Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1560) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Not quite what I was hoping to have. Deep black pour with a lacing tan head. Aroma full of sweetness and chocolate. Very full flavor. Thick. Tasty, but I could only handle one. A little too sweet of a beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
bottled. not as good as i expected. dark head that disappeared rather quickly. sweet at the start, ending up with flavors of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. something about the chocolate seemed a bit toxic. bubbly. chalky. maybe i purchased a bad bottle...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
MaBeer1972 (1400) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Canned version with widget. Damn I hate these things! I bet this is actually a pretty tasty brew, but would never know it from this thing! Pours so thick and creamy as a milk shake, but utterly flavorless. I either need to pick up a bottle or head to London for the real thing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours beautifully opaque with thick frothy tan head that lasts forever -- picture perfect. Aroma is alcohol, some coffee and roasted flavors. Flavor is same but chocolate kicks in at the end. Nicely rounded and smooth, the chocolate does not overwhelm. Could be roastier. Has thick mouth feel. I think I actually prefer their oatmeal stout, but I'll have to do a back to back comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
First Stout I actually enjoyed. Great for after dinner. Not too sweet and delightfully chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Not a bad stout. Some malt, chocolate, and sweet flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Miss Heidi's Saintly Ladies Party Nov 1, 2003. The company proved sweeter than this beer. Hardly Chocolate at all, double chocolate is a huge leap. Thin in texture and lacking in carbonation. It could have been a contender...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Nice pour with good head and dark body. Thin for a stout but in a good way. This beer was very enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Really had to sniff at this before noticing any aroma. Faint chocolate aroma. Black body, diminishing brown head of large bubbles. Nice lacing. Nice sweet hops upfront. The chocolate kicks in in the aftertaste and tastes very unnatural and fake. You can tell that the chocolate flavor is achieved by adding chocolate rather than derived from malts. I don't consider this a beer; the added chocolate flavor makes it more similar to the flavored malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice than beer. If you swallow fast, it tastes a little less artificial. This has to be one of the most tasteless stouts in the world. Where's the roastiness? Where are the coffee flavors? Guinness blows this away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2003
expected this would be gimmicky and stupid but it turned out alright. looks and smells like leftover liquid in a jar of spanish black olives. full-bodied. the chocolate wasn't as over-the-top as i expected, there was less chocolate than plenty of beers with no chocolate in the ingredients. moderate bitterness came as a relief when it started getting a little sticky

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