Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3373   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.
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2488) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2003
Black in colour. When held against the light there's some ruby. Burnt aroma with some coffee and maybe a touch of vanilla. Tasty flavour of dark, bitter chocolate. Very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Re-rate Had this a few years ago before my beer tastes were refined. Hated it then but love it now. It is subtle but has a nice coffe and chocalte undertone. Very creamy and quite satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4708) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2003
A great pour with the guinness effect and a rich dense tan head on top of a completely opaque black coloured body. Chocolate and coffee tones with a roasted malt aroma. Great chocolatey bittersweet flavour with a great feel in the mouth--I love the widget. A great all around stout with some flavour compared to the flavourless guinness!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Black in color, I couldn’t see ruby. Head is brown and disappears quickly. Scent of chocolate. Chocolate taste is immediately noticeable, and as it warmed I also tasted coffee and hops. Full bodied. Left a dry feeling in my mouth; the last few sips were noticeably bitter. Very good. As one of my very early ratings, I was very impressed with this at one point. While still a quality beer, it no longer impresses as it once did. Still looks great, but the aroma and flavor are much lighter now that I have more to compare to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Pours with a tan creamy head. More or less black in color, or should I say colour? Anyway, good aroma, chocolatey, but with hops behind it. The aroma hints well at the good flavor to follow. Smooth, chocolatey, but not overdone. It feels just after swallowing like I've just had a chocolate bar. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2003
As it say's on the label "Luxury" After not having this one for a few years, it's easy to forget how thick and luscious it is. Especially compared to it's widgeted cousin - thickness counts! This bottled version is the superior version. lightly roasted, full of chocolate, nuff said.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2003
chocolate scented nose, dark disipating head, no lacing, strong chocolate tones, dark hue and full bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Pours almost black with a very nice tan to brown head. First odor is of course a chocolate aroma surrounded by a slight coffee odor. The first sip is awesome. Sweet but with a slight bitterness to it. Creamy body that finishes dryer than I expected. Seems almost like a Mackeson XXX Stout mixed with a Guinness Extra Stout. Definitely recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Thick head, coal black color, subtle roasted, chocolate malty flavor. Gets a little better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Dark black, smooth and creamy. Good malt character, and tons of different chocolate: dark, sweet, bitter -> all mixed to perfection. Great stout.

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