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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
First Stout I actually enjoyed. Great for after dinner. Not too sweet and delightfully chocolatey.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Not a bad stout. Some malt, chocolate, and sweet flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Miss Heidi's Saintly Ladies Party Nov 1, 2003. The company proved sweeter than this beer. Hardly Chocolate at all, double chocolate is a huge leap. Thin in texture and lacking in carbonation. It could have been a contender...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Nice pour with good head and dark body. Thin for a stout but in a good way. This beer was very enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Really had to sniff at this before noticing any aroma. Faint chocolate aroma. Black body, diminishing brown head of large bubbles. Nice lacing. Nice sweet hops upfront. The chocolate kicks in in the aftertaste and tastes very unnatural and fake. You can tell that the chocolate flavor is achieved by adding chocolate rather than derived from malts. I don't consider this a beer; the added chocolate flavor makes it more similar to the flavored malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice than beer. If you swallow fast, it tastes a little less artificial. This has to be one of the most tasteless stouts in the world. Where's the roastiness? Where are the coffee flavors? Guinness blows this away.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2003
expected this would be gimmicky and stupid but it turned out alright. looks and smells like leftover liquid in a jar of spanish black olives. full-bodied. the chocolate wasn't as over-the-top as i expected, there was less chocolate than plenty of beers with no chocolate in the ingredients. moderate bitterness came as a relief when it started getting a little sticky

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2003
I dont get it. I tried this twice. Both times, very light chocolate malt aroma highly carbonated, bitter but not very chocolately. With a name like double chocolate, I expected the same nose as walking into a Fanny Farmer. No way

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Bottle pours a deep brown - black color with very little light getting through and a BIG rocky head that sustains and leaves lots of lace - looks like a root beer float without the ice cream. The aroma is of chocolate malt and perhaps some coffee. The flavor is of dark chocolate with some roastiness and very little in the way of hops or bitter. The palate is very, very nice - rich and chewy. This pairs really well with a French silk pie! Wow, what a great way to end a meal! Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 Dark, rich body with a thick head. thick feeling in mouth with a light after taste. Wasn't very strong. Strong chocolate flavor...very unique but for some reason not that impressive in bottle. maybe if it ended stronger. got a little watery as you finish the sip/gulp. Rerate on tap: wonderful thick rich chocolate flavor which lasts very strongly after you swallow it but doesn't overwhelm you with sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Pours black, from a glance, with a nice head. Aroma is subtle of chocolate and coffee. Body is medium with a nice coating feel. Maybe a littel thin. Flavor is chocolate and the aftertaste is chocolate. Not overbearing though. You can almost tell that its dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate as it doesn't have that richness and caramel distinction. Once again, IMO, it has a strange taste to it that I can only assume is from the London water used or some type of agent added. Youngs Oatmeal Stout had that same characteristic. Still a fine brew.


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