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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
bottle poured into tulip: poured a dark dark brown (close to black) with a thick tan head, which dissipated quickly. roasty smell and chocolate of course, but nothing that will blow you away. pretty mellow. tastes of chocalte but only a hint, not very up front. double chocolate? barely single chocolate. pretty smooth mouthfeel. pretty tastey, but not very impressed. if i want a chocolate stout i'd go for a rogue's.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Dark ruby with creamy, frothy, caramel head that rose over the lip of the glass. I couldn’t hardly wait. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, typical. Coffee and chocolate flavors, mainly coffee. It was smooth but the flavor gave way relatively quickly. It was thin and watery. Not at all what I expected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4939) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004
Dark appearance with a roasted chocolate taste that dominates.I had expected a lot from this one but for some reason it didn’t live up to my expectations. Lacking in complexity and I am still not comfortable with chocolate flavoured beers. Still one worth trying - in my opinion Youngs make a great range of bottled neers. This is a good one but this is not one of their best.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Nitro can. Pours an extremely dark reddish brown-no light coming through the glass. Pretty, foamy tan head that sticks around forever. Aroma is mostly barleys and chocolates, very light. Taste is a little sour, I think the can is the reason for that. Other than that, lots of warm chocolate flavors. Not great, I hear it’s better in a bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uvajed (181) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Makes me think of how roasted chocolate might taste; quite tasty. Very dark color, nicely frothy smallish head. Not something I’d kill for, as I prefer drier stout, but nonetheless this is spectacularly tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1907) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark opaque brown with large mountainous rocky tan head. Dark baker’s chocolate pervades the nose with little in the way of other aromas. Slightly thin, making it all the more drinkable, this stout is full of chocolate, but not as sweet as you might expect. Nice cocoa afteraste. Well balanced and not over the top given the name of the beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Probably one of the best beers (regardless of style) you can get from a can. The same goes for its Oatmeal Stout brother. Pours very dark (nearly black) with a nice creamy light brown head. Aroma is primarily a sweet chocolate also accompanied by a faint roasted malt. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Predominately a mild chocolate flavor that is joined by just a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste. An enjoyable drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 April 16th 2006 Re-rate <P> Widget can. Sweet chocolate malt aroma is low key, but pleasing. Deep black with a firm, lasting two finger thick creamy tan head. Fore is mildly roasty with some bitter burnt notes and sweet cocoa. Feel is quite creamy, but to my evolved palate the beer itself is pretty damn one dimensional. still tasty and something I’d order, but not the beauty I remembered. <P> From the bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub. I’m starting to think I rate too easy, but this is yet another near perfect beer. I can’t think of anything disagreeable about this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2004
Almost balck color, heavy sweet chocolat aroma and taste, full body, long sweet light dry finish. Like it alot, but to much chocolat for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6632) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2005
First impression was "oh no, another burnt tasting beer." But there is much more to this stout than that. Incredibly dark in color. Light would not penetrate. It also sports a significant chocolate colored head. First taste was of a strong stout but it tended to smooth out over the course of the pint. Very unusual.


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