Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Young's Chocolate Stout is brewed by the Wells and Young's Brewing Company of Bedford, England.  It's sold in nice looking 500mL bottles and contains 5.2% alcohol.
This brew is DARK.  We're talking fully black.  I held it up to the light and saw nothing, except for a glimmer of red around the edges. It has a resilient tan head and loads of clinging lace.

According to the label, Young's earns its double chocolate name because it contains both chocolate malt and real dark chocolate.  Awesome.  Not surprisingly, there is a big chocolate aroma.  Not milk chocolate either.  More like an 80% roasted cacao bar.

The chocolate flavour of Young's is undeniable, but fortunately it's not too sweet.  The classic stout molasses flavour is present, but it's not in the forefront.  Rather, it's lurking in the wings.  The back end has a bitter kick that balances out the malty sweetness.  The mouthfeel is quite thick.
Young's is in tough in the stout category.  Among stouts, there are some pretty fierce offerings that offer unique and challenging flavours.  Young's differentiates itself with its chocolate sweetness, but it's not enough to elevate it to elite status.  The Double Chocolate Stout is not particularly drinkable--I would have a hard time drinking more than one of these bad boys in a single session.  Still, it's a highly enjoyable brew.  The brilliant cacao scent alone is worth the price of admission.

Rating:  8.0 out of 10.

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