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)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Milk / Sweet 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 tectactoe
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, deep brown with some ruby shining through the edges - not quite dark or bold enough to be called black. A light tan head forms, stays, and leave a little bit of wet looking lace on the way down. The aroma is full-force, 100% chocolate. BIG TIME chocolate - creamy and sweet, like chocolate milk or chocolate candies. Chocolate syrup, up and down. Some light roasty malt aromas, of course, but they don't stand a chance against the chocolate barricade. As it warms up, a slight nutty aroma pops its head in. But, like, chocolate covered nuts. This chocolate means serious fucking business.

The taste is basically everything you'd expect - sweet chocolate, through and through. Like a creamy and sweet chocolate milk, with some extra chocolate syrup added. The chocolate is overall pretty sweet and milky, but there is a bit of bitterness from the heavy roast in the malt. Perhaps a little bit is from the hops also? But I don't taste much hop flavor, if any at all. Maybe a bit of leafiness, but I'm probably just talking out of my ass. I don't taste much else but combinations of different chocolates. Thin-medium body, a little thinner than expected, and not as creamy as I'd hoped for, with high carbonation.

Chocolate milk beer, basically. Milk chocolate flavors dominate, with just a touch of bitter roast for balance. Good beer to introduce people to stouts who are intimidated. Drinks easy, and very flavorful for being only 5% ABV.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/9/2012. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and slight earthy hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of sweet malty notes. Taste of cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and light hop earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, cream, toffee, caramel, toast, light roast, and light hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity of malt notes; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sweet stout. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of sweet flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BWED
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle into my imperial pint glass

A- Very very deep amber, with a frothy bubbly, tan, two-finger head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S- Straight chocolate. It is so overwhelming I couldn't notice any other smell. But it smells intriguing and appealing.

T- Once again, chocolate. The taste dries out to an unsweetened cocoa finish, that hangs in the mouth for a while. Tastes mellow out when the temp. comes down.

M- Almost a dry stout mouthfeel. Light and sessionable, but there is a touch of velvety smoothness in the feel.

O- This is a beautiful looking stout, but I thought the chocolate was too powerful. There were no other beer characteristics in the smell and taste. I wanted chocolate in my beer, not beer in my chocolate! Ha. Quite curious a beer could hold that much chocolate flavor, however.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate syrup and chocolate milk in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of milk chocolate and cocoa power along with some hints of sweetness. It's a bit like Hershey's chocolate syrup but is much diluted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little fluffy and creamy (like a milkshake) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: After much pondering, this beer most reminds me of drinking some chocolate milk (without the heavy dose of lactose) or a good glass of hot chocolate. Nevertheless, it is packed with lots of chocolate flavors but is relatively light-bodied and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerstorian
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This came out of a 46-degree bottle into a room temperature tulip glass.

Aroma: I got a very rich chocolate aroma straight out of the bottle--more like chocolate chips that the kind of chocolate aroma one associates with stout. It spoke to the cocoa addition. There was little malt aroma and no hops whatsoever. Great smell, but not to style.

Appearance/Color: Coal black, with no edging. A great whipped-meringue/sea foam head with a bit of dimpling follow the beer down the glass as I drank it. Good lacing.

Taste: It reminded me of drinking liquid chocolate while one a tour of the Cadbury plant. Pure chocolate eclipsed other flavors. I gave this a lower rating not because I didn't enjoy it--I did!--but because the Milk Stout style calls for more prominence for the dark roasted grains, and there ought to be some hoppiness sitting in the background. I got none of that. No roastiness, nor any sweetness apart from the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky.

Overall: This is a wonderful beer, and one of my favorites. It's a great beer for a cold evening in front of a fire, and for sipping slowly.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep dark reddish brown, almost black, with a great khaki colored creamy tadcaster head. Lace is gooped up everywhere. Happy looking beer.

S- smells just like hot cocoa. Or maybe cold cocoa. Very sweet with hints of toffee and sandalwood. Man, just like chocolate.

T- terrific chocolate flavor, this time balanced out by mild roasted bitterness and malty tartness. Hops drizzle in a leafy edge. Coffee flavors at far in the background. There's not much else to say. Finishes with some tang and maybe some orange peel.

MF- full creamy feel with fuzzy carbonation. Moderate chocolatey dryness on the cheeks.

D- not a bad brew. Pretty good actually but I would like it better if it were a chocolate version of their imperial stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Moose90
2.62/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550mL bottle into stout glass.

Bottled: 12.03.12
Tasted: 02.10.13

A – Pours near opaque deep dark brown, not black. Some clarity around the edges. Pours a cappuccino like head that thins and leaves nice lacing.

S – Sweet. Malted milk balls, deep rich milk chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate. Smells like sweet fresh white chocolate covered pretzels.

T – Big chocolate notes again, good malted milk notes and not overly sweet. Fresh creamy chocolates come through. No bitterness here, and the sweetness is borderline too much.

M – Surprisingly moderate carbonation, more than I would have expected. Nice though however as it provides a much needed crispness and dryness to the sweet heavy notes.

O – This is dessert in a glass. Chocolate ganache and sweet malted milk notes about. If there were any emerging coffee notes this would be a truly amazing beer. Still this is wonderful in its own right, quite sweet, but still drinkable.

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Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany colored with a finely bubbled head of light brown that lingers long. Aroma of sweet cocoa, slightly powdery. Initially sweet chocolate flavor, but not cloying, slight fruity note, moderate bitterness, slight toasty acrid finish. Full mouthfeel, finishes dry, slightly tannic. Good beer overall, nice addition to the Sammy Smith lineup, and one of the top chocolate stouts IMO.

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Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a two-finger, creamy head. The sticky foam leaves some nice lacing behind, yielding a great appearance that's par for the course from Samuel Smith's. "Chocolate milkshake" best describes the aroma - it's that chocolatey. Milk chocolate with a vanilla note as well, smelling like it will be somewhat sweet.

That sweetness is realized on the palate, though it remains well short of cloying. Toward the finish it becomes more bitter and dry. Strong notes of milk and dark chocolate are prevalent. Toffee malt profile is there but hard to discern amongst a sea of chocolate. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, but not quite enough. A bit of prickly harshness could stand to be smoothed out.

A very chocolate-forward stout, true to its name. It drinks somewhat like a "light" version of another chocolate stout, Southern Tier's Choklat. An excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with a cordovan brown tinge where light can penetrate. The head is a light cocoa color, baout 2 fingers thick with good retention. Strong lacing with great stick.

Smell - Loads of chocolate aroma. Sweet milk chocolate. Odd, but I'm getting coconut too. This smells like a Mounds or Almond Joy bar.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong milk chocolate, backed by a moderate amount of lightly toasted coconut character. Faint cocoa powder flavor. Not much more to it than that, but damn is it tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Silky smooth finish. Very drinkable; near chuggable.

Overall - In the land of ho-hum chocolate stouts, Samuel Smith steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park. Sweet, satisfying chocolate flavor. If there's one knock, it's the lack of a balancing bitterness, but I don't think anyone's gonna buy this beer expecting it to be their session, and the sweetness isn't cloyingly so. A perfect dessert beer. Makes me wanna go buy an Almond Joy!

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Photo of jdbonnette
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Totally Hershey's milk chocolate in a bottle. Smell is strong chocolate, and body leaves a nice taste of chocolate on the pallet. Definitely an enjoyable beer for the once and a while drink. I would not consider this an every day drinker, but definitely something to change things up once and a while. Overall, great brew.

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Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tulip glass coded bottled date. This pours a pitch black color with a mid sized tan head which has a decent retention. The smells are somewhat sweet, a little chocolate, milk sugars, a little dark roasted malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is more sweet than I was expecting, lots of chocolate, milk sugar sweetness, a little bit of bitterness.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy Samuel Smith beers, so was excited to pick up one of these to try.

The beer appears black with a thick, dense foamy head. A mouth watering appearance, really. Chocolate hits the nose right away. Sweet milk chocolate, chocolate milk, roast chocolate milk shake. You get the idea. Perhaps the beer is one dimensional to some degree, but damn, this is tasty. Light to medium in body. Creamy smooth feel on the palate. A must try for those who enjoy chocolate and beer. A beautiful marriage of the two. Impressive.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this bottle poured in a pilsner type glass at my local bar. The Organic Chocolate was part of a beer incentive program.

The nose and flavor on this beer is a chocolate bomb. This is a chocolate lovers dream. I would say that this is more like an alcohol chocolate drink than a beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It was smoothe, well balanced, and pretty tasty. I would drink more of this beer, and I recommend going out to pick some up.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color,with a big cloud deck of tan, oatmeal-like foam.
Aroma-Cocoa powder, dark malt
Taste-Chocolate milk,cocoa, vanilla notes, subtle roasted malt, very faint mineral bite in the finish keeps it fom being overly sweet. Very pleasant on the palate: smooth, creamy and very flavorfull. Would be an excellent match for a slice of German chocolate cake or a handfull of homemade choclate chip cookies. Or, just by itself. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate stout for dessert? I don't see why not. Coming out of a 550 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Black as ink in color with an inch thick head, whose color is tan and texture is semi-soapy. Excellent webbed lacing rings around the glass. That chocolate thing is done right, at least so far. I've only gotten to the nose, and it's lovely. It smells like a vanilla chocolate mixture with a kiss of coffee beans and hazelnut. I like it a lot.

The taste of chocolate is obvious from the get-go. It hits in two stages; first the sweet chocolate sauce flavor. Vanilla is weaved into the note as well. The second stage is a bittersweet cocoa; not only does the chocolate adjunct hit with full force, but the chocolate malt adds a bittersweet aspect which brings some roasty bitterness into the picture. It's medium full bodied, smooth, with a sweet and slightly roasty aftertaste.

A stout well done! Ditch the Lindt, get a Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Brownish body with mahogany hues when backlit - turning blackish when there's no light around. A 2-finger beige head settles on top and leaves behind good rings of lace.

S: Chocolate. Rich milk chocolate and Hershey's chocolate syrup. This is bringing back childhood memories of chocolate milk.

T: I like this. My initial impression is that given the color and the strong smell of chocolate, I was expecting a thicker body. But flavor-wise, this is good stuff. The chocolate dominates, but it's not cloying or obnoxious. Think chocolate in all its iterations - cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and just basic chocolate - at times I think dark or baker's chocolate, but mostly I'm thinking milk chocolate. A touch of vanilla at the finish, and there's a lingering sweetness that detracts from the overall impression and keeps me from bumping the taste score up to 4.5.

M: Interesting. Like I said earlier, this is lighter in heft than expected. But that makes it extremely drinkable. A good carbonation level - fine but active - also helps, and allows the chocolate to really shine here.

O: Good stuff.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A - Jet black with a very thin line of head. Thinner in appearance than expected.

S - Chocolate liquor, whipped cream, more chocolate. Very sweet.

T - Very sweet with tons of sweet chocolate. Hints of vanilla and cream. A bit too sweet perhaps, but a nice dessert beer.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation. Creamy finish.

This is another great offering from Samuel Smith. It's tough to match the bang for your buck they offer. A bit too sweet to drink the whole imperial pint, but a nice dessert sipper.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark molasses in color with a decent amount of tan foam that settles into a thin veil. Aroma smells like Hershey's syrup or hot cocoa. Taste is similar to the nose, with plenty of milk chocolate, lactose, and some caramel. Some faint hop character comes through in the finish but is otherwise there purely for balance, but to an extent that does not quite offset the malty sweetness. Some of that distinctive Sam Smith's acetaldehyde character lurks beneath the surface as well, but is not as noticeable as it is in some of their other offerings. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for my tastes, but it's not too bad. Overall this is a tasty and drinkable sweet stout, though not exceptional.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured into a snifter. Pours almost pitch black with a light tan foamy head, think lace stickes to the glass.

S- pure sweet dark chocolate with notes of dark fruit, the chocolate actually smells authentic. Some sulphuric notes.

T- chocolate lay malt up front, sweet milk chocolate mid-palate, some nutty notes, finishes with that signature Sam Smith tanginess from the Yorkshire yeast. The finish is sweet, but not too sweet, it leaves you wanting more.

M- light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but the finish is a bit slick. Would like a little more creamy body.

O- Samuel Smith does it again. They haven't produced a dark beer that I haven't absolutely enjoyed. This would make a perfect dessert beer as it is chocolate dominated, very few hop notes. It is however quite sweet, so one per sitting is all that would be needed.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a four-finger, khaki head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Midnight black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet chocolate nose and flavor is like a sweet chocolate malt with carbonation. $5.00 for a 550ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: 1/2" tan head over black liquid.

S: Smells like a fudgesicle, or chocolate ice cream.

T: Starts sweet with milk chocolate, vanilla milk shake, and caramel flavours up front. This transitions to a touch of bitterness with coffee and roasted malt in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation with some drying.

O: Another fantastic offering from Samuel Smiths. The balance of sweet and bitterness adds a nice complexity that is not found in some of the sweet stouts offered by Southern Tier, for example.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicate, puffy tan head sits atop this virtually opaque ebony brew. The foam clings nicely and remains at about an inch in height. The aroma brings to mind gourmet confections of chocolate and caramel, and to a lesser extent, subtle hints of strawberry and creamy vanilla. The dominant taste is like chocolate milk made from Nestle's powder... and of course more flavors reminding me of candy - Malted milk balls, truffles, Sno-Caps and Milk Duds. There is a combination of bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate going on here. In the finish, a tartness jumps out, with perhaps what is the slightest hint of some hops. One slight detraction for an oxidized taste for just a brief second. This has a full body but light feeling due to the low ABV. This is one of my favorite beers to just throw back when relaxing. Delicious!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice surprise to see down at the local beerstore, poured it into the trusty Duvel tulip and was presented with a nice long lasting mocha tinged head on opaque brownish/black liquid. I get sweet milk chocolate and some dark malts in the nose. I'm loving the velvety smooth full mouthfeel of this, I'm tasting sweet chocolate, light coffee with a balanced hop bitterness. Hint of roastiness. Finishes sweet again but not heavy handed, hops come in at the end. Leaves a nice chocolate note on the tongue after the swallow. Very nicely done and recommended.

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Photo of tone77
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is delicious. Like drinking a chocolate milk shake. Lots of chocolate, just a touch of bitterness at the finish Well done. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall this is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

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