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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thengling (18) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
500 ml bottle. Black pour with muddy mahogany highlights.Small head persists to bottom of glass leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet molasses, roast grains, with mineral/metallic edge. Taste is more molasses, maybe sorghum. I’m not getting much chocolate. Thin, watery though perhaps in keeping with some English pubs. Too sweet, cloying for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enteogenisk (152) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 Bottle in wine glass. Pours with a medium black viscosity, leaving a finger thick beige frothy head. Aroma is cakey with chocolate and vanilla that follows on the palate. A bit watered down but expresses some fine notes that lingers for quite a bit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shanoknowsfood (91) - Hawaii, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle@ Whole Foods . Nice aroma of cocoa & dark fruits. Taste of bitter dark chocolate with a hint of dark fruits. Not much complexity. Bit thin & watery, like many English Ales. Not great but it was refreshing. Wouldn’t have it again unless there was nothing else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (568) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2016
500ml bottle. Dark brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate, a little dark fruit to finish. Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (3426) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
Draught at ’Beertemple’ during Carnivale Brettanomyces 2016
pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of malts, roasted-burnt malts, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is light sweet, weak bitter, some roasted en burnt malts, vanilla, not that complex, medium body, soft co2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (14085) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2016
Draught @ Beer Temple. Opaque pitch black color, average sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, milk chocolate and vanilla. Tastes about the same: malts, milk chocolate, vanilla. Meh, not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (3919) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2016
Tap at BeerTemple. Almost black with beige head. Dry cocoa and old coffee, ash and roasted malts. Hint of marzipan. Light sweet and bitter. Under medium bodied with soft chalky feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdleedahl (175) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 23, 2016
I wish it had the alcohol warmth to backup the full bodied malty strong chocolate taste. But there's not much to complain about. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
datrael (222) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 22, 2016
W zapachu deserowa czekolada, kakao, mocna kawa, paloność. Wygląd to barwa czarnej kawy, nieprzejrzyste, z beżową pianą. W smaku kawa, czekolada, ciemny chleb, gdzieś w tle lekka miętowość, nieco świeżości, pojawia się też bitterowa goryczka. Dość pijalne, ciało średnie. Reasumując całkiem niezły, czekoladowo-kawowy stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (1837) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2016
330 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Murke dark brown with off white head. Malty, chocolate and milk chocolate. A bit thin and watery. Semi sweet with low bitterness and low to medium carbonation.

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