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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dalek123 (103) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Pours black with a small brownish head. Nose is chocolate. Taste is chocolate and toffee, with a malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2009
Pours black with a very decent, fluffy light-brown head. Milk chocolate, dark malt and dark fruit aromas, maybe a bit of cherry? The flavour is very well balanced for such a full-bodied beer! Milk chocolate, followed by cocoa and dark malt bitterness, chocolatey but not too sweet. Even etter than I remembered!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2169) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2009
50 cl bottle, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Opaque black, heavy chocolate aroma with some roasted malt undertones. Smooth and creamy, watered down hot chocolate feel with minimal bitterness and pure chocolate. Quite good for the style, although too much pure chocolate for my tastes.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedogs (24) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
This beer was fairly underwhelming. The chocolate malt to me wasn’t as noticeable as i had hoped. It was fairly sweet and very easy to drink, which made it quite good. It didn’t have that robust flavor of your typical stout though. My opinion will probably improve after i drink the other 3 nitro cans.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle from Somewhere. Smells like brownies. Not so chocolate-y tasting, despite the "chocolate flavor" added. Bits of bitterness poke through, though it mostly tastes like an over-carbonated, not-well-malted stout. Finishes very watery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Draught on Nitro. Black with brown hue and creamy tan head. Aroma carries some tobaccos (specifically like light vanilla/ and or maple flavored pipe tobacco) with caramel and milk chocolates. Maybe a little dry leafy. Flavor is lightly toasted malt, also semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, very light caramel. Beer taste is overall reminiscent of watered down coffee with burnt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2366) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a tan big chunky head. Aroma smells of dark chocolate, slight roasted malts. The beer is very smooth, with a dry finish. One of the best stouts I do like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2010
A black pour with a large tan head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma presents with a variety of chocolate facets and a great malt character. Some bitter roastiness allows for a bakers chocolate note, while some lactic characteristics give it a creamy milk chocolate aroma. Some dark roast coffee notes come through more subtly, as does some caramel and earthy loam. The flavor is roasted malt with a definite milk chocolate presence and bitter cocoa nib. The palate is quite thin for the style, giving way to an effervescent body and a semi-chalky finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Smells really chocolate-y. Nice aftertaste of chocolate, but not nearly enough body this is way too thin, feels almost watery at the end. Otherwise creamy, smooth. (Am I supposed to let this age some more?) Generally unremarkable.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JRock72 (605) - - SEP 16, 2010
Same bottle as pictured. Poured a little head. More chocolate taste and easier to drink than I thought it would be. Would have one again.


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