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.

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

$3.70 for the 550ml bottle, bottled in Aug 2012.

It's pretty darn dark, just a little bit of light peaks through when I hold it up to a lamp. The tannish foam is big to start with and after the pour, it grows even more. It's the billowy type of head of foam so there's not a lot of lacing going on.

The smell I got as soon as the cap came off...big chocolate and cocoa aromas filled my nosebuds.

A milk chocolate sweetness bursts on my tastebuds, lighter notes of cocoa do a bit of bittering but not much. There's so much chocolaty goodness going on here and I'm loving every sip.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium. The bottle is 5 months old but it's a keeper.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass. Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: nearly black in appearance, although ruby highlights appear when held up to the light. In that light, the body appears to be haze-free. Head poures two fingers of pillowy tan foam with nice retention and lacing. Quite attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet, rich chocolate aroma with just a hint of coffee and roastiness around the outside. Wonderfully rich and appealing. Not a lot of complexity here, but the execution is just excellent.

Taste: the rich chocolate continues into the flavor along with a hint of the coffee. There's a bit of a tartness in the mix which I feel detracts from the wondrously creamy, delicious chocolatiness, but it's not a dealbreaker. A mocha-like light bitterness rounds out the end. Quite lovely, overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a huge, persistent creaminess. Lactose for body, maybe? In any case, quite wonderful.

Overall: I would like this beer to taste a little bit more like it smells, but other than that this is one satisfying chocolate stout.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber-style bottle (not sure how many ounces are in this English thing), split with my brother and poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark, opaque pour; body appears to be somewhat viscous. There is a little head and lace but not much.

S: Huge notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet, with very little balance.

T: Sweet and malty, but with plenty of milk chocolate again. Tastes a lot like pure chocolate milk, and not artificial which is an enormous plus.

MF: Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

O: No balance to this thing whatsoever; big-time chocolate. Sweet, and overall its good, just not something I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

550mL bottle, new to Austin.

Big chocolate aroma, nutty as well, not much roasted malt, doesn't really smell like anything but hot chocolate. Perfect carbonation.

Creamy, sweet but still drinkable, tastes more like milk chocolate than dark chocolate, but they say it's Vegan. Great mouthfeel. Somewhat fruity, tastes like a tootsie roll. Slightly metallic, mostly in the finish. Could be more complex. Sweetness detracts from drinkability, but still something I think people would love.

Definitely worth trying. A bit strong on the chocolate flavoring, but Sammy Smith makes some great dark beers. I could have used some more roasty bitterness to balance and improve sessionability.

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Photo of teromous
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, with a very large fluffy off-white head. Some lacing rings on the glass. After a while the head fades to a soft coating of white foam over the surface.

S: Chocolate. It comes out of the glass like a cup of hot cocoa. It has an intensely strong scent of chocolate. It literally smells like the inside of a chocolatier. I can only touch the surface of how good this smells. There's some tootsie-roll scent there also, but more rich smelling.

T: This is crazy good. I mean it is just delicous to the point where it's borderline not beer anymore, but rather a chocolate drink. It has the sensation of drinking hot Belgian cocoa. There is a pleasant bitterness from the chocolate, but I can tell there's flavor from the hops in here as well as their added bitterness. What is unique about this chocolate beer, is that there is a softness to the flavor. It is not so heavy tasting as to cover other flavors...for example I can actually taste some of the water in the's hard to describe. The flavor is just short of 5.0 becuase I would have liked more complexity to the flavor...aside from the chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Despite the chocolate descriptor, it is not thick or syrupy, but is slightly sticky. It is a very sweet beer and might be hard to drink a lot of. It is a very smooth beer, and pretty slick in the mouth.

O: Overall I was incredibly impressed by this beer. I'm pretty sure it's the best Samuel Smith beer I've ever had. It was a bit hard to drink because of the sweetness, but there is no problem with a sweet sipper. Chocolate fans will fall in love with this beer. Beer fans who enjoy sweet deserts will fall in love with this beer. I would buy and drink it again if I feel like a really huge chocolate tasting beer, or if my local grocery store runs out of ice cream toppings.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, some brown notes in the light but very dark. Patchy tan foam. Smell is a dark espresso chocolate that erupts from the stout. Almost get a latent fruitiness. Taste is a rich cocoa bean/powder taste full on, fast finish leaving behind a rich chocolate aftertaste. Sweetness/bitter balance. Maybe a touch chocolate heavy. Milky.

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Photo of pkalix
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

organic? blimey, what is it with organic? gluten free i can understand. but ORGANIC, in a beer???
pours a nice dark with a beautiful tan head which simmers down to a nice one finger leveling...
smells.... like a hershey bar. what a beautiful aroma! incredible!
taste surprisingly does NOT let you down after wafting the cocoa aroma.... bitter and sweet chocolates abound. nice lacing progresses...
feels like a nice, medium bodied (for a stout) elixir with some bitterness, yet sweet on the middle tongue. i've had 'chocolates' in the past but this one is true to its claims of taste. unbelievable! almost a novelty in its taste.
i gave it a 4.5 in appearance for its beautiful texture and lacing, and its sweet dark color.
i'm NOT a fan of novelty brews, and i dont think this was intended as one, but i gave it a 4.75 for it overall as i believe they did a better job than anyone else in crafting the perfect 'chocolate'. i hate that it's only a 5% abv like the rest of their stuff, but i suppose that is their intention and they did it well. 5% is still the accepted norm. cheers!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 Ml poured into a pint glass

A- Extremly dark brown verging on a lighter black. A very large tan colored head with decent retention.

S- Smells like a tootsie roll. A lot of milk chocolate and cocoa. A nice roasted malt. A bit of caramel and toffee as well.

T- An intense sweetness at first. Followed up by a nice light roasted flavor. Milk chocolate takes over and dominates the palate. There is a slight cocoa but this is a tootsie roll flavored brew. A slight fruityness. A very sweet and chocolatey brew.

M- A sweet and full bodied beer. A lot of feel and a sticky mouthfeel.

O- This is a pretty awesome beer. A very unique brew to say the least. It is extremely sweet but nice drinking.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

As with most Sam Smith's brews the appearance is welcoming. With a dark tan, a dense and fluffy crown that holds it's throne through a hard fought battle, and a dark brown color that lets in very little light, this castle looks impenetrable. Let us see if there's an army of aroma and flavor waiting behind the walls to help sustain the reign.

Full on caramel and milk chocolates to the nose, followed by coconut and bubblegum. The smell has dessert written all over it. I don't think I've ever smelled this much sweetness in a beer before, which begs the question whether or not any balance can exist after this point.

The palate is filled with a pleasing amount of coconut and milk chocolate with a mellow background of bitter nuts that provide that much needed equanimity. There's a slightly troublesome metallic character that quickly fades into the wilds when it realizes it's not welcome in these parts.

Creamy like pudding and smooth like silk. Has a pure medium body that has little actual weight to it when all is settled and done.

Tasty beers like this make writing reviews almost too damn easy, but any latent guilt is quickly assuaged after another swig.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Holy Hound, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me. Poured chilled into two tulips.

The color is deep brown/almost black with quick dissipating tan cap. There is an almost syrup like cocoa aroma with chocolate truffle and chocolate chip cookie aroma to this stout with a hint of black cavendish tobacco in the background. The feel is good with tinges of malt with sweet overal feel w/ very mild bitterness and relatively light carbonation

The flavor is densely chocolate up front with mild roasted grain and fruity yeast tinged taste with slight nutty element from the malt and cocoa with some mild tangy yeast and light hop spice late in the taste with gentle vanilla accent. Overall a great english stout, a style I am fond of and the cocoa comes forward with emphasisa good choice for those who enjoy chocolate flavored ales

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical SS mid sized bottle. No freshenss info.

Pours near black. Head is larger and luxorious. Stays and stays. Then a nice film, low sheeting and ample fine bits of lace and more sheeting.

Chocolate sniff. Yum

Smooth and super tasty. More milk chocolate all over this one.
Also notes of dark malts, vanilla, dark bread. A treat to enjoy this well crafted ale. They have been doing it since 1758! Dark beer lovers go get some and enjoy with a chocolate dessert or worked great with some spicy mexican tacos

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Photo of DragonzBreath
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, This is the finest chocolate stout to date, the One to beat. Rich chocolate flavors, malt, vanilla. Pours thick dark with a creamy foam tan head. No bitterness. Exceptional ---- Abv 5.0
This is by far one of my favorite chocolate stouts.

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Photo of arfenhouse
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with some amber on the sides. Pours a nice big khaki head with decent retention.

S: Fudgy chocolate with roasted coconut. Reminds me of a mounds candy bar. Both milk chocolate and bitter chocolate on the nose.

T: Very sweet beer with an initial taste of a malted chocolate shake. Bitterness from roasted grain comes midway through but fails to balance the big sweet flavor. This results in what seems like a watery aftertaste.

M: Thin with low carbonation. More thickness would be better. Finishes wet and a bit sticky.

O: Although this beer is unbalanced and very sweet, it was enjoyable. Lacking some "stoutness" but definitely delivers on the chocolate.

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Photo of smonice
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have seen this quite a few times at the local shop and have always passed it by since it was organic but a friend raved about it and bought me a bottle. Really really good!

A: Dark brown color pouring, head was a off white and there was minimal-moderate lacing.

S: The first thing I though of when I smelled this for the first time was hot chocolate.

T: Every mouthful I was looking for something else in this beer but to my mouth, all I get is chocolate (that's not a bad thing).

M: Lighter than I expected, would have thought it would have been a little creamier.

O: Like a reviewer before me said, "Heavy on the chocolate, light on the stout." but I will def be purchasing this brew in the future!

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, reddish-brown (not as dense as most stouts, as I could see light from the other side when I held the glass up to the light). The head was 2-fingers of cafe-au-lait colored froth, that lingered a long time, but left scant lacing.

S: Some roasted malt grain malt, and a hint of dried fruit, but dominant aroma was chocolate -- not cocoa or baker's chocolate, but Yoo-hoo chocolate drink.

T: Very sweet initially, with a hint of toasted malt; then chocolate; then more sweet chocolate; then some bitter-sweet chocolate toward the end (so I guess they must have thrown in a couple of hops cones at the end of the boil...). No complexities or subtleties; just chocolate.

M: Moist and decently carbonated up front; slightly chewy in the finish.

O: Heavy on the chocolate, light on the stout. In fact, nothing stout about it other than the color (and even that was more in the porter family). It wasn't bad, but definitely didn't live up to my expectations, either from the labeled style or from the Samuel Smith brand (which has rarely let me down). I've had chocolate beers before that I really liked, but they weren't so overwhelmingly sweet as this one. If I ever get one again (unlikely), I'll drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in, as dessert is all this one is really good for.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is very dark in color. When held to the light it does come through, barely. An aggressive pour yielded a few inches of creamy, tan head.

S - I get a noseful of baker's chocolate. Wow! It's a lot more intense than I anticipated.

T - The taste is full of sweet, dark chocolate.

M - It is slick, but not thick. It seems a bit thin for a stout. I like my stouts like I like my women, dark, thick and full of alcohol.

O - This is a very good beer from a good brewery. It has good chocolate flavor and is not as sweet as some chocolate stouts I have had. It's good beer to have with a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day.

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Photo of Zach136
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Monday Night Brewing Pint.

A - Pours very dark. Not the darkest around, but still vary black. Almost opaque. One finger light tan head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Smells like straight up McDonald's chocolate milk shake with a hint of malty twang. Has me jonesing for french fries.

T - Chocolate malt and light nut with the signature Samuel Smith after taste.

M - Just a touch on the light side for my preferences. Not quite chewy but still much better than a lot of lesser examples of the style.

O - My favorite Milk Stout thus far!

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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown color with a tall, frothy, beige head that recedes to leave some decently spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted malts and then tons of milk chocolate syrup and some lesser dark baker's cocoa. The chocolate seems "real" if that makes sense, compared to some beers where the cocoa seems stale or artificial.

The tastes begins with lightly roasted, toasted maltiness, but the milk chocolate flavors burst huge right after. As it warms you get a tad but of English yeast fruity esters but the waves of cocoa are hard to overtake.

The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is sweet albeit a tad bit on the watery, flabby end.

Overall, this really hits the mark for a sweet after dinner beer in the winter when you don't want a huge beer and plan to last past midnight. Pretty one-noted but luckily the one note isn't too sweet or burdensome on the palate. It delivers what it advertises and much better than any other of Samuel Smith's Organic offerings, especially the fruited ones.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extreme Chocolate beer.
Pours an almost black color. Tan head. A little light comes through when held up to a bright light.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.

It has a milk chocolate smell. Sweet and pleasant.

Of course, the taste is of chocolate. This beer is too syrupy sweet to be enjoyable by its self. An overly sweet chocolate flavor dominates the taste. Sweet up front, and it does have a mild bitternes in the finish, but not enough to balance things out.

Yeah, it is just too sickly sweet.
If I were to drink this again, I would probably want only a small glass served with dessert.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy tan head that last a good spell.

S- The big nougat chocolate syrup aroma dominates and covers any other possible aromas.

T- The taste of cream gives way to a big hershey’s syrup and chocolate nougat flavor with some tootsie roll hints leading to a slightly dry finish. The hershey’s syrup flavor lingers after the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This is like drinking carbonated hershey’s syrup. The stout flavors are overpowered and don’t even come through the artificial chocolate flavor. It was tough getting through this beer.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like your standard stout—black body, off-white foamy head—but the aroma has the added bonus of chocolate! And they really nailed it. It’s a big, noticeable chocolate smell. Also some dry, pale malt, and bready/sweet notes to it.

Flavor is also strong on chocolate, though mainly through the front and mid-palate. Finish has a slight twang, making me think the water is imparting this unique character. Could also be the bittering hops adding something to dry out the end. Either way, there’s still a nice lingering chocolate flavor in my mouth. Body could be a little better; it’s just a bit thin and slightly over carbonated. I’d prefer it to be a bit fuller and smoother, much like their oatmeal stout.

Samuel Smith delivers on the chocolate, and for that I really enjoyed this beer. I’d like having this next to their oatmeal stout, as I think I’d prefer that over this. In a perfect world, they’d just add the chocolate to the oatmeal stout and call it good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great chocolate stout, especially at under 5 bucks a bottle. the pour is nearly black in color, impenetrable to light, with about an inch of tan head. the nose is incredibly chocolatey, not dark chocolate, not cocoa powder, but pure delicious milk chocolate, like a candy bar or something, very sweet, and the roasty malt behind it adds a nice depth to the smell. the flavor is also extremely chocolatey, maybe moreso than any other beer ive had, including the youngs double chocolate. in fact, i taste little else. its very sweet, almost too much so, and sits funny in the stomach as a result. my only real complaint with this. to me it was a bottle that had to be shared, just couldnt take all the residual sugar. but the chocolate flavor is as authentic and prominent as it gets in a beer, so extra credit for that. full body, sticky sweet, minimal carbonation, velvety texture. a great beer overall. i guess you cant have a chocolate beer without the sweetness if you want it to taste like milk chocolate, this does an excellent job of getting those flavors across, but once a year is enough for me on this one.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a snifter. Dark brown, almost bordering on pitch black, with a massive two finger head that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma lives up to the name, it is chocolate all the way. Even though the aroma is almost one-note, it is very pleasing to the senses. It smells like liquid chocolate malt balls.
The aroma translates almost perfectly to the taste. Very chocolaty and malty beer. Hints of bitterness towards the finish.
Smooth, silky, luscious mouthfeel. A solid brew from Samuel Smiths.
I really enjoyed this stout and would recommend it strongly.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

550ML bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- The darkest shade of brown and almost opaque. A finger of off white head that dissipates somewhat and leaves sticky multi level lacing.

Smell- Thick chocolate and coco. This is Hershey syrup in a bottle. Wow, such a faboulous smelling beer.

Taste- Heaps and heaps of Hershey chocolate with an awesome bitter sweet chocolate finish for great balancing! So Impressive, with a brewery that I expect to be impressive. Living up to your own created hype is one of the hardest things to do, yet they have done it again.

Mouthfeel- Just the littlest bit on the watery side but a nice amount of carbonation to make with a very very easy drinking stout.

Overall- About as impressed as I could be. Samuel Smith is seriously the boss daddy when it comes to stouts and porters. They show that you dont have to do complexity and can still hit a homerun!

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a solid half inch oatmeal head that dissipates slowly, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, amaretto, and lightly roasted malt.

Flavor is also milk chocolate dominant, with notes of nutty almond, a hint of roast, booze, and light hints of dark fruits.

Body is moderate to full and slightly creamy, with carbonation on the low side.

Excellent dessert beer. Chocolate is over the top. Lacks roast malt acrid flavor. Delicious.

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