Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Pint bottle. Pours a beautiful dark, almost black, but not much head. Intense coffee, chocolate, and cola flavors. Excellent easy drinking stout. I enjoyed this. 10/25/2004 Can. I liked this in the pint bottle enough to try it in the nitro-bomb can also. you get an unbelievable creamy head that stays the whole glass. Flavor and body is a little more creamy and smooth, with almost none of the clean, crisp cola finish. I slightly prefer the flavor of the bottled brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Yowser.A damn fine brew if I might say so.Poured blacker than the Ace of Spades.Chocolate aroma (really??).But roasted malts as well.Flavor was awesome,even my "not good beer" drinking friends liked this.Flavor of the chocolate is not sweet but more of the bitter dark stuff that isn’t gonna’ make you sick to your stomach.Drank at room temp.Smooth,thick and wonderful.I had this about two blocks from the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Pours black with a large head. Aroma is of whiskey, chocolate, and malts. Flavor is mild (for a stout) and smooth, with a bit of sweetness. Not as robust as many stouts. Very good. Re-rate: In retrospect, after having this again, I had it rated a bit too high. Still a good stout, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brberry (16) - USA - OCT 12, 2004
Wonderful chocolate aroma, followed by a rich malted taste, full chalky mouth feel, a beautiful sustained head. Overall the best chocolate stout I’ver ever had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2004
Rich, almost burnt, chocolate aroma. The color is black with a beige head that lasts for a while. The flavor is a rich, semi-sweet chocolate. The texture is a little chaukier than I would have expected, and it’s somewhat thinner feeling as well. I have to say, I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
exquicorp (7) - USA - OCT 7, 2004 does not count
Appearance is as stout should be with the misty cloud. Has nice chocolate finish but is consistently smooth on the palate and not harsh in any way. A beer not to be heavily consumed as it is very sweet. Consider it an evening pleasure rather than a drunken one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Dark as night pour with nice frothy, burnt tan head. Chocolate and coffee nose...plays the same when you taste it. Good malt flavor with just enough bitterness. Great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Tastes faintly of chocolate, but not very intense. Dark colored beer. I don’t know about lacing, because I drink it straight from the bottle. Heavy aroma, chocolate aftertaste. Comes by the PINT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JimJam (4) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 Nice dark pour, mild choc. aroma which is very pleasing. The chocolate does not over power, it mingles just right with the other characteristics of this great beer. It is a excelent breakfast lunch or dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep dark pour with a nice tad head. Nice toasted Chocolate aroma with some coffee and a bit of hops. Flavors are chocolate and and malt with a nice bitterness interplayed. You could drink this all night (on an empty stomache) A real world class beer.

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