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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EgonB (19) - Halmstad, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2003
I must admit, I was really suspicious, but what a Stout ! Perfect to a chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Bottle.This is a very fine stout.It's black.The head is huge and creamy and that dark tint of the bomb stout.The taste is very smooth crisp and chocolaty.THE FINISH IS DRY AND SLIGHTY BITTER LIKE CHOCOLATE AND HOPS.YUM.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Draught (can) : I served this pretty cool like it says to on the can. Dark brown, almost black due to the huge khaki head of fine bubbles blocking any light that might brighten the beer up. Kinda sour chocolate and coffee aroma. Tastes like you are sucking on a chocolate cloud. Really subtle milk choclate flavor the moment that it enters your mouth, subsides to a little nothingness before the finish. Very little after taste, but there is a bit of roasty bite and lingering mocha. Seems thin, but it acutally tastes and smells like chocoalte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
The head on this beer takes well over a minute to settle out from the nitro can, and it stays thick and creamy throughout the entire time you drink it. When it is too cold, there is very little flavor. As it warms, the chocolate and earthy hops aromas arise. The flavor exhibits a bitter, dark chocolate or cocoa taste with roasted malt and a very thin yet creamy mouthfeel. It has a nice bitterness on the finish with a hint of sweetness and that dark chocolate note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Dark, dark, dark brown, some ruby around the edges, head didn't last at all. Draft. Some aroma of roasted malts, but not much. The flavor was of espresso and some milk chocolate. The finish comes up surprisingly short. I keep trying this beer every few years, and am always disappointed by the thin, almost watery, very short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (12519) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2003
Black, with a brownish rich head. Aroma is cocoa and some banana. Flavor is chocolate, malty. Expected it to have more body. Looked better than it tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2003
Black with a nice creamy head. Aroma is malty and fruity from banana. Flavor is banana and cocoa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 Very dark. Grey head. Very malty without too muchy sweetness. A slightly bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Suprisingly weak. Not much body or richness. Too smooth and simple. I was dissapointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 I popped a bottle I should have stored for my flatties, but I hope there is more at Camperdown cellars; anyway, this was fairly forgettable. It's like there is a thin pretty lame english ale base on top of which some very polite dark chocolate taste is imposed. Not rich or syrupy at all, and not very complicated. The head was lame as well, and the colour was dark brown which is dumb. A gimmicky beer in a lot of ways; Oakes was spot on in calling it a desert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Pours pitch black with tan head and great lacing. Aroma is heavily chocolate (obviously) with a roasted coffee (with cream) aroma. Flavor is like hot chocolate with essence of smoke. Perfect for the campfire! Overall, this is a great stout if you're into the subtleties of most stouts. The chocolate is heavy but everything else is pronounced as well.

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