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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (5082) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle - Dark brown, almost back in colour. Artificial chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla dominate in the sweet and slightly sickly taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (921) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle in the Anchor Inn, Guisborough. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Sweet cocoa aroma. The flavour is dominated by a sweet cocoa, rather than chocolate flavour, especially the after-taste. This makes it pretty sickly and I doubt I could drink more than one of these in a single sitting. I’d prefer more of the stout character to come through. Good for those who enjoy a desert beer. A good beer, but a bit too much for my tastes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours near black with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is incredible cocoa and syrup with a roasted coffee note. Taste is sweet and smooth. Possibly the best chocolate-balanced beer I’ve ever tasted. Sweet but not cloying. Definitely a dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (471) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours dark side of the moon black with a thick shaving cream style two finger cap. Taste is pure dessert: cocoa powder, Black Forest cake, & carob. Leans a little too hard on the sweetness, which in turn starts to make a full pint a bit of a grind. If I was turning the dials & levers on this brew I’d move away from the liquid candy bar flavour profile & punch in a bit more depth.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle, Systembolaget. Black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of choclate, cocoa, cookies and chocolate pudding. Sweet and artificial. I have mixed feelings about this one, the aroma was rather nice but the taste was too sweet and artificial.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2145) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Surprised to see a Sam Smiths at Wegman’s I had not had. This starts really well, rich chocolate nose , alternately milky and bittersweet. The palate is hefty milk chocolate that never quits, and gets a bit annoying. Similar to atwater Decadent I recently had. Much prefer their flagship oatmeal stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STLGoldendog (38) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 A wonderful aroma of chocolate from the first sense with a great dark color with a thin head pour. Taste is exactly stated by label, organic chocolate stout. Thin on the palate which makes it easily drinkable for a stout. Overall a satisfying end of the night beer to leave you on a sweet note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2013
12oz bottle from Barrel and Bottle in North Market, Columbus. Brown-black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is milk and cocoa. Tastes are cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate, tootsie role vibe. Thin palate. Little too sweet for me, but well built.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1777) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
550 mL bottle. Delicious chocolatey aroma. It is not overpowering, but it is pleasantly sweet. Nothing but chocolate in the flavour, and it matches the aroma exactly. Not a bad thing, in this case. The body is medium but creamy, and this suits the flavour quite well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2335) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2013
Radiant with excellent clarity, it produces up a deepest ruby with a well developed and lasting plume of frothy wash atop. Strong note of fresh shaved, roasted carob, Dutch cocoa, nutmeg and Horlicks™ on the nose. A supple sweetness ensues some rusty notes and hints of dark stone fruit in amongst the ever dominant carob notes. Lightly astringent, lightly clappy swallow with a lasting, artificial sweetness. Body is medium but it does cloy once warmed. A lick of vanillin and roasted nuts a saving grace but otherwise this is not a very pleasurable ale to drink. Struggled with the full pint. (55cL, BBE 12/14, Liquor Baron’s Ocean Reef)


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