Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3800   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uvajed (184) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Makes me think of how roasted chocolate might taste; quite tasty. Very dark color, nicely frothy smallish head. Not something I’d kill for, as I prefer drier stout, but nonetheless this is spectacularly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10465) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2004
14.9 ounce widgeted can. Another nicely done N2 widgeted style from Young’s. Pours blacker than the night, with a great, creamy tan head and walls of lace all the way down. Aroma of malt, chocolate, slight licorice. Tastes very matly, chocolatey, with some coffee, licorice, and cognac at the finish. Very creamy, roasty, and smooth finish. Awesome. I can’t wait to try the bottled version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Dark Coloring. Good Head. Aroma: Chocolate. Wonderful Stout to have tried in the winter. At O.C. Sweet, Creamy and Chocolate. Very Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2004
Clear chocolate aroma, with the hints of alcohol. Dark color with brown little head. Chocolate is even more obvious in flavor. Usually bitterness and carbonation come in the end but in this stout they are overtaken by strong sweetness of chocolate. Not bad combination at all, although this beer tasted very much different than I expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Poured black in color with a tan head. Slight chocolate (not as much as I was expecting), malty, and roasted smells and tastes. This beer did not live up to my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Great dark and rich taste. The chocholate flavor is very present, which almost makes this a just dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Can (Nitro). Chocolate and slightly roasted aroma for a beer with a dark black body and a thick cocoa colored head. The taste has chocolate highlights, but otherwise the nitro overpowers with the creaminess and subdues the flavor. No strong flavors and it just needs a bit more complexity. Bottle - still has a bit of a watery body - aroma has more going for it and there is more flavor. Definately the better option. Just wish the body was a little richer. rating is for canned. Bottle would come out to 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Chocolate liquor aroma, very dark with a rocky head. Body is on the thinner side, flavour is light for a stout and yes it’s chocolately. The artificial sweetness flavour really starts to get to you half way through the bottle and it ends up rather unpleasant. Most overrated beer I've yet to encounter on ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Nitro can. Pours an extremely dark reddish brown-no light coming through the glass. Pretty, foamy tan head that sticks around forever. Aroma is mostly barleys and chocolates, very light. Taste is a little sour, I think the can is the reason for that. Other than that, lots of warm chocolate flavors. Not great, I hear it’s better in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Pours a deep red, almost black. Not opaque, though. Nice tan head, plenty of it. Actually looked like nitro, but it was from the 550ml bottle. Smelled of roasted barley, some English hops, chocolate is present. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, very pleasant flavor, much like the other sweet stouts of Bells or Sam Smith. Slightly sour with charcoal notes from the roasted malts and coffee, as per usual for these types of stouts. Then there is the chocolate. This is what really makes this worth having. You can actually taste the real chocolate within the beer. Without that, this beer doesn’t really have too much to offer. Sorry.

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