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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Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +9.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -6.7%
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 -3.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +8.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +5%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -2.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -13.6%
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 +10%
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 +5.7%
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 +12.7%
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 +1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 -0.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +10%
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%
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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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,139 ratings.
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