Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Had this many times before, but never from a bottle. Beer Swap 2.0 beer. I poured this into my snifter. I has a black body with a huge lasting creamy airy looking medium brown head. The aroma is dry chocolate powder and definite Fuggle hops. The flavor is chocolate silk pie filling, sugary mousse, light hopping. The palate is lightly dry and salivating, medium bodied, slick feel. I remember this being better. Perhaps the nitrocans and nitro tap I’ve had before make this beer significantly better. Some tartness from the bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2848) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2006
Bouteille de 500 ml. bu au Pub St-Alexandre. Noir typique, peu de collet. Arome de malte de chocolat présant et bien. Goût de malte de cacao pas trop amère.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2006
nitro keg on tap. black pour with a fluffy tan head. something about this wasn’t quite right for me. the chocolate didn’t mesh well with the bitter hops for me. not a bad beer, just not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3646) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Brown bottle, 500 ml, best before May 16 2007, purchased on December 4 2006; eye: black, good beige head made up of tiny bubbles but that falls, lacing, opaque, light effervescence; nose: chocolate milk, roasting, black chocolate, light hops, really light leather; mouth: in that order, bitterness, roasted malt, bitter finale well balanced by the milk chocolate with a hint of pepper, a bit thin though, medium body, quite carbonated; overall: enjoyed FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, meilleure avant le 16 mai 2007, acheté le 4 décembre 2006; oeil : noire, bonne mousse beige formée de bulles fines mais finit par tomber, dentelle, opaque, légère effervescence; nez : lait au chocolat, torréfaction, chocolat noir, léger houblon, très léger cuir; bouche : dans cet ordre, amertume, torréfaction, finale amère bien balancée par un peu de lait au chocolat avec une pointe de poivre, un peu mince, corps moyen, assez carbonatée; en résumé : bien aimée

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b33r (830) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Draught at 69 Taps in Akron, OH. Very dark brown/black in color with thick tan head and nice lacing. Rich chocolate aroma and flavor. Very drinkable, but quite a bit too chocolaty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2007
I wish I could get this fresh for a rating, but that’s not going to happen. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and good sized frothy tan head. The aroma has chocolate, dark berries, chalk and cream. The malt comes off more roasted than toasted. Medium body with some nice slickness and sharp carbonation. The taste starts with lightly toasted malt and sharp dark fruits. The finish is quite sour and sharp. I have had this fresh and liked it a lot, but I wasn’t writing notes at that point, so this aged one gets the rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (722) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2007
From the nitro can, an inch of creamy tan head sits atop a perfectly coffee brown body.Good lacing. I get all malts in the aroma; dark chocolate and coffee. Velvety, although somewhat thin, palate and semi-sweet flavor make this an easy drinker. So, if it’s retired, how old was this can????

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2007
When I first went to a beer store in search for beer that might appeal to me, this was the bottle I bought, and it started my on-going love for beer. Anyway, pours a dark brown with a large fluffy tan head that dissipates a little fast for me. Aroma is pure dark chocolate goodness. There’s maybe a light roast to back it up. Taste balances that flavor with a porter-like astringency, and a light citrus/wood finish, fairly dry in the throat. This beer feels lighter than it did years ago, which is probably due to drinking too many of the "Demons of Ale" series. Otherwise, this is still enjoyable enough for a flavorful stout that’s pretty easy going.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (4003) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 jet black, huge brown head that dissipates quickly, really nice lacing on my glass. Aroma is chocolate malt, roasted malt, smoke and milk chocolate. MOuthfeel is super smooth, nice carbonation. Flavour is very very smooth, and chocolatey, with a nice malt backbone. Finish is slight sour. Really nice stuff, but i did find it to be a tad thin and wattery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjp68 (31) - Washington, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Dark brown with creamy head. Typical stout mouthfeel...very creamy and smooth. Taste is of chocolate flavoring, not cocoa, and very pronounced. Still very pleasant.

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