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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3621   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - JAN 2, 2003
Beautiful black/ruby color with a lush oily tan head. Chocolate nose (saw that one comeing) with some dry stout roastieness. More chocolate with dry coffee in the mouth but a little thin feeling and some acridness in the finish. Good but needed a bit more oomph.


3
Drago7 (585) - 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 (33) - 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.

3.7
deepdrinker (318) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Back log rating so a little hazy on full details but i remember tasting the chocolate

3.3
Nikokaoja (408) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 5. 12. 2017, Dobra Poteza, LJ. Bottled. Aroma is sweetish/bitter. Microcosmic head with med retention. Colour is almost pitch black, just a hint of rubiness behind the light. Taste is proper cocoa, chocolate, some wood, sweet with low bitterness, but pleasantly balanced. Finish is super sweet as is the aftertaste with just a hint of hops lingering around. Mouthfeel is creamy, med bodied, pleasant, propagating sweetness over hoppiness. In a good kind of way.

3.2
2OLD4BS (15) - west windsor, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2017
I loved the chocolate flavor and smooth finish however I did not like the watery weak taste which must be due to the low alcohol level 5%. When I buy a stout I am looking for complex bold strong flavor. This is too weak and watery for my taste. Sorry!

4
Hopper8 (250) - Holland, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2017 It's certainly decent and it's got the chocolate flavors, but there are far more interesting Stouts in the world.

3
hitemwitthehein (32) - - NOV 7, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2017 ABV - 5.2 .Appearance: Dark ruby red/black, creamy tan head. .Aroma: Dark fruit, fig, sweet chocolate. .Taste: Muted chocolate, slight sweetness followed by a dry bitter finish. Dark fruit aftertaste. Not overly complex. Flavors are not overly robust. .Palate: Watery, light in body. Very thin. Medium carbonation. .Overall: C. .Looks great in the glass and smells delicious, but unfortunately the flavors are not very pronounced. Hints of sweetness followed by hints of bitterness. Nothing overly complex. The low ABV (5.2) gives this beer a very watery, thin mouthfeel. Not exactly what I look for in a milk stout. I give this a C Overall. If you like a light, easy drinking stout give this a try, but if you're in the mood for a complex sipper, I don't think this will get it done for you.

3.7
foodgazer (38) - MALAYSIA - NOV 3, 2017
Cheap (MYR19 per bottle at point of purchase), decadent, and deceptively named. This isn’t a rich dark chocolate-y stout, but rather a sweet and light one with a creamy toffee body. There’s a noticeable absence of the typical chewy malt mouthfeel one expects from a strong stout, and the roasted notes that tickle the palate quickly dissipate before building to a significant aftertaste. Think a traditional Guinness but cut with laces of cocoa. It’s a perfect introductory stout and/or dessert beer. Pairs well with PG Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett.

3.8
gyhallmanti (705) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2017
50cl bottle split with SimonBlok. Courtesy of SimonBlok. Pours a jetblack colour with a small creamy head with decent retention. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark malt, mocca, chicory. Taste is medium sweet, soft bitter with a moderate dry finish. Notes of mocca, dark malt, roasted malt, liquorice root, chicory. Texture is oily, medium to light carbonation with moderate dry finish


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