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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2002
This is a supberb stout IMHO. I truly enjoy this one, although it is very sweet. It is a great beer to end the night with, and I am sure that it would be great with dessert. For those in Austin, the Gingerman pours the best one in town that I am aware of!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Roasty, sweet malty aroma and taste with a hint of chocolate. Black body with a hint of red, nice full head. I like the balance of sweet and bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 Dark dark dark brown. Just a hint of red shown through when I held the glass up to the sun. Nice tan head...not too big...just right for a stout. The aroma was bitter, roasty, and malty sweet. The flavor was slightly bitter up front, then sweet roasted coffee, and finished with a slight taste of semi-sweet chocolate. Very silky smooth feel...one of the smoothest. Despite being so smooth, the beer keeps a crisp edge to it. Why isn't this beer listed as a sweet stout? Great great great stout...one of the "Big Daddy's!"

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2532) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Malty, caramel and sweet chocolate nose. Big frothy light brown head on this black body. Fullmouth chocolate feeling,toasted, sweet but not to sweet. But then... a watery finish. Too bad. You want to have this chocolate feeling for longer in your mouth!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 dark colour, smooth appearance with a light, creamy head - dark chocolate flavour understated at first, stronger later - no aftertaste for me - enjoyable by even non-beer fans. My favorite chocolate stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Deep black liquor. Chocolate milky head. Earthy aromas of malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice. Sweet malts first,medium to full bodied. Chocolate is extremely evident all the way. Extremely bittersweet finish. Nice hops, very very well balanced stout. One of the best, definately. The chocolate is just incredible.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Aroma - light chocolate - expected something stronger. Appearance - black as night - but head was weak with little lace. Flavor - smooth with subtle chocolate undertones. Great mouthfeel - no chalky aftertaste. Overall a good solid stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Great cocoa aroma, and rich dark color (but little to no head). Just slightly too bitter for some reason. RERATE 9/8: chocolate mousse finish that is very satisfying, not as bitter this time.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2002
dark as a chokecherry; bright light does squeeze through it, but ends up smashed and faint like the red light in a photographers dark room. palomino colored head has fedelity. aroma is as glib as a carnival hawker, promising a joyride of chocolate cherries and chicoried coffee. sipping keeps the promise: dark roasted coffee and almond flavor has seemingly bittersweet chocolate mid tongue, but convecting in lighter vapors are amazing milk chocolate notes. tingly carbonation makes it vivacious. sweetness and bitterness teeter-totter like hyperactive five year olds, deflecting any threat of candied sweetness. engaging as a lapdance (almost). i only wish it had more alcohol to give it authority. say, a punch of seven or eight abv so we’d be sure it ain’t kid stuff.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
Pretty lackluster. Hoppy finish is nice but doesn’t make a beer. Not very tasty or aromatic. Might as well let your mind hunt for the bitter chocolate essence since there’s nothing else of note.


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