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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3449   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2004
A big beer, big tan head, big black body and big chocolate nose. Initial flavour of chocolate continues all the way before a slightly smokey bitter finish to balance the sweetness. My only bitch about this beer is the fairly thin mouthfeel - still a pretty damn good beer anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Good roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate aromas. Light brown head that was very full and had great lacing. Black almost opaque color. Cocoa powder flavor with a good roasted malt taste following. An excellent stout, with a good twist by actually adding real cocoa powder for the chocolate taste.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Body is dark brown rather than black with a rather creamy body which seems typical of a sweet stout. There is a clear and definite chocolate aroma. However, this stout proves to be an incredible piece of art in it’s way to present a distinct chocolate aroma while still having a stout taste: it is finely balanced. Each mouthfull brought an instant orgasm to my tongue I must say. Very good product.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Nitro can. Black in color with big nitro head. Roasted and slight chocolate nose and flavor. Not as much chocolate taste as I was expecting being a "Double Chocolate". The can had a brown film on the inside, chocolate?? I will have to try this again out of a bottle. All in all a well balanced stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
A very dark, unique beer that has a distinctive but pleasant mouthfeel. Good balance of malt and bitterness, smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2004
Bottled
Almost opaque black. Brown head. Aroma is tobacco and dark chocolate. Tastes smoked malt and chocolate. Finishes with some hops. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. Light version of Guinness with chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle. Chococlate aromas both malty and chocolate bars. Sweet full body with roasted smoky bitterness to balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
The beer has an appealing aroma, which is only intensified by the wonderful taste. It is thin for a stout, and this is detectable to the palate. My overall impression is very high.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Pint bottle, nonick glass. Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma. Earthy hops are very light. Perhaps a light figgyness also? Tall, creamy, tan head is quickly diminishing and rests atop a nearly opaque, black body. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly sweet, moderately acidic finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: I was ambushed by the acidity and carbonation in this beer.

Update: keg/nitro version is so not good. Like 2.4 not good. I’m making my rating the average of that and my original.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - FEB 25, 2004
(Draught Can) What a smooth drinking stout. Nice chocolately flavor (duh). Did I mention that it was very very smooth yet?


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