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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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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. 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 ReRate: Well, my tastes have changed with time…. My knowledge has been expanded…. And I now appreciate this beer far more that I once did with my previous 3.2 rating.
Creamy viscous palate…. frothy kaki hued head… lasting notes of coffee, coco, toffee, and some mentions of raisin. A delicious stout!

Double Chocolate Stout, this is was an interesting blend of malted beer and chocolate. Must have been made with baker’s chocolate because this was slightly bitter. Over all this beer is worth trying, thick but no head, not as carbonated as a Guinness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Can anyone say mocha? This had more of a coffee taste than chocolate, although the chocolate shines through in the end. Pitch black and fairly thick stuff with a dark tan head, I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2003
This is amazingly chocolately! I just can't believe that it wasn't sugary or syrupy. Perfect balance. The chocolate is ever present, but there is also a coffee flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5558) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 (500 ml bottle, ABV 5,2%). Black (actually very dark ruby) with a good tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is all chocolate and roasted malts. When you expect something cloyingly sweet (chocolate in beer - "uff da"!): Surprise! - a perfectly rounded and well balanced flavour, loads of chocolate but never sickly, just the right roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is a real treat - I would be happy to drink it each and every afternoon, but just one bottle a day!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Pour is deep black, large medium brown head, slowly diminishes to leave good lacing. Aroma is strong on the chocolate, and some roasted malts in the back. Flavor starts almost like hot chocolate, ends with some mild roasted bitter maltiness. Body is full and strong. Not something I would drink every night, but quite a tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Bottle is much better than the canned version. Dark brown beer with slight lacing, instead of the huge widget-induced head from the can. Taste of dark malt, sweet chocolate, hops, with a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Deep black with medium brown head. Smells very spicy, of chocolate, with a very strong aroma. Has an alcoholic/chemical smell. Very smokey flavor, frothy taste at first then thinner and lighter. The aftertaste is smooth and milky.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Pours a nice deep dark ruby black color with a long lasting tan head. Aroma was minimal, but a little roastiness poked through. Flavor is an excellent subtle sweet chocolate with a decent bitter backbone. The most impressive quality of the beer is it's velvety smooth palate. An excellent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2003
I really have a problem with "Chocolate Stouts. They never taste like chocolate! I know its the malt used, well anyway I had it from the can. A nice medium bodied dark ale. Aroma suggests a sweeter brew than this, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Beer is very dark. Nice roasted malt flavor. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Beautiful to watch. Dark reddish brown with a big thick creamy head. Aroma is sweet. Chocolate and cocoa are present. This isn't a bad beer, but it reminded me of Swiss Miss.


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