Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Organic Chocolate StoutOrganic 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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Photo of ghowehattrick
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Oct 25 2017 and served slightly chilled. I ticked this a few years ago, but haven't bumped into it again until now. Might as well give it a review.

Pours a deep brown hue... dark, sure, but not quite opaque, as its crimson red hue under the light will attest. Roughly one inch of foamy, tan-coloured head is generated at first; it has moderate retention, dissipating within five minutes or so, with a bubbly cap and collar of froth being its only remnants of note. Smells of chocolate syrup and melted milk chocolate bars, much to the neglect of anything else - I'd be lying if I said I could sniff any sort of hop out of here. Molasses and toasted malts, maybe, but they blend right in seamlessly with the dessert theme. I can't really say I don't like it, because I mostly do.

Hopefully you've got a sweet tooth, because I doubt you'll enjoy this beer otherwise - as was the case with the aroma, it's chocolate syrup and milk chocolate bars that dominate its profile. There's also a fairly strong note of vanilla, as well as suggestions of nuts, toasted malt and toffee. A brief hint of dark chocolate after the sip, but there's no real bitterness to this one - the sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla and milk chocolate flavours carry on into the aftertaste. Medium in body, with low carbonation that becomes limper and less perceptible fairly soon into the session - just an observation, not a gripe, as its silky-smooth texture is undoubtedly my favourite aspect of this stout overall. It's drinkable enough, but splitting this bottle with a buddy would be preferable, because the whole thing is just a bit much for me tonight.

Final Grade: 3.94, a B+. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is one of those beers that I know isn't perfect, but I still can't help but like. I honestly find it to be borderline cloying, and drinking more than a bottle or two over the course of a night would quickly become a chore. Yet there was never any doubt that I'd finish the glass - because despite this beer's total lack of concern for balance, it's still pretty tasty. I don't think I'll need another bottle anytime soon, though I could see myself picking it up on a whim in the future, if I spot it and the mood strikes.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZestyZachy
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jrjr0891
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pleasure
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 355ml (12oz) bottle into glass. Date code of 'SL20P1'.
Very dark brown body. Tan two finger head settles to 1/2 finger head. Strings of lacing.
Aroma of sweet chocolate and darker malt.
Taste of malted milk chocolate and cocoa. Toffee and caramel.
Thin to medium mouth feel. No perceived bitterness. Slightly cloying, but not objectionable.
A very good light desert beer (if one likes milk chocolate/cocoa).

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vabeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been enjoying Samuel Smith beers since around 1980 when I started enjoying the Pale Ale.

This pours with a thick tan head that laces along the glass as it gradually settles.
The aroma seems dark chocolate and coconut oil? Not much hop or malt.

Almost too sweet, taste similar to smell.

Pleasant throat coating feel

A good low abv stout, 500 ml is enough of anything this sweet

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Photo of Bmarkalan1970
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle, Gardiner Haskins, Bristol - Pours jet black with a large light tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - cocoa, roasted chocolate malts Taste - Sweet, smooth, lactose, cocoa, roasted chocolate malty middle, very light bitter finish. Solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As good as any other sweet chocolate light milky stout, with a bit more mineral and chocolate than most.
a) an opaque jet black with brown highlights. Sports a two finger creamy tan head that reduces to sudsy islands and laces a bit.
s) Abundant aromas of chocolate milk, cocoa, peat fire, and wood smoke.
t) Strong flavors of chocolate milk with cocoa that's tempered by roasting chesnuts, wood smoke, peat fire, and ancient wooden cabinetry.
f) Light bodied, a bit creamy yet a bit thin.
o) Outstanding light dessert beer with good mineral base.

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Photo of TagForKeeps
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The color is a nice dark coffee color with a very nice dark tan head that disperses quickly, leaving a frothy lace.

Smell: There's no mistaking the cocoa and roasted chocolate malt in this beer, and as a result there are no earthy or bitter notes. Still a nice aroma regardless.

Feel: This stout has a very nice heaviness to it with moderate carbination. Nothing overpowering or unique about it.

Taste: Stellar taste. It greets you with the roasted chocolate malt and just as quickly the cocoa joins in giving this beer a sweet, almost milk chocolatey flavor that lingers on the tongue. Almost no trace of bitterness, making this a prime brew for people who don't like overly bitter tastes.

Overall: West O CocO stout has now been pushed into 2nd place for me. Overall, this beer's taste, feel and look are what propell it towards the top. The taste alone while certainly inviting to beginners, or people that don't like bitter tastes, is neither too complicated, but not too simple either. A perfect blend that doesn't give you diabetes with over sweetening, or turn your face inside out with IPA hoppiness.

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of d5001986
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Holderness
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L — Pours a moderately dark black body with a two-finger tan head produced with gentle pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S — Nutty chocolate, toffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, barley
T — Almond nougat, milk chocolate, vanilla, tobacco leaf, caramel, sarsparilla
F — Pretty thin and watery for the style. Sweet but not syrupy or cloying
O — As many others have noted prior, this brew is very much about the chocolatey dessert-like character and very little about the base beer. How much that matters depends on how much one likes chocolate and flavored stouts in general


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Photo of Weekiwachee
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So lovely, delicate, balanced, agreeable. I am so tired of imperials. This is the proof you don't need a high ABV to taste good. I am glad I took it out of the fridge a while before drinking it.

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Photo of lastmango
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very dark brown with one finger tan head that disappeared quickly. Moderate lacing. Aroma was like chocolate chocolate malt. I could not detect any other aromas. Taste - I love a chocolate malt. I do not want it in my beer. This beer is just too much chocolate. Moderate body and carbonation. A bit dry. If you want a chocolate beer, this is probably what you are looking for.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,330 ratings