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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle split with a friend; poured my allotment into a snifter. As the beer pours it looks thin like muddy water, but as the beer sits in the glass, it take son a much more foreboding blackness. A small beige head rest atop. The aroma of this beer is insane. Sweet cream, vanilla beans, chocolate syrup, butterscotch - crazy sweet smell. This reminds me of an overly-sweet coffee drink. Super creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light, but not overly thin. The sweetness carries over to the flavor quite so. A huge wallop of vanilla, chocolate milk, syrup, marshmallows, whipped cream, etc. Bordering on cloying. This is too much for me I think. I can’t find any aspect of this that makes it a ’beer.’ There are better example of sweet stouts that carry some residual sweetness, but don’t compromise on the base beer flavors. I’m glad I split this bottle. An entire bottle would have been a chore for me. This has ’dessert’ and ’ice cream’ written all over it. No on to check my blood glucose...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (4745) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, aroma and taste of very sweet chocolate, light roasted flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (639) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Shared bottle @ home from Nina’s Minimarket, Edinburgh. Body is clear nearly black, head is very small brownish mostly diminishing good lacing. Nose is sweet chocolate, aroma is milky chocolate, molasses. Heavy sweet. Long sweet chocolate finish. Full body, creamy and sticky texture, average carbonation. Not too easy dessert beer, way too sweet for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rami_pl (202) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 26, 2015
bultelka (pocieszna objetosc - 550ml), warka do Mar 16. Bardzo ladna, bardzo wysoka piana, opada bez duzego pospiechu do cienkiej warstewki, na szkle tylko troche zostaje. Samo piwo klarowne, ciemne - brazowe z czerwonymi akcentami, przeswituje dosc mocno glownie przy nalewaniu. Aromat bardzo intensywny, przy czym wcale nie czekolady, a kojarzacy sie raczej z granulowanym, rozpuszczalnym kakao. moze z jakims ciastem kakaowym? z tiramisu? Niby chemia, ale w sumie jakiegos skrzywienia sie nie budzi, wrecz przeciwnie. bardziej niepokojace jest to, ze w sumie przykrywa niemal wszystko inne, trzeba sie domyslac... palonosc? karmel? czekolada? wanilia? w smaku glownie slodycz, nie skontrowana niczym zabardzo. slady palonosci kwaskowatej. W ustach pozostaje dosc dlugi posmak kakaowy. Malo cialo (na szczescie, wiecej by stworzylo ulepek, zalepiajacy ulepek), niewysokie wysycenie. nie jest to jakies zle, wadliwe piwo. Tyle, ze zbyt jednostronne chyba jak dla mnie. Pewnie w butelce 0,33 mialoby wyzsza ocene, bo pod koniec zaczyna nudzic i meczyc

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Hanoi (508) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. Nose is dairy milk, vanilla, slight malt. Taste is milk chocolate, leading to milk, vanilla, some plum and a slight malt note, moutfeel is fine. It suffers the same fate as a lot of British chocolate beers, of replicating Cadbury?s milk chocolate flavours which is too simplistic a taste to be interesting . Sam Smith?s is a faded beauty. Edit. At the half way point it was drain pour. The sweetness and cheap chocolate taste was overpowering. Disgusting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2577) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
From a three bottle gift pack from LCBO Hawkesbury (Ontario). Black, big head. Sweet chocolate aroma, light coffee notes. Light bitter chocolate taste, some fruity notes, semi sweet finish. For chocolate lovers!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4302) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle 55cl traded with Ollie many thanks. A dark beer with medium copper head. Nose is exceptional on chocolate and dark chocolate notes. Aroma is on the sweet caramel, chocolate, dark chocolate, medium creamy, medium bitterness, good complexity. Finish is on licorice and bitter chocolate, very pleasant, full bodied for 5°, excellent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (590) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2015
It’s not fancy - the aroma is chocolate, but more milk chocolate not dark. It’s a touch sweet, but still this is a nice smooth drinking beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1068) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2015
From a 550ml bottle on 19/2/2015. Pours the darkest brown with a big head. Has a strong aroma with lots of chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa and vanilla. It’s super sweet in the mouth - again loads of milk chocolate, cocoa and vanilla, with a hint of dark fruit in the background. A very gentle, barely perceptible bitterness presents at the end. Has a creamy palate and average carbonation. This is one of the sweetest beers I’ve ever encountered - a true dessert experience. I tend to like sweet, and quite enjoyed this, but it does taste a little unnatural and could be a bit better balanced. Still, quite a singular experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2015
From bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma is cocoa powder, malt, and lactose. Taste is sweet cocoa, evaporated milk, oatmeal, and light roast. Smooth drinking with a rich chocolate aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is huge chocolate, mocca, roast, vanilla and more. Flavour is roasty, liquorice, chocolate, coffee liquor, mocca and more. Great!


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