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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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. 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours an opaque black colour with a huge thick brown head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma. Medium body. Rich dark chocolate taste with a bit of bitterness as you'd get from dark chocolate. Very smooth

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
This is pure chocolate goodness. Opaque deep brown in color, rich dark head. Chocolate aroma. Smokey malt undertones with a prevalent chocolate flavour. Very smooth, velvety mouth feel. Clean finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours opaque black with a thick head as a Stout should. Chocolate aroma and flavor predominate. Chocolate is complex coming from both dark roast malt and actual chocolate. Chocolate follows till the very end.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2004
Amazingly rich chocolate taste, mostly sweet but a slight bitterness (like a bittersweet chocolate) comes through. Head and aroma are equally impressive. Top class.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 The chocolate taste is so good. Longevity of the beer is fully lasting. Very good experience.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2004
It's double chocolatey. Um Hum. Mixed feelings in it being yet another of Young's marketing bits, but it also works. Nearly too much in some respects - sweet, and while I like chocolate ... I prefer it separated from my beer by a degree. Belgian ales and Belgian chocolate do it for me. This is okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Nitro can: Very dark brown with a creamy tan nitro head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, coffee and a whiff of smoke. Sweet chocolate dominated flavour with notes of cappucino and licorice. Aftertaste of slightly cloying milk chocolate, balanced by coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 4, 2004
My appreciation for stouts is growing, thanks to beers like this one. Very dark, opaque body, almost black. Good beige head. Black chocolate and coffee aroma, not too sweet. Hops and smoke notes are also detected. Taste is intense, moderately sweet (the obvious chocolate, a touch of vanilla), with a pleasant bitterness and acidity to complement it in the finish. Smooth palate. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Can pours what could best be desribed as extremely black, with a nice milky cream colored head.   There is no mistaking it, aroma of cocoa in a big way.   Lacing is frothy and sticky.   Taste is certainly chocolatey.   However, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, albeit a smooth watery texture.   Finish, as you can imagine it, chocolatey.   Not as nice as the Rogue version, but good nonetheless.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Cococolate stands out in the sweet nose. Poured dark, rather thin with little head. Body is rather watery initialy in the mouth. Flavor is sweet, smokey chocolate flavor, some bitterness in there. Silky smooth finish, kind of watery. Nice beer.


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