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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3468   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2002
I am not a fan of stouts, but I am glad that I tried this one. First off, the scent of it in a room temperature glass is nice. It’s very chocolatey. Let it sit and watch it separate. There is a nice head on this stout. It is thick and creamy. I expected biterness, but this was much smoother than most stouts. The only bitterness was a slight taste of cocoa. This stout is best when it is just slightly cool. Don’t drink it ice cold. A refrigerated can should be ok when poured into a room temperature glass. It is ok by the time the head settles, but the best flavor comes when it warms up a bit. The chocloate taste really compliments the maltiness. The chcolate isn’t strong, but has that cocoa bite. My only complaint was that I could taste the can, which is why I look forward to trying this in a bottle instead. I am pretty peculiar about cans though. I don’t care for them.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11725) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Roasty chocolatey with hint of coffee. Good chewy body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Do not drink this cold. The best flavor comes out just a few degrees above room temperature. It begins with a mild coffee flavor, then turns rich and chocolatey. The chocolate is a bitter chocolate, like baker’s chocolate with a little sweetness, rather than like sweet milk chocolate. A good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
Very dark with a pinch of mahogany shining through. Dessert-like with sweet chocolate flavors; some vanilla too. Roasted coffee bean flavors here and there. Amazingly heavy for only 5.2%. Has a little bit of a ’synthetic’ chocolate flavor though... sort of like what a Yoohoo is to regular chocolate milk. Not necessarily bad, but not what I expected. The sample I remember on tap was much more chocolatey and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2002
Wow, a great dark color with a nice, thick creamy head. I could smell the chocolate before I even took a sip, and then the real unsweetened chocolate flavor came through. Also a good balance of roasted chocolate malts present. I was very impressed--very smooth to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re-Rate: Not much texture as I once thought, and the chocolate flavors aren't as pronounced. The nose isn't very strong but there are dark chocolate, coffee, and doughy flavors. Original: A subtle and smooth beer. The chocolate is present, but not overpowering. A dark, roasted flavor, robust and very tasteful. A good beer all around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
One of my top 10 stouts in the world that I have tried.Bittersweet,roasted,chocolate,rich and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2002
Super bready, malty, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Deep as hell. The only drawbacks are the almost choc. syrup nature of the choc & alcohol combination in the mouth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Very dark. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Quite smooth. Light hops in the finish. Better in the bottle.


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