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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
Not all that chocolatey, but hey, it's still a beer, after all. Not much nose to it, the body and colour were decent, and it has a great aftertaste, almost a candy apple sweetness at the back of your throat. I wish it were easier to find.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Bottle: Poured with a lovely tight foamy beige head, rather rocky on top. Very dark redblack colour, clear red edges to the light. Strong malty toffee aroma with hints of roast coffee and chocolate. Lovely velvet smooth sweet malty toffee biscuit taste, with a smooth roast aftertaste. Hints of chocolate, but not as much as I'd expected. Very well balanced hop bitterness, no real hop flavour present. Love the smooth medium-full mouthfeel. Great head retention too. One of the best stouts I've tried so far.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 19, 2003
Had this at RFD in Washington, DC. Solid stout. Appealing appearence. Very smooth flavor, filled with tons of chocolate. Aftertaste is a little watery.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Smooth smooth smooth. Smells and tastes of chocolate. I liked this quite a bit but I imagine some might be put off by it. Dark red/brown when poured with a small brown head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2003
Bottled. Black with a creamy beige head. Lacy to the finish. Bitter dark chocolate aroma, following through to the tongue. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Fare enough it’s called chocolate stout, but no beer should taste this much like chocolate?

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
To paraphrase an old commercial, "Where's the chocolate?" I couldn't smell or taste any in this brew. As a lover of both chocolate and stout I found the idea of a stout which incorporated real chocolate in the brewing process enticing. Judging by the lack of chocolate aroma or flavor in this deep black beer Young's must be very stingy with the amount of chocolate they use. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Victory Storm King Imperial Stout both taste far more chocolately without using any actual chocolate at all. Smooth but very disappointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 14, 2003
Dark brown with touch of dark ruby, very impressive look. Sweet aroma, milky chocolate. Initially light-medium but with flavours that grows on you. That’s typical of good stout .Slightly oily, would be better if was a bit more flavorful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Beautiful tan head on top of this black beer. Roasty and chocolate tones dominate, hint of fig. Sweet but not as strong I expected, smooth and creamy, very nice mouthfeel. Minor lingering bitterness. Yummy, not just for dessert.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
I can't believe I haven't rated this yet. I've been drinking quite a few of these lately and even had it on tap. This stuff is so smooth, creamy, and tasty. There's never a bad time to drink it. Dark chocolate, cocoa, with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Pours with a black body topped by a thick lasting tan head with good lace. Sweet yet slightly bitter malt aroma with roasty notes and hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet and bitter malt flavor with chocolate notes and a slight roastiness. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.


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