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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3497   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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
I think this is the best Chocolate stout out there. The coffee flavor was very good but the chocolate touch put this over the edge. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Michael Jackson suggests that this can be consumed with chocolate. Yep makes sense to me. This is a fantastic stout with silky softness on the nose and a great warming mouthfeel. The roasted and real chocolate tones are quite evident as is the undertone of noble hop. A delightful beer that I would love to drink more of, unfortunately at $10 a bottle this is only a once in a while treat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
looks good, smells good. thankfully not a gross sweet chocolate malt. nice classy chocolate flavour and smooth palate

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 This stout has a very distinctive chocolate flavor and medium head. I would try this one again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
This was a nice surprise! It has a velvety texture and chocolate flavor all around. Not as strong as I expected, also has a medium head and decent aroma. Will buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoobyluv (510) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2003
not a fan of stouts usually but this was tasty. taste of dark chocolate and black coffee. the color reminded me of hershey's syrup. when drinking this, all i could think of was an excellent "dessert" beer. it would be great to sip on after a several course meal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Poured with a great head for a stout. Smelled deceptively of bitter dark chocolate. Taste sweet chocolate, cream, and mild hops. Not overdone. Balance was great; texture superb. I felt like chewing at some points, and the finish was thick but not coating. (Forgot to brush my teeth at the end of the night and didn't wake up with a fuzzy mouth. If that's not an indication of a good finish, I don't know what is!). Overall, a nice drinking stout, but I would have preferred the chocolate more defined and robust. This beer's strength lies in its mellowness and balance. It's just not aggressive enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 3, 2003
Easier to drink than higher alcohol chocolate stouts. Aftertaste is much stronger than mid-swallow taste and is dominated by an artificial, candy-like flavor. I want to be more impressed by this beer, but am not.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
r464 (1956) - 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.


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