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Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

8 Ratings: 4.6
English beer brewed by Young's brewery

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has an intriguing twist. Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.   … see full wiki

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1 review about Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

Perfect marriage of chocolate and beer

  • Feb 19, 2010
Rating:
+5

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.

The Pour
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
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.

The Taste
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.

In Summary
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.

This is best in late fall or winter, preferably sitting in front of a wood fire. This is definitely not a beer to be pounded or chugged, but something to be sipped and sniffed and savored.

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February 23, 2010
I love Chocolate Stouts and this is by far my favorite. Unfortunately the first time I had this one, I ordered it before dinner and then was not hungry AT ALL afterwards. I think that was a bit psychosomatic though but still, I've learned my lesson. Great review!
February 23, 2010
Thanks! Chocolate stouts, done well, can be exceptionally tasty brews! And almost meals in and of themselves, as you discovered! :)
 
February 19, 2010
I'm generally not fond of chocolate stouts but you make this sound so delicious I'm going to have to seek it out to see if this is the exception to my rule. Nice review.
February 19, 2010
Thanks! Give it a shot....can't guarantee you'll love it, but it's one of my favorites
February 19, 2010
I'll give it more than a shot, LOL! I'll give it a whole darn glass full!
 
February 19, 2010
Wow, you make this beer sound so tasty!  I never was a huge fan of beer, but a couple of months ago while I was at a pub with a friend, I was introduced to beer with a lychee aftertaste, and one with a chocolate aftertaste, and I haven't been able to get either off of my mind since!  Looks like I'm going to have to hit up Bev Mo to hunt one of these bad boys down :D  Thanks for sharing, Scott!  By the way, if you look to your right, you'll see that I added a wiki for you.  For better organization :)
February 19, 2010
Thanks for the wiki...wasn't sure just what should go in there...it is a tasty beer. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed!
February 19, 2010
My pleasure! And I'm looking forward to trying this beer! :D
 
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Type: Stout
Variety: Chocolate Stout
Country: England
Brewery: Wells & Youngs, Ltd
ABV: 5.2
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