Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (almost opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), with a strong note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lighlty acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not the fan I once was...over the years my score has steadily dropped as I’ve had so many far better chocolatey stouts (usually without any chocolate adjunct). Somewhat attractive but very simple aroma of chocolate and vanilla and not much else. Pretty watery and not very exciting in the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re-Rate: Not much texture as I once thought, and the chocolate flavors aren't as pronounced. The nose isn't very strong but there are dark chocolate, coffee, and doughy flavors. Original: A subtle and smooth beer. The chocolate is present, but not overpowering. A dark, roasted flavor, robust and very tasteful. A good beer all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2002
I’m not a big fan of Stout beers. This beer did have a nice chocolate after-taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Extremely dark brown. Moderately brown head of 1cm. Aroma of chocolate, almonds, light coffee. Very artificial chocolate sweetness like Nestle Quik chases away bitter roast barley notes. Cloying finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
This beer looks much better than it tastes! It has a lovely dark chocolate cherry color and a large foamy head, but the aroma is too heavily alcohol, and the chocolate flavor is overkill. It tastes like cheap hot chocolate powder. I don't think the addition of actual chocolate is helpful here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 Not too chocolatey, especially since that is supposedly the selling point. But its an overall fine brew. MUCH MUCH BETTER IN THE CAN WITH THE WIDGET. IT COMES ALIVE. Rating for that one is at least 4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Not quite what I was hoping to have. Deep black pour with a lacing tan head. Aroma full of sweetness and chocolate. Very full flavor. Thick. Tasty, but I could only handle one. A little too sweet of a beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I really wanted to like this beer. Typical stout appearance helped by the widget in the can. Very dark with great head retention. The aroma was chocolate, nutty, and warm. The problem with this beer was the lack of carbonation and high bitterness. Excellent cocoa and roasted malt flavoring offset by the dry bitter finish. It was just too flat for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2004
I might have to rerate it someday... because I drank this beer while camping, and it just didn't go well with the atmosphere and such. I didn't even finish the bottle.... I do have to give credit to its appearance and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 (on tap)Yeah,yeah, the geeks goes ape s’’t, but Ive had this so many times, I´m rating on pure memory. The wife loves it and it is a very nice beer. Allmost pitchblack, it damps with chocolatearomas, not the roasted, but milkchocolateflavours. No or very little bitternes, does tend to be acidic in the latter fase of a pint. Good for use in cakes, cooking BBC and then some more cakes. Also in øllebrød.

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