Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles at the Brewery Tap and in the USA. Also available filtered and pasteurised in nitro-kegs at The Brewery Tap.
Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
A beautifully hand crafted beer with an exceptionally smooth palette and a fruity aroma. A dark, ruby-coloured stout, almost black from a distance, with a beautiful creamy head. Fuggles and Goldings hops. 20% Slovenian Goldings added 10 minutes befofe end of boil.

DavefromChicago's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2003
Pours appropriately dark and creamy. Light aroma of grassy hops and dark-roasted, bready malt. Has a drier profile than Sam Smith's oatmeal, less fruity, less complex. Simple and pretty smooth with a mostly burnt toast and bitter hops character. Some sweetness lightly, some tartness, ending nicely bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Bouteille. Nez de malt rôti (notes terreuses et fumées), de chocolat noir doux, léger de café avec des notes fruitées (prunes) et de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture crémeuse et très légèrement aqueuse. Faibles notes de caramel lors de l’entrée en bouche rapidement suivi d’un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti doux aux notes terreuses parallèlement à un goût de chocolat noir doux (notes de chocolat au lait - lactique) et une finale légèrement amère de café et de houblon floral. Arrière-goût moyen-long et légèrement sec, moyennement amer de rôti, de chocolat noir et de café avec de faibles notes florales. [notes 2006]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hauxe (311) - Butzbach, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2016
Rated from notes. Pours black from the bottle with a wonderful creamy head that lingers and lingers. Strong chocolate aroma with a hint of fruit liqueur. Taste is rich roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. Very rich and quite sweet, but still balanced enough to drink in relative quantity. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (1818) - Koper, SLOVENIA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle, 0.50l. Pours pitch black with medium soapy light brown head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oats and grass. Taste starts light sweet grainy and coffeeish, follows by bitter chocolate and herbs, maybe some licorice, mouthfeel is dry, while finish is mild bitter. Medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation in palate. Good and smooth...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (812) - - JUL 16, 2015
Dark brown, almost black opaque colour with creamy light brown head. Aroma without notice of an alcohol, but with notice of toffee, milk chocolate, coffee. Taste is similar: with slight or poor notice of an alcohol, and dominant notes of oat, milk chocolate and toffee. You can detect also little roasted. Malt sweetness is medium, also hop bitterness. Finish is dry and slightly bitter . Body is mouth-coating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
didierlewallon (282) - ponferrada, SPAIN - MAR 18, 2015
Cerveza de color negro con una cabeza de color marrón claro. Aroma a malta tostada con notas de regaliz y malta chocolate. Sabor tostado con toque de café. cerveza muy agradable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2173) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Solid bready aromas with hints of grain and toasted malt. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. A heavy beer for sure. Nice sweet grains and toasted malts. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vinivini (1126) - BELARUS - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2015 Almost black, one finger thick creamy head. Aroma of roast acids, port wine and coffee. Medium body. The taste is dry with notes of coffee, chocolate, some earth. a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
16.9oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and sweetness. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8289) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Keg at the riverside. Opaque black coloured pour with a steadfast creamy head. Aroma is soft roast, choc and light berry. Palate is smooth and somewhat creamy. Flavour is milky choc, lactose sugar, soft roast. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9421) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"i’m grading this half way between what i’d give the bottle (better) and the can (worse). the flavor is nice, but like a Guiness, when it’s on nitro, it’s too unassuming. kinda boring, but smooth. the flavor comes out a little more in the bottle. the double chocolate, on the other hand, is better in the can...and better period."

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