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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 faint aroma, not much when it comes to a head, however great taste. this is a good beer that i really enjoyed drinking. nice finish too, a good thick stout. had another one out of a can-draught- it was even better than the one out of the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Vicious tan head, but it was gone by the time I got it across the room. Aroma is dark, tangy and of course, chocolaty.The body starts big, but is quickly diluted. I have to say I expected more, but it's still not bad. I would definitely but this again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Best before Jan04': Dark brown. Medium,tan,head. Doesn't stick around long.Aroma is airy and metallic. Chocolate and bittersweet. Mouthfeel is oily,little over carbonated,little too light,bodied. Pretty empty,up front,in the flavor department. Before the finish the dark chocolate shows itself(to me not a good thing).Finish is smooth,bittersweet,roasty,with noticable hops.Finish is also 80% of the flavor.As it loses carbonation,it improves greatly.Last sip is better than the first!Taste more beer mid-bottle,but still just drinkable,Imo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2003
I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown. It appeared a very dark black, but was lighter up close. The head was too thin and didn't stick around. The taste was excellent with (obviously) strong hints of chocolate and some coffee. It had some bitterness and finished smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Very good, but not great. Not as chocolatey as I had hoped and not nearly as thick as it looked. It was good and went down very smooth though. I enjoyed it. Similar to Guiness in texture, but it wishes that it were as good as Rogue's Chocolate Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2003
A vinuous chocolaty aroma is also a little spicy. Yes, there is actually a bitter chocolae flavour in here but not so much that it distracts from tis still being a stout. Excessive carbonation spois the finish slightly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Pours dark black with a small white head. Malty-chocolatey aroma. This is very bitter, chocolatey, and roasty. Very thick too. Yum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2003
it pours nice and dark but not as thick and rich as many others, decent tan head. Smells like licorice and chocolate. Good flavor, burned nuts, chocolate, maple syrup and blow-molded gnomes. Palate is a little thin, not a real strong finish either. Gets points for being available all over.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
This was one of the first beers I ever had and I still go back for it. Smooth, velvety and of course chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5860) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Poured very dark, with a large tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet chocolate/roasty character in the taste. Great dessert beer.


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