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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3800   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Not too heavy at first, a little pale ale like with mild bitterness. Chocolate grows as beer warms and also gets stronger in aftertaste. Not the most chocolatey stout I've tasted.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2001
I was looking forward to trying this as I seem to like Youngs. I was expecting something like Mackesons XXX Stout or for some reason a nice deep flavorful beer like the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald (well that’s a porter...umm...). Anyways, it wasn’t as good as those. But it is a nice smooth good beer. Nice and malty. I had Pete’s Wicked Ale a couple days ago... and this is much better... I hope i rated them thusly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Seagull99 (4) - - JAN 4, 2002 does not count
Looks like Coke when its in the glass Has a ’caramelly’ taste. Yeah, not bad at all!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 5, 2002
It’s a stout with a non-sweet Hershey’s chocolate type malty flavor that hits more up front then gradually ends middle then finish. The more you drink it the less you experience any double chocolate... it ended up tasting more like a DARK stout if you don’t have anything to clean your palate. Otherwise it’s a good one to share. I really love them first couple drinks.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2002
I think I’ll have my girlfriend try this - she hates beer (called Guinness ’vile’), but loves chocolate. I liked it, although I wouldn’t drink more than two at a time.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2002
An interesting, very vague smell and taste of chocolate. Not at all disturbing. Not particularly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 2002 can MMM. one of my favorite stouts. NO Carbonation in the draft can. just flat. so good. Perfect even chocolate notes throughout. so smooth and silky, creamy. It’s a nice change from dark chocolate. almost like milk chocolate. melts in your mouth. wonderful chocolatey-milk appearance. could drink this all day. 2004 draught Still loved the body on this and a wonderfully smooth texture, silky and rich. Flavor, however, seems a bit lackluster. It’s good and chocolatey, but there’s no hint of yeast and there is just so little variation in the flavor. More complexity please.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Had this on tap. Was very excited to try this because although I liked the canned version I knew it had to be better any other way. I was actually suprised at how little this improved. The watery character is still there which is very disappointing, because beneath all that mildness you can find some really appealing tastes. However, this makes an excellent beer for the casual drinker as it is rather mild. Tasty and fairly refreshing for a stout, but nothing extraordinary.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Second time to try this beer. First was on tap, this one out of the bottle. The bottled version did little to improve my initial impression. Not as chocolatey as I had expected (try Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or Rogue Chocolate Stout). Actually, it is a very mild stout. Not as full bodied as I would like in a stout. Good, but nothing spectacular.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
This is what a stout should look like. Tan creamy head and a black color revealing ruby tints when held up to the light. The aroma is somewhat unassuming. It has a standard stout smell to it with only slight hints of the chocolate goodness to come. This stout has the appropriate amount of hoppiness and standard malt flavor to help keep the chocolate flavors in check. They have balanced this very nicely. The chocolate flavors linger well into the aftertaste. Slight carbonation and overall good body. I was actually expecting the chocolate to be more pronounced than it is but it is pleasant, not too overpowering. I drank this from the bottle but I would like to try it on draught nitro sometime.


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