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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 696   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.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Review #600 550ml served in a Southern Tier tulip A - Pours black with a hefty 3 fingers of foam. Impressive retention and solid lacing. S - Wow! Very rich and creamy milk chocolate, reminds me of french silk pie, hints of roast, tangy chocolate syrup, amazing. T - Creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, very decadent flavors, sweet and creamy, dark chocolate comes out toward the finish. Woody herbal hops add low underlying bitterness. M - Super creamy feel, perfect carbonation, glides over the palate. The best chocolate aroma Iíve smelled from a beer. I could smell this all day long. Awesome milk stout thats sweet without being cloying. Chocolate is the dominate flavor but itís on another level. Serving type: bottle 12-15-2012

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
500mL bottle from BevMo! Clear deep ruby with a two finger beige head, pretty good retention. Big dessert nose of milk chocolate, vanilla, and coconut, light toasted grain. Flavor follows suit, and boy, this is kinda sweet. No longer getting the coconut--just milk chocolate and vanilla. There is a bit of roasted coffee, though not enough (hops too), so this is a bit sweet and unbalanced for me. Bitterness did creep up a bit in the back corners of my tongue to a 3/10, but it was after the sweet finish (dunno if Iím making sense).Anyways, Iím usually one to complain of too much burnt roast/ash in stouts and too much bitterness in most beers, and this didnít have enough roast or initial bitterness, to me. Dunno if Iím imagining it because itís an English brewery, but I get a bit of minerals as well. Medium body with low carbonation that seemed flabby--or was that the body? I dunno, something didnít feel right about it. Maybe if I cut this 50/50 with the S.S. Oatmeal Stout, weíd have a winner. By itself, itís a bit much (like the Southern Tier beers) in more than sample glasses. Iím interested to know when they add the organic cane sugar (after fermentation {because they add carbon dioxide to the ingredient list, stating that they force carb the beer?}, since itís only a 5% ABV beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CardsFan25 (61) - - JUN 18, 2013
Chocolate aroma, dark pour with little head. Chocolate taste up front with a cocoa finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1708) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle @ the Lyceum. Much colder than I'd have probably drunk it at home. Pours a dark reddy brown/black with a solid, foamy off white head. The aroma is great. Mocha, sweet chocolate also fake chocolate candy. Flavour is a cream soda, vanilla, chocolate, malt, coffee concoction, like an ice cream float. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUN 17, 2013
OMG. One of the nicest beers I have had. I loved this. Fantastic chocolate aroma, lots of carbonation initially gives a frothy head, the medium body is pleasant on the tongue. Then the flavour is chocolate, roasted cereal, crystal sugar, warm milky chocolate, malty ending. All great on my palate.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (513) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Date Rated: March 30, 2013... Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick... Occasion: Easter Sunday--after 39 dry days of fasting... Appearance: velvet black with chunky, brown head--the glassís tracings are spotty but true... Aroma: lactic, milky sugars rejoice the nostrils--a cutting chocolate impacts the aroma--holy cocoa!... Palate: vibrant, full-bodied and warming--a pleasure of milky mouthfeel; not heavy... Taste: as the nose suggests, this stout delivers am ample dose of chocolate--robust in its profile while not posing as cake or pie... Overall: A feast worthy of the wait, from start to finish; the oversized bottle made for a fast finisher in itself...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours black with a huge, tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap. Smells and tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Next time you get a burger, donít down it with a shake, down it with a Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordMarcus (3) - Tiffin, USA - JUN 15, 2013 does not count
This is an Awesome Beer with delivery of a Medium body. The pour is with Minimal carbonation. Darkest brown, slight amber hue, frothy tan head slowly settles and lasts. A not surprise, Soft carbonation, medium body, low hopped. A Mighty AwesomeÖdesert beer a pleasant smells of cocoa and a very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (766) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours black with creamy tan head. Strong chocolate aroma with hints of roasted malts. Sweet creamy chocolate flavor with a roasted, chocolate finish. Full body and very creamy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4851) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle. Nose is rich cocoa (dusty hot cocoa powder, less real solid chocolate) and nothing else. Pours super-deep black-brown with a tan head. Taste is sweet and chocolaty, no hops or bitterness, no sour tang or salt, just controlled sweetness. Creamy medium-full body, non aggressive or crisp, just velvety. More chocolate dessert than beer. Just super fresh and alive.


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