Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3618   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 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 (11589) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
another top rating stout! Could use a bit more alcohol ABV, but still reigns supreme in flavour. Chocolatey, coffee like and infused with malt sweetness. It’s a winner in my books. Reminds me of godiva.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Draft at Sippin By the River fest in Philly. Very good beer. Has a nice sweet stout at the start then the chocolate kicks is and lasts the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Im not a big chocolate fan, but i really like this beer. Nice strong taste. Will buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Dark brown, thick creamy head. Almost black in color. Sweet, dark chocolate, stoutlike smell. Malt and hops aromas as well. Perfectly light carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue, but a little thinner than expected, although it doesn’t detract at all. Roasty dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate, at least in this bottle, is somewhat hard to detect. Coffee flavors as well as an "earthy" kind of taste. The sweetness is nicely balanced with a little bitterness. A very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cckevin (43) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 (Bottle) I have a new favorite beer. I was very hesitant at first about getting a stout with "chocolate" in it, for fear of it tasting like "burned chocolate". This is a very dark beer with a nice sizeable head. Lingering lace, and will re-head when swirled. I don?t smell any "chocolate" aroma in the beer, but I do smell a nose full of dark roasts. - like a good bold coffee. Unbelievably drinkable, right down to room temperature.... In fact, the flavors pick up the warmer the beer gets. It?s a very bold taste, and not one that you could drink 3 or 4 of per night... but a very good "reward" beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottle. Pours black with a small-medium head. Aroma rich in chocolate and malt. Very smooth, a little bitter, with a great chocolate aftertaste. Went very well with my roommate’s mom’s homemade brownies. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Pint bottle; Little head, dark brown bubbles. Smells like nestle quik but deeper. Nice on the tongue, smooth and a little sweet a little bitter, but enjoyable. Not something I could drink a whole lot of though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Pint bottle. Pours a beautiful dark, almost black, but not much head. Intense coffee, chocolate, and cola flavors. Excellent easy drinking stout. I enjoyed this. 10/25/2004 Can. I liked this in the pint bottle enough to try it in the nitro-bomb can also. you get an unbelievable creamy head that stays the whole glass. Flavor and body is a little more creamy and smooth, with almost none of the clean, crisp cola finish. I slightly prefer the flavor of the bottled brew.

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