy feel. It's not too rich - well balanced. With the cocoa taste, you'd think there might be a bitter edge, but this is not the case. It's sweet, but not too sweet.

If it weren't for the price, I'd make this a frequent purchase. $ 4.99 for a 18.7 oz bottle. Got it on special for $4.49.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of head. The head looks like the head on a rootbeer float. Head has a lot of staying power and slowely drops to an uneven cap with heavy lacing all over the glass.

Smell: milk chocolate bomb with a hint of vanilla. I bet that if you let your chocolate fiend girlfriend smell this beer she would probably have a orgasm over the smell of this beer. Serious as a heart attack right now...

Taste: Just like the nose! Milk chocolate bomb and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Hint of light roast malt and faint black licorice, but its barely noticable. Finishes with a lite bitterness from a cocoa note mixed with a hint of rootbeer and some lingering vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beers mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. The beer is spot on with those trademark mouthfeel qualities of all Samuel Smith dark beers. At 5% abv this bomber can be drank solo without even getting a slight buzz.

Overall: Its a session stout with big chocolate flavors! At $3.25 a bomber, this is a fantastic value for a high quality craft beer. Awesome job Samuel Smith! This beer is effortlessly good. Its definately a desert beer and your girlfriend or wife will like quite a bit too. Southern Tier Chocolate is not as good as this Samuel Smith beer! Thats fact!

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Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A slightly late to develop head that yields close to three fingers worth of dark khaki / medium brown colored velvety froth with a bit of a rocky top... Decent retention... Once settled there is a thick rich creamy lacing that is quite inviting... The color is a dull flat black that doesn't late any light permeate... Mostly still with just an occasional stray carbonation bubble though some additional bubbles remain clung to the sides of the glass... A thick sheet of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - It shouldn't come as much of a surprise but this one packs a mammoth chocolate aroma... Loaded with fudge brownie uncooked batter... Cocoa... A mix of both milk and dark chocolates... A light layer of mocha coffee... Did I mention chocolate??? Quite intoxicating...

T - The flavor is much more subdued the nose with much better balance... Lightly roasted malts is introduced to the equation... The sweetness of dialed down several notches... Loads of cocoa... Dark chocolate... A hint of fudge... A hint of dark choclate... Some sweet cream character as well...

M - Medium to full bodied... Smooth... Velvety... Even and consistent... Limited carbonation... A bit chalky on the finish...

D - A rock solid Milk / Sweet Stout... Solid in all areas... The stellar aroma and 5.0% ABV are the stars of the show... Very nice brew that I recommend and will gladly indulge in again in the future when presented the opportunity...

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Photo of Sunshineoforegon
1.96/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle: Design is nice
Color: dark chocolate color
Foaming: creates 1/2 '' of foam and stays very long time
smells: not quite appetizing sweet but fake chocolate and sugary taste
first feel: chocolate and acidic
fake chocolate smell and taste.
mouth-feel: full body but acidic
finish: acidic bitter at the end weird chocolate

overall: did not like the aroma neither the smell

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout's got a good look. It's thick in the traditional sense, not a big motor oil-looking stout but a stout nonetheless. It's not black but it is very dark, some brown in the edges but with a heavy hue to the body. On top. a light tan head grows and rests at just over one finger. Retention is good, and there's a solid amount of patchy lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass.
Not too subtle but without screaming too loudly, this is a chocolatey beer. Very nicely crafted, the milky chocolate sweetness isn't too sugary and melds with the toasty, very slightly roasty character of the base stout very well. A bit of creamy, milky, almost whipped-cream sweetness coincides with the chocolate. It's smooth, and ultimately some notes of vanilla are out front with just the slightest touch of somthing a little dryer underneath.
A full-bodied beer, it has a certain robustness to it, though it isn't at the heavier end by any means. it's pretty smooth, though, with just enough carbonation and very light crispness that's good for a stout.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- From the 12oz bottle comes a black beer with just a tiny bit of light coming through the very edges, still appears quite thick. A tan head forms to just over a finger in the tulip with a thick, creamy texture. Nice webs of creamy lace around the glass.

S- Immediately brings me back to making the huge glasses of chocolate milk in my parent's house as a kid. A very distinct sweet chocolate syrup ala Hershey's aroma dominates this beer's aroma. Some roast but this is adult chocolate syrup thus far.

T- A bit more complex than the aroma but still the sweet chocolate Hershey's syrup is the foremost of things happening. Slight maltiness behind that with hints of roast grains, nuttiness and caramel. Just a bit of fruit hints from the yeast. Lactose sweetness is pretty big. Bordering cloying sweetness overall.

MF- Medium thickness and a superbly creamy feel to the body. Very silky moderate carbonation that goes down smoothly without being harsh on the palate at all. Slight roast bitterness.

Reminds me a lot of the first time I had Choklat. A massive chocolate syrup flavor and big sweetness throughout. A bit too sweet in my opinion and the Hershey's syrup flavor is a bit much. Aroma is great, taste is too much.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled August 2013 from bottles in pint glass. This is the first time that I had drank this beer.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head, and the head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong chocolate aromas. The chocolate gave a sweet smell, especially compared to other stouts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt, hops, and chocolate. There is a sweet flavor due to the chocolate, but it has an excellent overall taste. The chocolate is more pronounced than most other "chocolate" stouts I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy.

Overall: Interesting stout. Great for after dinner with desserts. I enjoyed the multiple bottles that I drank, and I would buy this again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle: BBD Nov 2013. Poured on 26 Aug 2013 at home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.

Lovely dark brew: on top a huge tanned crown of foam.

Chocolatey and stouty! Really nice, I like chocolate and I like stouts.

Rich, at times creamy, wholesome and sweet: a very, very good beer. Haven't checked my scores, but this is the best beer I've had from Sam Smith's so far.

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Photo of Lenzzzzzz2099
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is by far a great great rich chocolaty stout. It's like a Hershey's decided to take a dip in this sea of chocolaty,malty,cappuccino darkness with hints of chocolate milk and cream.

Recommended with coconut macaroons or even a good Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of bens0n
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an opaque dark brown, not quite black, but close. Theres a pretty weak amount of light tan head, decent amount of lacing going on.

Smell wise the sweet milk chocolate aroma dominates the nose, can’t pick much else out, but that’s a good thing.

Flavor wise, it’s got a nice amount of lactic sweetness and the chocolate flavor is on the burnt, roasted side of the spectrum. Really sweet aftertaste.

Mouth feel is pretty thick, not chewy like some other milk stouts I’ve had, but its got a decent viscosity.

Overall, an awesome milk stout, I haven't tried too many organic beers, but I would still rank this one really high even if it wasn't organic.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Tan head, lots of cling lace, very dark near black body.

S - Outstanding plus for sure. Hersheys syrup mostly, hint of soy, rich and inviting.

T - Taste emulates smell, just not as high volume or prominent. Still awesome.

M - Creamy, nice texture, not cloying but definitely on the rich sweet creamy side.

D - Easy to drink , fun to try. Low ABV so you could have many.

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Photo of Kobal
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick, but not oily, black with a full creamy head. Bold, sweet chocolate and some coffee is on the nose. Smooth and creamy bodied. Palate is obviously chocolate, transitioning from sweet milk chocolate to dark chocolate at the end. Cherry and some minor tobacco notes develop as the beer warms and the cherry becomes more pronounced throughout.

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Photo of Ballerbrewer
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Great dark color, solid stoutly head.

S. strong cocoa, not much malt aroma

T. Overwhelming cocoa, good flavor but sweet. Breakfast beer.

M. Nice and thick. Good character.

O. I was expecting something different from Samuel Smith. Not one of their typical beers.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice jet black with two fingers of khaki brown head that fade relatively quickly, lining the glass with a nice brown lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted barley, and more chocolate. Absolutely inviting me to take a sip with a powerful aroma. So much cocoa.

Taste: Absolutely what I hoped from this, with a nice malty backbone and beautiful hints of chocolate and a slight coffee flavor. Delicious stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with the right amount of texture and carbonation for the style. Great creaminess and a nice sipping beer, hard to believe it is only 5% alcohol.

Overall: Wow, this is a really great stout that I need more of now. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of sunrise300
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I have ever had.
dark in color, you can not miss the chocolate smell or taste. blended perfectly. Need to find something that is close though, it tends to sell out. Morning Glory is my second but without the chocolate. Still searching for second runner up.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I cracked this open while watching Jake Peavy's successful debut for Boston. Before I even poured it, the profound chocolate aroma hit me hard, mainly consisting of cocoa and a hint of milk chocolate.

As for appearance, well, it looks like a stout - black with a nice ring of head that eventually evolves into a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Tastes great - chocolate malt at the forefront with a bit of roastiness to it. A strong cocoa aftertaste is welcomed. Sweet and somewhat syrupy. I can't believe it's only 5% ABV due to all the deep, complex flavors here. Chocolate cake in a glass.

This is the perfect dessert beer, and the standard for chocolate stouts. I may have to pick more of this up for the holidays.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black but enough light gets through for some red highlights to appear when backlit at certain angles. The head is only about a finger, mocha colored, and fades gradually. It leaves little lacing.

Sweet malt and chocolate are about all I get, but it is elegant in its simplicity. Maybe just a wee nip of roast barely evident?

The roast is apparent in the flavor, but again this all about the malty sweetness and the chocolate. The elements are in excellent balance, and it finishes with some gentle roasty bitterness. Very nice.

Low to medium carbonation, but that works for this beer. Any more might distract from the lovely texture and inhibit the flavors. The body is on the low side of medium, creamy, and finishes with light bitterness.

Finally got around to trying this one, and I am glad I did. This is an excellent beer that tastes bigger than it is. Reminiscent of Young's Double Chocolate, which is a good thing. This one might be smoother. Maybe a side by side is in order?

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Never had a bad Sammy Smith beer.

This guy pours a dark brown with a foam that's just a ting off-brown, about 2 fingers. Good retention

Very nice aroma, perhaps a bit grainy. Dark chocolate for sure. Hints of sweet milk and caramel. A bit of leather. Bit of coffee. Almost like a chocolate Jelly Belly

Flavor is dark chocolate dominant. Deep roasted barley and a bit of mocha. Caramel really just about gone from the flavor. Dark bread underneath.

A bit harsh on the feel, like a grainy husk. Sweetness and the dark chocolate can't really decide on how to finish this beer. Otherwise, it's quite stellar.

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Photo of ALZ
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a glass of Coke.

S: Serious chocolate aromas; probably the strongest I've smelled in a beer. It's pretty close to smelling like a chocolate bar or cocoa powder. There are also a few hints of vanilla.

T: Very sweet and chocolatey. Delicious and leaves me wanting another sip.

M: Fairly light body with little carbonation. Still very smooth and enjoyable but it would be better if it was chewier and creamier.

What a delicious, unique beer! I really enjoyed the intense chocolate flavor. Hopefully I can drink this again.

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Photo of Higgy
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do not have an educated palate but am slowly learning.

Poured into a snifter.

A - beautiful dark brownish black color with a small head that dissipates quickly.
S - Heavenly chocolate - absolutely delightful. There is no doubt about whether there is chocolate in this beer.
T- Oh my goodness, tastes absolutely yummy. Chocolate with a LOT of creaminess.
M - Very, very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
O - I had no idea chocolate stout could be so wonderful. I am definitely going to get more ... and on top of it all, it's organic! Can't beat that. This is a lovely beer and is definitely my new favorite.

8/20/13 Update... this is still my very favorite beer. I am hesitant to try other Chocolate Stouts (and I have) because the are a disappointment when compared to the Organic Chocolate Stout. I love this beer!

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Photo of SDbrewerJake
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I had 2 bombers. The first was flat... No head, no mouth feel... The second had a half finger head decent mouth feel. The scent was like chocolate candy. Flavor was extremely sweet and chocolatey. Great dessert beer. Maybe a nice cigar would blend well with the cocoa sweetness. Hope to get my hands on it again.

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Photo of 007rtw
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell and chocolate taste are problematic with this otherwise solid stout. Pours from a bottle as a dark, opaque brown with a grey head. The smell of chocolate predominates, but this is far from Valrhona--this is a cloyingly sweet and ultimately disappointing Hershey syrup chocolate smell. This is less apparent in taste, but the chocolate notes are still reminiscent of cheaply produced syrups and candies. I will further break with other reviewers by noting that I found the bitterness too strong for a sweet stout, in large part because of its great difference from the chocolate syrup tastes.

Overall, I find Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout to be very good, and for the positive aspects, I recommend you read the other reviews, which can explain said aspects far better than I. I am nonetheless disappointed by the chocolate notes, which ring fake and hollow.

EDIT: Upon successive tasting, I have decided that the taste is better than I had thought, though it certainly suffers from the abovementioned issues. I believe my initial thoughts on the taste were influenced by overly high expectations. Therefore, I believe the taste should be changed from 3.75 to 4.00.

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Photo of McStagger
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty impenetrable dark brown. Two fingers espresso crema head. Moderate dissipation. Excellent lacing.

S: Absolutely smacks of chocolate. Seriously. Good level of malted milk ball, milk chocolate, with subtle hints of darker chocolate and cacao, along with very subtle hints of raisined fruit. This literally smells like a candy bar dipped in fudge.

T: Tastes pretty similar, as well. Pretty sweet, honestly. Chocolate leans towards the lighter side, with hints of milk and sugar. Some nuttiness, darkened fruit is more prevalent, especially in the finish. Level of dark chocolate that forms in the mid palate and rides the wave of milk sweetness through the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation keeps things from getting flabby.

O: It's a dessert beer. Good, but not enough roasty dark choclate to get me excited.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,118 ratings.
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