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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3288   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.
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Outstanding. Full and smooth with loads of chocolate. Nice sweet maltiness, but not over done. Fantastic chocolate flavor with evident hops in the finish, causing the perfect amount of bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2002
smooth chocalate stout almost black, carmel and sweet, toasted, with a hop finish

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Black in color, medium/small khaki head. Aroma is strong of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Sweet grain flavor on the front end. Flavor gets more and more chocolatey as you swallow, and finishes with a very decent hop bite on the back end. The aftertaste seemed to increase in hops with every passing sip. Overall, a great beer, and an excellent stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
i had the canned version, and i was impressed. chocolate mocha coffee slightly sweet but sorta bitter...tasty. very deep rich brown color and a lacy, ever-clinging light tan head. i mean i take a sip and the stuff just sits all up the side of the glass. cool. pretty expensive for me though--$8 for a 4 pack. i’d as soon have mackeson’s. imho, the few beer stores that actually DO carry decent beer in FL are overpriced.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2002
This is a supberb stout IMHO. I truly enjoy this one, although it is very sweet. It is a great beer to end the night with, and I am sure that it would be great with dessert. For those in Austin, the Gingerman pours the best one in town that I am aware of!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Roasty, sweet malty aroma and taste with a hint of chocolate. Black body with a hint of red, nice full head. I like the balance of sweet and bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 Dark dark dark brown. Just a hint of red shown through when I held the glass up to the sun. Nice tan head...not too big...just right for a stout. The aroma was bitter, roasty, and malty sweet. The flavor was slightly bitter up front, then sweet roasted coffee, and finished with a slight taste of semi-sweet chocolate. Very silky smooth feel...one of the smoothest. Despite being so smooth, the beer keeps a crisp edge to it. Why isn't this beer listed as a sweet stout? Great great great stout...one of the "Big Daddy's!"

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2002
Malty, caramel and sweet chocolate nose. Big frothy light brown head on this black body. Fullmouth chocolate feeling,toasted, sweet but not to sweet. But then... a watery finish. Too bad. You want to have this chocolate feeling for longer in your mouth!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 dark colour, smooth appearance with a light, creamy head - dark chocolate flavour understated at first, stronger later - no aftertaste for me - enjoyable by even non-beer fans. My favorite chocolate stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Deep black liquor. Chocolate milky head. Earthy aromas of malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice. Sweet malts first,medium to full bodied. Chocolate is extremely evident all the way. Extremely bittersweet finish. Nice hops, very very well balanced stout. One of the best, definately. The chocolate is just incredible.


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