Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (686) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2003
chocolate scented nose, dark disipating head, no lacing, strong chocolate tones, dark hue and full bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5640) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Pours almost black with a very nice tan to brown head. First odor is of course a chocolate aroma surrounded by a slight coffee odor. The first sip is awesome. Sweet but with a slight bitterness to it. Creamy body that finishes dryer than I expected. Seems almost like a Mackeson XXX Stout mixed with a Guinness Extra Stout. Definitely recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Thick head, coal black color, subtle roasted, chocolate malty flavor. Gets a little better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Dark black, smooth and creamy. Good malt character, and tons of different chocolate: dark, sweet, bitter -> all mixed to perfection. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 bottle: Finally got the bottled version and i was right: this is a great beer. Roasted malts at first that leads to amazing bittersweet chocolates in the finish. smells like dark chocolate. AWESOME beer. even my friend who hates beer loves this stuff. It is what it is, fun.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 One of the best beers I've ever had. I could drink this all day long and probably pour it on cereal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Very dark brown/black with a caramel head. The chocolate is noticable in the aroma and taste. Very sweet and creamy. Slightly bitter aftertaste due to the chocolate. The sweetness may be overrated since I had this alongside a Bells Double Cream which was exceptionally bitter/sour, I needed something to get that taste out of my mouth and the bartender recommended this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2003
The ruby evaded my eye, Midnight black, real thick pour. Beauty of a caramely colored head too! Dark chocolate & milk, but really roastey and dark. Unsweetened cocoa with some sweetness, an almost creamy/milky smoothness to it. If I could mix up a hershey bar in a fresh roasted, properly brewed French roast and some whole milk for body. I realy dig this stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2003 (Draught can) Dark brown, ruby hints, light beige creamy head. Chocolate aroma with hazelnut notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate, some vanilla, well-balanced hops. A very good beer but it seemed a bit tame. (Bottle) Dark brown, not much head. Shy aroma of chocolate and hops. The aroma comes out more as the beer warms. Big chocolate taste at first, a bit overwhelming but after a few sips, it blends very well with the chocolate malts and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OriginalCheeser (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
Good flavor almsot too much of a chocolate flavor but willd o when Rogue Shakespear is unavailable.

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