Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3723   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 From a can, this beer pours (in Chimay glass) a light chocolate milk color giving way to a solid black inpenatrable by light with a 1/2 inch solid, off-white, silky-creamy head. Aroma is of molasses, toffee, coffee, chocolate. Beer looks absolutely perfect for drinking. Flavor is a bitter dark chocolate giving way to a milk coffee with malt. Beer is not effervecent and the consistency is very thin - like water. Excellent beer. Terrific!! I could drink this forever. Best beer I've ever had from a can. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Wow! This stuff is great! I found out that one of my usual hang-outs has it so I tried one last night. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, very complex. This one's a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 23, 2003
I really enjoyed this late one night. It was as black as the night outside. Beige head that leaves sparkly lacing. Awesome roasted flavor, ground coffee beans. I could taste the hint of dark chocolate. Very smooth. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2003
I wish that Doc from Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" could have had some of this for his beer milkshake. Dark, dark brown with a frothy, tan head. Dark chocolate (surprise!) aroma. Burst of chocolate flavor. Unusual in that it starts out tasting like sweet milk chocolate but has a fairly dry dark chocolate finish. Some coffee hints as well. However, the dominant chocolate flavor makes this a somewhat one-dimensional stout. Silky, rich palate. An enjoyable dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JacobJohansen (6) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2003 does not count
Very good dark chocolate aroma and delicate chocolate flavor, A little heavy but perfect to share, recommended stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Nice thick brown head, great aroma with chocolate and nutty hints. Full bodied flavor, smooth chocolate that fades to a subtle bitterness. A bit heavy for a solo night but good for drinking with friends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
black with brownish hints, beige head. roasty and dark chocolate aroma. good chocolate flavour that starts milk chocolate and ends dark. nice stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
draught -looks like a latte. bitter sweet chocalate and hints of coffee. Very light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Dark, dark brown, evincing a hint of reddish amber when held to light. Head is finely bubbled, and clings to the side of glass in sheets. Aroma is dark chocolate, bitter roast, chocolate-covered raisins, and a bit of plum. Flavor is bitter-roasted barley, chocolate predominately, with little coffee. Sweetish finish with a touch of grain astringency. Sharp, small-bubbled carbonation and a quinine finish that lasts a long time. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
This beer looks much better than it tastes! It has a lovely dark chocolate cherry color and a large foamy head, but the aroma is too heavily alcohol, and the chocolate flavor is overkill. It tastes like cheap hot chocolate powder. I don't think the addition of actual chocolate is helpful here.

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