Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 3734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Very malty aroma with coffee, nutty, and roasted notes. Flavor was rich in roasted malts and dark chocolate. Dark brown color, with thin filmy brown head. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatiF96 (57) - POLAND - SEP 25, 2016
Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Obfity, kremowy kożuch piany. Piwo pozostawia lacing na szkle, krążkuje. Nie jest niespodzianką, że w aromacie dominuje czekolada, gorzka, pralinkowa, gdzieś z tyłu można wyczuć kawę oraz paloność. W smaku czekolada deserowa, jest słodycz ale nie przeszkadza, ponadto skontrowana lekką kawową goryczką. Bardzo długi finisz, smak kawy i gorzkiej czekolady pozostaje na języku. Wysycenie średnie. Momentami pojawia się minimalny kwasek, zapewne od palonego słodu. Alkohol kompletnie niewyczuwalny. Mogłoby mieć trochę więcej ciała. Trochę mało paloności jak na stouta, ale smak czekolady rekompensuje wszelkie braki. Przyjemne piwo do sączenia

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
borre_m (1314) - NORWAY - SEP 24, 2016
Pours black. Aroma is milky, creamy, roasted, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is milky, dark chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portwood (169) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2016
Milk chocolate, roasted malt. Thick mouth feel, sweet, low carbonation. Cocoa, burnt caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, looong finish (bottle bb 06/01/17)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luneylane (36) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - SEP 24, 2016
A can bought from the basement of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, opposite Taipei Main Station, drunk at home. Aroma: defintiely chocolatey - milk, if you asked me to specify. Appearance: practically black, with a nice-looking frothy tan head. Palate: light-bodied, rather thin. Soft carbonation, rather abrupt finish. Taste: bitterness is balanced with sweetness from the chocolate. Other flavours detected are coffee and caramel. I read that this was the first beer to use actual chocolate as an ingredient, and as such I class it as a novelty beverage. Not my cup of tea at all - if I want chocolate, I’ll buy a bar of the stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJvd (1196) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2016
Small sample during Carnivale Brettanomyces ’16. Pours almost pitch black with a medium tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, quite some sweetness, bit of roast, lactic. Taste is very sweet with milk chocolate and some lactic notes. Medium body and carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerclubsa (65) - Strand, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 20, 2016
440ml at Checkers. Pours a very dark brown with garnet highlights. The rocky tan head has excellent retention and leaves some lacing. Aromas of chocolate (dark and milk), bright red fruit, some stone fruit (plum). Palate is medium body and medium carbonation. Flavour of cocoa, vanilla, some dark fruit, coffee. If it was slightly richer with a bit less carbonation, it would have been a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shinaki (1) - NORWAY - SEP 16, 2016 does not count
Fraværende skum fra min flaske. Mørkt, klart øl med aromatoner av kaffe og mørk kokesjokolade. Smak av ristet malt, noe manglende sødme for typen. Fin ettersmak med sjokoladetoner i bakgrunnen. Litt for tynn i kroppen, men passe karbonert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raian (18) - Mexico, MEXICO - SEP 16, 2016
Great chocolate and a little bit of coffee taste, richness of favor, plus robust body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
- schwarze Farbe mit guter, schnell zerfallender Schaumbildung - schöne dezente Aromen nach Kaffee, Malz, Bitterschokolade und einer leichten Röstnote - perfekte Carbonisierung - im Antrunk halten sich alle Aromen perfekt die Waage - der Körper ist schlank, aber dafür ist es halt auch ein Stout - alles bleibt im Mittelteil und im Abgang ausgewogen und mit einer hohen Drinkability ausgestattet Fazit: Haferflocken, Zucker und Schokoladenaroma als Zutaten. Liest sich etwas gruselig, schmeckt aber klasse

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ilya13911 (55) - RUSSIA - AUG 29, 2016
Аромат кофейно- Пена красива& но не очень стойкая. Вкус с нотками кофе и горьког& шоколад& Тело очень неполно& водянис&

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