Beer Review: Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate StoutJuly 6, 2007
I decided yesterday that it was time for a new beer review. I had intended to go pick up a jug of Mississippi Mud, but I got to the store and they had none. I don’t know if it’s no longer available or that store just doesn’t sell it anymore. Instead I decided a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout sounded good, so I brought home a bottle and chilled it. The anticipation was killing me as it cooled in the dark confines of the fridge, nestled among the milk and the orange juice.
I’ve had this beer many times and is actually one of my favorites, but I thought I’d review it and share it with my fellow beer snobs.
Young’s is a brewery based in England, and according to their Web site they have been brewing beer since 1581! I’ve tried several of their brews, and you almost can’t go wrong with anything they brew. I say “almost” because I tried their Waggledance beer once, which is a honey beer. I don’t generally like honey beers.
Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate Stout is touted on their bottle as being a dark ale with natural chocolate flavor added. The bottle also says:
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has an intriguing twist. Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award-winning rich, full flavored dark ale to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.
I’d say that’s a pretty accurate description. Anyway, on to the review.
I cracked open this nectar of the stout gods and poured it into a nice pint glass, giving it just enough speed at the end to raise a nice thick, rich and fluffy dark tan head with dense bubbles. The head dissipated slowly with very slight lacing. When drinking the beer though, the head left some good lacing on the side of the glass.
The ale itself was basically pitch black, or a brown as close to pitch black as possible, and basically opaque. I couldn’t see more than the slightest tiniest hint of light shining through.
The nose is a wonderful dark chocolate bouquet. There are hints of coffee and licorice in the nose as well. It smells very full bodied….almost chewy. It smells like heaven.
There’s much more coffee in the taste than in the nose. There is still dark chocolate evident, but it’s more noticeable in the finish. This is quite smooth with a good amount of body (on the heavy side of medium). The beer coats your mouth with coffee, chocolate and malty goodness. As it warms, the coffee and dark chocolate flavors sort of meld together and become one new flavor….almost a dark chocolate mocha.
Overall, this is a terrific example of a stout, even though it’s flavored with real dark chocolate. Stouts are generally wonderful mixtures of coffee and chocolate flavors anyway. This brew just takes those flavor profiles to another level.
I drank this in early July, but it is best in late fall or winter, preferably sitting in front of a wood fire. This is definitely not a session beer, but something to be sipped and sniffed and savored.
Incidentally, I once spoke with a beer seller at one of my usual haunts who told me there was a couple who would come in and buy Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and a Cherry Lambic. Apparently they would, for dessert, mix the two. I suppose it was like drinking a chocolate covered cherry. I may try that some time.
Recommended: Absolutely, without question, YES!
Price: $3.99 for basically a pint