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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3449   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
r464 (1946) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 A great stout. Creamy and flavorful, with chocolate, coffee flavorings. Dark as night. Great to sip at night. May be "too chocolatey" for some, and I don't make it a regular thing...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 28, 2003
Great and unforgettable stout. Complex chocolate flavors with notes of roasted coffee beans, milk and caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
Black in colour with a creamy brown long lasting head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and cream. Flavour is of chocolate, very smooth and creamy. Finishes slightly sweet with a medium chocolate bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2003
A wonderful mocha aroma which leads to a nice thick dark pour, the head doesn't hang around long but this first sip and your hooked. A really strong roasted malt flavour with just the right hint of chocolate. It lingers on the palate long after your finished taking a sip. a beer to be enjoyed over and over

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2003
Wow. This is really interesting, and a great stout. Nothing special in the smell and the head is not strong to start with, but from there it steps up in a big way. The flavour starts as a great, rich, dark stout. Then as it rounds out on the palate, the chocolate comes through, and it marries beautifully with all the other dark flavours. Dark, dark cocoa permeates this brew leaving a pleasing mellow finish - not very bitter, but definately not unpleasantly sweet. All in all, one of the best stouts.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Such a great beer! Chocholate all around. From the smell to the taste the choclate was present. Super black color, and a white head. Choclate aroma as well. Great taste. So tasty, so warming, so great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ingevara (816) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2003
A big creamy head that goes away a bit faster than expected. No chocolate present in the smell but in the aftertaste it becomes very obvious. An exiting beer with a deep soft aroma and lots of flavors.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (644) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2003 Fantastically dark with a decent beige head that doesn't last long. Straight out of the fridge (bad Australian habit) it tasted like a homebrew stout with too much roasted barley. Hanging onto the glass brought it up to a decent temperature releasing the light chocolate aroma. Sipping shows up the nice but still faint bitter chocolate flavours. Large mouthfulls gave me all the bitterness but with a nice chocolate aftertaste. At 5.2% I was suprised to find how spiritous it tastes. Re rate: Had another one at about 12C and I am now very impressed by the beautifully balanced cocoa flavour present in a great tasting stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
(1 pint o.9 fl. oz. bottle) Strong cocoa aroma. Pours opaque with a thin, brown head. Flavour of bitter, dark chocolate. Velvet smooth and linguring cocoa. Lacks complexity but loved how it tumbles across the palate. Good. Thanks Kimchee for this beer...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
It seems that everytime I tried this one, I was horribly disapointed. However, after having a few pints off of a fresh keg on clean lines, I now find that I really like this beer. Creamy, sweet vanilla aroma. Lots of flaked grain and chocolate flavors. Creamy - like a chocolate milkshake. Other times I've tried this the lactose sourness has been the predominant flavor - not this time though.


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