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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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Nestle Quick milk chocolate and vanilla aroma. Deep mahogany with a large fluffy tan head. Sweet milk chocolate, coffee/mocha flavor with a roasty finish. Medium body, slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (7288) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Vanilla chocolate malt aroma - smells like Nestle’s Quik. Black with moderate head. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt. Light coffee finish. On the edge of being cloyingly sweet but no off flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2012
from Bier-Bienne - almost black beer with a little beige foam left; correct lacework though; solid aroma of black chocolate and cacao; medium-bodied and with some sweetness; some moderate and late tartness before a long chocolatey and cacao-ish aftertaste - a one-dimensional yet fairly drinkable dessert beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sliprivet (5) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
I enjoyed this stout on Xmas,,,,after all the kids opened the presents. After all that hi pitched manic panic, the tout provided a nice aromatic smooth taste. I had the Bison chocolate stout last week and I like the San Smith better. I’d drink it again next season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting, thanks to Tom - 21/12/12.Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a small film atop the glass. Nose is sweet mily chocolate, vanilla, caramel, sweet sugars. Taste comprises milk chocolate, dark malt, caramel, vanilla essence, dark fruit notes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, sweet in the finish. Decent. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7097) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Glossy pitch glugging musically from the bottle and forming a cratered tan collar. Pretty luscious chocolate cake aroma. Fine, sweet but not cloying chocolate-laden flavour like proper cocoa with milk chocolate; excellent roasted and iron-flecked balance, honey-glazed nut sweetness; chocolate cake dunked in black coffee, black Russian. Surprisingly excellent, slightly balanced, bit of a festive treat. Although a second would be pushing it. Wish I’d saved this for Christmas Day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
500 ml bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a pure black color with a medium light brown head. A nose of cocoa and milky chocolates. The flavor comes across a bit oddly: sweet chocolates, caramel, candies, dusty dry caramel and cocoa, a bit of metallic bitterness. Really, really sweet. Decent. Just too sweet, the beer is way too small for this amount of cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
finn1918 (192) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a dark brown--lighter than most stouts, but still opaque in the glass--with a 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is hot cocoa. Taste is milk chocolate. They weren’t kidding when they called this a chocolate stout. Honestly, this tastes like a girl’s beer. The added cane sugar steals away any bitterness this beer might have had, and makes it taste like sweet milk chocolate. Good for what it is, and sessionable at only 5%,, but it feels dumbed down. Worth a try for $4 a 550 ml, but only if you love chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1050) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Well this is disappointing. They should have left out the cane sugar. Makes it seem like fake chocolate. It is like if I were to drink a glass of pudding next to the fire place while someone I don’t like rubbed my shoulders. Gross milk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (537) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours black with big off white head. Great chocolate and coco nose, really appetizing, includes a good amount of vanilla. Big chocolate flavor, quality chocolate with lots of coco as well. The dark malt background is perfect combination. Medium body on this, easy to drink. Really great beer, lacking complexity but this one makes up for it with warmth and comfort.

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