Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3577   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2003
Beautiful black/ruby color with a lush oily tan head. Chocolate nose (saw that one comeing) with some dry stout roastieness. More chocolate with dry coffee in the mouth but a little thin feeling and some acridness in the finish. Good but needed a bit more oomph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JAN 1, 2003
What a sexy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewster (29) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2003
Wow! Nothing gets perfect but this is close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 Very light, smooth drinking beer with more creamy overtones than chocolate - reminds me of some of the irish cream stouts. Not a lot in the flavor department but very drinkable. I could put back a few of these in one sitting, unlike some stouts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Black as tar and almost as thick. Brown head with large bubbles. Musty malt aroma. Malt taste up front with a chocolate finish. Suprisingly not overly sweet. Lingering chocolate aftertaste. Smooth and creamy palate, quite easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Also my second try of this beer. Saw the reviews and thought there must be something I missed. Good roasted flavor, sweet. Good beer, but not that memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Second time to try this beer. First was on tap, this one out of the bottle. The bottled version did little to improve my initial impression. Not as chocolatey as I had expected (try Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or Rogue Chocolate Stout). Actually, it is a very mild stout. Not as full bodied as I would like in a stout. Good, but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2002
Slight chocolate aroma, deep brown with a huge long lasting cappuccino head. Chocolate, some coffee and roasted hops bitterness. Fairly smooth and creamy. Good, but I’d like more of a chocolate taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Dark with just a hint of a garnet heart. Creamy tan head. Nose is reminiscent of the milk left after a bowl of cocoa puffs. Flavor is bitter chocolate all the way. Good at first but wears on you quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerRhino99 (6) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2002 does not count

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