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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 703   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Beer has a near black color with a beige head. Aroma of a chocolate and vanilla. Taste is more chocolate with some bitterness. There is also some roasted caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, body with a nice one finger frothy light brown head that receded to a thin covering. The nose is a mix of Stout-like notes of roast and then a boatload of chocolate syrup. Smells like they dumped half a bottle of syrup in the beer. It smells good in a dessert/candy like way, but not especially like a beer at all. The flavor is very sweet with tons of chocolate syrup up front, other than the chocolate syrup I can’t say that I taste much else. Maybe a touch of roast and a light yeastiness on the finish, but really this is a one trick pony. Medium bodied, a bit clingy, soft carbonation. I like my chocolate fine enough, but I think this one is a bit of flop. I’ll stick to Young’s Double Chocolate Stout if I want a decent chocolate stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours dark brown with generous tan head. Terrific chocolate aroma with hints of sour milk. Flavor is the same with silky effervescent mouthfeel. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(500ml bottle) Pours a black body with a medium cream head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, toasted grain, vanilla, and graham cracker. Flavor of chocolate, graham cracker, roasted grain, plum, and light almond milk with moderate dry, mildly bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
annunz123 (856) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2013
Cocoa and a little nut in the aroma. Flavor is chocolate cake batter with just a tiny bit of cocoa bitterness in the finish. Wow--this is more like hot chocolate than beer. Exactly as promised--a truly outstanding dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours a super dark red/burgundy with a tan/khaki head. Aroma is mostly milk chocolate and coffee. Roasty malts, and caramel. Taste is heavily milk semi-sweet chocolate, toasted malt, milk chocolate and a bit of dark roasted coffee on the finish. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Wonderful balance for a lightish stout. Plenty of chocolate and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle, shared with my wife. Deep dark brown with a big beige head. Aroma is incredibly chocolatey, like rich cocoa and fudgey syrup. The palate thankfully does not translate directly, as it would be too much (I’m thinking of the BNL stout from Flying Monkeys). There is certainly chocolate in abundance, but any sweetness is balanced by a combination of dark roast and a dry peanut skin bitterness. Medium bodied, and quite bitter, beyond just astringent roast. I am becoming increasingly reticent to try these chocolate beers, as they are clearly dependent on striking the right balance with the chocolate, and that ain’t easy to do well, but I liked this one.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikedevilsfan (137) - Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2013
I had very high expectations for this beer. The first sip was ok, and then all down hill from there. The added chocolate and sugar overwhelms and almost made me sick. I wanted to like this, but dumped half.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11130) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2013
Bottle @ Cockney, 5%. Very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, strong milk chocolate, little liquorice and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, milk chocolate, sweet, little liquorice, caramel, hop and a little bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
Black with a decent tan head. Aroma is very sweet...cream, cocoa, brownie batter. Taste is sugar and milk chocolate.


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