Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle into wine glass. As I was drinking with non-beer afficionados, I picked out this one thinking that no one doesn’t like chocolate. It was definitely a crowd pleaser (actually, a pair pleaser, as I only with two friends.) Poured dark black-brown, brown head was nicely sized. Smell forbode the dark chocolate flavors, also picked up some coffee in the malt. The taste wasn’t as overpoweringly sweet as I expected, with the chocolate tasting like baking cocoa. Somewhat dry. There was a faint underlying layer of dry dark fruits which gave it nice complexity. Finish was nice too. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Pours black with a big frothy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt. Flavor is malt and dark chocolate with a lasting bittersweet aftertaste that is pleasant. Nice mouthfeel. The chocolate flavor is just overpowering for me being a non chocolate lover, although this is a wonderful brew with lots of great flavors mixing together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Very good sweet stout. Very appealing bottle and name. Not as chocolate tasting as the Rogue Chocolate Stout, but very close. Good coffee, roasted chocolate aroma. Pitch black appearance with a decent light tan head. Flavor is like dark chocolate and coffee. Slight alcohol finish. Good aftertaste of roasted chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2004
An awesome beer, first porter I tried that had a milk chocolate flavor. Great dark black body, long lasting head, creamy texture and taste, and nice milk chocolate/coffee flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
chocolate-toffee like w/hints of coffee in both aroma & taste. Thick, yet rich, a good stout, has a deep almost black hue...full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
This is another great chocolate stout, very dark and thick, and you can taste the chocolate and coffee and has a great aroma. One of the top stouts imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Bottled. Aroma is yeasty, alchohol, creamy chocolate and gets nicer with warmth. Poured virtually black, incredibly dark stout, mammoth, tan, creamy head that is fully lasting with ok lacing and mini-stout bubbles. Flavor is dominated by sweet, creamy chocolate malts with some nutty flavor and a biting touch at the end of some kind of toasted grain that became unpleasant about 1/2 way through a poured glass, but lasts so shortly that it wasn’t a big deal. Full body, creamy carbonation, kind of thick like ovaltine with sort of a chunky feel in the mouth. Overall, very mild stout, full bodied, easy, easy drinking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2004
This is my favorite beer. Thick and rick with coffee and chocolate flavors, I compare all beers to this. It is much better in the bottle than the can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbx540 (17) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
Thick tan head. Roasted toffee and chocolat aroma. Silky smooth, but a little too sour. Nice mouthfeel and good aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Little tan head, appropriate for a stout. Chocolate smell, and a nice long dark chocolate flavor. Few roasted or burnt flavors and no off flavors. If there is any downside, it tastes a little of extremely expensive chocolate milk -- not as serious as it could be in the beer department. There is a light malt underscoring this beer, which provides a great base for the rest of the beer and a fantastic finish.

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