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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 This beer is awesome! Chocolate invades the palate in the start, then holds strong through the middle and finish! Roasty and delicious! Great chocolate notes in the start, chocolate notes in the middle, chocolate notes in the finish...a chocolate & beer lover’s dream!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
A rich dark brown/black color with a light brown rocky head. Clingy lace and little sign of CO2 (due to opaqueness). Aroma is malty, chocolaty, roasted grains and coffee. Background is very earthy. Flavor is creamy and sweet, a roasty full flavored middle with a smooth hop finish. A light hop bite lingers, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is full bodied creamy and smooth. IMHO: A great, thick full flavored stout. Well balanced and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6069) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Black with a big tan head that’s inviting. This strikes me as a bit thin, but it holds its viscosity very well. Sweet and vaguely smoky, I don’t get any chocolate, despite the name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [500 ml bottle] Dark black color with a thick tan head that stays for a very long time. Very strong and delicious chocolate aroma mixed with malts and some coffee perhaps. Very nice and smooth chocolate flavor with a very nice roasty backbone and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
What a thick, chocolatey head! I bought this only because I like Young’s brews and hadn’t tried it before. I was amazed that I liked it... a thick, rich malty taste, mildly hopped, and, yes, chocolate. My girlfriend Linda wants to try this now, and she only occassionally imbibes pale lagers, being a wine drinker. But she likes her chocolate. She’ll like this stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1539) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
3 Aug 2004 - This beer is more of a ’Lunkie’ birthday. Strong sweet choc aroma. Clear dark brown, dissolving retention, suds lacing and brown head. Surprising taste, a light pleasing choc flavour. Bitter-choc (dark choc) that is nicely balanced with sweetness and hop. Great with choc mouse or fruit salad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Pub Can; Dark as night, smooth tan head. Chocolate flavor comes through, a smooth bitter-sweet taste. Nice and roasty, enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
The Beer poured with a remarkable brown frothy head. The Colour was Black. The Aroma is sweet and nutty with roasted coffee and toffee overtones. The Flavour is just like its Aroma: Roased Coffee Beans. There is also flavour of Brownie Crust with nuts or Pecans. The mouthfeel is somewhite light in Nature and not Viscous like some would want to think a black beer is about. The Glass Laces very nicely. There is some bitterness at the end which balances the sweet roasted malts to the letter. This beer is a very drinkable beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Minimal aroma, dark black/brown appearance with minimal whitish head. Flavor definitely knocks you back. Strong strong flavor of chocolate that basically drowns out anything else. Finish is a little dry with little else. Good beer but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imradioboy (23) - USA - AUG 22, 2004
Pours very dark. Has distinctive Chocolate taste (obviously) But I can’t quite put my finger on what it was missing. Maybe I expected it to be more bitter. I don’t know. It is still a great drink.

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