overall
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99
style
Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3617   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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PlainsDrifter's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlainsDrifter (96) - 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.


3.2
2OLD4BS (13) - 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 (241) - 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 (22) - - 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 (37) - 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 (666) - 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

3.7
SimonBlok (766) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2017
50cl bottle split with Gyhallmanti. Appearance: black with medium beige head. Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Taste: high sweetness and pretty high bitterness. Notes dark chocolate, mocca, coffee, nuts. Palate: medium bodied, watery texture and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
civilhorker (24) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2017 19.10.2017 (pilsner glass, bottle) Smell: Woody, fruity, glue, malty, coffee // Look: Pretty black with visible bubbles at the bottom of the glass, very good lacing // Taste: Lightly sour roasted-malty base -- chocolate kicks in together with the carbonation -- leaves bitter-sour nutty, hoppy aftertaste // Head: Mocha-colored, light and voluminous // Mouthfeel: Light-medium carbonation, rather watery // Overall: Very drinkable, basic and clean stout.. I'd prefer something less watery though //

3.6
Ritzn (1808) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2017
Black with large beige head. Aroma is chocolate oatmeal cocoa chocolate syrup also some shy dreamy hop notes. Taste is indeed double chocolate. Perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Could have a bit more of everything. Roasty finish. Nice.

3.8
Bill Becker (1804) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 20, 2017
From Mar 2007 Pours from 1pt 0.9 oz bottle a near pitch black with a small tannish head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer with some lacing. The smell is all chocolate and hot cocoa and it's a pleasure to my nose. The taste is a delicious sweet chocolate with some slightly bitter cocoa notes that are a literal wonder on my taste buds and... it's so smooth and yet tasty that I just can't get enough of i read the drinkability factor goes through the roof! Imho, this is *still* the quintissential Chocolate Stout on the market today. Simply superb! Thanks to Wasatch for this sample!

3
the_beergery (118) - - SEP 28, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2017 Dark brown-black pour with thick and sticky tan froth. Node is light roast malts mainly, faint chocolate. taste is somewhat dry, light tart bitter, roasted malts, but little chocolate, surprisingly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.


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