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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3617   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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beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Black hued stout having large off-white shaving cream head. Subtle aroma with hints of roast malt. No discernable carbonation but difficult to tell. Medium bodied with exceptionally creamy texture that starts with mild light roast malty flavor with hints of dark chocolate and finishes with hint of tiny bitterness. Even though its hop profile is below my preference level, this stout is so drinkable, malty, and creamy, it’s very satisfying.

saxo (19370) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
Medium beige, lasting head. Deep dark brown colour. Aroma with raspberry., malt and rich dark chocolate. Flavour with notes of coffee and cocolate. Full bodied. Lovely silky/ creamy palate. Balanced bitterness/sweetness in the aftertaste.

FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Tap. It’s a good, smooth stout, but not frightfully interesting. Tasted pretty much exactly how I expected, burnt chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate. Feels creamy. Part of me wanted to pour this over ice cream. Definitely worth checking out at least once.

dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
strong chocolate like aroma and taste. If you like chocolate then you may enjoy this. Pours dark with a think head

natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours well, thick and creamy, despite the fact that this was a bottle (no widget). Head colour a bit on the brown, with a fruity head aroma. EKGs for sure. Definite chocolate aroma, but tinged with a bit of astringency and sourness. Lots of malt flavour, but a bit thin tasting...with a grainy mouthfeel that slides away to the sides of your tongue. Chocolate taste was notable, but not what I’d hope for. A bit on the sour, thin side for a stout. Easy to finish, but I’m not sure I’d pony up the cash for this on a regular basis, not given the local alternatives...

altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
Very disappointed with this. A friend of mine really built it up...when I drank it I recall thinking there was nothing there.

Vatruvian (27) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
You gotta love widgets. Pours similar to Guiness but with less head that is tan in color. I can only describe the aroma as being that of a stout, reminiscent of coffee, burnt toffee and maybe dark chocolat. Hops aroma really comes through. Very smooth on the palate and much tamer than guiness with only a faint aftertaste. Not a very strong chocolate tone but just the right amount of the classic burnt coffee flavor found in this style. Dare I say, I believe I prefer it to guiness.

bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 31, 2005
500ml Bottle. Chorcolate toffee and slightly burnt coffee aroma. Chocolate and smokey malt/coffee flavor. Opaque dark brown color with slight head. the liteness makes the beer a little oily tasting

MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2005
500 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a average creamy light brown head with good lacing. Picked up scents of dark chocolate and for some reason a bit of pear. Taste was of dark chocolate, toasted malt and toffee. A slight bitter after taste balanced the chocolate flavor nicely. Body was medium to full with a creamy texture. A very nice stout.

shrubber85 (11613) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle. Chorcolate toffee and slightly burnt coffee aroma. Opaque dark brown color with slight head. Chocolate and smokey malt/coffee flavor. Light bodied especially for the style. NIce but expect more of a mouthfeel from stouts.

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