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 StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of RickS95
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown bordering on black but not quite. Pours slightly thinner than I guessed. Head is a beautiful light tan, as thick as you want, lasts forever, and full of rocky looking foam that sticks to the glass as it finally gives way.

Smells like a chocolate milk shake. The most chocolately smelling beer I've had yet, and it totally works. Not too sweet smelling, not too bitter smelling, just smells like chocolate.

A chocolate bomb explodes in your mouth. There's faint coffee notes, even some toffee, but all the rest is chocolate in just the right way to work for a beer. Tastes like a mild liqueur.

Totally creamy and smooth. Sweet, but not overly so. Just a smack of bitterness in the finish to wipe off the sticky sweetness from your tongue. Easy to drink, maybe too much so. Only 5% ABV so you can drink them all night long. Not terribly thick, but not too watery either.

Overall, it's something I'd could drink a lot of. It goes down easy and tastes like a chocolate shake. There's really nothing wrong with this except some may not consider it a beer.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout pours out black with a fairly sizable head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing behind. The aroma is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The taste follows with an excellently rich and realistic chocolate flavor. There's just a bit of roasted malt and coffee backing it up. It manages to pull off the incredibly rich chocolate flavor without being too sweet. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. This is probably the best straight chocolate beer I've had. Chocoholics need to get at this one as fast as possible.

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tall, densely creamy head. Beautifully rich chocolate aroma topped with some whipped cream. Not syrupy or fake or overdone, it just smells like a delicious dessert. Somewhat less singularly chocolaty than the aroma, the flavor is less sweet having a slight bitter roast to go along with milk chocolate and cocoa powder. A little dark fruit, vanilla, and a late tartness add to the experience. Smooth, medium body with a dry finish. Not too sweet at all. Well done...

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's organic chocolate Stout

Poured from 550 ML bottle into CBS snifter. Serve slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown nearly black, with a big fluffy finger of mocha head. This settles to a dusting, and has some nice lacing.

S) The aroma is chocolate malt, milk chocolate, and cocoa powder. A bit of coffee bean as well. Really lots of chocolate....

T) The taste is very similar to the nose, but perhaps not quite as sweet. There's a bit of hops there at the end as well. Chocolatey aftertaste.

M) Medium bodied moderate carbonation, smooth and fairly creamy.

O) I've always enjoyed Samuel Smith's beers, and this is no exception. A real chocolatey treat, and I'm glad to recommend it.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black beer. Head is almost four fingers high. Tan in color and very slow to recede.

Healthy chocolate aroma with both milk chocolate and dusty cocoa character. Touch of coffee malts and lactose. Light nuttiness. Nice sweet stout nose.

Very milky and chocolaty, but still has a touch of dark charred bitterness in the middle. I love that it's not over-the-top. Still clean and malty and a little bit of hops makes this an ideal chocolate stout.

Smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Great round mouthfeel.

Great stout. I really need to enjoy the Samuel Smith line more often.

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Photo of mooseo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into snifter.

A - Dark black-brown with a creamy tan head.

S - Rich milk chocolate. Fudge. A hint of vanilla cream and roasted malt.

T - Smooth, rich milk chocolate flavor all the way through. Reminds me of malted milk balls. Sweet but not cloying. There is a little roast, caramel and vanilla on the backend.

M - Medium bodied, silky, and creamy. Mild carbonation.

O - A great dessert beer. The chocolate flavors are not artificial tasting and the mouthfeel is very pleasant. A bit one dimensional overall but it's still very good.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured aggressively but only a 1 finger white head. Nice micro bubbles, retention and lacing.

S - Extremely perfect chocolate smell like being at the factory or cooking melted chocolate on a stove

T - Perfection in a bottle. Extremely balanced with malt and chocolate flavor very pronounced in the beginning with a slight hop crispness in the finish. Very sweet and dessert like yet easy to drink and very sessionable as well.

M - for a 5% beer its very creamy and full bodied on the tongue

O - This is one exceptional beer from Samuel Smith. For a true chocolate flavored beer, this one really delivers the goods and provides a true premium chocolate flavor that is genuine. No cheap syrupy flavor here. A great beer by all regards. Did I forget to mention how inexpensive it is, only $4.99 for a 550ml bottle. Comparable beers would be $8-12 per bottle and probably not as tasty.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 550 ml bottle from Rutherford Wine.

Very black body with ruby highlights along the bottom of the glass. A full fist of medium tan rocky foam.

Deep inviting, intoxicating, irresistible chocolate aroma.

There is a hint of coffee, then a flash of solid British hops, and then everything is engulfed by a wave of Hershey syrup. And it works.

Mouthfeel is medium while I was looking for more, but still a plus.

I fell in love with Samuel Smith very early in my craft, or rather micro-brewing, hobby, but its been a long while since I purchased any, keeping for my beer buying domestic for the last few years. My return to the brand did not disappoint.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this beer is essentially Rogue Chocolate Stout, but more affordable and in 12oz four packs. Score. Pours out a brown liquid, light beige head on the top, the cocao nibs don't really allow for much in the way of head retention, lacing etc. . .

Aroma is chocolate, and big on it. Its not really a dark chocolate vibe, more of a lighter variety. But its tons of chocolate. The flavor profile is rather simple: tons of chocolate, some chocolate malt, an average amount of two row, alcohol kept low, a really good sessionable chocolate stout. Good stuff. Easily jumps to the top of the list in terms of my favorite imported beer. Very smooth, hardly any bitterness to it. A little caramel running through it melds quite nicely.

These guys have never come out with a new beer in my drinking lifetime, its nice to finally see a new addition to the portfolio, which was already good, this one might be my favorite. I'd stay away if you don't like sweet chocolate, but if you fancy yourself as a chocolate and beer fan, this is a must try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I scored the last bottle in the cooler at The Fridge last night. I did not realize that it was a limited release, but I have reviewed most of their other beers and I definitely wanted to get this one in also.

From the bottle: "Brewed with water from the original brewery well sunk in 1758, the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors 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."; Captioning a picture: "A brewer caring for a batch of ale during open primary fermentation,where the centuries-old Smith yeast strain produces the rocky white foam."; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."

My pour produced a finger of dense, mocha-tan head with great retention. I was mesmerized while watching it slowly fall on top of itself. Nose was definitely sweet chocolate, probably much sweeter than I will care for, but we shall see. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. Mouthfeel was more medium than creamy and the flavor was more like chocolate extract or chocolate liqueur than any chocolate beer that I can remember. Finish continued to have an odd sweetness to its chocolaty flavor. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but it is not leading to either a) smiles or b) refills.

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Photo of brureview
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Temp- about 55F( 12.8C). The stout is better warmer to bring out the flavors.

Very dark chocolate color with a 2 finger head.

Good aroma- rich chocolate-cocoa.

Mouth feel: smooth.

Taste: Deep, rich milk chocolate. Exceptionally drinkable. One of the best chocolate stouts I have tasted. Only 5%ABV. Quite a winter treat and superb!

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Photo of Pexkool
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty standard for a stout: brownish head, 1 and a half finger tall, with little lacing and pitch black body.

S - WOW! Really sweet chocolate hits the nose the moment you open the bottle, but a little too much for me; like smelling a chocolate-covered marshmallow type of candy. There's nothing else I can smell except for chocolate, and maybe a little brown sugar.

T - A super sweet chocolate milkshake. The sweetness of the chocolate is a little too much for my taste, being a more dark chocolate kind of person. Aside from the chocolate, there are some sugar and "marshmallow-y" notes in it, but overall sweet taste. The aftertaste comes with some hops and nutty flavors.

M - Silky smooth with little carbonation. It's very drinkable, except for the extreme sweetness it leaves in your tongue.

Overall, a great stout, except I didn't like it at all. Coming from Samuel Smith and being an organic beer, I'd say everything in it is natural and... well, organic. Still, the sweetness I get from this beer seems almost artificial, like eating a cheap chocolate-covered marshmallow (and I know this is like the third time I mention that, but it tastes and smells exactly like that). I know most people are fascinated by this beer and seem to enjoy it a lot, but I prefer stouts with a darker chocolate flavor. Would recommend, but not have it again.

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Photo of BeerNut402
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my top 5 favorite beers. It has everything I like in a beer.. Thick creamy head, smooth finish, and full flavor. I recommend this as a desert beer instead of a dinner or lunch beer.

A - Very dark brown almost black. The head on this beer has the appearance of a chocolate malt.

S - The smell is very chocolaty and bold. I get some coffee or espresso notes along with it too. The smell also resembles very closely that of a chocolate bar.

T - The taste is very similar to the smells you get. Chocolate and coffee tones along with a very suttle smoky flavor. This beer has one the best after tastes of any Beer. When it hits the palate you instantly get a burst of chocolate. This beer would pair very well with Nestlé toll house chocolate chip cookies or any other chocolate desert.

M - Not quite a chewy mouth but close. It is not like most stouts in that it has a much more carbonated feel to it. The beer finishes amazingly.

O - I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys craft beers. This is truly a masterpiece in my opinion. 5/5 baby !!!!

Note: I know this beer is labeled a stout but if you have ever had boulevards "Chocolate Ale" the feel and mouth of the beer is a close resemblance. Please try this beer if you like Ales this beer is nothing like a normal stout.

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Photo of seagullbeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown, almost black with a head that fall pretty quick

S- super chocolaty, first time "chocolate" beer that actually smells like chocolate, also a bit of fig newton smell, mmm fig newtons

T- Chocolate without being super sweet, tastes like semi sweet chips, i want to mix it with chocolate milk. More milk than dark chocolaty

M- Relatively light for heavy tastes, sweetness sticks around for a while

O- Super chocolaty, would definitely buy it for a newcomer to beer who likes things on the sweet side.

Why doesnt anyone do a hoppy chocolate beer that blends the two elements bitter qualities? this stout was a bit too sweet but a fun thing to try out

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

Wow, incredibly yummy beer! Faultless! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, tan head that lasts and some lace. Color is a clear, dark brown with cherry highlights. Aroma is massivley cocoa with malt. Flavor's like nose, sweet malt and cocoa up front with a hint of bitter and carbonic tang in the back. Body is full, round, and lush with perfect carbonation. Finish is fairly long, like flavor, and very satisfying. This beer is just faultless. Love to try it with a scoop of Sweet Shop New York ice cream.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, rich yet thin this poured with a nice bubbly head that kept a bit of creaminess around the edge. The nose is straight chocolate, like a brownie, it so good I just wanted to keep my nose buried in the snifter. Cocoa and caramel are prominent in the aroma.

The taste is of cocoa, chocolate with hints of caramel. Tempered sweetness, nothing is overpowering yet I'm missing the maltiness of the stout. It has all the flavor of a nice dessert beer.

The only negative would be in the mouthfeel. Thin and fizzy it misses the thickness and meal like quality of a fine stout. No matter, I'm very happy with this offering from Samuel Smiths.

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Photo of Naters333
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served from a 550ml bottle with no born on date.

A-Poured a jet black color with a nice light tan head. Has some nice lacing for a stout as I drink it down the gullet.

S- Has a very sweet smell, almost of sugar water. I do get the chocolate smell. Smells like cheap chocolate, similar to a Milky Way candy bar. Nothing else here that sticks out.

T- Very very sweet. Sugar, chocolate, sweet. No real developing flavors here. Sweet taste on sweet taste for me.

M- Mouthful is kind of nice. Good mouthful for a stout. I might even prefer it to be a bit thicker for a milk stout. I really get more of the chocolate taste in the mouthful.

O-Well, first of I'm not a huge fan of milk stouts or sweet stouts. This one is really just too sweet for me. Not much going on here to balance that sweetness. Pretty low alcohol, which maybe if it were a tad higher it might make this beer more to my liking. Anyways, I will say that this just isn't my favorite beer or type of beer, but I'm glad I tried it. Comes from a brewery that for the most part I really enjoy their offerings.

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Photo of mscudder
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

A - Deep brown hue with an rich ivory head. Head that took up half of glass. Took ages to recede leaving heavy lacing behind.

S - Chocolate fudge is taking hold of my nostrils. Hints of coconut and vanilla in the background.

T - Powdered chocolate goodness mixed with a milky composition. Slightly bitter near the rear of the progression showing the coconut-like flavor I detected in the nose. Nice malts throughout.

M - Medium body with silky smooth composition. Carbonation was light.

O - Enjoyable and does well for a milk stout. I prefer the bolder RIS, making this a bit of an unfair comparison.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this just out of pure curiosity, it sounded good so I figured what not try it. The beer poured out as a very deep brown color. It's got a decent looking head on top. Not much retention but it does have some sticky lacing which is impressive. The smell of the beer is chocolate which is good, it's a soft milky cocoa aroma and not overly sweet at all. The taste again is full of soft cocoa flavors, it's got a moderate bitterness in the finish but the flavor itself is very easy going. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, the carbonation is a little high but remains very drinkable. Overall it's a really good chocolate stout. This was very surprising.

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Photo of losdizzel
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off big fan of Samuel Smiths brown, oatmeal,and imperial .
Poured in a Sam Adams glass,nice and dark very dark .
good head retention and lacing ,
Its pretty cold still , smells of cooking cocoa ,creamy looking head .
Taste like a chocolate coke almost, wet finish, and vanilla ,stays creamy on the tounge ,oily .

all around good beer this a keeper for me .

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Photo of APB
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Black, with very little head.

S- Super rich chocolate and slight vanilla hint

T- Creamy very chocolate taste and strong vanilla presence

M- Very creamy feel, very drinkable

O- Very good beer but not quite what I was expecting from the Samuel. Almost artificial vanilla taste. It's a 1 to 2 beer drink for me.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,120 ratings.
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