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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 886   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours midnight black with a large cocoa colored head. The flavor is huge on sweet chocolate with just enough hop character to keep it from being too much like chocolate syrup. Really really good.


1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
jackflibb (4) - - JUN 2, 2015 does not count
Maybe itís that Iím not tasting to style, but this amalgam of probably decent beer, sugar and extract is one of the most foul flavored beers Iíve had since I stopped drinking flavored beers. Pours with an amazing dark color and rich creamy head.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (613) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle as a gift from Helsinki. BB June 2016. Pours a rather light brown colour while appearing black with a ruby hue in the glass. Headís light beige, rather big, soapy bubbles, drops slowly, leaving little lacing. On the nose itís chocolate powder and kama chocolate, maybe some kind of chocolate with bits of berries in it. Tastes sugary sweet, more cocoa than chocolate, some bitterness too. Some cinnamon? The body is Iíd say on the lighter side of medium; the pleasantly crisp yet thin carbonation cuts through the sweet, slightly syrupy texture. Not liking the metallic effect it has on my teeth and walls of the mouth - kinda like coca-cola. I see this is quality stuff but itís not exactly my cup of tea, and the 550 ml is a bit too much really...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (154) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2015
APPEARANCE - appears dark, held up to the light it has a deep dark brown color. NOSE - chocolatey deliciousness. FLAVOR - chocolate front to back. Light (perhaps oatmeal) stout flavor, but itís background to the chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (613) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Deep brownish-red with medium stable frothy brownish head. Nice aroma of praline with liqueur, cocoa powder, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor of sweet chocolate, praline with liqueur, moderate bitterness, some herbs and roasted malt. Moderate carbonation, full-bodied. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (944) - ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Brown-black with a beige head. Smell of milk chocolate and cocoa. Taste of chocolate, licorace, cocoa, vanilla and caramel. Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Too much cocoa extract but still nice as a desert brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (714) - CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
Pours clear deep brown with a fat finger of beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, spotty lacing. (4/5) Nose is sweet milky chocolate, strawberry, mildly nutty. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, low carbonation, creamy and bitter. (3/5) Fairly intensely chocolate, but without being excessively sweet. Though it is sweet. And thereís a berry note - kinda strawberry - that comes across as a bit artificial. (14/20)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (8316) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2015
550 ml bottle. BB June/16. (Alko) Tampere, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour. Chocolate, strawberry chocolate and sweetness in the aroma. You can smell chocolate from miles away. Dark malt, mild bitterness, dryness and dark chocolate in the flavour. Thin. Higher ABV could give this some body.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandman (2318) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Black body, brown head. Aroma has chocolate, something that reminds me of sweet liquor, berries, milk chocolate after first zip. flavour is much darker. chocolate cake and coffee. But fizzy and watery at the same time. Too sweet for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8199) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2015 Bottle at The Angel, Rotherhithe/Bermondsey, London, Saturday 23rd May 2015 Almost mahogany in colour with off-white head, nutty in mouth, acres of chocolate, really full on smooth, some smooth milkiness, super beer. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Atmatchett (1) - - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
Even though I typically prefer a Belgian white over dark beers, this one is surprisingly smooth going down. Flavor was very well rounded.


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