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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3812   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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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.

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.

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.

Shag (2987) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Pitch black apperance with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rich chocolate and caramel. Some coffee notes are present in the flavor. Wow! This is one badass stout. This may be better than Sam Smith’s. This is a must try!

skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Nitro version. All cream and dark froth goodness in the head, and thin, watery mix below. She looks better than she performs. Very simple stout, with some roasting and some coffee. Disappointment.

johndoughty (5403) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004
Dark appearance with a roasted chocolate taste that dominates.I had expected a lot from this one but for some reason it didn’t live up to my expectations. Lacking in complexity and I am still not comfortable with chocolate flavoured beers. Still one worth trying - in my opinion Youngs make a great range of bottled neers. This is a good one but this is not one of their best.

osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Disappointing head. This beer visually is like most of the Young’s beers...blah. Aroma is faint. Yes, dark chocolate is prominant but lacks a good aroma. The appearance is quite lackluster. Still, I was impressed with its flavor. A moderately sweet taste that doesn’t change and is short lived. It’s rather light to the palate with a creamy texture. Carbonation is rather flat and a chalky finish. Yet, I find myself really liking this beer. It doesn’t have all the attribute of a brillant beer but in terms of flavor, it’s quite good. Note, my second pour produced a much better head although it diminished rather quickly.

VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle - Very dark brown/black with a dark tan head. Aroma is of roasted barley with coffee and chocolate, but not overpowering. Flavor is roasty with a fairly strong bitterness. Finish is bitter and long.

Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Looks great poured from the can. Mild chocolate aroma. Somewhat thin but still like a lite version of a liquid chocolate bar. Goes great with choco chunk cookies.

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
Thick and creamy head, dark brown color. Dominating aroma of chocolate with malt and maybe roastyness. Great chocolate flavor with malt and roastyness. Thick, round mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

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