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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3416   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Do not drink this cold. The best flavor comes out just a few degrees above room temperature. It begins with a mild coffee flavor, then turns rich and chocolatey. The chocolate is a bitter chocolate, like baker’s chocolate with a little sweetness, rather than like sweet milk chocolate. A good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3443) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
Very dark with a pinch of mahogany shining through. Dessert-like with sweet chocolate flavors; some vanilla too. Roasted coffee bean flavors here and there. Amazingly heavy for only 5.2%. Has a little bit of a ’synthetic’ chocolate flavor though... sort of like what a Yoohoo is to regular chocolate milk. Not necessarily bad, but not what I expected. The sample I remember on tap was much more chocolatey and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2002
Wow, a great dark color with a nice, thick creamy head. I could smell the chocolate before I even took a sip, and then the real unsweetened chocolate flavor came through. Also a good balance of roasted chocolate malts present. I was very impressed--very smooth to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1680) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re-Rate: Not much texture as I once thought, and the chocolate flavors aren't as pronounced. The nose isn't very strong but there are dark chocolate, coffee, and doughy flavors. Original: A subtle and smooth beer. The chocolate is present, but not overpowering. A dark, roasted flavor, robust and very tasteful. A good beer all around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
One of my top 10 stouts in the world that I have tried.Bittersweet,roasted,chocolate,rich and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2002
Super bready, malty, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Deep as hell. The only drawbacks are the almost choc. syrup nature of the choc & alcohol combination in the mouth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Very dark. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Quite smooth. Light hops in the finish. Better in the bottle.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Blondaroo99 (2) - USA - MAY 9, 2002 does not count
Rich, smooth, full bodied with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Firm, smooth, creamy head with a pleasing finish. Chill it on ice for an even better flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkFudge99 (5) - Dumont (Irish Headquarters USA), New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2002 does not count
Aroma isn’t very grabbing...Flavor is interesting. Imagine tasting an alcoholic version of UBet’s Chocholate syrup and you got an idea of what this beer is about. However it’s a bit thinner than I was expecting and is missing a bit of complexity going down. The hint of Chocholate is appealing but fades fast under a very smooth but thin and flat wash going down. It’s definitely missing something either a thicker texture and/or more complex unraveling flavors. Whatever that something is, ruins what could have been an exciting stout...As it stands now it is just good but not worth the $2 price per bottle it carries


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