Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3646   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2004
Bottle. A near-black stout with reddish-brown highlights. Full, sweet aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Definitely a sweet stout, but good balance between the sweet, creamy, chocolate fudge flavours, and the dry, nutty, roasted malt tastes. The finish stumbles initially, but quickly regains its composure to leave a lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste. An enjoyable stout that’s like dessert in a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2004
Keep in mind when you taste this beer that it is not a chocolate drink, but a beer with a hint of chocolate. This one gives all the right hallmarks for a stout, with great colour, carbonation and flavour. And the added bonus of a hint of chocolate flavour and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A very rich creamy chocolate stout. When I think of chocolate flavor in a stout, this is what I want. Rich and bold, with a bit of a thin mouthfeel, but lots of character, and a slightly buttery finish. This was absolutely a joy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours an opaque black colour with a huge thick brown head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma. Medium body. Rich dark chocolate taste with a bit of bitterness as you'd get from dark chocolate. Very smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
This is pure chocolate goodness. Opaque deep brown in color, rich dark head. Chocolate aroma. Smokey malt undertones with a prevalent chocolate flavour. Very smooth, velvety mouth feel. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3317) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours opaque black with a thick head as a Stout should. Chocolate aroma and flavor predominate. Chocolate is complex coming from both dark roast malt and actual chocolate. Chocolate follows till the very end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2004
Amazingly rich chocolate taste, mostly sweet but a slight bitterness (like a bittersweet chocolate) comes through. Head and aroma are equally impressive. Top class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 The chocolate taste is so good. Longevity of the beer is fully lasting. Very good experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2004
It's double chocolatey. Um Hum. Mixed feelings in it being yet another of Young's marketing bits, but it also works. Nearly too much in some respects - sweet, and while I like chocolate ... I prefer it separated from my beer by a degree. Belgian ales and Belgian chocolate do it for me. This is okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12183) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Nitro can: Very dark brown with a creamy tan nitro head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, coffee and a whiff of smoke. Sweet chocolate dominated flavour with notes of cappucino and licorice. Aftertaste of slightly cloying milk chocolate, balanced by coffee.

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