Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3789   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Everyone has a "safe" beer. One that you always can go to when you need a good brew. This is mine. Such good flavor. Has a rich chocolate aroma, but not too overpowering on the palate. The head is nice and fluffy and stays with you the whole time. The finish is dry and bitter..soo nice. Always a hit! PUB CAN ONLY!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Very sweet, and thick. I guess that is what is to be expected, but I can’t see myself grabbing another 4 pack, just too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 bottle 500ml. pours a dark brown almost black beer, with a biege head. aroma: nuts, caramel, chocolat, vanilla. taste: malt, coffee, toffee,licorice, bit chocolat, bit bitter, sweet. finish is strange: thin but with a long taste in the mouth, bitter, chocolat, licorice, celery?, sweet, bitter, bit sourish. don’t drink this too cold! nice.... rerate: nitro cans are even better, nice creamy head. (extra: 1pnt-appearance, 1pnt-overall)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (4038) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours nice and jet-black with a stable head. Vanilla aroma. To me the flavor has more weak coffee and vanilla than chocolate, which only reveals in the finish. A bit thin but quite creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
I got the bottle at HalfTime. There is definately a chocolate tone to this moderately roasty tasting stout. I think most of it lies in the finish. But there is nothing that seems to stand out in my mind and on my taste buds. Its pleasant to drink but not provocative. Over-rated IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with big light tan head. Nose is pure chocolate, milk and dark. Taste is malty, chocolate, and a little too thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
a very creamy brew but similar to other sweet and dry stouts lacks depth of flavor. hints of chocolate certainly but overall nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle: Pours a thickish nearly black body, with a big tan rocky head. Aromas of milk chocolate on top, with darker more bitter chocolates and toasted malts sharing the background. Flavor was structured just like the aroma, sweet mellow milk chocolate up front (like cold cocoa), with a toastier flavor and soem bitterness coming in at the end. Overall though, the flavor was very watery, and not as thick as I would’ve though. Short aftertaste of dark chocolate, washed away by all the water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Black body with tan head. Aroma reminded me of oatmeal with brown sugar. Wonderful thick mouthfeel. Taste is reminiscent of chocolate milk. There is a slight roasted/coffee taste as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1966) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: best before June 2008
Consumed: October 2009

Nothing lost on fresh bottles to my tastes. Plenty of roast and chocolate on the nose; remarkably fresh. More settled and dry in the palate as the mildly tannic roast takes hold. Good presence and length. Not particularly chocolately but the fresh bottles aren’t either.

Vintage: unknown
Consumed: May 2005 (2.7)

Struggled to hit the sweet stout mark in my opinion, let alone display any noticeable chocolate flavours. On pouring big fizzy head action early but disapated to leave a nice creamy, thin head. Quite an expressive nose, slightly burnt malts, some sweet notes and feels a touch extracted (if that’s possible to pick from the nose). Palate was a bit of a letdown early and did get better. Very fizzy early, killing the stout notes. Settled down as it warmed up, showing some more stout character and a faint chocolatre note. Just not enough to justify the tag IMHO.

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