Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Wonderful chocolatey aroma with faint background of roasted malts. Gorgeous beer pour with cascading foam and a creamy tan head over an almost black beer. Taste is surprisingly bittersweet. Bitterness from the hops perhaps but with acerbic edge from black malt. Strong mocha flavors. Body is a good deal too thin killing the finish and is to my mind the most significant drawback for an otherwise very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
About time I got round to rating this! From Camberley Tesco Maxi (or whatever they call it) split at JF’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1716) - 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 you’re into stouts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (124) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle from Sadama turg in Tallinn (around € 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 - it’s got a certain dusty aroma to it that reminds me of freshly cooked chestnuts; it’s also got a big deal of sourish bitter chocolate there. Taste is (not overtly) sweet chocolaty malts, it’s 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. It’s still good though, great to replace a dessert with in a cold autumn or winter night.

   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. It’s good in a pinch but I’m still a Guinness girl.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (382) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Really delicous. Almost taste like a cold hot chocalate. Weak on aroma but strong on taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BagerPL (77) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (465) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, praktycznie nie przejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita, ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: wyraźnie słodowy z czekoladą deserową i mleczną na czele, kakao, oraz lekkimi melanoidynami. Smak: słodowy, dość pełny i nieco słodki (głównie czekoladowy), jednak z wyraźną nutą kwaskową pochodzącą od ciemnych słodów. Następnie nuta bardziej palona i goryczkowa (całkiem przyjemna), do której po pewnym czasie dochodzi dość śliska, jakby maślana (niestety już mniej fajna). Kupiłem tego stouta trochę z sentymentu, będąc w jednym z hipermarketów. Piłem go bowiem ok. 10 lat temu i wówczas wywarł na mnie spore wrażenie. Obecnie nie jest ono już tak duże, ale piwo nadal smakuje nieźle. Byłoby jeszcze przyjemniejsze w odbiorze, gdyby nie wspomniana śliskość. Pewnie nie można mieć wszystkiego, jednak za tą cenę bez problemu da radę kupić ciekawsze piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (384) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2014
A lot of great things about this as a beer. The aroma is brilliant, it sits nicely in the glass, it has bitterness, softness, coffeeness, and a combination of all of those that makes this very very quaffable as a beer. Very smooth. Holds it’s own against many a craft beer of the type

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zro (3) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
Colorado allmost black. Testes like dark choclate and dark roasted coffee. Smells the same. Palate thick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewGoblin (309) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Not a huge fan. It’s chocolate incarnate, I get it. It just tastes so phoney and over the top. It just tastes to much like drinking chocolate syrup and the mouthfeel doesn’t help this. I love a good dessert beer as much as the next fella but this just felt cheesy and overdone. It looks great, a brown-black pour with a cream head. Very milky with a slightly bittersweet roastiness. It’s very low carbonated and has a sort of milky, greasy thickness.

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