Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dingo (37) - USA - AUG 10, 2003
I really didn't get much of a sense of aroma here. From the open of the large purple bottle to sniffing the glass, I didn't get much of anything...very neutral. The appearance is great; dark, impervious to light, like a cup of thick coffee or a dark soda. It's not incredibly overpowering either initially in the mouth or after letting it sit for a while. I'd read other reviews saying that this tasted like a chocolate milkshake. I don't get that at all. I get a nice rich, not sharp, very little aftertaste feel to it. Personally, I don't see the 'chocolate' part of this at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Bottled poured what appeared to be black (in the low-light pub I was at), with a decent size brown head that lasted quite some time. The lacing however was much less than I expected. The taste was naturally chocolate but, like cAPSLOCK noted, also roasted malt tastes. The finish was more of a bitter, unsweetened chocolate. I could definitely drink more than a couple of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Sweet malty and roasty aroma. Very dark, and a little reddish. Not too much head. This beer tastes great. Obviously there is a chocolate taste, but there is also a lot of other stuff in there... roasted malts, pipe tobacco. The finish is the bitter taste of unsweetened chocolate. This beer is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
Best Stout I've ever tasted, smooth and easy on the palate. It has a bitter choc taste, it became more flavorsome as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Black beer with tan head. Malty sweet aroma. Sweet smooth flavor . Has a fairly distinctive chocolate malt flavor, but if this beer were as good as the name is, it would easily be in the top 50.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Poured pitch black, red lining when held to light. Aroma sweet malts, chocolate, coffee and thin hops. Flavor is very good, fairly well balanced with more malts than hops. Lots of chocolate, raisens, very nice dark chocolate aftertaste. Thick and creamy palate. An impressive stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dragon6103 (4) - Ripon, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003 does not count
Nitro can- I had my doubts about another 'chocolate' stout, but was pleasantly surprised. Poured beautifully with a nice light brown head that stayed with it until the last drop. Nice chocolate aroma (I thought chocolate milk, my wife thought dark chocolate), with a slight dough aroma. We both got a bit of vanilla and red wine also. The lacing wasn't impressive, but it had a nice thick, creamy body with soft carbonation, but a slightly metallic/watery finish. Overall quite good though, maybe the uniqueness is what got me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 Not too chocolatey, especially since that is supposedly the selling point. But its an overall fine brew. MUCH MUCH BETTER IN THE CAN WITH THE WIDGET. IT COMES ALIVE. Rating for that one is at least 4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2003
Maybe I was drinking it too cold (stupid winter) but I didn't detect ANY chocolate flavour or aroma, which is disappointing considering the selling point of the beer. I would say it was a nice English sweet stout (not my favourite style). Fair bit of sweetness, not overly roasty with quite a minerally bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 really very wonderful. although they, and everyone, makes a big deal about it containing chocolate, doesn't taste like candy, or much sweeter than most very dark stouts. not overly dry though, none of the powdered coffee taste of sierra nevada or cooper's. wonderfully full in mouth, and dry enough to have another. :re-rate, from the draft cans is very smooth and delicious. i usually don't like the watery nature of the nitrogenated beers, but this one works great, and i think i will drink it as such in the future

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