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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3617   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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mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Wow, beers like this make me re-evaluate my feelings toward stouts...subtle hop aroma, chocolate malt is quite evident...this stuff is so silky smooth, the chocolate flavour is definitely there. a perfect bitter finish.

ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
On tap. Opaque dark brown or black with off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark tart chocolate. Taste is fairly sweet and chocolaty with a bit of roast. Very nice.

PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown (black) stout with beige coloured head. Somewhat low carbonation. Black currant in the nose. Rich flavour with lots of chocolate (sic), more black currant, hints of coffee and a touch of hops in the finish. Traces of (synthetic) vanilla? Smooth palate. Overall a brilliant rich, full bodied, sweetish smooth stout.

PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Pours dark brown, almost black with a brown thin head. Smells very tasty. Sweet, chocolate aroma. Creamy, rich, chocolate flavor with a sweet almost hot coco-like aftertaste. If you like beers with a chocolate taste, I highly reccomend this beer. It's really good.

Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Dark brown, with an aroma of dark chocolate. Wow...this is really chocolatey. Almost a little too sweet, actually. I'd prefer a little more hop to tone it down a little, but thats a minor complaint. This is one heck of a beer.

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2004
bottled: dark brown hues with a tan bubbly head that doesnt last long, like me. the smell is of droste cocoa or maybe jaques torres, but in a good way. if you want dessert not desert maybe you should hop on the chocolate train and take it for a ride. probably better in the can, could be a little more creamy for this choc feel. better then i thought it would be, the ladies like it too.

cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
I think I would have been okay with a single chocolate version. This stout is thick with chocolate and it dominates everything else. Also a little overly bright for my stout tastes. A great beer to try and probably have once in a while but not a regular in my line up.

jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 ReRate; Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, some mustiness and euro hops. The flavor is much more prominent than the nitro can version. Nice flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and wood. Nice creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. In the can. Pours black with a light brown head. This tastes real good, like chocolate milk with alcohol but didn’t have enough kick for my personal taste. Very little if no carbonation. Perhaps my can was screwed up. Creamy mouthfeel but it seems too weak to me. It was a nice dessert though.

winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2004
A big beer, big tan head, big black body and big chocolate nose. Initial flavour of chocolate continues all the way before a slightly smokey bitter finish to balance the sweetness. My only bitch about this beer is the fairly thin mouthfeel - still a pretty damn good beer anyway.

warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Good roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate aromas. Light brown head that was very full and had great lacing. Black almost opaque color. Cocoa powder flavor with a good roasted malt taste following. An excellent stout, with a good twist by actually adding real cocoa powder for the chocolate taste.

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