Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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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Photo of shagal
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle SD18Q1. CBF Tulip.

A: pours black, but at the bottom of the glass it is transparent. One thick finger of frothy sandy head that retains as a thin cap all the way down. Ring after ring of lacing.

S: chocolate! Sweet, milk chocolate. Sugary.

T: sweet, surprisingly light arrival. Light malty, sweet, and toasty mid-palate, with chocolate expressing itself fully right at the end. On the swallow a big hit of chocolate followed by floral English hops, and then lingering chocolate. It never gets too sweet, though the chocolate flavor does get to be a bit much.

M: lighter end of mid bodied, midweight, active but not excessive carbonation, very, very clean finish. Has the texture of my favorite English pale ales; unlike most stouts I've had - save for Guinness - much lighter. Wouldn't mind if it were heavier.

O: I expected this to be a novelty, and to a certain extent it is, but it is a really, really, quality English stout with chocolate added, and I love English beers, so I may revisit this sooner, rather than later. Really piques my interest for other Sam Smith's stouts.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thmcress
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nearly black in appearance yet when held up to a bright light, it shows ruby highlights. A 4 finger medium brown head leaves good lacing.

Aroma of chocolate cake, rich hot chocolate, chocolate truffles, and chocolate covered cherries. More milk chocoate than dark.

Taste of fruity milk chocolate. Some light citrus with blended stone fruits. One of the sweetest beers ever.

Slightly higher than moderate. Creamy with great retention. Light stickiness and carbonation. Drying and somewhat astringent in the end.

Oh my god this beer is good! Smooth and easy drinking all the way

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550 ml bottle into Schlafly tulip. Pours dark chocolate brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head, which leaves beautiful spotted lacing. Rich chocolate smell and a taste that matches it to a tee. Has a little carbonation with a light to medium feel. This is really an excellent light stout that I could drink several of. Samuel Smith definitely knows how to make drinkable beers.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anthony-s
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steinhauser10
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devo1980
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freaking love this beer! Sooo chocolatey and decadent as a beer can get. Smooth, full flavor and low alcohol. Not sure how they pull that magic trick off, but it works.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of maxarvo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pantalones
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of two loose bottles picked up at the local beer store recently. Can't find a bottling date or best-by but I'm not too concerned about this being old.

Color is a cola-like brown when pouring, darker once in the glass -- pretty much black, with just a bit of dark brown visible around the edges. Nice layer of light tan foam on top, which shrinks to about half its initial size over a few minutes but seems to be sticking around pretty well, leaving some really nice trails behind as it goes.

The smell is incredibly chocolatey right away -- reminds me of a chocolate cake! I'm reminded of the Shiner Birthday Beer chocolate stout from a couple years back, but I think this one is a level up from even that beer on the chocolate-o-meter -- that beer (while delicious) had more of a store-bought-cake-mix kind of thing going on while this one is nicer. It's almost like there's two layers to the chocolateyness, a chocolate+cake sort of smell at first and then a richer pure-chocolate smell peeking in a little on the end of every sniff. Smells really, really good.

The taste is also heavy on the chocolate, though oddly it's coming across as a good bit weaker than the smell. There is a presence of stout-like roasted malt in there, too -- a little bit of an almost-charred black malt thing popping in on the very end once most of the chocolatey-er flavors have faded, lingering for a little while afterward. Overall, taste is not quite as nice as the smell. but still good, and the roasted malt making itself known is a plus -- a little reminder that yes, this is still a beer and not some kind of alcoholic chocolate milkshake! Interestingly, the flavors do seem to come out more as the beer warms, giving it a definite chocolate-milkshake vibe that's nicer than the flavor when fridge-cold but still not quite as good as the smell -- I still have one in my fridge and I'll be sure to let it sit and warm a bit before drinking (I should've known to do that ahead of time, what with this being English and all, but... it's 2 am and it slipped my mind.)

The feel is probably the weakest feature of this beer. I mentioned above that I was reminded of Shiner's "Birthday Beer" chocolate stout when smelling this one -- well, that impressive chocolateyness in the smell isn't the only thing they have in common: they're also both surprisingly thin in feel. On the positive side it is very drinkable (it's hard not to take this down gulps at a time), but a bit thinner and fizzier than I would like for a beer that tastes like this one does. I can't knock it too hard for this, though, since it is only 5% ABV -- the richness of the chocolate in the flavor and especially the smell just causes a bit of a disconnect when the feel is as thin as a typical 5% ABV beer would be.

Overall, this is a great stand-in for the no-longer-brewed Shiner beer I mentioned several times in the review -- I'm not sure why I didn't notice just how similar they were the previous time I had this beer, but I'm definitely noticing it now. This is almost certainly a better beer, though, despite my scores for them being so close -- the richness of the chocolate in the smell is a big difference, and this one looks nicer in the glass too, leaving perfect little rings of lacing as you drink. Anyone who misses that 106th anniversary Shiner beer should try this for sure, as should anyone seeking out a chocolate beer that leans more in the "chocolate" direction -- especially if you want serious chocolateyness without a high ABV to go with it, as this is only 5% ABV.

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Photo of bryantan
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rindir
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Branlott42
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewnme
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure I would like a chocolate stout but this one is really delicious. Just nicely balanced and memorable.

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Photo of melaniafc
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my 10oz nonic.

Dark, clear, seal brown liquid topped by two fat fingers of beige foam up top. Rocky lacing; good retention.

Potent chocolate liqueur aromatics with a lush malt, cream, and a dark nutty quality as well.

Cloying palate entry is overwhelmed by chocolate syrup, which contrasts rather than merges with the malty base. Low bitterness, and a vague cola note. Finishes sweet and only faintly roasty.

Creamy, but light-bodied.

This seems directed at chocolate lovers rather than beer lovers - it is very tasty, but more akin to a chocolate soda than a proper ale.

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Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 3,298 ratings