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

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RATINGS: 3627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mike_in_Kansas (31) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Poured from a 1 pt. bottle into an English pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black and is slightly hazy. Head is large, creamy and light brown, turns slightly rocky then diminishes to a thin layer of foam but never leaves completely. Good lacing. Nose consists of a dark toasted chocolate with a faint hint of raisin (like Raisinettes!) with moderate earthy yeasty odor. Can’t detect any hops at all. Initial flavor is of moderately sweet roasted chocolate and finishes slightly tart. It’s a medium-bodies brew with a creamy texture with a slight metallic/tannic feel. Carbonation is lively out of the bottle, but quickly settles down and becomes soft, almost flat.


3.3
macca147 (757) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2018
330ml bottle. Pours a jet black with a tan head. Aroma: roasted malt, toasted bread, bitter cocoa notes. Mild aroma. Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, oats, toasted grain flavours. Thin bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Fairly clean finish. A little bit thin and dull. This was ok. A little bit boring.

3.8
kto (1700) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 10, 2018
14.90 fl oz (0.44l) nitrocan from moscow, bb 07.10.2017. pours a very deep mahogany/black with an extremely fine-pored and steady creamy pillowy head. aroma of bitter chocolate, herbal bitter, black cherries. flavour of chocolate, nuts, slight roast. creamy balanced finish, not too sweet. mild, silky mouthfeel. very chocolaty indeed.

4
spacecube (1810) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2018
Bottle, pours deep, dark brown black with a full creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, lots of chocolate, mild noble hop giving balance. Medium full bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is very well balanced and dry. Carbonation is soft. Excellent.

4
visnja666v (13) - - DEC 26, 2017
Very good stout, I could drink it every day. Coffee and chocolate aroma, good chocolate character, some biterness.. fine head. Delicious.

4
gmarkh59er (0) - - DEC 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 great on a cold winters night. My only complaint is that I feel it is a bit mild for a stout. Still though I am very impressed.

5
silva6411 (55) - King, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2017
Very good smooth stout. Chocolate flavors are perfect no too strong and just right5 plus ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
je_corn (22) - - DEC 18, 2017
Dark, really dark - surprisingly slender body. Could have been a tad sweeter for me. Goes more towards a regular stout.

3
Drago7 (984) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Zapach lekkiej czekolady. Czarne z beżową, szybko opadającą do kożucha pianą. Smak wytrawny z gorzką czekoladą. Niska pełnia.

4
defabant (60) - ITALY - DEC 5, 2017
Una stout davvero buona, aroma di caffè e cioccolato. Gusto che riprende l'aroma ben bilanciato, con una carbonazione molto gradevole che la rende particolarmente beverina.

3.9
lucasgpieri (7) - - NOV 29, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 A garrafa chamativa faz jus ao conteúdo da cerveja. De cor marrom escura, opaca e com alguns sedimentos aparentes. O grande destaque aqui vai para o aroma, onde pode-se verificar bem o maltado, a torra dos grãos, além de baunilha e cacau. No sabor a presença do malte tostado, caramelo, chocolate se fazem sentir. carbonatação média, corpo médio, a espuma de pouca duração deixa a desejar. No geral é equilibrada e representa bem o estilo.


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