Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3540   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Pours with a black body topped by a thick lasting tan head with good lace. Sweet yet slightly bitter malt aroma with roasty notes and hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet and bitter malt flavor with chocolate notes and a slight roastiness. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottle: One of my favorites. Even better on draft and nitrogen. Very dark with medium head. Not much nose, faint roasty chocolate, but the taste ... love it. Also has a very nice mouthfeel. Full and creamy. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3328) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 ReRate-I just bought a bottle that was expired last month, but decided to give it a shot. I was very impressed to say the least. Pours fairly black with a nice tan head. big chocolate, char, and roast aroma with notes of baking chocolate as well. flavors are really char and chocolate. nice finish! this was just a tad oxidized, but not offensive. I am boosting the ratings on this one for shure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 A great concept if you really like chocolate. Very smooth and I really love the roasted barley taste. Very unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigguy (3) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2003 does not count
Best on tap when you can find it. It is a very smooth stout with great character. Great for desert or as the main meal. Great balance of flavor and feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Excellent tan head which settles nicely to a thin foam with decent lacing. Aroma of burnt malts. Not much chocolate aroma though. Color is black in the glass and slightly red when held up to a powerful light. Flavor is a little thin with hints of dark chocolate (not much though) and malt. Finish is smooth, creamy and a little dry and bitter with a noticable hops presence that was hidden earlier. A good quality stout but I expected more chocolate flavor and aroma than was there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4801) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2003
I can't really share the enthousiasm about this one. Smells okay; burned malts, sweet. Looks are definately good; dark brown coloured; lasting, off-white head. Taste is sweet, moderate bitter with loads of caramel. Palate is uninteresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 Tasted in the bottle from Dregers in San Mateo, CA. Dark colour. Light brownish head. Deep roasted aroma. First sip, hint of bitternes, slight chocalte taste. After that, slight sweetness if evident with a light cholocate-bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
What an awsome stout this is. Beautiful dark choco-brown body with tight fluffy beige head. Smell is immediately chocolate and roasted malt. Smooth as silk on the palate and clings to the inside of your mouth. Taste is bitter chocolate with hop overtones. This is by far one of my favorite stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAY 17, 2003
Black colour, nice brown bubbly head, persistent. The aroma (very pleasant) is dominated by chocolate. Roasty malts flavour, with a good bittersweet cocoa taste. Smooth, very drinkable and pleasant.

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