Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
I had this on tap a couple years ago, and just last night in the bottle. The chocolate tones were excellent, with nice dark color and off-white head. Noticeable coffee flavor. Very drinkable beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 bottle. this is one nice brew! very smooth and drinkable. I thought the chocolate flavors would come through a little stronger than they did. the finish seemed a little more of coffee than chocolate or I would have rated even higher. Still a "Sweet" stout!
update 11/27/06 had this on nitro tap over the weekend and was a bit disappointed. seemed to have more of a bittersweet chocolate, bordering on a slightly sour, flavor than what the bottle had to offer. maybe it was the nitro, maybe it was an old keg, but this version rates a 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3475) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2004
Bottle - 500ml. Perfectly opaque black body topped with a lasting average off-white creamy head. Very nice malty aroma with chocolate, brown sugar and roasted coffee notes. Same flavors in its complex taste that hides the alcohol perfectly and evolves as the beer gets warmer (expecially for the chocolate hints). Leaves a delicious and lasting bitter/chocolate finish. Wonderful beer. Thanks to Mr. Swanson (we met at Hell Hunt, Tallinn) for brewing such an amazing beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
pinter: I actually had this a few months ago and it was so good I forgot to rate it. Silly Me. I think that was one of those nights I passed out in my chair. any how; Black -hole colour.There was no light at the end of this tunnel. Big creamy coloured head. AS the beer states, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Im a big chocolate fan so I figured this was well represented. Almost a minty dark chocolate with a large percentage of coca to give a slightly dry yet creamy edge. I might get another one tonight. Im re-rating on behalf of the website add featuring some hot chick in a sports bra. ....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Bottled version. Pitch black pour. Large, creamy, brown head sticks around for a while. Aroma has a hint of chocolate, certainly not double chocolate. Flavor is also not as chocolatey as the name implies. Though it does have a chocolate presence. It’s smooth and drinkable, pretty good, nothing to get excited about, but flavorful and worth drinking occasionally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle. Very good beer. Poured to a huge brown head with no real distinct smells. Jet black in color with the perfect amount of chocolate flavor with some slight bitterness. Good overall but i still perfer Sam Adams Chocolate Bock to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle, black in color with thick creamy light brown head, can definitely smell the chocolate malt, the taste of chocolate is even better, great balance, nice body, slight chocolate bitterness but just enough to make you want another sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Solid black in color with thick tan head. Aroma of cocoa with a hint of mint. Excellent chocolate flavor with some coffee and toffee. Silky body and smooth finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Tap: black with tan head that lasts a few minutes. Big chocolate aroma. Could taste a few different kinds of chocolate. Almost no coffee whatsoever. Pretty nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2004
This stuff is quite surprising. A strong chocolate smell is present, but the taste comes out as a hint. It’s a lot like Guinness with the chocolate mixed into the taste. Somehow, the candy flavor just happens to work with a stout. Great, Guiness-like head. This is a winner & a true surpise for someone who doesn’t like flavored beers.

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