Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Probably one of the best beers (regardless of style) you can get from a can. The same goes for its Oatmeal Stout brother. Pours very dark (nearly black) with a nice creamy light brown head. Aroma is primarily a sweet chocolate also accompanied by a faint roasted malt. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Predominately a mild chocolate flavor that is joined by just a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste. An enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Very nice beer. Poured from a can, it had a noticeable degree of artificial head, which it retained throughout the session. Nice chocolaty notes and roasted malt flavor, reminded me of coffee. Very balanced beer, which is nice in a chocolate stout, not too bitter. Will drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2004
Can. Pours a dark brown, with a medium light brown head. The chocolate aroma is immediately obvious. This translates into a chocolatey flavour for the first couple of swallows. After this a roasty flavour takes over, and a more traditional stout is seen. Slightly one dimensional after the chocolate flavour fades. This is probably due to the canning. Will re-rate on draught or bottle at very least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Pours dark almost black, with a brown head that produces some lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is mostly milk chocolate, with hints of roasted malt and finishes with enough bitterness to balance the chocolately goodness. Mouth is creamy like a glass of chocolate milk. I’m coo coo for cocoa puffs!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Mmmmmmm, yummy. Rich, roast chocolate malt flavor. Very smooth and creamy. If the abv was a wee bit higher I’d list this near the top of my favorite stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2951) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours beautifully dark with a bit of a head on it. Has a wonderful roasted scent, with hints of chocolate. Really smooth down the throat. Really awesome flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Chocolate color...chocolate and hop aroma...chocolate taste...feels like melted chocolate in your mouth...finishes a little bitter...too sweet for me but a very interesting complex one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2004
pitch body. awesome choclate smell and taste. malty taste. creamy palate. chocolate and rosted coffee. great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Tapped pour. Great stuff! If you miss Valentine’s feed your girl the foaming head to more than satisfy her chocolate craving. You’ll turn her into a stout lover too. Deep dark luscious color, flavorful crystal and chocolate malts, hearty, very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle into wine glass. As I was drinking with non-beer afficionados, I picked out this one thinking that no one doesn’t like chocolate. It was definitely a crowd pleaser (actually, a pair pleaser, as I only with two friends.) Poured dark black-brown, brown head was nicely sized. Smell forbode the dark chocolate flavors, also picked up some coffee in the malt. The taste wasn’t as overpoweringly sweet as I expected, with the chocolate tasting like baking cocoa. Somewhat dry. There was a faint underlying layer of dry dark fruits which gave it nice complexity. Finish was nice too. Enjoyable.

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