Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Father and Son Beer Love start each Thursday morning looking forward to Thursday night, which is when we have our weekly beer review. For this week’s review we each picked up a bottle of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, actually listed on the bottle as Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate Stout. It’s brewed by Wells & Young Brewing Company over in the UK, the same company that brings us one of our other favorite stouts – Young’s Oatmeal Stout. The good news is this one is just as good, if not better, than it’s big brother.
It comes in a 500 ml (1 pint, 0.9 oz) bottle, and that’s a perfect size for this 5.2% ABV beer. For this test we used an English pint glass and got a temperature of 50.9 F. Our initial pour gave us a large 2 1/2″ foamy medium brown head that had a good amount of head lacing as it dissipated slowly. The color is a solid opaque black and we noted a little bit of carbonation.
The aromas come in as surprise – chocolate! Loads and loads of chocolate. There’s also lots of sweet malts. It smells like a great chocolate milk (maybe even a Yoo-hoo). We also get some notes of vanilla, milk, cream and as it warms there’s a hint of alcohol (interesting, considering the relatively average ABV). The taste gives you surprise – chocolate! Gobs and gobs of chocolate. We also get some notes of cream, milk and a touch of coffee. Not terribly complex, but what it does it does really well. The chocolate you get in the smell and taste isn’t really dark chocolate – more like a semi-sweet chocolate.
The initial flavor notes are a moderate sweet that continues on to the finish, where we also get a light bitter. The finish length is short, the mouthfeel is halfway between watery and creamy, the tongue hit is right in the middle of the tongue and there’s a good amount of body lacing. It’s a very clean finish – almost the cleanest finish of any stout we’ve had. On our patented malt to hop scale it comes in about 3 clicks to the left of balanced on the malty side – very malty, but not as malty as it gets. Full BeerFathers disclosure: we love the malts. We’re crazy about the malts.
On our bottom line notes we got a yes to drinkable (what’s one step better than yes? An emphatic yes!), repeatable, balance, harmony, memorable and buy again. The only no we got was for wow factor – we’ve had a better chocolate beer (see Foothills Sexual Chocolate).
Overall this beer has something great that not a lot of chocolate beers have – repeatability. There have been several other chocolate stouts that by the time we got to the end of them we hated. Not the case with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It’s sweet, but not too sweet (which is what we hit with a lot of the other chocolate stouts that we start to loathe). It’s definitely a great session beer.
This beer could be a great introduction to stouts for a beer newbie. It’s got a relatively low gravity, it’s not too dry and it’s not hard and complex like a lot of stouts. Father Beer Love called it a “semi-stout” which is a really great descriptive phrase for it. The other great thing about the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is the drinkability. This is the quickest we’ve drunk any stout thus far. It would go great with vanilla ice cream, pound cake or strawberries (think lighter desserts than heavier). It’s a damn joy to drink and we drank the crap out of it – it’s a gulper! Pick up a few bottles of this next time you find it and you’ll be glad you did.
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Rating: 8 out of 10 (?)
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