Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3648   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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SinH4 (7232) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 20, 2018
Bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, nice roast. Taste is hazelnuts, chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with natural carbonation and a huge nutty aftertaste. Very good!

TrappistTamer11 (12) - - APR 20, 2018
chocolate, coffee, black, sparkling, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, lively,

julesxxl (860) - FRANCE - APR 18, 2018
(∞-fruit red (fraise, groseille), ~cacao (ad), ~cola, trop h2o, choco, malt, terre, fin sucre ~acide, fuggles-amer)

Jabah (829) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2018
Got a can of this at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.....14.9 oz/440 ml. Had the nitro widget, which I find widget beers to be pretty low in carbonation. Said on the bottle to drink cool, but not ice cold....although I usually like to drink my beers ice cold, I followed these instructions as I know they drink stouts on the warmer side. This was still cold, but gave me that "English" feel as it started to near room temperature. Has a BLACK appearance. Was pretty neat when I first poured it, as it had a thick chocolaty appearance which actually seperated in the glass for a minute or two, clearer on bottom/more syrupy on top. One of the creamiest heads that I've seen, which was a mocha-cream color. Very thick which actually stayed as a frothy lacing on the sides of the glass......reminded me of cappuccino. Flavor was nice with lots of chocolate, but might have been expecting a little bit better. Might have to try in the bottle which may have a bit more carbonation and slightly different taste............................................. 11/17/09: Bought a 4-pack of this and also shared a bottle with friend. Love this beer! The appearance really doesn't get any better, so adjusted that. Flavor growing on me every time I try another. I can't get enough of this. Good stuff!

mr_h (6300) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2018
330ml bottle (5.2%) at home on 4 Apr 2018, present from Brendan G (bb 31 Oct 2018): chocolate malty aroma, very dark brown near black, lasting beige head, chocolate, milky, toffee, fruity flavour, chocolate malt finish.

Oiolosse (244) - Granada, SPAIN - APR 3, 2018
Disponible filtrado y pasteurizado en botellas de 500ml y en nitrocans. También Nitro Keg en Tap La producción pasó de Youngs a Wells & Youngs en 2007. Marca adquirida únicamente por Charles Wells en 2011. Ingredientes: cerveza pálida y malta cristal, malta chocolate, mezcla especial de azúcares, lúpulos Fuggle y Goldings, chocolate negro real y esencia de chocolate. La malta de chocolate y el chocolate negro real se combinan con la galardonada cerveza oscura con sabor completo de Young para crear una experiencia satisfactoriamente indulgente, pero nunca demasiado dulce.

leoben (20) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2018
500ml bottle from Morrisons, UK, part of their 4 for £6 offer. I enjoyed this, but did feel it was maybe a bit deceptive compared to the name and initial appearance. It poured really nice and dark, which together with the name got my hopes up for a deep, dark stout full to the brim with powerful chocolate. Instead, the mouth feel was a bit watery (which may be put down to the fairly light ABV) and the chocolate didn't exactly hit me over the head (more milk chocolate, than anything dark). That said though, it was largely enjoyable and I would get it again - just with slightly different expectations.

JoTheO (305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2018
Bottle 330ml. Jet black, tanned head. Chocolatey aroma, some roasted almost peaty aroma. Somewhat watery, but pleasantly bitter, taste. Enjoyable in a case where an imperial stout is too much.

sharkydodson (2114) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 11, 2018
the aroma is caramel and chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee, cocoa, toast and nuts... the taste is caramel and chocolate with notes of roasted malt, cocoa, toffee, toast and cake... sweet, dry and bitter aftertaste...

xist_ (48) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2018
Pours a beautiful pitch black body with a nice big brownish coffee coloured head. A truly beautiful stout. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Very strong aromas, almost like an imperial stout. Taste is far more mild though, but still excellent. Flavours of dark chocolate are most forward, but with hints of coffee as well. The mouthfeel is slick and incredibly smooth; it goes down very easy. Finish is dry and sweet, maybe a hint of bitterness there but I would categorize this as a sweeter beer. Overall this beer is excellent, I can imagine this being a very good beer to get into stouts with. It's mild in the flavours, but what's there is excellent and I will definitely be having this again.

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