Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3786   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2005
16.9oz bottle. 52°. NB Worthy glass. Poured dark brown/black with an off white head. Coats the glass. Aroma of bakers chocolate, roasted malt, soy sauce, buttermilk, and some fruit (citrus peels?). Taste is sweet, but not cloying. Unsweetened chocolate is the primary flavor, with roasted malts making a substantial contribution. Mild hops flavor. Nice, flavorful aftertaste. Thin and watery in the mouth. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2005
I’m sure "sweet stouts" have their place, but after drinking this I realized that I prefer standard stouts. Poured with an almost syrupy consistency. Started with a thick, rich head that disappeared quickly and left very little lacing. Aromas and taste of bittersweet chocolate and overcooked coffee, with a lingering aftertaste of the same. I like cold coffee. I like bittersweet chocolate. I didn’t like it in this beer. Looked much more promisng than it tasted.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Not much of an improvement over or differnce from Youngs Oatmeal Stout. The aroma has vanilla with a hint of hazelnut. The appearence is watery and light. The flavor is dry, slighyl coacoa-ish, vanilla and nuts. Lacking complexity but with a kiss of hops. Palate is plain and lifeless. Overall, boring and insignificant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1774) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Pours black, with a medium tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some hops. Body is medium and creamy. Taste is chocolate and roasted malt. Not as sweet as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1627) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2005 1 pt. 0.9 US fl. oz. bottle. Pours black with small bubbly tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malts and coffee. Body is not super-thick but SMOOTH. Chocolatey without the heavily roasted malty taste. Some caramel present too. A tad on the sweet side but still very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
16.9 oz bottle: Pours very dark brown w/ a lasting light beige head. Very sherrry like and chocolatey in the inital aroma, might be an older bottle because I don’t remember this much sherry in the aroma. Caramel & very light hints of roast as well as the initial aromas. Oddly enough is smells like it has a little bit of bourbon in the aroma as well, but probably more to do with age than actual whiskey. Vanilla as it warms. Very little actual fruitiness. Very well balanced, chocolatey with nutty, toasty malt; hints of roast & toffee; Mild sherry flavor goes w/ the age, but no fruitiness or hop flavors. Finish is a little on the semi dark chocolate side w/ a light caramel aftertaste. Body is medium, low carbonation, and has a smoother m/f. I remember this being like eating liquid chocolate before this, but I think with a little age it’s picked up some nice sherry for an added complexity. Not a fresh sample, but pretty tasty anyway. Very solid, drinkable beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 12, 2005
500ml boittle, BBD APR/05. Dark pour with nice brown head, some lace. Aroma of chocolately malt and roasted malt. I won’t go on trying to describe this one. I think its good. Having just had the Rogue Chocolate Stout, I do have to say that if its a rich chocolate character you are after, pick the Rogue. This is a good stout with a nice chocolate undertone, but nowhere near as rich as the Rogue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2005
I don’t even like stout that much, but liked this one just fine. It’s rich, has a true chocolate nose and taste, and a nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours very dark brown with creamy brown head. Nose is coffee, sweet and CHOCOLATE. Very nice flavor of yes chocolate, maltyness and truffles. Excellent dessert beer. Finishes with fine bittersweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Brown, almost black. Light brown head. Gorgeoous aroma contains chocolate (of course) roasted malt, coffee, slightly nutty. Good medium mouthfeel. Good roasty finish.

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