Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.

SarkyNorthener's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3031) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Almost black, quickly diminishing head. Aroma of coffee is to the front. Taste is coffee, roasted malts and you can almost feel the chocolate melting in your mouth. Reminds me of a porter on the palate with the slight carbonation. A very good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartekaki (31) - Łódź, POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Fajnie wywazone dobre pijalne piwo. Kakao i troche palonosci. Fajne, troche przypomina mi guinessa drought. Warto kupic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malin_aiisa (231) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown, black, off white head Aroma of chocolate, wine and coffee. Taste coffee, some sourness, quite thin texture Bitterness. Easy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geovanicalixto (14) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - JUL 29, 2015
Coloração escura com espuma bege persistente. Aroma adocicado levemente terroso. Cerveja boa de beber, de corpo leve com chocolate adocicado no meio, seguido de torrefação final.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (418) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle. Black with a lasting beige head. Smooth roasted chocolate aroma with coffee, whipped cream, cocoa, nuts, dark bread, some smoke. Clean dry and roasted taste with cocoa powder, chocolate, oats, roasted sour malt, some herbs and coffee. Duration is rather short with a lightly ashy and fruity, bitter burnt finish, low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mateuszk (860) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Dark brown, almost black in colour, solid head. In aroma lots of dark chocolate, low roastiness, caramel. In the flavour mainly chocolate, low sweet, quite dry. Great chocolate beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
witmac (11) - Rybnik, POLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Ładna beżowa, utrzymująca się piana. Trunek klarowny barwy ciemnej delikatnie przechodzącej w malachitowy. Klarowne. Aromaty głównie czekoladowe, minimalnie kawa i palony jęczmień. Piwo sprawia wrażenie wodnistego. Co do smaku, jest wyczuwalna czekolada, a może raczej kakao. Z całości wychodzi alkohol. Mógłby być bardziej ukryty. Goryczka raczej na niskim poziomie. Wysycenie średnie.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lecvered (14) - - JUL 19, 2015
500ml bottle from Tesco. Milk chocolate biscuit with some blackcurrant on the nose but something else too. Something that shouldn’t be there. Something medicinal, like a cough syrup, spoiling the aroma. This carries over on the taste and the finish with a hint of hop bitterness. No, not for me, this one. Disappointing as it was once a good sweet stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (781) - HUNGARY - JUL 18, 2015
0.5l bottle. Slightly rubyish black body, beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with some figs and reisins. Even some vanilla,Taste of sour cherry, chocolate, coffee, caramel and minimal floral hops. The finish is a bit bitter both because of the hops and the black malts. Light medium body and low carbonation. Very nice. I wonder how it would perform on nitro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cristobal37 (371) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Dry mid to low carbonation. Cool light body with silky chocolate, nut, and roasted malts. Surprisingly light but with a nice balanced flavor. The chocolate is obvs there but not overpronounced. I prefer heavier bolder stouts, but this one is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1835) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2015
Aroma: In the smell we have some dried sweet fruits, bitter cocoa and coffee beans, and some burnt bread aromas. A musky aroma like old peas.
Appearance: The beer is dark, very dark, brown, a beige head that leaves lots of lacing.
Taste: The smell has dry sweet fruits, figs and dates, burnt malt, overdone toast, smoke aroma like an old burnt tree plate, dry bitter notes as a finish.
Palate: Low carbonation, a very dry finish.
Overall: Almost a bit too dry, need some smoothing dessert to come to full right.
Note: Bottle. Reviewed 2010-08-03.

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