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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3724   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.


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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25822) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Draught at DBF 2005. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized lasting beige head. Aroma of malts, hops and chocolate. Sweet flavour of chocolate and cocoa powder with malty and hoppy notes.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
Black colour with burgundy notes around the edges and a thin rocky chocolate brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt nose. Sweet chocolate taste with roasted coffee malt finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raedich (6) - USA - MAY 25, 2005 does not count
First tasted at Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA - an appropriate setting for this stout. Very dark and creamy. It’s better with a meal than alone. It’s great for special occasions, but a little too smooth and sweet to be my normal stout for everyday consumption.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2005
bottle. Ultra drk brown w fair dark beige head that held fairly well. Decent lacing. Aroma is that British thin & watery hard candy (stout flavored) & a touch of Euro hops. Flavor is rather thin/watery British. There is a nice dark roast malt flavor (but it seems fleeting) w a good hop bitterness especially on the finish. This is pushing the middle of med bodied at best. Rather dry overall.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jkane (21) - USA - MAY 20, 2005
This is a very rich beer. I prefer it over most others. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisfrey (15) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
With the double chocolate in the name, I expected more of a chocolate taste. But alas, the taste was quite decent, with hints of chocolate and not much else of note.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Creamy deep brown pour with 1/4" retained head. As advertised, this is a sweet and chocolately stout... both in aroma and taste. Very mild and easy to drink with a powerfully smooth mouthfeel. Not too much other than chocolate in the taste, save for some nutmeg and what I believe was a little coffee. This would make the perfect foray into stouts for the novice beer drinker.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2005
The name is a good desription for this tasty stout. Good rich texture to play along with the malty chocolate taste (which is not overdone). Suprisingly mild finish, almost too mild. ($2.99/500ml)


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