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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Mmmmm, Chocolate. My first reaction; Chocolate syrup. And that’s a good thing! Smells great as well. Appearance is great, almost opaque in a glass with a dense head. Reminds me of chocolate milk (duh!). At times the alcohol/milk chocolate/carbonation taste does become akward.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Hand down the most original/uniquely brewed stout you can get your hands on. Magically delicious and a wonderful breakfast or dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Have loved Youngs for years and years; surprised that I’m only getting to the bottled version of this now. Anyway, super-creamy medium-lasting brown-sugar head sits atop an opaque medium black body; nose is espresso chocolate, nice but not terribly strong. Flavor is somewhat wine-like, strong tannic wine-like, and the chocolate is certainly there but its not as sweet as I remember it, more bittersweet and pungent with strong roasted grain notes and bitter nuttiness. Fairly robust and bitter on the end. Good, though not as good as I remember from several months ago; my how fast we become picky and snobbish!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Had in 17 oz bottle. Really thick and creamy. Black and small tan head. Taste is like velvet- so smooth- loaded with chocolate. Real chocolate as well as black malt- roasted barley adn chocolate malts. Surprisingly it stil had some bitterness to it- I donno if it is from hops or from bitter chocolate but it balances some of the overall sweetness. A unique beer. Good with chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 RERATE Draft. Smooth. Minimal bitterness. Very enjoyable with scallops for dinner. OLD RATING: Widget Can. Creamy tan head stays intact for duration. Opaque dark brown body which rivals Mackeson. Goes down smoothly - a bit of that watery Guiness-esque mouthfeel. Thankfully is not heavy on the stomach so none of that bloatiness feeling. Nice roasty chocolate flavor that does not overwhelm. Tangy/bitterish aftertaste is most distinguishing taste characteristic. An above average chocolate stout. A few notches below Mackeson but better than that Guinness crap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
Very thick and creamy beer that tastes and feels similar to chocolate milk. Tastes great with dessert, unlike most other beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Silky-smooth, fudgy and creamy sweetness with chocolate bitterness. I also tasted a little bit ginger knid of flavor in it. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djsun2599 (12) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2002
so yummy and not sweet. wonderful brew. btw I’m drinking the nitro can version...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2002

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