Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3801   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Big fluffy tawny head. Heaping gobs of sweet chocolate aroma. Some smokiness. Fresh soft coffee. Jet black. Light texture. Milky. Very smooth. Old rating. It has progressively gotten quite a bit dull. Body of the beer has thinned. Chocolate accents are not as nice as they used to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tessic (1136) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2004
This beer pours black as tar, with a nice brown head. Aromas of cocoa and oatmeal and a touch of...ginger?!?! Initial sip is very smooth on the palate with lots of cocoa and molassas. It finishes with a nice, slight bitterness that makes you crave for more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2004
From a can. Pours very dark (nearly black) with a nice creamy light brown head. Aroma is primarily a sweet chocolate also accompanied by a faint roasted malt. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Predominately a mild chocolate flavor that is joined by just a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Very smooth and creamy. subtle chocolote tast. Great aroma. The only drawback is that it was just a bit flatter than I would have liked. Comparable to Guiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2004
Dark, full bodied stout but lacks flavour for something that has garnered so much praise. Very mild chocolate flavour, some roastiness, easily drinkable, though a bit underwhelming really. Needs some hop bitterness and fatter dark malt presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (5046) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Black with an excellent and lasting head. Aroma gives off the first hints of the imending chocolate rush. And it does rush in on that first sip. It is not a subtle hint of chocolate, but it is also not overwhelmingly sweet. Creamy, but not thick. A fantastic offering. I shall be drinking this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2004
20th rating. Great stout.Chocolate, with Chocolate, and a hint of Chocolate. Not too sweet. Kind of a Ruby-Black; clear enough too see the constant flow of bubbles but too opaque to see through. Light brown head with little lacing.Medium to full body with a soft, creamy feel. WILL drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Bottle. Nice and dark with a thin tan head. Fun to drink, with its warm chocolate taste and mild bitterness. Goes down smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Bottle. A nice dark hue with a small tan head. What can I say about this beer other than it's a pleasure to drink. Very tasty mix of malts and chocolate, with a sweetness that never becomes too overwhelming. It lacks complexity, but is VERY tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Wicked cool...it's just like drinking chocolate milk! Very creamy with a huge chocolate flavor.

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