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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3800   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Bottled, from Riley’s. Pours jet black with a tan head that lingers, very little lacing. A sniff...chocolate truffles, raspberry? Even smelling this beer is like bathing in chocolate. Tasting now, instantly my mouth is satiated with bittersweet chocolate, though it quickly diminishes to reveal roasted barley. A nice balance. Another sip, then another...man this beer is more than a meal. My glass slowly draining, I savor the last drops of this chocolate behemoth and look foreward to my next.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
From the instant I opened the bottle, I could detect a chocolatey aroma. Being an avid chocolate lover, this already piqued my interest. Poured a delicious looking hazelnut-colored, rocky head. Initial sip is thick and velvety, with a big chocolate taste complimented by fainter coffee and sour flavors. Leaves a thick taste in your mouth and nose. Pretty good, although it is a little more acidic than I would habe thought.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
Out of the bottle this beer is opaque black with a thin tan head. The nose is mostly of roasted coffee. The taste is sweeter with a definite chocolate taste. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2005
(bottled) Great appearance, opaque black, thick rich creamy head. Rich sweet burnt chocolate, lightly fruity, sweet malty aroma. Flavour is malty, obvious chocolatey flavour(although not as prominent as i expected), surprisingly dry, coffeeish bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 very good!!! this is almost a milkshake. finishes with a nice sweet chocolat/coffee sweetness.. you can’t drink to many thought , but it’s a good dessert/last beer drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Aroma is malty cocoa butter with a tinniness probably attributable more to the nitrous than the metal can. Peach-white head with lighter bubbles in the center; typical nitrocan underbody lacing and heavy head lacing. Initially seems like a dessert beer in that the cocoa butter and sugar are quite noticeable in the flavor (though not overwhelming). Also present is a high level of grainy hoppiness and a surprising level of pale malt. Finish is pleasant dark chocolate "unsweetened" by a corresponding hoppiness. Rated based on the nitrous can -- could revise things upwards a few points on draught.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Thanks Kevin! Black body, with thin mocha head. Aromas are coffee, cocoa, slight malts. taste is coffee, bitter cocoa, semi sweetness. Bitter coffee finish. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Thanks goes out to Mustang3 for hooking this one up! Pours a dark black body, thin beige head topping it. Aromas are sweet coffee, malts, slight chocolate. Earthy as well. Taste is sweet, bitter chocolate, coffee, cocoa. Dry and bitter finish. A nice treat! Thanks Kevin!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Tap. Beautiful pour. Deep color with long-lasting head. Very creamy and lightly carbonated. A good drinking stout, though tough to compare to bigger stouts. Finishes lightly bitter and roasty.

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.


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