Young's Double Chocolate Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd
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4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 14.9oz nitro can (production code of W7DB14A?) in a Guinness pint glass
BAside: Why breweries use production codes based on the German WWII Enigma code cipher is beyond me...
Opened with a sound that can best be described as something a Star Wards droid might say in disgust! Poured silent, very thick & viscous, velvety smooth.
Nose is initially dry, full of crackers & bread. I was expecting to be blown over by a chocolate bomb. There is chocolate present in the aroma, but its subtle, soft, distant. Actually its quite nice. The bread/cracker qualities continue to rise at it warms, and the chocolate aspect shifts from milk to more of a dark. There are even some aspects of a nut quality peeping thru! The head slowly formed for minutes, finally becoming a finger's worth of super thick, ultra tight, mocha hued cream (as opposed to foam), flat as a board. Looking straight down, its almost like looking at a mocha latte. It has great retention and has only settled to a pencil's worth of the same with solid, paint-like sheeting coating the glass.
Black in a good mood almost doesn't do the body justice. This is one of the darkest beers I've seen in a long time. Its practically black, just a peep of some dark mahogany at the glass bottom if I hold it directly to a light. This is a very pretty beer.
Silky smooth, sweet with milk chocolate and echoes of sweetened coffee, its almost a bit pornographic in mouth feel. Its sooo smooth. Nicely dry but not chalky or abrasive in the least, its actually quite mild in taste but what is there is damn nice. Malts have a nice roasted quality and even hint at some bread qualities.
Incredibly easy to drink, its going down very nice...and quick! Growing a little more bitter on the palate, the bitterness is reminiscent of what you taste in good, black coffee with no acidity. It stays silken & smooth throughout, an great beer as far as mouth-feel. The finish is a little drier, sweetly-bitter, a little nutty, echoes of semi-sweet baking chocolate, and leaves a clean, mild caramel-chocolate aftertaste that lightly paints the mouth.
Damn enjoyable. I honestly don't know how anyone couldn't like this. This would be a great transitional beer. Its like drinking dessert! That said, this might be one of the best dessert beers I've had. Chocolate is obvious, but also anything with nuts, caramel, coffee, cakey, etc. It might also (this will sound odd) work with a really creamy, smoooth cheese. Could be sessioned like mad. Again, what's not to like about this? One of the easiest to drink, smoothest, sweet beers I've tried. Definitely recommended!
Serving type: nitro-can
10-26-2007 19:07:33 | More by BuckSpin
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