Confession: I am a woman. I love all stereotypical lady things; Catherine Heigl comedies (will she find love?), adorable cat videos, adorable cats, and men in suits with a bouquet of roses. But nothing compares to my love of chocolate. Those sweet, cocoa-laced morsels set my estrogen-filled heart aflame like I’m a freaking “Cathy” comic strip. The only thing that could make chocolate better would be if I could somehow combine it with my love for craft beer. Which brings me to today’s brew review, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is brewed by the Wells and Young’s Brewing Company. Located in Bedford, UK, it is the country’s largest private brewing company, and makes some of the most well-loved beers in the nation. Founded in 1875, Wells and Young’s now brews over 20 different types of beer, many of which are exported around the world. Their Double Chocolate Stout has been received several awards over the years, including the Brewing Industry International Awards Gold Medal in 2000.
What is a Stout?
A stout is a type of beer made with roasted malt or barley. This gives the beer a rich, nutty flavor that can also resemble coffee or chocolate flavor, depending on how long the brewer roasts the malt. First brewed in the 1720’s, the most popular stout in the United States today is Guinness. Typical characteristics of a Stout are a dark color and a thick, dense head that hangs around like a douchebag in an Ed Hardy shirt at the bar; way longer than you expected, and after you’ve actually finished the beer. This head takes a long time to settle, so it’s important to let the beer sit for a few minutes before you start drinking it.
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is the darkest brown with a thick, tan head that dissipates but never dies off. The smell is rich and chocolately, with some nice coffee scent thrown in there for good measure. The taste has just enough chocolate for a beer, with some nutty espresso flavor cutting through. It’s not sweet but not bitter; a mellow, smooth stout that was, as the can boasts, “pure luxury”.
Should I Drink It?
Fair warning before you heed my suggestion: first, I love stouts more than any other beer, and secondly, I would probably stab someone for chocolate. That being said, I would absolutely recommend Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It’s smooth texture and rich flavors make it a wonderfully drinkable beer.