Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3594   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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a dirty black cocoa with a deep and dense tan head. Nice retention and laces up pretty well but seemed to falter towards the end. Woo! Nice aroma on this! I can smell this all night! Deep dark chocolate with cocoa, lots of cocoa. Truffle characteristics w/o sugar. Smells wonderful! Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, walnuts with a hint of vanilla and a nice hop bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2004
I lovvvvvvve chocolate. Very unusual for a weissman. But hey I’m pliable. Chocolate cherry fruit with a smalt bit of a nutty aroma. (maybe hazel) Black in beauty love it’s ebony eye round the glass, just dam dark period. Very satisfying in flavor not heavy. Defiantly the cocoa essence has landed. With it’s fruity sentiments. That says take me I’ll be good to you. Pleasingly pleasant and welcoming to the mouth. Succlent if I might add. The cocoa is lovely. I’ll take this any way I can get it. I love dark. The darker the berry the sweeter the juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
To start with, the glass is full of chocolate-coloured foam, just like one expects from beer in a nitro-can. The foam slowly divides itself into a black liquid with a wine red shade and a finger-thick, very compact beige-brown layer of foam. The smell is an intriguing blend of (mostly) chocolate and hops: Candy-like and fresh at the same time. The carbonation is very gentle and almost discreet, also a characteristic for a nitro-canned beer. The taste is first a small rush of bitter hops. Then, a dry taste of chocolate emerges and develops into a mild mix of cocoa, hops and some notes of black coffee and a touch of dry malt. The aftertaste is dominated by a rather short and mild cocoa-flavour with a touch of salt and burned malt. I think that this beer gains on the nitro can-treatment. Yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2004
9.23.04 .5l bottle. Huh, I’ve never taken notes on this one? I reliable standby at least in its ubiquitous availability. Big and black looking in my imperial pint glass. Aromas are mildly roasty, sweet chocolate, just sweet in general. Flavors are so sweet as to create a somewhat cloying mouthfeel; accompanied by some dry roastiness, it’s not such a palatable brew. This is one that seems perhaps more tolerable on nitro tap or can. Mouthfeel is otherwise appropriately light and wet. Alcohol never interferes and this can be a fine session brew. The chocolate at times seems really over the top and never really mellows throughout the pint. Whatever, it’s an average quaff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Pours a nice pitch black, with a thick tan head; a good looking beer. Aroma of dark chocolate. Flavor is a luscious bittersweet dark chocolate, with excellent roasted malt notes and a hint of alcohol as it warms in the glass. I loved the flavor, but the mouthfeel was truly disappointing. I expected a thick, creamy nectar to accompany such a flavor, but this beer is simply too thin for its own good. Good stuff, but I feel let down by the palate.

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