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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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. 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.


BigHoss' rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 FL.OZ Bottle. Let just say roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Smooth and slick.... You better ask somebody player...


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wcejrowski (13) - Wasrsaw, POLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Barwa ciemnego brązu. Piana beżowa, obfita, drobna, szybko się dziurawi, ale jest trwały kożuch. Aromat czekolady i palonego słodu. W smaku pomieszanie gorzkiej i deserowej czekolady. Silna palona goryczka dobrze przełamuje ogólną słodycz. Przyjemne, acz przeciętne i minimalnie sztuczne.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (21) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Very good traditional stout. Some nice cream-colored lacing on an almost black body. Roasty cocoa and malt; some bitterness from the hops that brings out the cocoa. Smooth mouthfeel, with a clean finish you don’t get from the boozy BBA stouts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puredelusion (200) - Lviv, UKRAINE - FEB 5, 2016
0,5 bottle. Pours very dark brown with huge brown, mostly diminishing head. Aroma of chocolate, prunes, vanilla. Flavor is light sweet, rich chocolate bitter. Finish is dry and medium chocolate bittersweet. Flat carbonation, creamy texture, full body. Amazing beer.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeBeermaster (82) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - FEB 5, 2016
W aromacie zdecydowane kakao z czekoladowymi nutami. Piwo barwy czarnej z rubinowymi refleksami. Brak piany. W smaku grysik z czekolad?, spowielony klasycznym, gorzkim kakao. Bardzo pijalne, chocia? czasem troch? zbytnio wodniste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nephirem (59) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a black colour with rich and long lasting beige head. Beautiful smell of dark chocolate. Body is full, thick and creamy with a low level of carbonation. Aroma is a perfect blend of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Finish is mostly dry and slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol. Overall, excellent stout. Recommended!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtgjc93 (1) - - JAN 29, 2016 does not count
Thick, chocolatey, and far better than the big G!!!!!!!!& via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (507) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2016 Aroma: chocolate, roasty, Appearance: black with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, chocolate Palate: light to medium body, creamy feel, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
midovark (87) - Balssagyarmat, HUNGARY - JAN 25, 2016
05. l can/bottle. Black colored with a thick foam. Roasted malt, caramel, cofee and chocolate in aroma. Heavily bitter with a long bitter finish. A bit below carbonated. Good quality, but too bitter for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (1508) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget, shared by a friend. Dark brown with off white head. Chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of roast, a little bit on the weak side though. Taste is lightly metallic but the chocolate, roasted malt and coffee notes overpowers the metallic. Light body and quite thin, if the name states double chocolate I want double chocolate, not weak chocolate with slight metallic notes.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corkyrory66 (1117) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2016
Stout de 5,2 % abv, en format 50 cl … merci l’Angleterre !! Malts pale ale et choco, avoine, chocolat. Mon exemplaire était à 2 mois de sa date limite. Couleur noir intense, à l’opacité très forte. Mousse brun clair, nappage de surface. Arômes de chocolat, ganache, pointe de café, malt torréfié. 1ère bouche souple à l’entame malt torréfié et café. Arrière-bouche forte, mais bien balancée malt/café/chocolat. 2ème où le chocolat passe en avant, sur un très bel ensemble malt/houblon. Arrière-bouche à la fois douce en texture et de caractère en goût. 3ème avec toujours le même ensemble agréable. Arrière-bouche longue, mais pas vraiment complexe. Longueur qui devient nettement plus linéaire, belle mais sans autres nuances. Jambes fines, serrés, groupées. Levure bien, un peu épicée, belle ligne. Alcool correct, mais il peine malgré tout sur la longueur, d’autant plus que nous avons 50 cl.... Finale sans élan, mais toujours agréable. CONCLUSION : un stout avec beaucoup de mérites, un très beau nez de départ, et deux premières bouches très belles. Il s’essouffle malheureusement sur la longueur, et la finale n’est pas à la hauteur des espérances ...


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