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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle: Pours a thickish nearly black body, with a big tan rocky head. Aromas of milk chocolate on top, with darker more bitter chocolates and toasted malts sharing the background. Flavor was structured just like the aroma, sweet mellow milk chocolate up front (like cold cocoa), with a toastier flavor and soem bitterness coming in at the end. Overall though, the flavor was very watery, and not as thick as I would’ve though. Short aftertaste of dark chocolate, washed away by all the water.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Black body with tan head. Aroma reminded me of oatmeal with brown sugar. Wonderful thick mouthfeel. Taste is reminiscent of chocolate milk. There is a slight roasted/coffee taste as well.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1907) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: best before June 2008
Consumed: October 2009

Nothing lost on fresh bottles to my tastes. Plenty of roast and chocolate on the nose; remarkably fresh. More settled and dry in the palate as the mildly tannic roast takes hold. Good presence and length. Not particularly chocolately but the fresh bottles aren’t either.

Vintage: unknown
Consumed: May 2005 (2.7)

Struggled to hit the sweet stout mark in my opinion, let alone display any noticeable chocolate flavours. On pouring big fizzy head action early but disapated to leave a nice creamy, thin head. Quite an expressive nose, slightly burnt malts, some sweet notes and feels a touch extracted (if that’s possible to pick from the nose). Palate was a bit of a letdown early and did get better. Very fizzy early, killing the stout notes. Settled down as it warmed up, showing some more stout character and a faint chocolatre note. Just not enough to justify the tag IMHO.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2005
Memo to Huyghe: this is how to make a chocolate-flavoured beer. This is a gloriously rich dessert-like chocolate stout, immensely satisfying in small measures. Ebony colour with a tall, lacing head. The aroma is exactly as you might expect: creamy chocolate, coffee, roast barley, sugar. Full-bodied and creamy with a restrained bitterness. The flavour is sweet but not sickening (like Youngers Sweetheart Stout), with notes of fudge, mocha and bitter chocolate. A great balancing act.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Pours black with a frothy tan head. Light bitterness. Flavor is very much sweet, dominated by chocolate malts. There was also, just a hint of fruitiness which I liked. Lively palate. Really delicious beer. My favorite stout to date.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
(draft) Good head, good lacing. Subtle chococate aroma and more subtle chocolate flavor. Nothing else to distinguish it at all. It did kind of grow on me though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 This is one of my first good stouts and i had to have two to get the taste for it. Aroma is slightly burnt malt and coffee, taste is bitter coffee and bitter chocolate, nice. Quite a mouthful, not overly thick, but one to sip, though once i finished one and had to have another. Around good beer, one to try again if i can find it. Re-Rating : This is an amazing stout, iv had a few now and its become one of my favourate beers. I think it should br drunk from the bottle though, seems to have more flavour that way. Amazing stuff if u can get your hands of it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1465) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2005
I didn’t find much more here than a smoky malt flavour and a watery body. It is more than a guiness, but not by much. I appreciate the chocolate malt, but wish there was more to it. Overall a good beer. I really liked the dark colour and big creamy head.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Opaque black with a small sized dark tan foamy head. Banana ester and cocoa aromatics. Unsweetened chocolate nose, quickly followed by muted roast malt and banana ester characters. Milk chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and rich.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle.. Pours a black color with a chocolate two finger brown head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a roasted malt/coffee addition. medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice stout.


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