Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles at the Brewery Tap and in the USA. Also available filtered and pasteurised in nitro-kegs at The Brewery Tap.
Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
A beautifully hand crafted beer with an exceptionally smooth palette and a fruity aroma. A dark, ruby-coloured stout, almost black from a distance, with a beautiful creamy head. Fuggles and Goldings hops. 20% Slovenian Goldings added 10 minutes befofe end of boil.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13715) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2012
Bottled, 500ml, a present, cheers Stu. Very dark brown, ruby hint with cream head. Full bodied, rich, smooth, some liquorice and a grainy sweetness. There is a wine like back flavour mixed with the chocolate malts. Very decent indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewdrinks (11) - - JUN 6, 2012
Tasted in Riga, Draught, chocolate, coffee ice cream, nuts, on aroma, black on color, tastes medium bitterness, full body,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1929) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Tasted from bottle into nonic pint glass. Poured an opaque dark brown color with dense, creamy tan foam, persistent with good lacing. Roasty aromas of coffee, burnt toast, husky grains, mellow malt, refined English hops, fruity fermentation. Malty-sweet balanced by tart hops and roasted barley, flavors of café au lait, black bread, caramelized brown sugar, baking chocolate, dried dark fruit. Medium body, average carbonation. Very creamy, full mouthfeel, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. Extremely tasty and surprisingly refreshing for such a dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (4134) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
chocolate, nuts, floral, basement aromas, earthy, leather, smoke, soy sauce, cough drop, black, sparkling, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, long finish, lively,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2011
On keg at S.Brevinga Alus, Riga. A black beer with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel and oats. Flavours of chocolate, caramel, coffee and oats. A foamy mouth-feel with mild carbonation and CO2 prickle. A little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (18363) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2011
Black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and liquorice. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Dry and roasted light bitter finish. Creamy texture. 110711

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oobawa (802) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
It takes a bit of cajoling my jaded American palate to find the charms in this ultra-English, ultra-retro (by a century or two) Oatmeal Stout. Big, espresso-like roastiness and a bitter, charred chocolate finish? Nope. Sweet tea-flavored root beer and chocolate-dusted buttered toffee? Uh, well, yeah. The finish has a mild Anglo-funk that flares momentarily but gets squished back down by the bubbly texture. Not my favorite stout, but smile-inducing nonetheless. (12/08)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (18386) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
Stark malziger Geruch mit schokoladiger Beinote, minimal röstmalzern. Relativ milder Antrunk, in dem die malzige Note zu kurz kommt. Im weiteren Verlauf wird das Bier süßer, kurz darauf auch malziger. Dabei ist das Bier immernoch nicht so voluminös, wie es der Geruch vermuten lässt. Ein röstmalziger Nachgeschmack kündigt sich an, tritt aber nur mittelstark auf. Könnte stärker sein. Test vom 29.4.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,11,11,12,8,11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1711) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2011
Draught as London Stout. Black with a creamy beige head. Aroma: chocolate, some licorice. Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, some licorice, some coffee. Medium-bodied and very smooth. Nice and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (2041) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2011
On tap at Sergio’s. Aroma of licorice, milk chocolate, light resiny hops and slight coffee. Appearance was pitch black with well carbonated body and 1/2 inch of foamy mocha head. Flavor of sweet caramel, chocolate and coffee with just a touch of hops as well; the flavor terminates pretty evenly, with not much emphasis on any particular note. Palate is creamy. Very nice English Stout.

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