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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3392   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.
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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (249) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2010
The addition of actual chocolate sets this beer apart from most other "chocolate" stouts. Nice cascade of foam from the widget-in-the-can. Aroma is more cocoa than chocolate. Goes down smooth and mellow with chocolate flavors followed by more traditional stoutish roasty malts. My wifeís favorite.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1076) - Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle, black/dark brown opaque, tan head, light lace. chocolate,coffee, caramel,light sweet notes. Good but pretty Mild. Minerally.Good taste of roast, chocolate,light sweet but more of a roast with some acidity. I did a side by side with SS organic chocolate stout which was more intense b ut I prefer this as a less sweet, a bit roastier, with a mild acicidy that is balanced better, but lacking some aroma and a lot lessstronger chocolate intensity/smooth creamyness than SS organic chocolate stout. I did however prefer them mixed together. I would say this one has a more bitter dark chocolate taste as a stout. Yet has the balanced acicity and less sweet/dessertishness to it. Less intense chocolate/aroma taste but still noticeable.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Brunocosta81 (13) - 3820 bloco a apto 603, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Cerveja estilo irish. Escura. Levemente adocicada con gosto de chocolate bem leve. Para o estilo de cerveja ť muito bom.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregorymconway (31) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
500ml bottle from The Only Cafe. Opaque deep brown/black body with a creamy tan head with solid lacing. Nose is dark chocolate, earthy. Taste is incredibly sessionable and light, but with a great flavour and hop profile. Toffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted oats, some caramel. Nice carbonation and bitterness, but it seems like itís missing something I canít quite place.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_alkis (294) - SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
A little too unbalanced for my taste. However it has a high drinkability and goes down without any problems.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8720) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
About time I got round to rating this! From Camberley Tesco Maxi (or whatever they call it) split at JFís 11/09/14. Black with a well appointed tan covering that dissipates and retains. Nose is earthy roast, cocoa powder, dark toffee, chocolate oatmeal. Taste comprises bitter roastings, dark chocolate, dark malt, chocolate biscuit. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with an earthy roasty finale. Ok chocolate stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1746) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Classic English stout with actual bars of chocolate added as well as chocolate extract... Creamy beige head, very opaquely brown colour near to black. Evident chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, milk chocolate as well as chocolatey malts beautifully blending in. Taste obviously very chocolatey as well, soft and powdery mouthfeel, rich and quite complex with elegant roasted bitterness and dark fruits as well as spicy hoppiness in the finish. Great and a must taste if youíre into stouts.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (135) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle from Sadama turg in Tallinn (around Ä 3), Sept 2014. Pours a nice chestnut colour, appearing black in the glass. A big and creamy, well-retaining head that also laces nicely. Nose is a deep, smoky roastiness - itís got a certain dusty aroma to it that reminds me of freshly cooked chestnuts; itís also got a big deal of sourish bitter chocolate there. Taste is (not overtly) sweet chocolaty malts, itís hintingly bitter with a dry, ashy finish. Taste gets a bit sugary as it warms; whereas the nose acquires a milk chocolate note. Medium body, less than average carbonation, dry and roasty palate and a smooth, thick mouthfeel. I used to love this but now... not too happy with it. Itís still good though, great to replace a dessert with in a cold autumn or winter night.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
calicokat28 (4) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
For some reason all chocolate stouts taste like burnt coffee to me. Itís good in a pinch but Iím still a Guinness girl.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (389) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Really delicous. Almost taste like a cold hot chocalate. Weak on aroma but strong on taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BagerPL (84) - - SEP 13, 2014
Dym papierosowy. W smaku wyraźne nuty kawowe, czekoladowe raczej nie. W smaku coraz wyraźniejszy dym papierosowy. Treściwe, palone, kolor czarny, słaba piana, aromat nie przyciągający.


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