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:
#1,018
Reviews:
646
Ratings:
3,325
pDev:
11.85%
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Ratings: 3,325 |  Reviews: 646
Photo of cmurkar
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown from a 550 ml bottle. Head is two inches and light tan in color. Retains very well, leaves a lot of lacing behind. Smell is dark chocolate right off the bat. Very sweet in scent and covers up most of the malts. Taste follows the smell. Chocolate hits the palate immediately. This is an extremely sweet beer, reminds me heavily of chocolate milk. Faint bitter finish from the roasted malt. Beer is medium in mouthfeel and silky smooth in texture. This is a delicious dessert stout, and will definitely be a go to in the future.

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Photo of g_rat
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1st Review

Look: Dark brown almost black. Tan creamy head that sticks to the glass with plenty of lacing.
Smell: Malty, chocolate, subtle nutty notes.
Taste: Chocolate milk, with some dark chocolate and a mild bitter finish with a taste that I can only describe as dirt. Though I'm left wanting more. Taste better once it warmed up a bit.
Feel: Fairly thick and creamy. Little to no carbonation.
Overall: Smooth and very drinkable beer. Sweet, but balanced.

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Photo of Hazen
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ame127
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonCorbett
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque medium brown color with a thick tan head. Good retention. Strong milk chocolate aroma with oatmeal. There is a prominent milky, sticky sweet presence up front with chocolate and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel and full-bodied. Just an awesome beer.

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Photo of koneill1976
4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Don't feel like deciphering the incredibly convoluted freshness date. Pretty sure it's like 6 months old IIRC.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Drippy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Smells exactly like chocolate milk. No joke.

T- Rich, sweet chocolate flavor floods the palate with some roastiness on the back end to balance. So drinkable but borderline decadent. Notes of caramel, vanilla, a bit of marshmallow and some toffee from the biscuity malt.

M- Standard feel for a single stout with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A beautiful, straightforward chocolate stout and is a classic I've just passed over too many times in my years of drinking craft. Glad I finally grabbed a single since this is delicious.

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Photo of risenz
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight mahogany hue, a moderate off white foam head, sudsy lace that retains well.
This one is all about the chocolate. It is in the nose; smells like a milk chocolate bar. It is on the tongue; creamy and milk chocolate sweetness. Definitely a dessert beer. Yet, there is a tiny amount of wood and hops bitterness that balances it out. The feel is silky, creamy, smooth and light for a stout.
I will have this again but next time, I will have it with a cake or pastry pairing.

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Photo of jts5665
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super chocolatey and delicious

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Photo of Squire
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grupatre
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of invalid665
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with tan head that leaves lacing on glass sides but fades somewhat quick. Smells of chocolate and cocoa with a mineral-like quality - most likely from the well water used in this beer. Tastes fabulous: chocolate & vanilla with easy drinking bitterness and a creamy thin to medium feel. No alcohol notes. No off flavors. Overall, a great tasting beer. Would love to try this cask conditioned as I could drink quite a few of these to end the night.

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Photo of Olwenyo
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color of a Hershey bar, this beer has a light head and aromas of sweet chocolate. The taste is incredible with creamy, milk chocolate and a nice balance of sweet malts. Like drinking chocolate milk, outstanding !!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear, very dark brown with two fingers of fluffy mocha head that leaves cheerful brown clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells wonderful. Smooth, dark, rich, sweet creamy chocolate, roasted caramel malt, dried vanilla and very faint drying hops.

Tastes of more delicious chocolate and vanilla. Like an airy chocolate cake. Toffee-like roasted malt and more mild leafy hops.

Feels soft and silky. Medium bodied with velvety carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Better than a chocolate milkshake.

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Photo of Albianfire
1.69/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not worth a long review.
Look- poured gently. Dark appearance with little head.

Smell- chocolate and chocolate (and I have difficulty picking up chocolate in most beers made with it). Some toffee candy.

Taste - not as sweet as others are experiencing but it is there. Some nut flavor. Extract like. Small bite (thank God that is there).

Mouthfeel - thin as others have said. Soda like.

Overall - Is there beer in there? Really comes off as an off store brand of chocolate soda or something. Samuel Smith beers have yet to impress me despite such a strong following. I made a mistake and bought the 4 pack. I'll have a few good beers tonight and tackle these once my taste buds go to sleep.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Nice. This one is Something special.

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Photo of rosmith51
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Declanmeehan
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Crankin66
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,325 ratings