Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Pours a deep red, almost black. Not opaque, though. Nice tan head, plenty of it. Actually looked like nitro, but it was from the 550ml bottle. Smelled of roasted barley, some English hops, chocolate is present. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, very pleasant flavor, much like the other sweet stouts of Bells or Sam Smith. Slightly sour with charcoal notes from the roasted malts and coffee, as per usual for these types of stouts. Then there is the chocolate. This is what really makes this worth having. You can actually taste the real chocolate within the beer. Without that, this beer doesn’t really have too much to offer. Sorry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Pitch black apperance with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rich chocolate and caramel. Some coffee notes are present in the flavor. Wow! This is one badass stout. This may be better than Sam Smith’s. This is a must try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Nitro version. All cream and dark froth goodness in the head, and thin, watery mix below. She looks better than she performs. Very simple stout, with some roasting and some coffee. Disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004
Dark appearance with a roasted chocolate taste that dominates.I had expected a lot from this one but for some reason it didn’t live up to my expectations. Lacking in complexity and I am still not comfortable with chocolate flavoured beers. Still one worth trying - in my opinion Youngs make a great range of bottled neers. This is a good one but this is not one of their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Disappointing head. This beer visually is like most of the Young’s beers...blah. Aroma is faint. Yes, dark chocolate is prominant but lacks a good aroma. The appearance is quite lackluster. Still, I was impressed with its flavor. A moderately sweet taste that doesn’t change and is short lived. It’s rather light to the palate with a creamy texture. Carbonation is rather flat and a chalky finish. Yet, I find myself really liking this beer. It doesn’t have all the attribute of a brillant beer but in terms of flavor, it’s quite good. Note, my second pour produced a much better head although it diminished rather quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle - Very dark brown/black with a dark tan head. Aroma is of roasted barley with coffee and chocolate, but not overpowering. Flavor is roasty with a fairly strong bitterness. Finish is bitter and long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Looks great poured from the can. Mild chocolate aroma. Somewhat thin but still like a lite version of a liquid chocolate bar. Goes great with choco chunk cookies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
Thick and creamy head, dark brown color. Dominating aroma of chocolate with malt and maybe roastyness. Great chocolate flavor with malt and roastyness. Thick, round mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 28, 2004
In the bottle. Reddish black stout. Brown head. Requisite roasted flavor, with very strong chocholate malt and hoppiness to well-balance the whole shebang. I wish it had the ethanol to mach the big beer mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Morty79 (3) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2004 does not count
I have read a lot of great reviews of this beer on this site, and heard much about chocolate stouts from friends. So maybe it was just built up to much for me but I was a bit disappointed by this beer. I bought it in a widget can, and in the glass it looked great with the head rising to the top creating that beautiful marble of foam. My first sip wasnt’ nearly as chocolaty as I expected. I thought maybe it was to cold. I let my beer warm up a bit and only then could I detect a faint aftertaste of chocolate. I am going to look for more chocolate stouts to compare and contrast.

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