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Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3627   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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biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Solid black in color with thick tan head. Aroma of cocoa with a hint of mint. Excellent chocolate flavor with some coffee and toffee. Silky body and smooth finish. Good.

3.8
Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Tap: black with tan head that lasts a few minutes. Big chocolate aroma. Could taste a few different kinds of chocolate. Almost no coffee whatsoever. Pretty nice overall.

3.8
mstockton (238) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2004
This stuff is quite surprising. A strong chocolate smell is present, but the taste comes out as a hint. It’s a lot like Guinness with the chocolate mixed into the taste. Somehow, the candy flavor just happens to work with a stout. Great, Guiness-like head. This is a winner & a true surpise for someone who doesn’t like flavored beers.

3
SilkTork (5919) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2015
Sept, 2002: Bottle. Contains chocolate essence and real bars of Cadbury’s chocolate melted into the final boil. Silky smooth and deeply delicious, with some smokey flavours lingering around. [3.4]
Dec, 2004: Nitro can. Many brewers have taken the example of Guinness and brought out their stouts in nitro versions. Youngs have now done it with their already creamy chocolate stout and the result is an overkill of smoothness. When pouring the nitrogenated beer out of the can it looks interesting just like liquid chocolate, though it does soon settle into a more normal black stout colour, The chocolate and the nitro does push this too far in the wrong direction. In the Stout Stew Off this tasted pleasant enough but compared unfavourably with the more interesting chocolate malt flavours of the Titanic Stout. [3.2]
May, 2015 500ml dark bottle, filtered, from Tesco. 5.2% A pleasant enough dark beer. Soft and easy drinking. Lacks character, but it’s OK. The chocolate is not really that evident - dark roast malts tend to have a chocolate taste anyway. Ah! The recipe has changed - it no longer contains real chocolate, but something called "natural chocolate flavouring". Hmmm. [2.9]

3.7
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
This is one of my regular rotation stouts. I love chocolate, and in this beer, the taste works well. I am rating this drinking it at room temp for the first time. I t has a nice tan to brown head, the head settles very slowly. The flavor is dry, with the chocolate flavors mixed with what tastes like the soured ale addition a la Guinness. For a stout the flavors are very subtle and not overpowering.

3.3
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle (CO2): Expecting double chocolate, I was dissipointed by finding only single chocolate. Too much carbonation ruined this for me. Now I actually want to try the nitro version. As a stout though, not too bad.

3.4
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 29, 2004
black body with a creamy root beer like head.aroma gives off a bit of chocolate,then followed by your usual beer "hops & malts". flavor is of the same.chocolate first,then the usual beer flavor after(sort of metalic).not bad but nothing special.

4.5
arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
my love affair with Youngs continues with what has become my favorite stout... no comparison to Guinness. opaque with fine beige lacing, aroma/flavor of chocolate, yes, but also strong coffee. nitro cans are the best. this is the stout that makes me look forward to chilly weather... and i dislike chilly weather!

3.9
richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Dark brown color with a medium brown head that foams up from the bottom similar to Guiness. Aroma of chocolate, and maybe a hint of licorice. Exceptionally smooth body with a heavy flavor of chocolate and malts. No aftertaste. I don’t think I could drink alot, but as an occasional treat, this is an outstanding beverage.

4.2
hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 First thing is first, there was chocolate in the nose and the aftertaste reminded me of drinking chocolate syrup out of the bottle. not something I would want in the middle of summer, but it was a fun winter beer to have. It had a nice chewy palate, and a great dark brown colour with a soft foamy tan head.


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