Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3800   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Poured a thick black with a tan lacing. Beautiful appearance. Could taste the roasted malts and a hint of sugar. Not my favorite but a good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 Dark pour,nice robust head.Nice chocolate smell,with hints of a wine smell.velvet mouthfeel.Not much of a chocolate Taste though,roasted coffee flavors.I didnt care for this beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Big strong dark chocolate aroma. Dark opaque colour with a line of dense head. Complex swirl of chocolate and bitter roasted malts on the tongue. Thick, velvety, luxurious mouthfeel. It’s not much of a looker but this thick dark chocolatey treat will knock your socks off. Bottle. * *

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
Tried this on tap when I was on holidays in London in May loved it then, back in oz had to settle for the 500ml bottle but still tastes great. Chocolate everywhere in this one, from the nose through to the taste also pick up some hints of liquorice as well as roasted coffee flavours. This one is a luxury that I am keen to return to again and again. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Draught can. Deep ruby, almost black color, tan nitro head. Roasted malt aroma, not much chocolate. Flavor was initially sweet with some roasted coffee flavors coming through. Mouthfeel was creamy, probably more than the bottleed version. The name was a bit misleading but it's a good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Very dark with an excellent brownish head and lacing. Cocoa aroma with some spiciness. Medium to full bodied with plenty of chocolate and caramel flavors up front, some coffee and vanilla notes with a smooth finish. Tasty and the bottled version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jerohen (2240) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2003
Black coloured, brown head. Typical stout aroma flavour actually, roasted malts etc. Couldn't detect any chocolate is this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (6972) - 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 (3683) - 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 (5344) - 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.

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