Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3529   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1077) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2003
nitrogen can: Aroma of milk chocolate somewhat muted under the typical thick creamy nitrogen head. This beer is what it says - massive chocolate flavors. Keep it away from the kids because it almost tastes like a dessert drink as opposed to an alcoholic beverage. Still, they do great job of combining malt and milk chocolate sweetness with dark chocolate bitterness and hop bite to deliver a candy-like beer that isn't at all cloying. A roasty backbone keeps everything in check. When the kids are drinking Yoo-Hoo, you drink this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2003
Black, with somehow a deep purple shine. Dark-greige head, huge but collapsing. Nose gives chocolate, chocolate malt, tobacco, blackcurrant, chocolate cake. Taste is essentialy bitter chocolate, roasted malt (which conveys a point of acidity), tobacco of a nicer kind. Unbelievably thin mouthfeel at first, but fills in gradually, as if one would pour cold molten chocolate in water. Long bitter aftertaste, more maltey than chocolatey. A superb stout? Yes. A world classis? No!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2003
Black with a medium biege head. Much dark malt, chocolate and coconut in aroma. Smooth and malty mouthfeel. Loads of chocolate and some roasty malt. Sweet, slightly smokey and bitter finish. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Bottled version. Dark tan head, clumpy foam, sticky lacing. ChoColot, fruity nose. Black as night. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, lots of chocolatey flavor, probably a bit too much. Has some medicinal, bandaid notes also. Finish is dry, uninteresting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dingo (37) - USA - AUG 10, 2003
I really didn't get much of a sense of aroma here. From the open of the large purple bottle to sniffing the glass, I didn't get much of anything...very neutral. The appearance is great; dark, impervious to light, like a cup of thick coffee or a dark soda. It's not incredibly overpowering either initially in the mouth or after letting it sit for a while. I'd read other reviews saying that this tasted like a chocolate milkshake. I don't get that at all. I get a nice rich, not sharp, very little aftertaste feel to it. Personally, I don't see the 'chocolate' part of this at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Bottled poured what appeared to be black (in the low-light pub I was at), with a decent size brown head that lasted quite some time. The lacing however was much less than I expected. The taste was naturally chocolate but, like cAPSLOCK noted, also roasted malt tastes. The finish was more of a bitter, unsweetened chocolate. I could definitely drink more than a couple of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Sweet malty and roasty aroma. Very dark, and a little reddish. Not too much head. This beer tastes great. Obviously there is a chocolate taste, but there is also a lot of other stuff in there... roasted malts, pipe tobacco. The finish is the bitter taste of unsweetened chocolate. This beer is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
Best Stout I've ever tasted, smooth and easy on the palate. It has a bitter choc taste, it became more flavorsome as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Black beer with tan head. Malty sweet aroma. Sweet smooth flavor . Has a fairly distinctive chocolate malt flavor, but if this beer were as good as the name is, it would easily be in the top 50.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Poured pitch black, red lining when held to light. Aroma sweet malts, chocolate, coffee and thin hops. Flavor is very good, fairly well balanced with more malts than hops. Lots of chocolate, raisens, very nice dark chocolate aftertaste. Thick and creamy palate. An impressive stout.

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