Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3742   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, - FEB 27, 2012
I tried a superb imperial stout 24 hours before this and did not think this could get near it, incredibly this matched it. A milk chocolate nose, the taste is of malt, burnt roast malt, chocolate and bit of espresso. Silky, smooth mouth feel. Oh and its black with a beige lacing. Superb, chocolate stout, yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lokis333 (409) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - OCT 24, 2016
Jet black to point where not even torch light goes through it with brown foam. Aromas of sweet soft oaty cocoa along side with milky chocolate and light notes of truffles. Palate, medium body with smooth texture leaving full choclolaty finish. Taste smooth and full, does taste like chololate truffles and dark chocolate. Overall very nice definatly chocolaty stout. Do recomend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Samuel214 (607) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
Flaska från SB. Fyllig doft och smak av choklad, kaffe, svarta vinbär, körsbär, chark och lite brända inslag. Len och fyllig kropp. Något bärigare och sötare i doften, medan smaken drar åt det kärvare hållet. Riktigt trevlig och smakrik för en så lätt öl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PugUglyBrewer (191) - - OCT 7, 2016
Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass. The nitrogen puts a sexier twist on this delicious classic stout. The head of foam is a rich blanket of soft light tan bubbles. The appearance is a dark brown color. The aromas are milk chocolate malt with a caramel base. In the taste I get rich semi sweet cocoa with the slightest of a prune character. The finsih is a lightly caramalized sugar with a bit of a roasty dryness at the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is creamy, yet a bit thin for my liking. It’s hard to enjoy these foreign stouts to the fullest when I am used to the imperial monsters from California.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lotsalaughs (170) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2016
Dark brown pour with beige head. Chocolate with subtle in aroma, with more of a dark bread impression on the nose. Some alcohol present as well. Taste is more towards burnt sugar with subtle cocoa bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a medium carbonation. A slick finish, with a slightly acrid bitterness (from unmalted barley?) ending off each sip. As beer warmed, chocolate character seemed to improve in aroma, but not taste. I expected more somehow from this offering, given the overall ratings. May try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phfyysik (783) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 5, 2016
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, toffee, fruits, some citrus, coffee, peanuts, candies. Taste is also chocolate, toffee, caramel. Quite same with aroma. Very intensive. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
500ml bottle from BC Liquor store. BB 07-Feb-2017. Pours an opaque dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is cocoa and chocolate notes. Taste is pretty the same. Would be better for the beer to have a higher palate, but for 5.2% it is very good though. Almost excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andniz (190) - POLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Aroma isnt very strong, with notes of chocolate, dark bread, toffee and a bit of some herbs Tastes great, really nice balance between medium strong sweetness and bitterness, leaves a long chocolate aftertaste. Closer to full body, could be a bit less carbonated and more creamy (still nice, though)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Villyzzz (91) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle at pub. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is creamy, roasted, cocoa and some coffee. Taste is close to dark chocolate, caramel and also bit of coffee. Long finish. Nice but bit dissapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatiF96 (72) - POLAND - SEP 25, 2016
Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Obfity, kremowy kożuch piany. Piwo pozostawia lacing na szkle, krążkuje. Nie jest niespodzianką, że w aromacie dominuje czekolada, gorzka, pralinkowa, gdzieś z tyłu można wyczuć kawę oraz paloność. W smaku czekolada deserowa, jest słodycz ale nie przeszkadza, ponadto skontrowana lekką kawową goryczką. Bardzo długi finisz, smak kawy i gorzkiej czekolady pozostaje na języku. Wysycenie średnie. Momentami pojawia się minimalny kwasek, zapewne od palonego słodu. Alkohol kompletnie niewyczuwalny. Mogłoby mieć trochę więcej ciała. Trochę mało paloności jak na stouta, ale smak czekolady rekompensuje wszelkie braki. Przyjemne piwo do sączenia

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
borre_m (1338) - NORWAY - SEP 24, 2016
Pours black. Aroma is milky, creamy, roasted, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is milky, dark chocolate and coffee.

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