Double Stout (2012- ) | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Double Stout (2012- )Double Stout (2012- )

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by StJamesGate on 11-14-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 76
Photo of drmeto
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,beige head
-coffee,nutty,grassy,pine,licorice,grainy,dark chocolate
-prunes upfront,espresso,nutty,spicy,dark chocolate,coffee bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A damn good Stout

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 500ml bottle, pours black but when held to the light it has cola side effect. Aroma roasted, chocolate, coffee. Taste coffee, very bitter and dry. It's ok.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown color with 1 finger tall creamy hazel head with good retention. Smells coffee, dark bread crust, dark chocolate. The taste is quite faint. Some sourness, some bitterness. Full-bodied, perfect carbonation. I would put overall 3.5, but the smell is really good.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good find in the odd Dannos, but not all.
Interesting beer.... Hugely integrated taste, with coffee and chocolate notes in the mix, but what I love most is the full body, lowish carbonation, very English in style, at a lower ABV. Nice full aftertaste as well.
Top stuff

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Photo of doktorhops
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shepherd Neame is IMO one brewer you cannot go wrong with - even if their joke-inducing (for me at least) named Master Brew Kentish Ale was borderline average - and Dan Murphy’s have been wise to introduce a few more TOSN (The Other SN - as in not Sierra Nevada) brews to their glacially growing international beer selection. Double Stout sounds right up my alley - if there is 2 of anything I could have Stout is up there just below attractive sex-starved female groupies. Cheers TOSN! [which also sounds suspect when you say it out loud I might add]

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a suitably dark clear cola body and a boisterous 1 inch khaki head... yes a hard pour was quite unnecessary... *taps fingers on desk waiting for the head to die down* some good protein leaving spiderweb lace elements on the side of the glass though. 7/10.

S: Sweet dark/milk chocolates forward with hints of cereal and a metallic twang... not a lot going on here - could be a bit more complex it must be said but otherwise a solid no-nonsense Stout on the nose here. 7/10.

T: Roasted cereal notes come to the fore here, followed by some sweet dark/milk chocolates, that unwanted metallic twang, and it finishes with overly medicinal herbal bitterness that is very un-stout like... not liking that at all... apart from that it reminds me a bit of Tooheys Old/Carlton Black macro Stouts with the prominent cereal flavour... not a good sign to say the least. A second sip reveals some smoky notes - that’s a bit of an improvement but I am nonetheless still disappointed. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a bit watery, with a light but prickly carbonation. The wateriness kills it a little bit - this would work better as a nitro beer. 6/10.

D: Well, well, well, well - a Shepherd Neame brew I don’t like... it was bound to happen eventually, but still the shock of a Stout with a sharp medicinal hop note is jarring, and for a second I thought maybe my palate was off for some reason, but no it’s not and this Stout is off the mark big time - Stouts generally have trouble balancing malt sweetness with roasted/smoky flavours - this one is off in IPA-land* struggling to reign in the bitterness, disappointing as this would have made the fridge door if it was good. 5/10.

Food match: Make it a hot Beef Vindaloo to overpower this brew.

*Note to self: Best theme-park idea ever!

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Photo of stcules
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black. Just a veil of beige foam.
Good smell, sweet, but not too much. Chocolately, vanilla, light toasted notes.
Smooth in the mouth, toasted, and a light roasted, light but present. Green hop notes. And some bitter cocoa.
Again, a good toasted in the aftertaste, and some roastiness. Hoppy finish, light, but quit elong.
Pleasant beer, drinkable. Maybe just a bit too carbonated.

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Photo of interzen
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light - a fingers width of bubbly, light tan head which settles back to a foam cap leaving behind a modest amount of lacing.

Smell: Heavy on the chocolate with more than a hint of dark, roasted coffee. Fairly straightforward, without a huge amount of complexity.

Taste: Roasted malts aplenty, as you'd expect, with further hints of coffee and a slightly chalky, dark chocolate flavour. Not excessively bitter, but then not exactly characterless either.

Feel: Medium body, a bit drier than some stouts. Has an almost espresso-like finish.

Overall: As stouts go, it's not a bad one - if you're looking for something with an insanely complex flavour profile then you're in the wrong place. However, if you're after a good, drinkable stout which is a cut above the typical Irish offerings then this is a good bet. Widely available and well worth checking out.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Black and opaque, thin light tan head. Little carbonation visible.

S) Chocolate ice cream, roasted coffee, hints of something sweeter.

T) Big roasty toasty malt flavour. Pleasant bitterness - mellow and well judged.

M) Decent body for 5.2% and the carbonation is just right.

O) This is a great supermarket stout, focuses on doing the basics right. Recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Brew Dock, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only slight trac3es of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died won, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt malts and molasses are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of burnt malts and molasses along with hints of roast and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The flavors of this stout seem to strengthen as it warms up. It is rather flavorful considering its body.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great with excellent head and beige lacing. Smell is bitter chocolate with hints of dark fruit. The taste is dark, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, ash and a bit of leather. Very complex for the low abv. An absolutely superb straight ahead stout. I wish this was served instead of Guinness in every pub in England. It is not dissimilar to Young's Double Chocolate Stout. The long bitter aftertaste is reminiscent of an espresso and the foam puts me in mind of the crema. Widely available in UK supermarkets and a solid choice for a standard stout. Gives Fullers London Porter and Haviestoun Old Engine Oil competition in the stout/porter category.

My mark out of one hundred would be 87.

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Photo of wl0307
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 02/2015, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a pitch black colour topped with a creamy dark khaki head with very good retention, while steady streams of tiny bubbles are observed close to the top.
S: aromatic dark malts, coffee-ish roast malts, Goldings hops, burned nuts, aromatic dark chocolates and mild dark fruit acidity dominate the impression upfront; given a good swirl, a somewhat… “winey” touch of mixed fruitiness, toasted malts and chocolates comes to the fore, very enjoyable, along with a mildly herbal tinge as well.
T: smooth on the entry and medium-bodied, the bittersweet malty flavour has with it some toffee-ish elements and creamy cocoa beyond the cold filter coffee-ish elements, followed seamlessly by an intensifying flow of hop bitterness with a decent level of dark fruit acidity and an everlasting tinge of burned, dry-ish mouthfeel, while a chewy palate also goes semi-pronounced at the end of every long sip.
M&O: in general the carbonation level is executed pretty well, although the body feels at times thinner than perhaps desirably so; all in all this Double Stout has retained a moderate body and flavour profile, crafted in a way that the balance in flavour, good level of dry-ish bitterness and approachable drinkability make it a session-type stout. One pint is definitely not enough at any sitting, to me at least.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle from Tesco (£2.39):
Dark mahogany brown with a thin lacing over the top that still covers the surface and is a light brown to tan colour, this is down from the initial thumb sized and bubbly one.

Dark roasted malts and barely coming through initially with the usual light coffee aroma on top. There is a milk chocolatey sweetness around the middle with some cocoa and sugar plus a little grain. Some subtle hops rounded things off but the malts really came through strongest here.

Sweeter than the nose suggested but still not an in-your-face sweetness, there was some roasted barely and malts with plenty of chocolate and a creamy flavour coming through. I could detect some grain and coffee, with some liquorice & a bitter finish.

Medium bodied and quite chewy with a very dry and semi-bitter finish. There was some sweetness from the chocolate and sugars as well as a little spice too and the carbonation was a little on the high side.

A pretty standard stout , the flavours were much as I had expected going in with a nice balance between the darker malts and the roasted flavours but the palate was a little harsh and the carbonation also seemed off meaning the beer wasn't as smooth or as easy to drink as I would have liked.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely pitch black, nothing comes through even when holding it in the light. 2 finger beige head, nice retention.
Smells of dark chocolate, with sweetened milk, dark grains and light coffee.
Taste is straight up roasted malts, dark chocolate, with a light lactose component. Lots of cocoa powder and ground coffee beans. Low dark fruit (some raisin) and a faint citrus zest throughout. Mild herbal notes, with a faint mintiness also. Hops are green and bitter, but don't surpass the bitterness from the roast.
A bit too fizzy and a tad too watery, but still really enjoyable.
Lots of great components, a great stout.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5.2% ABV.

Brown 500ml bottle: BBD unknown. Poured into a pint tankard on 5th Nov 2013.

It's black: the head is deep with a creamy foam texture and tan coloured, it looks great.

Roasted and almost burnt malts fill the nose, rich coffee notes rise out of the tankard and you somehow know it's going to be dry on the tongue because of the aroma.

The smell didn't lie, this is a dry Stout: it has Bourneville Chocolate within its flavours along with ground coffee and just plain over roasted malts. Any real bitterness is always covered by the semi-creamy body feel, although it is just under the surface throughout.

Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it's too fizzy ~& it's too thin
the flavour is barely okay & considering this was marked higher than the prices on the other supermarket beers next to it this makes it a fail

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This is a 5.2% bottle-only (for the moment) stout based on a (reputedly) recently re-discovered historical recipe, not the earlier 4% stout.

Chocolate brown that goes oxblood in light with lumpy beige head that stays and sheets.
Lots of cocoa on the nose with acidic malt and tea brack underneath.
Earth, oily coffee, roasty bite, a bit of fig and spicy EKG hops.
Sultana finish and long tree pulp/root bitter finish.
Medium, chewy, lively, oily.

A real stout. Good dose of roast and real bitterness. A bit too fizzy and overly ashy at the end. But from this brewery, a minor miracle.

Probably Shepherd Neame's best beer.

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Double Stout (2012- ) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.75 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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