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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3617   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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3.7
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Very dark black with a thick brown inch of head on it. Sweet malty chocolate aroma, very light indeed. Extremely burnt sugar feel to it, didnt really pick up the chocolate at first, then it definetely tastes like dark dark chocolate.

4.1
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2004
Large tan foamy head, very dark. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet milk chocolate followed by bitter dark chocolate. Soft and full palate.

4
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Good chocolate flavor, deep, dark, delicious. It did seem a bit bland, perhaps it needs more hops to balance the sweetness. I liked the bottled product better than the can. It seemed more robust.

4.4
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2004
Poured very dark brown/black with foamy tan coloured head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste some alcohol, but dominated by chocolate and malts. Creamy on the palate, roasty and smooth,. Quite dry with a slightly bitter finish. Probably the best stout I have ever tasted.

3.3
Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2004
another one of my early beers that lead me down this track for better beer. Loved it at first, but bought too much at once and it quickly wore on me. very chocolaty, not quite as much as rogue, this one had a little better overall taste to it. lots of malt, barley, and sweetness in this brew which didnt hit the spot completely for me, but filled my better beer void for awhile.

3.9
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2004
A good sweet stout with a dominant roasted chocolate flavor. Light bodied and lacking complexity.

4
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2004
mmmmmmmm....chocolate. but there is more to the beer than that which is nice. an excellent chocolate stout

3.4
freekyp (2408) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark opaque brown with large mountainous rocky tan head. Dark baker’s chocolate pervades the nose with little in the way of other aromas. Slightly thin, making it all the more drinkable, this stout is full of chocolate, but not as sweet as you might expect. Nice cocoa afteraste. Well balanced and not over the top given the name of the beer.

3.9
Cowtown57 (18) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Quite good. Big tan head that lasts and laces down the glass. Dark coffee/chocolate flavor. Interesting aftertaste, maybe it’s alcohol, athough I can’t put my finger on it, but whatever it is I like it. Good beer!!

4.2
IndianaRed (5030) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Can with Widget Pours a dark tan with microscopic bubbles that move DOWN the edge of the glass is curvy waves. Cool to watch. I can smell the hints of chocolate already. After a min or two the head has settlked into a nice 1.5cm layer of light tan that is so uniform and dense that I can actually make small peaks in it with my finger. The lacing is doing a good ob of coating most of the glass as it goes down. Classic stout aroma with of course the semi-sweet chocolate as the predominant factor. Taste is as advertised, choc as well asdark coffee are the players here. Bitter after tom\nes typical of a stout. Not as much of a heavy thick feel as some of my favorite porters and more drinkable than the more famous Guiness. The feel is creamy and smooth and goes down easy. Stouts are typically not my favorite but I could get used to this one quite fast. Glass is half gone and the creamy head is still there. Quite good


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