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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1110) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2013
12 oz. Bottle. Pours nice very dark with thin tan head. Very little lace. Overwhelmingly chocolate aroma. Very thick chocolate taste with a whole milky base. Vanilla flavors. Little coffee aftertaste. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4608) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
(550ml bottle) Purchased from Liquor Plus Douglas for $6.99 ea. pours a large, lasting creamy almond coloured head atop a black body. Nose of sweet chocolate. The body is so thin, lacking almost all body. The taste is like a brownie - very sweet and vanilla, some buttery notes. Overall okay but little complexity for the price.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dommod2011 (702) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2013
Bish is being particularly cryptic of late. Wives. Thailand. I like a good mystery to solve. This is a mystery. Baileys, cloying chocolate, rich but satisfyingly drinkable. Not their best but good. Right, Iím off in search of clues. To the airport...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours a Crimson-orange cola, with a 2 inch pillow of puffy cornmeal head. Smell is very rich of sweetened cocoa, with slight undertones of toasted malts and spice. The taste starts with rich milk-chocolate, which carries throughout the palate. Very minor notes of toasted malts, and cream soda. Finish is of sweet cocoa, and very light bitterness of English style hops. This is probably the most chocolaty beer Iíve had to date.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pour from a 22 z bottle. Clear dark brew with tan head, head settles odwn to a constant 1/4th inch. Incredible aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa, sweet malts. Taste is dark chocolate at the front, bitters a little towards the finish to end with just a hint of sweetness and lingering bitter chocolate tones. Best non-Imperial chocolate stout Iíve tried.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (669) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours black with a khaki head and lacing. It has a great aroma of cocoa and dark malts, with a flavor of sweet and dark chocolate up front and a sweet but maltier aftertaste over a smooth body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a dark black with light brown head, chocolate on the nose with a sweet chocolate taste, amazing!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2013
(22oz bomber) deep espresso brown, creamy medium brown head that lasts and laces well. Nose of rich chocolate malt balls, bits of cocoa nibs, cream, whoppers, very rich for 5%. The taste is just like melted chocolate malt balls with a light bit of English hops mixed in here. Honestly one of my favorite chocolate beers ever. Also one of the most flavorful 5% beers Iíve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jordinc (104) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with cream head. Aroma of sweet malt and hot cocoa. Smooth and soft on the palate. Cocoa butter and bitter chocolate flavors with subtle vanilla at the finish. A nice stout, but not amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2013
550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/9/2012. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and slight earthy hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of sweet malty notes. Taste of cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted malt, and light hop earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, cream, toffee, caramel, toast, light roast, and light hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity of malt notes; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sweet stout. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of sweet flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.


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