jamesie1857 (1098) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
568ml bottle - Pour is black with a thin tan head. Nose is pure chocolate, and sweet. I could sniff this for hours! Flavour is again all chocolate with a little bitterness in the ending. The body is thick and oily, but overall very good. Third Sam Smiths tonight, and the second very good one.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle and served in Sam Smith Imperial Pint glass: Pours a deep brown with a frothy tan head and okay lace. WOW, the aroma is chocolate syrup and artificial sugars!!! RU sure the Southern Tier or DFH did not brew this? I guess there is some dark fruit twang and a hint of Continental hop bitters too. This smells sweeter than the Chocolate dessert I had for lunch today, this is not a good thing. Then I tasted it... F**K THIS IS A CLOYING CHOCOLATE BOMB! Worse is the metallic and aspirin undertone which prevents the chocolate from at least being rich and decadent. A hint of freezed dried coffee and soap rounds out the awful experience. I like chocolate and I like Sam Smith stouts normally but this thing is just an abomination. DRAIN POUR!
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
550ml dark glass bottle from wine shop in Brighton. Nasty aroma of greasy cheap poundstore chocolate along with vanilla pods. Thereís a bit of poo in there as well - the sort you might have the day after a night of serious drink binging. Flat body with a chalky mouthfeel A mix of port, coca cola, Ribenna, plum jelly, chocolate powder - oh god - dreadful mess! Totally dreadful. I donít like this. I normally enjoy sweet bits of nonsense, but this has flavours going off in all directions, and the combinations are cringe inducing. Just about drinkable. But only just.
kwik-lime (1052) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strongly of chocolate. I donít have a strong sense of smell, but could smell this thing from a few feet away. Really potent. Very smooth with a rich chocolatey taste and a slight bitter tartness in the finish reminiscent of a strong bar of chocolate. This was wonderful.
Underdogs88 (18) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: rich chocolate smell. No hops on the nose Appearance: black with ruby highlights Flavor: rich,smooth chocolate flavors dominate. No hops in the flavor. Mouthfeel: silky smooth flavor that coats the mouth. Medium-low carbonation. Overall: rich chocolate in the aroma and taste which is quite enjoyable. Could use some more roast. Overall, one of the top chocolate beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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jmagnus87 (2034) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
550ml bottle poured into a shaker. Pours black with a slight ruby hue and about a finger of dark tan head. Aroma is straight up Nesquick. Taste is heavily sweet. Like drinking liquid chocolate with a slight hop finish. Full bodied with a thick and sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. This one will take a while to drink through.
thornecb (3978) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a Sam glass. Tan head with excellent retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Sweet dark chocolate syrup and hazelnut aromas. Dry with dark chocolate upfront turning to caramel in the lasting finish. Becomes stale and unpalatable as it warms docking several points ...
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a medium head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Chocolate and port-like flavor. Light lactose sweetness. Very full bodied.
drowland (5694) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11/23/12. 500mL bottle from Grassroots. Black pour with a nice thick, creamy tan head that fades to a few millimeters but laces in thick, creamy sheets. Huge sweet chocolate aroma and flavor and not much else, honestly. This is pretty much the beer equivalent of chocolate milk... only sweeter. However, if youíre looking for a sweet chocolate beer, this one nails it.
Ernest (5909) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is overwhelming artificially flavored chocolate / chocolate milk / cocoa powder / chocolate syrup.
Flavor is harshly sweet.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation.
I gotta be honest, this is absolutely disgusting. Itís liquefied chocolate, nothing else. While that might sound nice on paper, itís a sickeningly concentrated and artificial Nestle Quik kind of scent...it makes my stomach heave a little bit every time I sniff it, and I am not exaggerating just to make a point. The flavor balance is almost exactly what youíd expect, gag-inducingly sweet...I nearly spat out the second sip involuntarily. The only good thing about it is the appearance. Donít get me wrong, Iím a lover of high quality dark chocolate, but this is the worst of the worst...the cheapest, shittiest, most artificial syrupy chocolate character you can imagine. Itís rare to find a beer that scores this low without being flawed/tainted in some way, but S. Smith managed to do it somehow...kudos!