“Unsurprisingly for a beer from the Young’s stable, Double Chocolate Stout has been recognised as an award-winning brew on several occasions. Luxurious and at the same time with a hint of decadence, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has it all, delivering a satisfying, indulgent taste without ever becoming overly sweet. Pale Ale and Crystal malt, Chocolate Malt, a special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Golding hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence are combined to deliver a stout of with real credentials”
What better way to warm up on a cold winters arvo could there be than to crack open a decent chocolate stout? Served in a beer tulip the opaque black pour produced a tight 1 inch brown head with good retention and lacing. We absolutely love a big presence of chocolate in a stout, it seems to give off a real sense of density which works so well with this style of beer. Additions of subtle coffee and roasted crystal malts along with a fresh waft of English Golding and Fuggles hops display a good balance and assures this aroma keeps to it’s English roots. The mouthfeel is slightly oily with mild carbonation. Medium-full body. Instantly the rich and bitter mix of dark chocolate and coffee fills up the mouth. Roasted malts in the mid-palate deliver a highly palatable, nutty and essentially moreish finish with a lingering taste of burnt chocolate and cocoa. This stout is only 5.2% ABV which is quite low, but to consider the full flavour and decent body that has held up despite this is respectable. Overall balance and high drinkability are the winners in the end. Very approachable stout.