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 ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle - $3.49 at Lucky's in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Near black body with a tall, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts, though, it's largely a scent of chocolate syrup. It's odd, I've found a few of the chocolate beer scents a bit repellent, but others I've found to be just fine and dandy. This is one of those fine and dandy times.

Taste: Roasted, toasted maltiness, really just enough of a scaffolding to hold the chocolate flavoring. Maybe a faint fruitiness. Maybe. Mostly just a sweet, chocolaty thing, like those Hostess cupcakes minus the white swirls.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Hits the spot, if you're looking for a pleasing chocolaty dessert beer.

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

Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Organic Chocolate Stout

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color. Soapy head forms leaving lace down the pint. Immediately after pouring I began to smell chocolate.

SMELL: Chocolate malt, milk chocolate candies, and even chocolate iced cake. A really delicious smelling beer. Just a little toast, bread and floral touches, this smells like hot cocoa.

TASTE: Roasted chocolate malts, cocoa powder, big on chocolate, with a English ale yeast twang that seams tart by comparison. A good helping of earthy bitterness balance this most chocolatey ale.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, with a firm chocolate finish and a good level of carbonation.

OVERALL: Beer and Chocolate lovers unite! This is what you need to get your hands on.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a classic nonic pint glass. Sorry no tulip pint available har har. I am not usualy a fan of this style, but lets see how this goes.

Forms so nicely, much like many of Samuel Smith brews. Giant four finger head formation and in control, foamy rich with a light chocolate tan cocoa head and big retention on a classic dark walnut brown body. Head gives to whipped up cream.

What a fantastic incredible nose on this beer. Powdered cocoa in buckets, and lots of cream. Whipped sweet milk and sugars, almost like Carnation instant breakfast. Buttery cococa fat all over!! This is bringing back memories, I am keen on this one so far.

On the palate, the nose and sensations come to fruition. Very light bodied milky wet but seems to match style wise. Incredible silky milk chocolate with powdered cocoa finish. Very light bodied and a bit watery but feels to style. Not high quality chocolate but more like instant mix. Sweet milk lactose finish and coating, even a little lingering. Lip smacking coating cocoa abounds everywhere, with a malt backbone. It's sweet but not overly.

This is just a super fun brew, I am dumb impressed with this one and I don't even like this style, so easy to drink also. Chocolate milk shake for beer adults in a glass.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of milk chocolate and maltiness. A touch of bitterness added some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good milk stout. Another tasty brew from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of Goosey
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black, a color that to me is very similar to a soda. Tanish-white head with not much lacing to speak of. Smells overwhelmingly of chocolate, all other flavors in the nose are drown out, which is great at first, but after a while it get tedious. Taste, again chocolate. To me, it kind of tastes like I would imagine a chocolate-vanilla coke to taste like. Litterally no alcohol taste at all, and not much roasty stout flavor either. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which at first I was a little dissapointed by, but now that I am halfway through the bottle, it's not such a bad thing. Overall, spot on for a chocolate brew; this one beats Boulevard's Chocolate for me. Great choice for a dessert beer, tastes just like a chocolate bar. Just make sure you've got some friends or family to split this one with, because it is just too much for one person to take on.

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Photo of pweis909
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am so impressed with how much chocolate they got in this beer that I want to it more than my ratings reflect more. But it is too sweet, too one dimensional.

This is black and opaque, with just a twinge of cola-like transparency at the bottom edges of the glass when held to the light. The top oc the glass is covered with a dense tan happy foam.

It smells really chocolatey. REALLY.

It is a sweet syrupy chocolate taste. As in chocolate syrup. Big chocolate up front. Finish is sweeter than I prefer.

The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, but I've had creamier, and I sort of want to have creamier with this beer.

Overall, this gets high praise for it's bold chocolate, but sweetness is it's downfall. It is a sweet beer with limited drinkability; the sweetness is cloying. It's the sort of beer you could share at a dinner party in 2 oz pours. Everyone would be happy to try it, ooh and ah about how chocolatey and sweet it is, then move on to something else. An imperial pint of it was not easy to finish.

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

There's something about the seductive nature of chocolate that lulls the taste buds under its spell and makes it easy to dismiss any unpleasantries elsewhere in the beer. Yep, I'm guilty as charged!

The pour delivers a solid brown and slightly viscous appearance with a creamy whipped topping of mocha-stained foam. As the cap collapses underneath the cocoa oils, intricate patterns of lace decorate the glass with a full mural of randomness.

Aromas of straight-up chocolate fills the nose first and foremost. It's not until the beer warms that it starts to share more moderate notes of caramel malt, whipping cream, coffee, wood and hops; even if these remain in the backdrop and scent.

The chocolaty flavors are just as forward as they are in scent. Sheer chocolate wraps the tastebuds in a cocoon of silky, velvety, and milky delight- all spiced with the seductive cocoa bean. The taste displays more of a bittersweet chocolate taste than the more moderate aromas of milk chocolate and shares slightly bolder nutty coffee, vanilla, and woodish bitterness, particularly in the timid closure.

Medium-full in texture, the beer's silky smooth mouthfeel is sultry, velvety, and lightly creamy from early palate to late. Only a slight waivering into malt sweetness that seems mildly cola like signals the closure to the beer's taste as mild cocoa-type bitterness elevates.

This is one of those delicious beers that makes you forget that you are drinking beer. Its dessert like flavors and sweetnesses transcend everything you wanted in ale, yet remains highly drinkable and enjoyable- much like hot cocoa on a snowy winters eve.

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Photo of templar316
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick and rich and chocolatey!! Pours a nice full stout the head falling back quickly and only a hint of ruby at the edge of the glass. Smells like candy! Chocolate sugar rush! The easily drinkable soft over the tongue finish is what really stands out; it'd be easy to drink a dozen of these. Strickly average if your average is world class stouts...

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Photo of maxk
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550mL bottle, chilled, poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown beer, nice two finger head, good retention and lacing. Looks tasty, albeit not extraordinary.

Strong scent of milk chocolate, smells VERY sweet. Tiny aromatic hint of resinous/earthy hops.

Well, this beer is definitely a chocolate stout. Unlike some beers which are aged on cocoa nibs or brewed with chocolate, which have just slight hints of chocolate, this beer tastes more or less like a chocolate soda with a stout-y aftertaste. Very creamy and smooth, big body, sweet.

I enjoy this beer, but barely view it as a beer. It's a tasty chocolate flavored malt beverage. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Rogercardinal
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A: It pours a beautiful, deep black color with a thick cocoa colored head that seems to last forever

S: Chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate. Smells very sweet

T: The taste follows the smell. Lots of chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup.

M: Very smooth, creamy.

O: A very nice beer, one I'll be picking up often. A bit too sweet to have more than one at a time

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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 +5.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +14.8%
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 -9.1%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -4.3%
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 +17.7%
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 +3.1%
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 -4.8%
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 -42.3%
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 -7.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +6.5%
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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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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