Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3373   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
Licorice in the burnt chocolate…Of course, coffee beans as well…The name sounded much more fun…

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 Keg, 2003-11-27, 4-3-7-4-12
I don't like the vanilla-chocolate aroma, but the smooth, sweet taste is not bad, with the addiction of a nice touch of roasted barley.

Bottle, 2003-01-20, 5-4-5-3-11
Black! Brownish creamy head, generous. Malt nose; chocolate, evident; unluckly it reminds me something unpleasant (infamous Florisgaarden Chocolat). Solid stout, but living in Switzerland I cant fully appreciate this cheap chocolate.
I would like to taste the same beer without chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigguy (3) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2003 does not count
Best on tap when you can find it. It is a very smooth stout with great character. Great for desert or as the main meal. Great balance of flavor and feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Best before Jan04': Dark brown. Medium,tan,head. Doesn't stick around long.Aroma is airy and metallic. Chocolate and bittersweet. Mouthfeel is oily,little over carbonated,little too light,bodied. Pretty empty,up front,in the flavor department. Before the finish the dark chocolate shows itself(to me not a good thing).Finish is smooth,bittersweet,roasty,with noticable hops.Finish is also 80% of the flavor.As it loses carbonation,it improves greatly.Last sip is better than the first!Taste more beer mid-bottle,but still just drinkable,Imo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Bottled version. Dark tan head, clumpy foam, sticky lacing. ChoColot, fruity nose. Black as night. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, lots of chocolatey flavor, probably a bit too much. Has some medicinal, bandaid notes also. Finish is dry, uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 I popped a bottle I should have stored for my flatties, but I hope there is more at Camperdown cellars; anyway, this was fairly forgettable. It's like there is a thin pretty lame english ale base on top of which some very polite dark chocolate taste is imposed. Not rich or syrupy at all, and not very complicated. The head was lame as well, and the colour was dark brown which is dumb. A gimmicky beer in a lot of ways; Oakes was spot on in calling it a desert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Dark, dark, dark brown, some ruby around the edges, head didn't last at all. Draft. Some aroma of roasted malts, but not much. The flavor was of espresso and some milk chocolate. The finish comes up surprisingly short. I keep trying this beer every few years, and am always disappointed by the thin, almost watery, very short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Light watery aroma, a touch of dusty hops perhaps. Sweet malt, no touch of roast, with an even sweeter finish. A bit artificial tasting. Its not cloying, just a bit artificial tasting. This one's not for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2004
Deep brown color with a slight off white firm head. The taste is mild with chocolate as the dominating taste. Nice rich full maltyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Nitro version. All cream and dark froth goodness in the head, and thin, watery mix below. She looks better than she performs. Very simple stout, with some roasting and some coffee. Disappointment.

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