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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3443   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.


Aluman's rating

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aluman (21) - Grants, New Mexico, USA - MAY 10, 2013
This beer is an amazing combination of thick rich chocolate malts and real dark chocolate just as advertised. The slight hop aroma and bitterness is easily and gracefully replaced by good deep dark chocolate.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TitoAndolini (2) - - DEC 18, 2014 does not count
Pours a deep brown almost black color, topped with a decent tan colored head. Naturally, chocolate aroma, some notes of coffee and roastiness as well. Somewhat sweet and chocolatey start, roasty bitterness and some coffee notes towards the end. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (257) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Thereís something about this stuff....it smells good, itís awful tasty, but it strikes me as being gimmicky and artificial. It smells and tastes like real chocolate but....it kinda doesnít. Still, itís a decent stout, and itíll in a pinch (ie when itís the most interesting thing on the menu).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (752) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a deep brown almost black color, topped with a decent tan colored head. Naturally, chocolate aroma, some notes of coffee and roastiness as well. Somewhat sweet and chocolatey start, roasty bitterness and some coffee notes towards the end. Pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (480) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 12, 2014
330ml bottle from Carrefour, Zhongshan Lu, Xiamen. Pours black/brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Dry finish with some bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sokuzs1 (40) - - DEC 11, 2014
Aroma: lots of chocolate, some coffee and roastiness Taste: medium sweet, low bitter, chocolate

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (102) - Perugia, ITALY - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a pitch black colour, medium lasting rocky tan head. Aroma is medium malty, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and roasted malts; slightly hoppy, with notes of herbs; additional slight notes of nuts. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
squareshot (4) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
On tap at Yard House, Ridge Hill, Yonkers. Nice dark pour in a dark place so I don't really know how it looked. Heavy, dark chocolate in a brown ale without much alcohol burn. Easy to drink, enjoyed 2. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (71) - POLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Po nalaniu tworzy się jasno brązowa obfita piana, średnio i drobno pęcherzykowa, z ktůrej kożuszek utrzymuje się do końca. Barwa ciemno brązowa, delikatne mahoniowe refleksy. W aromacie zaskakująco słabo, delikatna czekolada i troszkę kawy, jakaś torfowość. W smaku natomiast znacznie wyraźniej i przyjemniej. Jest lekka słodycz czekoladowa, mleczna czekolada, toffi, suszona śliwka i kontra w postaci kawowo-palonej goryczki z nutami likierowego alkoholu. Nie ma kwaśności, no może minimalna od palonych słodůw, jest za to zaakcentowana fajna ziołowość i korzenność od chmieli. Nasycenie dość niskie, treściwość średnia, dość aksamitne (dodatek owsu w zasypie) i dobrze zbalansowane, bardzo pijalne piwo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gim (16) - POLAND - DEC 6, 2014
bottled, aroma is indeed chocolate and Iíd say plums. Dark brown, rather not passing the light, nice light-brown head, but disappeared almost completely. taste is nice bitterness. Light bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Nice, bitter stout, I was actually expecting itís gonna be worse.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LGKdude (6) - - DEC 1, 2014 does not count
Does not have the chocolate favor of the Samuel Adams boxk but as a stout it was pretty good. Remind me a little bit of Titonka. Not bad, but was hoping for more chocolate flavor. Maybe I got a dud? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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