overall
97
99
style
Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Poured black with a large, frothy light tan head, lookin good...not so surprisingly, aroma of chocolate. The taste is good but somewhat hurt by the watery mouthfeel. The chocolate presence is just right, and a mild hop bitterness to compliment it, but lacking in body for me to be impresed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 8, 2005
500ml bottle. Pours deep black with just a bit of red glow around the edges when held up to the light. Nice layer of creamy tan head. Aromas of perked coffee, butter, mild cocoa and sweet cream. Palate is smooth, but a bit on the thin side. Roast and coffee flavors with some burnt toast. A little sour. Chocolate is very subtle up front, but has a growing presense. Some chalky bitterness in the finish. A pleasant but unexceptional stout. What is there is quite good--but there isn’t enough of it to be that interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2005
Tasted from 500mL bottle. Simply beautiful. Despite the double chocolate monniker chocolatey flavors are well integrated and don’t overpower. Deep black color. Slight roasty flavors initially followed by a light bitterness from dark chocolate. Incredibly smooth, thick mouthfeel. Yummy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Wow, this was a suprisingly smooth beer. There were no harsh flavors at all, and there was a subtle aroma of chocolate. This is a genuinely good beer, and I recommend trying it if you have the chance.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6855) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2005
First impression was "oh no, another burnt tasting beer." But there is much more to this stout than that. Incredibly dark in color. Light would not penetrate. It also sports a significant chocolate colored head. First taste was of a strong stout but it tended to smooth out over the course of the pint. Very unusual.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
pours dark chocolate brown with thick tan rocky head. aroma is very dark chocolate, malts. flavor is malty, sweet milk chocolate, coffee, good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ivan9856 (190) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
The 500 ml bottle poured with a huge light brown head and a beautiful "double dark" ebony body (ruby red, really, if you hold it to a light). There was some excellent lacing left on the glass by the time I finished. A strong aroma gives only a hint of its chocolate billing, but I sensed mostly dark roasted malt and a strong hops. I was surprised by the initial dry sherry palate with raisin, coffee and smoke flavors. This stout is smooth start to finish and also fairly dry. The subtle chocolate essence doesn’t really punch through until after the finish when it features prominently in the long-lasting aftertaste.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Tap. Extremely black with a brown, foamy head. Smells chocolatey, but the chocolate taste is actually quite subtle. Also has coffee and malt notes. This is a satisfying beer to be sipped slowly—it’s not strong in alcohol but it’s full of deep, rich flavor. I highly recommend this to premenstrual women—goes well with chocolate-covered pretzels! I’ve had this in the bottle and nitro can—nitro can is best if you can’t find it on tap.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2005
An impenetrably dark blackish-brown beer with a foamy, tan head (stout in other words). Having read some of the reviews (NOT always a good idea before first tasting), I expected something along the lines of a liquid Mars Bar. Definitely not the case – this is first and foremost BEER. It is a rich full-flavoured stout with a burnt malt taste with subtle bitterness. Where does the chocolate come in? – in the wonderful way the beer coats all parts of the mouth leaving an unmistakable dark chocolate aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Pours deep black with a small tan head, lively carbonation in the glass. Nose is powerful chocolate and raisin. Flavor is very strong, smoky, sweet chocolate, with coffee towards the end and a beguiling spiciness in the finish. Very good.


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