Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3762   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
What a thick, chocolatey head! I bought this only because I like Young’s brews and hadn’t tried it before. I was amazed that I liked it... a thick, rich malty taste, mildly hopped, and, yes, chocolate. My girlfriend Linda wants to try this now, and she only occassionally imbibes pale lagers, being a wine drinker. But she likes her chocolate. She’ll like this stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1788) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
3 Aug 2004 - This beer is more of a ’Lunkie’ birthday. Strong sweet choc aroma. Clear dark brown, dissolving retention, suds lacing and brown head. Surprising taste, a light pleasing choc flavour. Bitter-choc (dark choc) that is nicely balanced with sweetness and hop. Great with choc mouse or fruit salad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Pub Can; Dark as night, smooth tan head. Chocolate flavor comes through, a smooth bitter-sweet taste. Nice and roasty, enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
The Beer poured with a remarkable brown frothy head. The Colour was Black. The Aroma is sweet and nutty with roasted coffee and toffee overtones. The Flavour is just like its Aroma: Roased Coffee Beans. There is also flavour of Brownie Crust with nuts or Pecans. The mouthfeel is somewhite light in Nature and not Viscous like some would want to think a black beer is about. The Glass Laces very nicely. There is some bitterness at the end which balances the sweet roasted malts to the letter. This beer is a very drinkable beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Minimal aroma, dark black/brown appearance with minimal whitish head. Flavor definitely knocks you back. Strong strong flavor of chocolate that basically drowns out anything else. Finish is a little dry with little else. Good beer but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imradioboy (23) - USA - AUG 22, 2004
Pours very dark. Has distinctive Chocolate taste (obviously) But I can’t quite put my finger on what it was missing. Maybe I expected it to be more bitter. I don’t know. It is still a great drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Pours a nice black with a tall tan head. I think this brew is better out of the pub can, but that may just be me, i wish i could try it on nitro tap. Tons of chocolate and a nice bitterness toward the end for balance. Very smooth and creamy and extremely rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2004
Almost balck color, heavy sweet chocolat aroma and taste, full body, long sweet light dry finish. Like it alot, but to much chocolat for my taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
screigh (680) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Poured so dark I can’t even see through it when holding it to a light. Typical head from one of the cans with a nitrogen plug. Smooth chocolate stout. The chocolate is silky, almost like metled dark chocolate icecream. Flavor stays on the tongue and finishes dry. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 April 16th 2006 Re-rate <P> Widget can. Sweet chocolate malt aroma is low key, but pleasing. Deep black with a firm, lasting two finger thick creamy tan head. Fore is mildly roasty with some bitter burnt notes and sweet cocoa. Feel is quite creamy, but to my evolved palate the beer itself is pretty damn one dimensional. still tasty and something I’d order, but not the beauty I remembered. <P> From the bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub. I’m starting to think I rate too easy, but this is yet another near perfect beer. I can’t think of anything disagreeable about this one.

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