Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Pub can. Nice deep brown beer with 3/4 inch thick cream head. Smells quite sweet. Malty, chocolate, carmel smell to it. Very very smooth and really has a chocolate taste to it. A little bitter, a little sweet. I really didn't expect this much of a chocolate flavor. Definitely has that distinctiveness. Very east to drink and quite different from the stouts I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Bottle. Dark brown with slight tan head. Aroma is fruity with hint of chocolate. Must drink this warm; slightly bitter with chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2003
On tap. WOW! This one came to me jet black with a very creamy tan head that left some good lacing. The flavor is amazingly smooth with a very mild chocolate flavor and a subtle hop kick. The best mouthfeel of any stout I've had. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Nectar of the gods. Deep, dark, almost black body with a thick tan head. Rich, full fudge-like aroma. Taste evidences the claim to chocolate in the brewing. Delicious without being overly sweet or masking the beer flavor. Wonderful finish that tells you it was a great drink. Excellent, however, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is better. Why? It's from Brooklyn!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Dark stout with creamy head. Obvious chocolate taste, very little coffee. Whisky and roasted malts in the aroma. Very good! Peabody's in Boone, NC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I really wanted to like this beer. Typical stout appearance helped by the widget in the can. Very dark with great head retention. The aroma was chocolate, nutty, and warm. The problem with this beer was the lack of carbonation and high bitterness. Excellent cocoa and roasted malt flavoring offset by the dry bitter finish. It was just too flat for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
Pitch black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee and a touch of black malt. Nice bitter chocolate taste. A excellent drink to have on a cold winter's night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Nitro-can. Very dark with a big, fine tan head. Faint aroma, mostly of bitter chocolate. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. Very mild chocolate flavor relative to the desciption of the beer. Faint English hops detected. Very subdued flavor. Mild bitterness. Thin mouthfeel. No carbonation. Lingering bitter finish. I think I dislike nitro cans. I would really like to have this beer on tap or in a bottle so it can taste as good as it looks. Great taste, just not enough of it.3.3 Re-rate3/12/04 in bottle: just as I anticipated, much better in bottle. A little more aroma and much more flavor. Now I understand the name of the beer and the higher ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3814) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle. Dark chocolate flavour, melting to milk choc on the finish - like Cadburys coffee creams (in Milk Tray). Some fresh alcohol on the very front of the tongue, with the aroma going up your nose as you take your swig. Very tasty throughout. Big initial head diminishes to thin band of dark beige. Rich, dark colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Nearly black with ruby highlights and a large tan head. Very pleasing aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, sweet malt, vanilla and caramel. Medium watery/creamy body with a decent amount of carbonation. The flavor is not as nice as the aroma, but it doesn’t miss the mark by too much. It is filled with milk chocolate, vanilla, roast and a hint of coffee while walking a nice bittersweet line the entire way.

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