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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3413   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2004
Dark brown, almost black. Dark beige head. Sweet, milk chocolate aroma w/ hints of roasted coffee, ginger & wood (cedar?). Smooth, velvety feel. Flavour is a complex melange of milk & dark chocolate w/ lots of roastiness & a lovely bittersweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
I am much more of a Dry or Oatmeal fan, but this is the No. 1 Chocolate Stout.Great black color, lovely tan head and you can really taste the makings of a fine beer it is not like sucking on a bar of chocolate! There is a distinct dry finish which allows you to go back for more!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1974) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2004 An easy drinking sweet stout, although (thankfully) not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Very dark brown in colour. Nice mouth-feel. Could be longer on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 Opaqe brown/black color. Thin brown head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Very rich chocolate flavor owerpowers most everything else, but thats okay because I love chocolate. Medium-bodied, very silky smooth, chocolately, malty. I'd drink this over a guinness any day. Wouldn't mind a bit fuller body but everything else is on the spot.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
63jensen (3) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2004 does not count
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2004
I have been longing for this beer's return to Ontario for some time now. Rich in every way - dark brown colour, chocolate and roastiness and malts in the aroma, more of the same in the delicious flavour and then a great smooth dry finish. Mmm mmm good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 (5.2% ABV, bottled) Very dark brown, almost black color with tanned medium head. Mild, but distinctive aroma of milk chocolate; also roasted malt and coffee. Quite smooth and dry, roasted, medium-bodied palate. Soft carbonation. Smooth chocolate-espresso flavor, quite well balanced with hops. Lots of malt has been used, but maybe even more would fit in. Should not be drank too cold, or the aromas won't show up as well. (Draught canned version, rating 7-4-7-5-15 = 3.8) Very dark, slightly reddish color with a tight, tanned head. Dry, coffee and chocolate aroma. Sweetish, coffee flavor with milk chocolate. Smooth, medium to full-bodied, oily palate. A nice, full and silky smooth brew. Better than the bottled because of the silky smooth mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2004 Near opaque brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Tinges of blood red where light is able to penetrate. Nose of rich milk chocolate, raisins and dark roasted malt. Rich chocolate is balanced by a roasted malt bitterness and a floral hop prescence. The finish is dry and lingering.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Black color, huge tan head, naturally there's chocolate everywhere, it was like a Hershey's bar in the glass, roasted & burnt flavors, excellent stout

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Black body with a big fluffy off white head. Nice mocha aroma. Flavour is sweet malt with bitter notes of chocolate. Probably the most pleasantly chocolatey beers I have tried so far.


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