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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle: Filtered
Ingredients: Water; Organic malted barley; Organic cane sugar; Yeast; Organic hops; Organic cocoa extract; Carbon dioxide
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic cocoa extract impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish - this is a marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHopster (829) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
(Bottle). This is an outstanding chocolate stout. Pours a mahogany complexion with thick tan head. Aroma of mild milk chocolate. The flavor is deep chocolate without without being overly sweet or sticky. Very well balanced. Pallet is smooth and creamy. The best I’ve had from this Brewer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (75) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle, 550 ml. Pours jet black with a significant amount of foamy tan head. Good head retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by strong dairy and chocolate notes. Cocoa butter, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, coconut, caramel undertones, brown sugar and molasses are all easily detectable. Getting a major chocolate milkshake vibe from this one. Taste is very sweet as expected, with the predominant flavours of chocolate, cream, malty caramel and muscavado sugar all contributing to this. There’s also a somewhat unexpected bitter side to the taste as well, coming off the dark malts and a bit of black coffee, which balances things nicely and prevents this one from becoming too one-dimensional. Long finish with cereal and especially nuts in the aftertaste. Body is perhaps a little thinner than it could have been though the creamy texture and minimal carbonation still make for the smooth experience you expect from these sorts of brews. Definitely impressive overall, and perhaps setting the standard for what a good sweet stout should be.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1508) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Excellent sweet milk chocolate stout with an almost chocolate milk level of "childhood evocation power." The kind of beer you can give just about anyone and have them enjoying life.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Pink_152 (922) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
550ml bottle from Melbourn Bros Stamford. Deep almost black with a big tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate. The taste has this too, and is almost like those creamy chocolate liqures. But not as sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PacNWDad (106) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours with about 1/2 finger of tan, mottled head, which dissipates quickly to a film. No apparent bubbles. Dark mahogany color, light just gets through. Vanilla, butterscotch, cocoa, tobacco aroma, with cherry and roasted malt too. Primarily a sweet taste, with just a hint of sour and a little bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A lovely beer - why do I want to have a Manhattan now?

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Andrus86 (51) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2014
BOTTLE. Shared RW. Pours a dark cola with a brown head that disappears quickly. Chocolate overpowers on the nose. Upfront its a very sweet choc & vanilla taste that finishes off with coconut. Very impressed! Sourced Cape Cellars

4.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippiemusic (45) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Wow the English know how to bring it. The chocolate notes come full forward, with an evenly malty backing. Delicious desert beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3212) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Dark, ruby almost black pour, with a small beige head. Very sweet aroma, cocoa extract is evident, smells fake. Hard to find anything but sweet chocolate aroma. Even the roasty notes smell sweet. Mouth feel is thick and velvety. Finish is just more cloying sweetness, its like drinking chocolate milk. Not a fan.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MissPxx (450) - - NOV 7, 2014
Darkest ruby red, and looks black. Cream coloured frothy head. Massive hit of chocolate on the nose and on the tongue. Slightly sweet. Gorgeous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2097) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2014
500ml bottle @El Cabanón, Avilés. 27-04-2014.
In short: very nice sweet stout.
Pours very dark with nice tan head. moderate head retention, poor lacing. Chocolate, roasty, creamy aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste follows the nose, very smooth, creamy and pleasant. Really enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1076) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
March 29th, 2013 - Head was an off white cream, but quickly dissipated. Coffee in the aroma, sure, but lots of raspberry too, so more of a raspberry mocha smell. Also, hazelnut and Nutella. Curious! Cherry cordials. Lots of sweet, and more acidic and punchy than a regular chocolate stout that drips with Nestlé syrup. Smells like an Easter basket. Very Bavarian, and what chocolate notes there are are definitely milk chocolate in nature, and maybe even white chocolate. Palate is on the flatter side, but not bad. Heavy beer, and sweet. Basically tastes as it smells. The aftertaste and jam-in-chocolate flavor is especially prevalent. Beginning taste is quite and then ramps up. Definitely a unique taste, though I think as a personal choice I still prefer the traditional 72 percent cocoa deep dark flavors.


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