Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 1000   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Black pour with tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Coffee, cocoa, toffee blend perfectly. Very rich but incredibly enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
andyhwcinc (1729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2013 Enjoyed from bottle at Peteís Barber Shop in Chicago, IL. Words cannot express how good this stuff is. Appearance is a very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of pure chocolate, like the "I just drowned myself in an Ovaltine Shake" type of chocolate. Seriously. Taste is equal parts light bitter and sweet with one central component, chocolate. However, even though its one component itís brilliant. Seriously great stuff. 3 thumbs up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3480) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with large mocha head. Aroma is just chocolate and lots of it. Taste is sweet chocolate, a little artificial though and some roasted malts. Meium bodied with carbonation, silky. Very nice Sweet Stout, just maybe too artificial in the taste. Reminds me of Chocolate flavoured Carp Pellets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Dark brown pour into thick tan head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing that melts down the glass into a heavy pool of creamy foam. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. Initial flavor of sweet milk chocolate that fades into a bitter dark chocolate finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Review #600 550ml served in a Southern Tier tulip A - Pours black with a hefty 3 fingers of foam. Impressive retention and solid lacing. S - Wow! Very rich and creamy milk chocolate, reminds me of french silk pie, hints of roast, tangy chocolate syrup, amazing. T - Creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, very decadent flavors, sweet and creamy, dark chocolate comes out toward the finish. Woody herbal hops add low underlying bitterness. M - Super creamy feel, perfect carbonation, glides over the palate. The best chocolate aroma Iíve smelled from a beer. I could smell this all day long. Awesome milk stout thats sweet without being cloying. Chocolate is the dominate flavor but itís on another level. Serving type: bottle 12-15-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
500mL bottle from BevMo! Clear deep ruby with a two finger beige head, pretty good retention. Big dessert nose of milk chocolate, vanilla, and coconut, light toasted grain. Flavor follows suit, and boy, this is kinda sweet. No longer getting the coconut--just milk chocolate and vanilla. There is a bit of roasted coffee, though not enough (hops too), so this is a bit sweet and unbalanced for me. Bitterness did creep up a bit in the back corners of my tongue to a 3/10, but it was after the sweet finish (dunno if Iím making sense).Anyways, Iím usually one to complain of too much burnt roast/ash in stouts and too much bitterness in most beers, and this didnít have enough roast or initial bitterness, to me. Dunno if Iím imagining it because itís an English brewery, but I get a bit of minerals as well. Medium body with low carbonation that seemed flabby--or was that the body? I dunno, something didnít feel right about it. Maybe if I cut this 50/50 with the S.S. Oatmeal Stout, weíd have a winner. By itself, itís a bit much (like the Southern Tier beers) in more than sample glasses. Iím interested to know when they add the organic cane sugar (after fermentation {because they add carbon dioxide to the ingredient list, stating that they force carb the beer?}, since itís only a 5% ABV beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CardsFan25 (82) - - JUN 18, 2013
Chocolate aroma, dark pour with little head. Chocolate taste up front with a cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle @ the Lyceum. Much colder than I'd have probably drunk it at home. Pours a dark reddy brown/black with a solid, foamy off white head. The aroma is great. Mocha, sweet chocolate also fake chocolate candy. Flavour is a cream soda, vanilla, chocolate, malt, coffee concoction, like an ice cream float. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUN 17, 2013
OMG. One of the nicest beers I have had. I loved this. Fantastic chocolate aroma, lots of carbonation initially gives a frothy head, the medium body is pleasant on the tongue. Then the flavour is chocolate, roasted cereal, crystal sugar, warm milky chocolate, malty ending. All great on my palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (736) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Date Rated: March 30, 2013... Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick... Occasion: Easter Sunday--after 39 dry days of fasting... Appearance: velvet black with chunky, brown head--the glassís tracings are spotty but true... Aroma: lactic, milky sugars rejoice the nostrils--a cutting chocolate impacts the aroma--holy cocoa!... Palate: vibrant, full-bodied and warming--a pleasure of milky mouthfeel; not heavy... Taste: as the nose suggests, this stout delivers am ample dose of chocolate--robust in its profile while not posing as cake or pie... Overall: A feast worthy of the wait, from start to finish; the oversized bottle made for a fast finisher in itself...

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