Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3388   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
black with brownish hints, beige head. roasty and dark chocolate aroma. good chocolate flavour that starts milk chocolate and ends dark. nice stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
draught -looks like a latte. bitter sweet chocalate and hints of coffee. Very light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Dark, dark brown, evincing a hint of reddish amber when held to light. Head is finely bubbled, and clings to the side of glass in sheets. Aroma is dark chocolate, bitter roast, chocolate-covered raisins, and a bit of plum. Flavor is bitter-roasted barley, chocolate predominately, with little coffee. Sweetish finish with a touch of grain astringency. Sharp, small-bubbled carbonation and a quinine finish that lasts a long time. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
This beer looks much better than it tastes! It has a lovely dark chocolate cherry color and a large foamy head, but the aroma is too heavily alcohol, and the chocolate flavor is overkill. It tastes like cheap hot chocolate powder. I don't think the addition of actual chocolate is helpful here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Bottle and keg. Medium light brown head - leaves lace. Black colour. Sweet, malt, chocolate-bitter. Nice. CASK: more chocolatey with a fortified wine sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 faint aroma, not much when it comes to a head, however great taste. this is a good beer that i really enjoyed drinking. nice finish too, a good thick stout. had another one out of a can-draught- it was even better than the one out of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Vicious tan head, but it was gone by the time I got it across the room. Aroma is dark, tangy and of course, chocolaty.The body starts big, but is quickly diluted. I have to say I expected more, but it's still not bad. I would definitely but this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Best before Jan04': Dark brown. Medium,tan,head. Doesn't stick around long.Aroma is airy and metallic. Chocolate and bittersweet. Mouthfeel is oily,little over carbonated,little too light,bodied. Pretty empty,up front,in the flavor department. Before the finish the dark chocolate shows itself(to me not a good thing).Finish is smooth,bittersweet,roasty,with noticable hops.Finish is also 80% of the flavor.As it loses carbonation,it improves greatly.Last sip is better than the first!Taste more beer mid-bottle,but still just drinkable,Imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2003
I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown. It appeared a very dark black, but was lighter up close. The head was too thin and didn't stick around. The taste was excellent with (obviously) strong hints of chocolate and some coffee. It had some bitterness and finished smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Very good, but not great. Not as chocolatey as I had hoped and not nearly as thick as it looked. It was good and went down very smooth though. I enjoyed it. Similar to Guiness in texture, but it wishes that it were as good as Rogue's Chocolate Stout.

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