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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3540   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2002
I certainly like this better than the draught can, but it loses a point on appearance because of its total lack of a head. The initial flavor has no chocolate at all, but the finish is dominated by tasty dark chocolate. Something about this reminds me of Fuller’s London Porter, which of course is a good thing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Yummy. Rating is for a tap pint. Opaque black. The chocolate is very pronounced throughout, but really comes together with the dry finish. Word is they brew this with Cadbury’s chocolate, and you can certainly tell. I don’t really care for the bottled version, but the can is very good. This beer works well with the low "widget" carbonation. Grade A milk-stout.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - OCT 1, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2002
on tap. Great beer. dark brown to blackish. great thick light brown head. the aroma is weak but has hints of cocoa in it. the mouthfeel is very rich and full. the head is creamy and lasts the entire time. the flavor is very pleasant. chocolate melds with the strength of this beer wonderfully. That last rating was on tap, i enjoyed it so much that i tried it from a bottle. Big mistake, the flavors did not blend anywhere near as well. it was sour and of course not nearly as smooth. I leave the score the same because i enjoyed the draught pint so much, but i needed to mention this problem.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Good overall flavor and mellow, pleasant finish. Of course, a lot of chocolate. Although they say the bottle is better, I don’t mind the draught can, probably because I love the creamy head from the widget.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
Re-rate: A very interesting an special beer! Very dark and with a beautiful head! Though, a little too heavy taste of cocoa after a while!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
Nice chocolate flavor. If you can find it, get the can.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2002
I hate youngs beer. It’s shite. I used to live in Wandsworth, so I know exactly what goes into the stuff and it ain’t good. Smells fine from the brewery thou! BUT, 2.5 yrs on from expirery date, it takes on a whole new persona. It’s pretty good. There, I admit it. Nice stoat, sorry I mean stout.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
A very smooth and delectible beer, the double chocolate stout goes down amazingly easy and has a pleasant aftertaste. The stout is very dark, with a bit of lightness at the top near the head which is about 1/2 an inch when poured into a pint glass. Had on tap at the local brewpub. The aroma is not strong, but has a faint hint of chocolate. I was expecting a bit more from the initial aroma. Overall though, this beer is a delight with a very smooth trip down and an aftertaste that quite a few beers could learn from. Kudos to the Youngs.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2002
This is a good stout. Very chocolatey. I can’t compare it to the bottled version, but it was an enjoyable beer.


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