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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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

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:
3,149
Reviews:
589
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.2%
 
 
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Photo of FrankShirley
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beige on top. It smells like rich chocolate. The taste is like chocolate milk with some light bitterness from roasted barley. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of DioS
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WhiteLight68
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RENDERUSELESS
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Adam_Lifts
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gear54
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 550 into a tulip glass.

Pour us pitch black with 2 fingers of thin kaki head. Head fades very quickly and leaves no lace on the glass. A little more carbonation than I'm use to in a stout.

Smell is exactly like tins if Hershey's baking coco. It's like I'm getting ready to make no bake cookies. I've had coffee and chocolate (both milk and dark) and coco smells before but nothing this clear and strong. The smell is so potent I can't find much else but general nuttiness and maybe some toasty maltyness.

Taste follows smell exactly. It's like drinking Hershey coco. Possible the most pure chocolate flavor I've come across in a beer.

Feel is nice. Chocolate flavor lasts until the next sip. Smooth with absolutely no bitterness. Wow!

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

Photo of FrothFanatic
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to stout/porter. I have not found another better tasting chocolate stout ever since trying this, amazingly good.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's labels, as well as a few other things I've read about their beers seem to indicate that their brewery sits upon a magic well, which is what makes all of their brews turn out as best in class. it's the unique mineral content they say. I kind of believe it. I love the flavor of every one of their stouts and quite frankly, I have noticed a similarity in the foundations of the flavor profile between the different lines. Maybe it is just the water!

At any rate, this one is every bit as good as the rest of the Sam Smith line. It pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black if your lighting isn't first rate. It smells like a gloriously decadent bar of dark chocolate and follows that up by tasting like it as well, except with a smooth creaminess taking the edge of the bitter chocolate notes. This brew is glorious and you'll want another, although it is far too rich to drink more than one. Still, I can't imagine a better dessert after the evening meal...

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mkh012
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: very dark brown- almost black
Smell: Amazing. Hershey's syrup with a hint of nuttiness
Taste: Largely follows the nose. Chocolate, roasted nuttiness, and a hint of coconut. The first sip was probably the best one but still very good all the way through.
Mouth: A little thin. Surprisingly carbonated but this felt more balanced the more I drank it.

Overall, this is a great low abv stout. The nose is fantastic and the taste reminded me of a Mounds candy bar. Not as ridiculously sweet as some have complained but certainly a dessert beer. I was really impressed with the first few sips and enjoyed it till the last drop.

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Photo of PGVG
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of majorbase2
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thick, brown head (that fittingly resembles chocolate milk). Head recedes rather quickly leaving a ring of lacing around the edge. Some slight, patchy lacing on the sides achieved only by swishing.

Aroma is rich, creamy, silky chocolate. So incredibly vivid, one of the more impressively accurate aromas I've yet seen captured in a beer. Some cocoa and a splash of vanilla.

Taste, as in the aroma, absolutely nails the chocolate notes. Some slight nuttiness. A good deal of sweetness on the finish. Cocoa is still there. A hint of ground coffee beans. Not the most complex variety of tastes. The chocolate notes, however, have a lot of depth to them. Really progresses in taste as a piece of chocolate would, starting out with a sense of chewiness, and going down smoothly, like a melted chocolate.

Light-medium body. Pretty light for a stout. Decent amount of bitterness and a bit sticky going down. Higher carbonation for a stout.

This is a fantastic beer. If you like chocolate, you will like this beer. This would go perfectly along with some cake.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy freakin delicious. Most chocolate I've ever tasted in a chocolate stout. In a blind test I'd choose this over a chocolate shake. Perfect dessert beer. And organic to boot. A+

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Photo of hastiecyclist63
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcruelty
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ok I haven't read any of the reviews yet so this is my UNVARNISHED UNBIASED opinion. Here are my notes upon drinking it (I poured into a tulip cos that's all I have):

smell: rich chocolatey. mmm
head: medium, dies down quickly
color: black
taste: wow so smooth and rich, really chocolate milkshake is what comes to mind. with some coffee as well. you know, a stout. but not bitter. it's sweet

Well, that was very unenlightening. My beer notes usually are. I will say this beer is better than its packaging. The label is unattractive. It looks very old-timey English, but not in a good way. It reminds me of a musty pub. Samuel Smith should hire whoever does Unibroue's design, cos Unibroue labels are the best

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Photo of henkejo
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Titanium147
2.74/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I love many Samuel Smith's beers.This one simply doesn't suit my tastes

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Photo of sprado22
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Riik3
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoljaBoy52
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,149 ratings.
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