Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3564   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Bottle. A nice dark hue with a small tan head. What can I say about this beer other than it's a pleasure to drink. Very tasty mix of malts and chocolate, with a sweetness that never becomes too overwhelming. It lacks complexity, but is VERY tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Wicked cool...it's just like drinking chocolate milk! Very creamy with a huge chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Nice head, choclate is very present (well duh). Palate is very smooth. Drinkable beer, that is should be good on occasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2003
dark beer, almost a porter?, the toasted aroma's of the malts produce a mouth full of dark chocolate. Suprisingly not too bitter, and nice of alcohol aswell

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Pub can. Nice deep brown beer with 3/4 inch thick cream head. Smells quite sweet. Malty, chocolate, carmel smell to it. Very very smooth and really has a chocolate taste to it. A little bitter, a little sweet. I really didn't expect this much of a chocolate flavor. Definitely has that distinctiveness. Very east to drink and quite different from the stouts I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Bottle. Dark brown with slight tan head. Aroma is fruity with hint of chocolate. Must drink this warm; slightly bitter with chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle. Dark chocolate flavour, melting to milk choc on the finish - like Cadburys coffee creams (in Milk Tray). Some fresh alcohol on the very front of the tongue, with the aroma going up your nose as you take your swig. Very tasty throughout. Big initial head diminishes to thin band of dark beige. Rich, dark colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Nitro-can. Very dark with a big, fine tan head. Faint aroma, mostly of bitter chocolate. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. Very mild chocolate flavor relative to the desciption of the beer. Faint English hops detected. Very subdued flavor. Mild bitterness. Thin mouthfeel. No carbonation. Lingering bitter finish. I think I dislike nitro cans. I would really like to have this beer on tap or in a bottle so it can taste as good as it looks. Great taste, just not enough of it.3.3 Re-rate3/12/04 in bottle: just as I anticipated, much better in bottle. A little more aroma and much more flavor. Now I understand the name of the beer and the higher ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2003
On tap. WOW! This one came to me jet black with a very creamy tan head that left some good lacing. The flavor is amazingly smooth with a very mild chocolate flavor and a subtle hop kick. The best mouthfeel of any stout I've had. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kathouse (1253) - Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I really wanted to like this beer. Typical stout appearance helped by the widget in the can. Very dark with great head retention. The aroma was chocolate, nutty, and warm. The problem with this beer was the lack of carbonation and high bitterness. Excellent cocoa and roasted malt flavoring offset by the dry bitter finish. It was just too flat for me.

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