Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3800   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - AUG 3, 2005
Nice smoth chocolate taste..it doesn’t last long but it feels pretty good right after you drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 3, 2005
Wow! Pours (from a bottle) dark, black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Not too much aroma, which I took to mean that it wasn’t heavily hopped. Aromas was of chocolate liquor On first sip --- bam! CHOCOLATE! Tastes include that bitter chocolate that your mom used to cook with and also a chocolate bread. I loved it, but would have to be in the mood to drink it. I bet with nitrokeg it would get a few more points for a silky mouth feel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Bottle-Gotta paraphraseHomer Simpson quote about beer, "they look good, smell good and taste good--you’d step over your mother to have another one." This pretty much decribes this beer. The color is so black, the light almost can not escape, poured with a froathy tan head that lasts throughout the drink with chocolate aroma and taste. 3.19 petty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15454) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
Draught. Black colour. Very stable, very creamy light brown head. Flavour is malty, roasty and chocolaty. Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tihi23 (4) - USA - JUL 30, 2005 does not count
Smooth stout, dark, opaque appearence, had a hint of Kulula taste to it but was not overbearing. Better than most chocolate beers. Would not drink more than one of these in a setting though. Good for sipping on while eating peanuts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2981) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2005
So much looked forward to tasting this one I made it to be the only beer of the night. So wished now that I didn’t. Like Guinness draught, I think this one is heavily overrated and in reality is not truly worthy of its numerous awards. Tasted from the filtered and bastard pasteurised bottle, and poured into an English pint glass. Looks were 100% on the money, thick creamy 1" tan head atop a deep ruby brown, almost black, body. Head lasted the distance and left rings down the pint, and if looks could kill this would be a deadly bugger. Pity, as it all went pear shaped from there on. Musty and dry dark chocolate, cocoa powder and marmite nose with an odd hint of dark dried fruit. First sip was a little startling with rich and almost exotic dark chocolate flavours that followed through to a long chocolaty and roasted malt swallow. Second sip, and with my palate now adjusted, revealed a thin and watery, light bodied stout with little to no complexity bar the dark cooking chocolate that lingers like sickly sweet sauce between mouthfuls. Smooth and light in carbonation, it becomes dry and pasty once it warms and, unusually at this point, even the chocolate flavour begins to wane. Unique I suppose, but heavily unbalanced and a little boring. Disappointing. (500mL, BBE 08/05)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Not what I expected. It has not so much a chocolate taste as a old person woody taste. It’s a little off putting if you try to focus on it. It keeps its head all the way to the bottom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Deep black pour with a fair bit of head and no lacing. Aroma and taste were chocolately but had little compelixity, and palate was too watery, especially for a stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2005
This "sweet stout" has a bland flavor and almost reminds me of Guinness Draught. The body is better at warmer temperatures but still not great. This stout seems to get high ratings on its appearance alone. Body is creamy but thin. Aroma is of alcohol and makes me think of red wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2693) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Nearly black pour, tan head with great lacing because of nitro. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, lesser notes of caramel, roast and hops. Medium bodied, fairly sweet. Chocolate flavor is at least decent. It’s not Nestle Quik but it’s not Valrhona either. Not too shabby.

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