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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3355   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
This stuff is fantastic. Iíve never had anything like it before. Some hops in aroma, but flavor is chocolate, a tiny bit of bitterness in the aftertaste just so that you donít get overwhelmed by any sweetness. Perfectly balanced. But it is a pretty simple taste, kind of one-dimensional. Good nonetheless. I wish it had a little more complexity, maybe some more roasted malts.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (761) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
The very first taste is of a porter, but the bitterness rolls in shortly after that. Dark as sin. A very nice sipping beer when you donít want to drink a heavy barley wine. I can imagine sitting there on a dark blustery night, sipping this beer, smoking whiskey dipped cigars, and listening to some rich music like Bach or Mozart!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Fantastic dark chocolaty beer. Hints of coffee and toffee come through this unbelievably smooth beverage. One of the all-time best finishes on a beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2002

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Decent stout but a little disappointing on the palate. Appeared to be thinner and flatter than I remember.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 mildly roasty, watery and unremarkable stout base with a tangy finish, mixed with artificial chocolate flavouring taste. the choc works well in the aroma but gives the mouthfeel a strange icky fattiness that sticks around in the finish. a bit of a silly beer really.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2002
It seemed thin as it was poured into the glass. But this creation is exsquisite. silky smooth going down and easy to drink. The finish doted with the bittersweet chocolate. Absolutly lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Smooth and slightly bitter, with a slight chocolate taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2002
Nice touch of chocolate. Gives it a richness and thickness that makes it a good experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002
Very nice and dark, like a stout should be. Strong chocolate aroma, but the taste is mostly roasted grains until the finish. Strong chocolate finish. Simple in flavor, but it is a good strong flavor, which is just fine by me.


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