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)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Milk / Sweet 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 JuicesFlowing
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a dark, rich dark chocolate black, with brown coming through the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head recedes to a bubbly film. Beautiful webbed lacing coats the glass.

The beer smells strongly of oatmeal, milk chocolate, and coconut.

The beer tastes exactly as it smells with sweet milk chocolate dominating, with a delicious dry oatmeal sturdiness in the body. Sweet coconut and almonds add wonderful candy bar afterthoughts.

The mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, with a nice finish.

Overall, simply a perfect beer to me, exquisite in every way.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of this one is dominated by a lucious malted chocolate. Reminescent of milk duds (in a good way) and a touch of ovaltine (also in a good way). Taste is also moderately rich, lucious, silky, sweet, chocolatey goodness. There are more chocolatey stouts out there but this one delivers a perfectly satisfying level of chocolate with style and class. There is some Sam Smith familiarity on the back end of each sip, but that is certainly not a complaint. Spectacular.

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Photo of MudDrinker
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - classic stout. Its dark with an off-white to light brown head.

Smell - It smells like melted milk chocolate. No yeast, malt, etc. scent.

Taste - Its like drinking a cup of malt chocolate syrup with a teaspoon of milk and a teaspoon of espresso. It really is an oddball for a chocolate stout, it is almost cloyingly sweet like a chocolate ice cream beer float. No alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel - Its a fairly typical stout mouthfeel, the sweet chocolate is complemented by the body coming through rich and thick but not sticking to the throat.

Overall - Drink it in a frosted glass with dessert, or as a standalone dessert at the end of a light dinner. If you're seasoned in chocolate stouts and used to the "chocolate" taste but the standard sweetness of malt prepare for an unusual experience. It tastes like someone added 2-3 tablespoons of white sugar into every bottle just before you opened it.

Definitely going to have a couple on hand for dessert.

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Photo of beergoot
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presents a deep, dark chocolate body with a very thick, rich, creamy head. An impressive chocolate nose; rich mocha, caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa; some roasted grain notes buried deep within the overall chocolate character. Outstanding flavor and feel: buttery smooth, luxurious milk chocolate; rich and sweet throughout.

Perhaps one of the finest stout's I've tasted. Definitely on the sweet side of things yet very, very delightful to sip. A must try for sweet stout fans and well-worth checking out for any dark beer fan.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- pours a cola brown body with a fluffy thick mocha head.

S- cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, sweet lactose

T- this is like a beer milkshake. Lots of cocoa powder, milk chocolate and cream flavors. It just doesn't seem like a beer. Barely any hop characteristic

M- thick and creamy, low carbonation.

Overall this was quite a rich and chocolatey brew. It was like drinking a carbonated hot chocolate that has cooled down. It's smooth and rich, and recommendable to those who would like a truly chocolatey chocolate stout.

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

No bottle date that I can find.

Pours a dark brown with a fluffy light tan sheet, the beer leaves small spots of lace. Smells of sweet cocoa, lots of cocoa, little bits of roasted malts, some sugar, a hint of milk and spotted with leather. Taste is sweet, milky, some slight bitterness, a strong dose of cocoa still remains - the flavor is more obviously cocoa nib than other beers touting cocoa (meaning- powdered cocoa). Full bodied with a low carb and viscus finish. Nice beer, would be great mixed with their organic strawberry ale.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamp of SH29L1 on the neck. Poured into a Libby porter/stout glass.

Appearance: Black, with just a bit of mahogany brown at the edges when held up to the light. Initial tan head died back rather quickly to leave just a ring at the edge. Occasional island or strand of lacing noted but this would slowly slide back down - not persistent.

Smell: Deep cocoa powder smell - the good high quality stuff. Some fruit smells thrown in under all that cocoa. Very impressive.

Taste: Rich cocoa flavor again, nice sweetness to the middle. Like having a very nice solid chocolate bar....a good milk chocolate bar. Tiny bit of roasted malt bitterness at the end of swallow, just enough to bookend the sweetness and chocolate nature of this beer. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, just south of fizzy. It initially feels light and thin under that carbonation, but you notice a bit more thickness towards the end of the swallow. Kind of odd. Good, but not great.

Overall / Drinkability: A dessert in a bottle most definitely. Impressive aroma and taste as many beers I've had with actual chocolate brewed in sometimes seem to have it more as an accent where in this case, the cocoa takes center stage and is the dominant feature of this milk stout. I think it works though and I could see myself having another, but not in one evening. I think one is enough because it's rich and it feels like a dessert. Somehow more than one would feel like too much.

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

A: Pours a very dark brown with a good sized, foamy and dense chocolate milk-colored head. Fades slowly, leaving very fluffy tracks of lacing as it goes. Good head retention too.

S: Very sweet and creamy chocolate. Smells like nougat too. In fact, reminds me of creme brulee (the beer). Almost sickeningly sweet.

T: Super sweet, super creamy chocolate. Ridiculously sweet and creamy. Turns into a burnt cream and nougat in the middle. Finish is a touch of bitter chocolate and char.

M: Creamy and smooth. Feels heavier than just a 5% ABV brew.

O: Definitely a sweet one. It tastes like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Light. Lots of creamy chocolate and that pervasive burnt cream flavor and aroma. Tasty dessert beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours jet black with a four finger, foamy tan head that sticks around. Beautiful, seafoam lacing! The aroma is of sweet, dark chocolate with vanilla undertones and nutty notes. Smells like a candy bar. The taste follows the nose, and for those that say it is too sweet...remember the is a milk stout. Milk chocolate candy bar with rich, vanilla and earthy hints. Balanced with a just enough bittering and roasty notes to make the finish not cloying. A dessert beer, but not overly rich. Rich, creamy, and full bodied. Excellent chocolate stout.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The crown cracks with a satisfying hiss, and a gentle straight pour fills the tulip with a perfect half-and-half mix of beer and head. The body is clear and not quite black, with bright brownish-red highlights; above is a majestic cap of fine tan foam that settles slowly and leaves tremendous lace. Gorgeous.

S: Chocolate to the extreme. Creamy, milky, nougaty chocolate. There's not much in the way of characteristic beer aromas, but the chocolate is lovely.

T: Opens with smooth, sweet milk chocolate, and while this dominant flavor never really goes away it is joined by some roastier elements midway through (espresso), as well as a hint of fruit and malt husk toward the bittersweet finish. Long, chocolatey aftertaste. Extremely rich and flavorful for only 5%. Terrific.

M: A trifle thin, but nicely carbonated.

O: While I've never been disappointed with a Sam Smith offering, this one was probably the most impressive I've had. I rarely enjoy chocolate stouts that foreground the adjunct entirely, but in this case it really worked.


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Photo of BrownNut
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.5 - Dark brown. Nearly opaque but not quite. The classic Samuel Smith's head. Tan and thick and enduring and beautiful. Their beers are the most beautiful I've seen, largely due to those heads.

S - 4 - Strongly chocolate. Brownies and chocolate icing and cocoa and maybe vanilla. Maybe a fleeting hint of coffee

T - 4 - Tastes a lot like it smells. Chocolate icing, bit of chocolate syrup. But also there's an almost metallic thing happening in the thinness of it, in the non-chocolate beer component of it, which I have been getting from Samuel Smith's brews for years now. Has a pleasant chocolate desserty aftertaste. There may be a bare hint of coffee on the exhale. I'd say this is more of a 3.9 in taste.

M - 3.5 - Thinner than expected. Short of medium bodied. Nothing special really.

O - 4 - Very pleasant from a trusted name and a nice value at under $4. I may be spoiled after all those imperial stouts but I think this one would benefit from some more black malt char and some coffee notes to play off of all the chocolate and ramp up the complexity. If it's a milk stout then I suppose it's true to style, however.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.41/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate, kind of like Hershey's syrup. In the taste, like Hershey's syrup, uber sweet. A small bite, but mainly smooth, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Uber sweet and sticky, kind of Hershey's syrup like, kind of icky.

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Photo of Danno48
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pretty excited that Sam Smith made a chocolate stout.
Pours a jet black that shows the tiniest bit of dark red when held up to a light. Average tan head.
Smells like a mixture of sourdough bread and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate.
Tastes very very chocolaty. Kind of like when chocolate is in the double boiler though when it is giving off vapors.
Was smooth and velvety on the palate.
Great beer but something I think I will only have once or with a big piece of triple chocolate cake.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thick swaths of foam form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same with an intense chocolate aftertaste. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a satisfying chocolate flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent dark chocolate color with an impressive head that sticks a bunch of lacing

Smell: Rich chocolate, coconut and vanilla

Taste: Tastes like a milk chocolate candy bar, with hints of coconut and vanilla to add another dimension to the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A great dessert beer; not something to drink in a large quantity due to the sweetness, however

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, nearly opaque with some cola highlights around the edges. Fat mocha head on the pour that mostly hangs around.
Smell: big cocoa. Smells like creamy cooled hot chocolate.
Taste: no disputing this is a chocolate stout. Near perfect cocoa, smooth and delicious.
Overall: outstanding. This drinks down like an adult milkshake. Would be hard to imagine a better version.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer right out of the bottle and that's mostly due to the cap. The liquid is dark brown in color and slightly hazed but the head is fine, fluffy and perfect. Think about a spongy capucino lid on this brew. Excellent.

The nose is equally as impressive. Rich sweet chocolate and lovely roasted grains. It's smooth and delightful, I can't wait to get into this beer.

Mother of god this is a tasty beverage. It's like drinking a smooth velvety chocolate bar that'll get you drunk. A sweet stout with a roasted grain backbone. A joy to sip everytime I put the glass to my lips.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body add to the slick feel. The beer also coats your tongue with its smoothness. A fantastic brew that is flavorful, beautiful and amazing to drink. Find this beer!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn I had no idea this was brewed once. Totally justify the 4 dollar price tag.

A - Well a light pour still gives me a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. Beer seems to be pretty stout like with a deep dark amber black with hardly any escape able light.

S - Really digging the bakers chocolate on this one. Reminds me of Chocolat from ST straight up Belgium. Along side I get some roast and balancing coffee.

T - A very different level of sweet chocolate. Like comparing Nestle to Godiva. In this case a fine not artificial with a desert like quality but it never gets cloying. Mostly sweet no lactic sourness, hop bitterness, or harsh roast. Perfect.

M - Well it does have a nice chewy medium body. I didn't expect a thick stout but applaud a not light one either.

Overall great job guys! I might go back and see if I can snag a four pack at a discount. Ow better yet find it cheaper at a Giant Eagle. That would be a tasty session beer!

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Photo of fox227
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You should pretty much know what to expect from a Samuel Smith pour into a tall mug: a nice three fingered head, for this stout tan coloured(sic), and nice and dark liquid underneath. Smell is very strong in roasted malt, yeasty esters, and decadent milk chocolate. This would make an amazing dessert beer. The added chocolate flavor is perhaps a bit over the top, but is undeniably delicious. The mouth-feel is usual for a Samuel Smith dark ale, nice carbonation, but the 5% alcohol never betrays anything bordering on a light body. Overall, this is another great beer from the masters of English Ales, but perhaps best served with chocolate cake or anything sweet.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 18, 2012.

The pour is is a deep, dark black with a brown head that settles down to a lingering ring.

The aroma is explosive with roasted chocolate malts but it is difficult to pick up much of anything else.

The body is bold, thick, but of medium texture.

The taste is sweet but there is so much chocolate in it that it is more like a Hershey's Chocolate milk. There is a low to medium bitterness on the tail end but altogether it is a likable enough dessert beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle $3.99. Dark black color, cream colored head, sticky lacing. Aroma is cocoa, kind of sickly sweet, hints of vanilla. Flavor is full of chocolate, cocoa, but that sweetness if there and its cloying. They captured the chocolate well but this tastes like it has sugar added to it, not my thing at all.

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Photo of warrenout330
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml

A- pours a deep black color, huge 5 finger head.. good retention... very nice blotting of lace to the glass

S- smells of sugary chocolate syrup, milky chocolate, faint roasted barely

T- super sweet chocolatey syrup, faint barely taste.. low bitterness... the organic chocolate almost masks everything

M- thin and a tad oily on the tongue... super sweet lingeringness... minimal hop bitterness in the finish

O- very odd take on this milk stout... this is seriously a dessert beer if I have ever had one, and I have many times.. but this really just tastes like super syrup chocolate beer... geez

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Photo of Macdoyal
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at the local beverage den. Got home and poured one into my pint glass.

Appearance. It's very dark with and nice small head of creamy foam. Kinda reminds me of Guinness.

Smell. After I topped the top i took a whiff and i was shocked that it's actually smelled like chocolate. I didn't detect any roasted notes or anything. Once it was poured the smell triggered the image of Count Chocula in my head and thats what it smells like to me. A light sweet chocolate smell.

Taste. It acutally taste a lot darker then I was expecting. I'm getting the bitter roasted flavor that hangs on the palate but a sweet chocolate or Kaluha taste up front.

Mouthfeel. I like how it's got just the right amount of carbonation going on and it's not too watery. You can take a pull and not belch right afterwards.

Overall. I like this beer and the smell is amazing. I'd buy it again and at only 5% abv it's a good beer to sit and drink with friends.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

550mL bottle, pours black with a tall, bubbly, beige head, good head retention, leaves some lacing on the glass as it slowly fades. Aromas are sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, Kahlua. Tastes are delicate cocoa, vanilla, cream, sweet not roasted, very White Russian-like, kind of reminds me of vanilla ice cream with a dash of chocolate. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, medium bodied. Overall, this is a little too sweet for me. It's good, but i like some roast in my stout.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These guys are my favorite British brewery, and after seeing what they did with a Russian imperial stout, I’m pretty confident they’ll be able to deliver with this one.

The bottling code means this one was brewed on August 10, 2012, I’m pretty sure, making this one about three months old.

A: Pours a dark, syrupy chestnut brown with a foamy brown head standing nearly half a glass high. It takes minutes, but the foam finally diminishes to thin, bubbly layer; impressive. Thick lacing crawls up the side of the glass in intricate webs.

S: Spicy, dark flavors of bitter cocoa, mocha, burnt sugars, and deep, deep caramel; I expected chocolate syrup, but what I’m getting is a dead-on noseful of Kahlua. Interestingly enough, it really works for this style. Thick vanilla and Irish cream aromas help make this more of a liqueur scent than a beer one. Chocolate syrup is still there, though, with toasted biscuit malts rounding it out.

T: More of the nose, but with an abundance of chocolate and milky vanilla. Comes across in an uproar of sweet candy corn, acidic coffee, and warm, robust burnt sugar tastes, sustained for minutes at a time by torrents of bread crust, walnut, cinnamon-roasted almonds, baked apple, and an tangy, artificial cherry note (like cough syrup). It’s an intriguing array for a palate you’d expect to be all about the chocolate. Finishes warm and nutty, pricked up with oily hops only coming through in the aftertaste.

M: As milky as a 5% milk stout can get – and that is, in fact, pretty milky. Smooth and light without a touch of carbonation.

O: This beer dishes out a palate you won’t find anywhere else; that’s right, the normally traditional Samuel Smith throws a virtual curveball in a glass. At first, it feels like more liqueur-like, but after a few sips, you start to realize something about it: no matter what else you relate it to, this drink is just different. And it’s pretty damn good, to boot…

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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