Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3789   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlainsDrifter (94) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Pours dark brown to black, minimal head, medium sweet. Roasty with strong chocolate and hint of coffee. Good stout that is only lightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5769) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle @ home. Black colour with a medium sized light brown head. Smells chocolate, malts, fudge, caramel. Tastes like a mix between malty, weirdly bitter and chocolate. I like the chocolate part but the rest is a bit of a downer to me. It does get better after a few sips though. Probably one of the best stouts I’ve had, but I can’t shake that I would’ve preferred it to be an imperial stout I guess.

It really grows on me. Adding some points.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sawyerpc15 (87) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2017
I really enjoyed this as the chocalte did stand out and differentiated it from some other Stouts. It wasn’t at all sharp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimbo2 (317) - DENMARK - MAR 23, 2017
Some toasted malts and more of a cocoa taste than chocolate. With 5,2% a bit on the thin side. Decent, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazy_cat_lady (494) - - MAR 22, 2017
Bottle from LCBO, gift from Tami. Pours very dark with tan head. Aromas of raisins, chocolate, cherry, smells sweet. Light tasting sweetish stout, with flavours of chocolate, cherries, some roastiness. Dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1960) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 18, 2017
500 ml bottle, bb 31/05/17, from Bottle Shop, Salzburg.
Dark brown body, with a medium, creamy, lacing, beige head.
Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, nuts, coffee, some dark fruits.
Tastes quite similar, with even a bit more chocolate, but also some toast and liquorice.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a lively carbonation.
Finishes medium sweet, medium roasty, a bit dry, a bit wooden, with cocoa, dark chocolate, some toast

Tasty. Smooth and dense, with lovely chocolate notes throughout, while not too sweet, with enough roastiness, very well balanced. Drinks pretty easy. Lovely, chatacterful style example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (2294) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2017
Bottle from Tesco. Pours almost black with a lasting beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and hint of coffee. Moderate sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium to full bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cajun (492) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Can - Pours black, off-white head. Nitro cube. Wasn’t impressed with this, it may be old. Chocolate, dark malts, fermented breads, hints of coffee and burnt muffins. Some hops on the backend. Lacking something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Antzrhere (169) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2017 Pours black with beige head. Aroma is initially of metal/iron but followed by aroma of freshly opened dark chocolate bar. Taste is quite warm, rich roast, chocolate, vanilla, sweet biscuit. A complex rich malt backbone for a beer of this strength.Slightly sweet but well balanced. Body is a little thin but typical for a bottled ale. Quite enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (1071) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 5, 2017
Pitch black with a thin mostly lasting light beige head. Aroma is of chocolate, biscuit, slightly bitter, nuts, dark fruits. Taste is of chocolate, biscuit, caramel, dark fruits. Light oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daab007 (82) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 4, 2017
Zapach to największy atut. Czuć ewidentną czekoladę, z wiśniami. Piana gęsta, beżowa. Redukuje się dość szybko, zdobi szkło. W smaku czekolada, gorzka. Dość kwaśny posmak. Ogólnie w stosunku do ceny nie ma szału.

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