Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle. deep black with a hint of blue, has a thick tan head. sweet aroma that is inviting. taste is divine, taste is invigorating, chocolate-obviously- but also has a nice balance of other flavors. the assorted malts come through, and i think the finish is better than the intitial flavor. this begs for another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 One of my all-time faves. It’s best from the tap (of course), but the pint can does an admirable job of recreating the lush flavor of the aforementioned tap. The bottle is okay, but like I said, it’s best experienced on tap. (If I mention ’tap’ one more time, I get a free toaster oven.) This beer is sure to please.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This pours completely opaque with a beautiful tan head. The nose is of malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The palate has smooth dark chocolate, coffee beans, a full mouthfeel, a bitter finish, and some dryness, but I wouldn’t want to drink too much of it at once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2004
On Tap at Clark’s Ale House, Syracuse NY: Are you kidding me? This is a phenomenal brew that pours with a huge, frothy head; huge flavors of coffee, chocolate, cookie dough, cola, licorice......creamy palate and a subtle dry finish. Gotta love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uvajed (181) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Makes me think of how roasted chocolate might taste; quite tasty. Very dark color, nicely frothy smallish head. Not something I’d kill for, as I prefer drier stout, but nonetheless this is spectacularly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2004
14.9 ounce widgeted can. Another nicely done N2 widgeted style from Young’s. Pours blacker than the night, with a great, creamy tan head and walls of lace all the way down. Aroma of malt, chocolate, slight licorice. Tastes very matly, chocolatey, with some coffee, licorice, and cognac at the finish. Very creamy, roasty, and smooth finish. Awesome. I can’t wait to try the bottled version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Dark Coloring. Good Head. Aroma: Chocolate. Wonderful Stout to have tried in the winter. At O.C. Sweet, Creamy and Chocolate. Very Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2004
Clear chocolate aroma, with the hints of alcohol. Dark color with brown little head. Chocolate is even more obvious in flavor. Usually bitterness and carbonation come in the end but in this stout they are overtaken by strong sweetness of chocolate. Not bad combination at all, although this beer tasted very much different than I expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Poured black in color with a tan head. Slight chocolate (not as much as I was expecting), malty, and roasted smells and tastes. This beer did not live up to my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Great dark and rich taste. The chocholate flavor is very present, which almost makes this a just dessert beer.

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