Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlurFan (8) - USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
This beer was a huge surprise. I expected a bitter/sweet taste with the inability to finish the entire bottle. Wow, was I surprised. This is in a class of its own. The chocolate kicks in at just the right moment and dosen’t linger or over power the fullness of the brews core. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2004
(bottle) lovely black with nice tan head (no lace). Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is the same-roasted coffee and black chocolate. Would be a good stout for a beer float

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Pours black with a small light brown head that left no lacing. Smells of semi-sweet chocolate. Tastes of rich chocolate with a slightly bitter roasted finish. Not as sweet as I expected. Try it poured over coffee ice cream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2004
High thick creamy brown head that disappears slowly. Very potent aroma, where chocolate comes out obviously. Body is dark brown to balck, with obvous chocolate taste, but also coffee. All of this blended with a hoppy aftertaste. Altogether a very good and filling beer for dessert or late evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Pours a deep brown with a thick light brown head. Awesome aromas of milk chocolate, dark malts, coffee. Tastes of chocolate right up front followed by mellow coffee notes and a nice lingering finish. Tasty stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Primary chocolate flavor with some dry roasted malty mouthfeel, creamy head and body, very smooth and a bit of hoppy finish. A very different kind of stout, pretty good but not a favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Deep dark color with a tannish head. Pale chocolate, malty aroma. The essence of chocolate is there in the flavor just not overwhelming. Semi-dry, roasted mouthfeel. Has a slight bite of hops just not the ceamy sensation. I hope I got an old pint because this beer did not exceed expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2004
What a treat! I’ve tried it in the bottle and the can and I much prefer the can. Thick creamy nitro head, the chocolate aroma hits you from the start. It’s smooth on the tongue, malty sweet with a bit of hops at the end. Its been a hit at several of my get-togethers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2004
It wasn’t as chocolatey as I expected, but I think this beer has an absolutely lovely mouthfeel, and more chocolate would probably just take away from the wonderfully smooth richness. I’m not really sure how to describe this other than it was pleasant, like a glass of milk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
Deep dark with thick nitro moka head. Fruit covered with chocolate in aroma. Nestle Quick with hops. Roasted notes in finsh with light hops. Agree with Dirkules that it would gain by higher ABV. Light bodied but very appropriate.

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