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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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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DavefromChicago's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2003
Pours appropriately dark and creamy. Light aroma of grassy hops and dark-roasted, bready malt. Has a drier profile than Sam Smith's oatmeal, less fruity, less complex. Simple and pretty smooth with a mostly burnt toast and bitter hops character. Some sweetness lightly, some tartness, ending nicely bitter.

huineman (734) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2017
500 ml bottle at El Gato Verde, Alcalá de Henares. It pours mahogany so dark it's black; with a rocky, ever-lasting, thick moka-colored head. Aroma is coffee, iron filings, chicory, cassis, cocoa. Nice carb. Light, mouth-covering, soft. Very nice bitter finish that lasts long and brings tinges of coffee back to the mouth.

martjoobolut (5337) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle (from SuperAlko). Pours dark brown-black with beige-brownish head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, malt, fruits. Finish is roast bitter. Drinkability is good. Overall: good.

kaserov (1100) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2017
Color marrón oscuro con capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación suave. Textura acuosa. Aroma torrefacto, a café, chocolate, ligerísimo ahumado. En boca es muy torrefacta, con café y chocolate a partes iguales, ligerísimo ahumado, de nuevo, y reminiscencias de frutos secos. Postgusto torrefacto, cafetoso y chocolatoso.

fombe89 (4232) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 3, 2017
On tap. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 31/08/2017.
Color negro con buena corona de espuma beige, aromas tostados y cafe, el sabor es tostado con notas a regaliz buen cuerpo, rica.

Lowenbrau (4801) - Asturias, SPAIN - AUG 30, 2017
Keg @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 31-08-2017.
In short: nice british stout.
DId i enjoy it: yes.
Pours black with nice creamy light tan head. Moderate head retention, good lacing. Roasty, licorice, caramel, some coffee nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is roasty, licorice, little coffe., quite smooth and easy. Good brew.

Kittenbieer (278) - LYON, FRANCE - AUG 1, 2017
Partagée avec mon cher Appiantiqua dans des verres "3 loups",belle robe brun foncé surmontée d’une mousse crème assez persistante avec une faible carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des arômes de café,chocolat et fruits noirs avec une petite note "piquante" très agréable.La bouche est à l’image du nez et nous laisse sur une sensation très légère mais avec une consistance très subtile.Un bon stout qui mérite d’être connu..Ozzy le connaît-il?.....16,5/20

appiantiqua (278) - Lyon, FRANCE - AUG 1, 2017
Partagée avec mon petit Kittenbieer dans un verre "Les 3 Loups". Température de début 8 à 9°. Belle robe brun sombre presque opaque surmontée d’une mousse beige à grosses bulles et de persistance moyenne; faible carbonatation. Nez très raffiné sur des arômes chocolat/café avec de subtiles senteurs de fruits noirs(pruneaux, raisins). Le goût apporte des saveurs houblonnées avec une petite touche piquante très plaisante et une bonne consistance pour ce stout peu alcoolisé. La finale est longue et agréable et ramène des notes de torréfaction. En se réchauffant un peu l’ensemble gagne encore en richesse et complexité. Un très bon Stout de chez Young à découvrir en écoutant Neil Young! 16,5/20

Beerhunter111 (23265) - Beerland, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2017
50cl bottle from a trade with fonefan, many thanks! A black beer with a huge most good lasting tan head. Sweet malt aroma, rich chocolate, some lactose. Taste of sweet chocolate, mild roasted malt, vanilla, lactose.

GoufCustom (2253) - HONG KONG - JUN 4, 2017

500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear, deep ruby brown colour with faint trace of yeast particles; Three finger head with crumpety beige foam which last for 3 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant dark malt, with pretty strong roastyness, strong caramel, sticky toffee, hot chocolate, coffee, rich cream, floral, sugar, light spices, dry bread, yeast, and fair grass. Very comfy!

Taste: Mid to light sweet dark malt, with strong metallic, strong roastyness, caramel, burnt toffee, toast, dark chocolate, black coffee, cream, floral, fair molasses, strong earth, dark bread, yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and strawy grass.

Body: Medium body, Thick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a rich and creamy background, with strong oat-influenced smoothness. Roasty, quite toasty burnt characters (toffee, dark bread) came through, with good dark chocolate and fair dark coffee well-complemented by light cream and light sweetness. Flowery, earthy strawy hops with lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Light spices, floral and fair grass in nose. Earth, floral, lemon and strawy grass in taste; Bitterness - burnt malt and hops - is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent bitter-sweet dark malt finish.

After Taste: Dry. Roasty grassy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: Thos one may not be as colorful as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, but it has a delicate hot chocolate aroma, roast malty taste with expressive oat creaminess toasty bitterness and strong earthy bitter hops. Fulfilling, hoppy yet easy to drink. Definitely a good one to enjoy!

PilsnerDoctor32 (499) - madrid, SPAIN - MAR 13, 2017
Color marron muy oscuro,casi negro, espuma igualada de color cafe con burbujitas pequeñas.Muy presentable.Aroma-cafe,frutas,nueses.Sabor dulce pero no aburrido,con notas de cafe,cereales y nueses, amargor muy poco, cuerpo fuerte y viscoso. En la boca queda sabor de cafe y frutas con unas notas de amargor. Muy equilibrada, pero algo acuosa por su 5,2%

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