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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3540   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. 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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
they really do add chocolate to it. Must be drunk last at meal end or at end of a session. Colour and chcoolate aroma. Its unique. But it doesn’t all quite blend together.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chispito (21) - California, USA - APR 28, 2004
Went to the store with an imperial stout in mind, but didn’t find the brewer I was looking for. Bought this instead. This is the beer that taught me to go along with recommended serving temperatures. Here’s why: drink it cold and it’s all coffee and bitters. As it draws nigh to room temperature, the chocolate really starts to come out, and suddenly you have a much more complex beer in your glass. Looked okay, was a tad watery for my tastes, and the head was nice. Over all it’s a nice dessert beer, but I would make sure your guests have other dark options, especially for dinner.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2004
An extremely flavorful stout. A rich and creamy pour. Great coffee and chocolate taste. Really rich. I will usually take my time drinking this one as it is so good.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2004
very dark in colour, almost black. Aroma is made up by coffee and chocolate. Flavor is like a cup of coffee with cream and chocolate. Palate is smooth and velvet like.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2004
Damn.

Nitro can. So, appearance merits a 5/5, I don't care who you are; completely opaque black with an absolute monster light tan, frothy head. Aroma is like a cup of coffee with chocolate in it. The flavor--wow--is like cocoa-flavored coffee with tons of cream and a whole bunch of sugar; toffee,too. A very, very light touch of bitterness at the end. Feels silky and rich and creamy--ahhh. Overall, this is an absolutely wildly good beer. This is NOT, though, a session beer. I had serious trouble getting through a single can without becoming ill. Overall, you have got to give this a shot.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 16, 2004
What more can you say about chocolate beer? Very frothy, plenty of head (which even tastes great). It has a full stout flavor yet is distinctly chocolate, good mix of both worlds. This is a beer where the can is better than the bottle, in my humble opinion. If you are straight stout afficionado, avoid this, but if you want something different, a must drink!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Color is a solid black, with a large, lush, lovely brown head. Aroma: soft and creamy, with a subdued cocoa content, sweet and mild. On the palate, however, things take a change for the decidedly better! Niiiiiice, oh, so, nice, with substantial chocolate feeling, although it doesn't actually come in strong at first. At the end of the swallow, there it is, that real chocolate essence. WOW! Ever so tasty, and I'm not even such a chocolate nut, but you've got to give it up, there it is, and it tastes great!!! Hops are minimal, here, and malt is king! Texture is smooth, and taste is sublime! You never forget the chocolate, for the flavor subsists, and is sublime! Fully integrated, perfectly balanced, this is one excellent stout, with an excellent addition of flavor! Another great one from Young's! The delicious flavor never ever ends after the bottle empties, but the flavor lingers long after! (I've had it in the nitro-can, too, and it was not enhanced by that gimmick!)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2004
It is an unique beer that wasnt as bad as i thought. Nice dark color with a nice size head. Good tasting i would try it again

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2004
My roommate and I were dreading tasting this one because we couldn't imagine a good tasting chocolate beer. It wasn't the best beer by any means but it was definitely good and unique. Very dark with a creamy head and pretty smooth. Smells similar to Guiness and Murphy's but tastes good. Better then a swift kick in the balls.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2004 Draught. This beer is sex in a glass. I am not a huge fan of a rich chocolate taste in beer, so I was a bit concerned going into this one. But, it was very close to perfect. Beautiful pour with a tan 2 finger head. To my suprise there was not a whole lot of aroma. The taste is sweet-the chocolate is there, but is not at all overpowering. Very malty. A great mouthfeel, coats like a velvet robe. Finish is strong and slightly bitter, with just a hint of lemon/vanilla. This is a GREAT beer that is very smooth and rewarding.


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