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

Brewed by:
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.

Added by rangerred on 10-16-2012

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Ratings: 3,188 |  Reviews: 605
Photo of Lingenbrau
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootercrabb
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a nice pitch black color with a small top of mocca colored head, some lacings on the glasses.

A: A strong aroma off milk chocolate and cocoa, with some roasted malts inn the back.

T&F: The flavour is sweet with a strong presence off chocolate, while inn the background is a lot off roasted malts. Has a slight dryness inn the finish. This beer has balanced the flavours very good. Good lenght inn the aftertaste with a great flavour off malts and chocolate. clean and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation

O: A really delicious chocolate stout. Very interesting to try this, and i enjoyed it to the last drop.

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Photo of Huffaroma
2.48/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice black color,

Smell sweet cocoa and graham cracker.

Taste mmmm not so much WAY to sweet for me I have had some good SS before and the sweetness was there but this was a little to close to a tootsie roll

Overall meh.

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Photo of Kube
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Chackman151
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

It pours beautiful opaque jet black but thin, like pouring water rather than cream or oil. The head is a nice thick foamy beige initially but dissipates after a few minutes. Aroma is pure chocolate. Taste is chocolate balanced by sweetness coming from the malt . Not too malty for me, just enough sweet malts to sweeten the otherwise unsweetened chocolate. It is hopped the right amount for this kind of beer, which is low medium. Not much alcohol coming through. Feel is a little bit thin with medium high carbonation. Finishes easy without much linger to think about. I had this for "dessert" after a short series of IPAs and it was a satisfying finish.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lumpy parchment over black with garnet highlights. 4
Crazy Belgian chocolate truffle nose. 4.5
Licorice and sweet raisin but mostly big cocoa, a roasty hit, then brown sugar comeback. 4.25
Plummy little linger.
Medium, soft, smooth. 4

A metric fuck-ton of chocolate, and in a non-cloying way. I wish it cleaned up after itself a bit better - where’s the roast to go with the chocolate malt? But earns it back with drinkability. Stand shoulder to shoulder with Young’s Double Chocolate and Southern Tier Choklat. 4.25

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this beer last year and was very pleased, but this years fell a little short for me. It still has a nice stout dark color with hints of ruby, with a nice mocha foam, but it disappears quickly. The taste is a sweet chocolate ( a lil' to sweet for me this year) had a nice chocolate covered cherry flavor last year with nice balance. Not this time, and also the 5.0 does not comes thru like I remember. Still has nice cocoa flavors and gets better as it warms. Aroma is straight up chocolate no adventure at all for the noise. Will continue to keep tasting though.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color with a thick light brown head that lingers. Malty aroma. Very strong chocolate flavor, along with notes of nutmeg. Strong malt backbone. An unpleasant aftertaste is an unfortunate detractor.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a tulip pint glass. Pours a cola color with a small, tan, rapidly dissipating head. Smells and tastes for all intents and purposes like a chocolate malted, despite being very light bodied. Really a delicious treat.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wingnut93
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RMW66
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brutalist
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of powerfulech0
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch dark black coloring. Leaves a creamy, tan head that is about an inch think. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is dominated by chocolate. Reminds me of chocolate milk, or Hershey’s syrup.

T - This beer is incredibly sweet and chocolatey, especially on the front end. No bitterness to the taste at all. There is also no alcohol taste at all to it.

F - Nice and fizzy, while being a medium thickness. Slight dryness at the end. Leaves a chocolate after taste in the mouth.

O - This is a very specific type of beer, and I believe enjoyment of it relates to how much enjoyment is received from the taste of chocolate. For me personally, it is a very good, very sweet beer. Some people will not like this type of beer, and that is okay, but for those chocoholics out there, it is worth getting your hands on. Great beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to black color, some ruby red highlights. Thick tan head.

Milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, some hint of roasted malts.

Very rich and sweet. Milk chocolate, cocoa, cream, vanilla, caramel, hint of roasted malts. Hop bitterness is super low. Finish is sweet, a little dryness, super smooth. Creamy body, smooth, highly drinkable.

It's an excellent Chocolate Stout!

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Photo of MasonHulin
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BsRblu
2.69/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe I'm writing this, but I'm disappointed. Samuel Smith's has long held an almost idyllic status for me, their Oatmeal Stout being one of my lifelong favorites, but this beer is almost undrinkably sweet to me. It looks beautiful, with deep black color and active head, but it's too thin, sweet, and fizzy. Once was enough; however, I'm wondering if it could be an issue of inconsistent quality, given the number of high marks from other reviewers.

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Photo of alyssa1224
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,188 ratings.
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