Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3556   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 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 (2431) - 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 (4816) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 Starts light and hoppy, not a very strong chocolate flavour, yet very nice. Large head mostly diminishes with no lacings. Nice body, creamy texture, and the finish is short and sweet. It's a good all-around chocolate brew, but I wish there was more chocolate to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2003 Very smooth with a light chocolate flavor.Fast diminishing head. A bit hoppy but still nice. Finishes kind of flat and boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2003
An old favorite. Reminds me of chocolate milk. Very smooth, lacy, rich, velvety mouthfeel (and that was my impression before reading the description here!). Chocolately, lightly roasted flavor. I am ignoring the metallic flavor lent to this elixir by its colorful aluminum can. Try this, and then try the Rogue Chocolate Stout for a stronger chocolate experience. Youngs comes highly recommended by this stout fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2003
I was a little disappointed here. I expected a intense chocolate flavor but what I got was something tasting more like raisins. Texture was reasonable creamy and smooth. Not bad overall, but if you really want a sweet, malty, intense chocolate brew then try the superior Mackeson's XXX Stout.

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