Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3530   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2002
This is an extremely rich and very delicious stout. The chocolate flavor is pulled off very well and mixes nicely with this superb ale. Not too roasted tasting, just creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Stouty looking, but not quite opaque, medium tan head. Dark malt aroma, grainy, cocoa powder with some spiced rum thrown in. I understand they use actual dark chocolate, but it comes off a bit artificial to me. Oh, now reading the commercial description, it must be the ’chocolate essence’. Reminds me a bit of the chocolate covered coffee beans they sell as candy at Starbucks etc, kind of weird tasting but kind of good too. This improves immensely as it approaches room temperature, everything seems to come together a bit better. Drying, bittersweet finish leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2002
I may be underrating this. It started out well-chilled with a nice fragrance, delicately hopped, malty and bready. The flavor was odd, chocolatey but thin bodied and weird tasting. Like cocoa powder had been stirred in. However, warming it to a more reasonable temp, allowed the flavors and aromas to coalesce, yielding beautiful aromas and flavors: raisins, pipe tobacco, chocolate malt, fresh bread... lightly sweet but with a hint of tartness and even dryness. Nice deep color, creamy head. I still think it was a bit light-bodied but it was excellent. The best Young’s brew I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rustyspoon (5) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002 does not count
This beer is like a dessert. Dark, chocolate, and smooth. The taste doesn’t linger, however. Not real complext, just chocolate. If you don’t usually like stouts, give this one a try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eeast99 (3) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002 does not count
Silky mouth feel and mild chocolate taste, I enjoyed this stout on draught and found it a tad bit light for a double chocolate stout, and almost imperceptibly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steve88899 (1) - USA - NOV 24, 2002 does not count
I found this stout an excellent choice ,when consumed with a sharp blue cheese such as Stilton or Roquefort or perhaps even Maytag American Blue Cheese.These cheeses really bring out the chocolate flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
I didn’t drink very much of this beer but I was not as impressed as I thought I would be- especially on tap. Pretty mild stout so anyone could drink this beer. Don’t let it scare you. Very dry finish and very watery tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Had this on tap. Was very excited to try this because although I liked the canned version I knew it had to be better any other way. I was actually suprised at how little this improved. The watery character is still there which is very disappointing, because beneath all that mildness you can find some really appealing tastes. However, this makes an excellent beer for the casual drinker as it is rather mild. Tasty and fairly refreshing for a stout, but nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2002
truly a great beer! its rich chocolate taste will impress even non-stout drinkers. The draught version of this beer is far superior to its bottled version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 You can smell chocalate and really taste it with the first sip. Great not real sweet some hops in the finish. "Velvety" smooth, with a nice creamy silky feel on the palate, very chocolatey but not overdone, this is a wonderful stout, I always enjoy it.

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