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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 853   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12359) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
Black pour with a nice tan head. Smells like Hershey’s syrup. Sweet chocolate, sugar, and maybe a touch of cream. Roasted malt, light coffee, and some light toffee. The flavor is very sweet. Tons of chocolate, Hershey’s syrup, sugar, and a bit of cream. Roasted malt, light coffee, and a touch of water on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MalcolmTucker (790) - SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2013
Bottle. Confortably the most chocolatey beer I’ve tasted. Not to sweet condisering the all encompassing chocolate flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5054) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
This one poured a medium to dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of lots of milk chocolate, light roast, but mainly chocolate. Flavor was similar, lots of chocolate, without being too sweet, kind of like a tootsie roll beer. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thewade (340) - USA - APR 24, 2013
Bomber from Whole Foods. The aroma is incredible, but overall the stout is a little thin for my liking. The chocolate is nice at the beginning, but finishes with a weird taste that I can’t figure out.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoesefat (321) - Poway, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Smells like cake -- sweet and chocolate. Beautiful appearance, deep clear black with ruby accents and a frothy brown head. Very sweet tasting beer which I normally don’t like, but in this case it works. Creamy and fizzy, very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (3546) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
50cl bottle. Pours opaque black with a nice crema head. The nose has chocolate, cream and alcohol. The taste has Crunchie bar and severely dark chocolate. The palate is medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a long elegant finish. Overall, a lovely beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Furseth (2007) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2013
Sampled at GBWF13-Bottle: Black colour,big brown head. Aroma has a dominates of vanilla,caramelly, druits,and chocolates. Flavor had a sweet maltynes,caramellynes, and avanilla, and fruits. Thin body medium finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (2025) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
550 mL bottle split with some bras. Pours black with a tan head. Big aroma of milk chocolate, along with a bit of coffee and roast. Flavor is milk chocolate, with a creamy kinda lactic mouthfeel. Smooth, clean, and very tasty. The first "organic" beer I’ve had that I can say I really enjoyed.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wordthief (5) - Texas, USA - APR 17, 2013 does not count
Having had several chocolate stouts, I can say definitively that this is the ONLY one that goes beyond hints, aromas, overtones and subtlety, The darn thing tastes of chocolate, and almost to a grit. Would you ask - is it overly sweet like a sugary milk chocolate? Nope. Is it under sweetness like a heavy, imbalanced dark chocolate? Nope. This is the only chocolate beer I’ve had that I would say is worthy to be called ’chocolate’. (p.s. I love Young’s Double Choc. in it’s own right - but.. nope.)

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - APR 15, 2013
It’s bad enough that my favorite brewer has succumbed to the "organic" nonsense, but to have a chocolate stout? Come on! So I approached this with intrepidation, fearing the worst. And you know what?! It was worse than I expected. Horrible. Sickenly sweet. An abomination. Could barely finish. Ghastly. Samuel Smith’s, please don’t ruin your reputation with this attempt at competing with all of the other chocolate stouts out there. Just do what you do best...Taddy Porter and Oatmeal Stout.


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