Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3565   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
A very dark, unique beer that has a distinctive but pleasant mouthfeel. Good balance of malt and bitterness, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14165) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2004
Almost opaque black. Brown head. Aroma is tobacco and dark chocolate. Tastes smoked malt and chocolate. Finishes with some hops. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. Light version of Guinness with chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle. Chococlate aromas both malty and chocolate bars. Sweet full body with roasted smoky bitterness to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
The beer has an appealing aroma, which is only intensified by the wonderful taste. It is thin for a stout, and this is detectable to the palate. My overall impression is very high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Pint bottle, nonick glass. Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma. Earthy hops are very light. Perhaps a light figgyness also? Tall, creamy, tan head is quickly diminishing and rests atop a nearly opaque, black body. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly sweet, moderately acidic finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: I was ambushed by the acidity and carbonation in this beer.

Update: keg/nitro version is so not good. Like 2.4 not good. I’m making my rating the average of that and my original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - FEB 25, 2004
(Draught Can) What a smooth drinking stout. Nice chocolately flavor (duh). Did I mention that it was very very smooth yet?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This is such a smooth Stout. You can really taste the chocolate flavor. It's one of my favorite choclate stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This is very smooth and sublte. The aroma actually kicked back a smell of bubble gum intially to me. The Beer has a similar appearance to Guinness with a slight kick of chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2004
Nice chocolate aroma and instant strong taste when first sipped. Beer itself is a little thin for the style, but the lingering aftertaste is nice. Overall, having not enjoyed too many chocolate stouts, this one just about gets in right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Very chocolatey smell with a beautiful black colour. The flavour though is dominated by chocolate, almost to the point of making you forget it is a beer. It is reminiscent of the bottom of a mug of hot chocolate where it hasn’t been stirred properly. Nowhere near stouty enough and not a patch on Brooklyn BC Stout. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.4

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