Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3763   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (6819) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2003
Deep black color, medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, hint of chocolate, but only after pouring the last bit of the bottle. Taste is quite typical stout, roasted malts. Not as chocolaty as i expected, more just another regular stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3664) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Pours a completely opaque dark brown/black witha rather diassapointing 1 cm tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Start is thin and uncharacterisitic, leading to a rich a chocolately finish with a bit of a smokey flavor. This beer is pretty one dimensional and the palate is really too thin and carbonated for me. A tasty drink, but not as good as I expected. Bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Rerate - I tried this in a nitro can. The chocolate is more muted. The body is a little thinner and there is more of a head. This comes from the widget. Original rating follows. I thought I was drinking chocolate milk. I truly enjoyed the sweet taste. This is smooth and gets smoother as you drink it. Not especially complex as the chocolate masks other tastes. A good malty smell and has a thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2003
dark black with brown edges and a biege creamy head. smooth pour. has a velvety chocolate feel and flavour in the mouth. subtle roastiness for a stout. very smooth. the aroma at the end in of sweet milk chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1630) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Not quite what I was hoping to have. Deep black pour with a lacing tan head. Aroma full of sweetness and chocolate. Very full flavor. Thick. Tasty, but I could only handle one. A little too sweet of a beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
bottled. not as good as i expected. dark head that disappeared rather quickly. sweet at the start, ending up with flavors of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. something about the chocolate seemed a bit toxic. bubbly. chalky. maybe i purchased a bad bottle...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
MaBeer1972 (1899) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Canned version with widget. Damn I hate these things! I bet this is actually a pretty tasty brew, but would never know it from this thing! Pours so thick and creamy as a milk shake, but utterly flavorless. I either need to pick up a bottle or head to London for the real thing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours beautifully opaque with thick frothy tan head that lasts forever -- picture perfect. Aroma is alcohol, some coffee and roasted flavors. Flavor is same but chocolate kicks in at the end. Nicely rounded and smooth, the chocolate does not overwhelm. Could be roastier. Has thick mouth feel. I think I actually prefer their oatmeal stout, but I'll have to do a back to back comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
First Stout I actually enjoyed. Great for after dinner. Not too sweet and delightfully chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Not a bad stout. Some malt, chocolate, and sweet flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean.

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