queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
shrubber85 (7288) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Sliprivet (5) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DruncanVeasey (7097) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
finn1918 (192) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ketchepillar (1050) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bigtaster (537) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.