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 by wl0307:
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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 LagerCognoscenti
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 innominat
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of stephenlee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Robertas
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RickyS
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tux_alin
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - 'bottled at the brewery'. What, no beer tunnel that goes under and across town?

This beer pours a fairly solid black, with some subtle basal amber highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky tan head, which leaves some layered streaky lace around the glass as it rather slowly dissipates.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, a bit of free-range ashiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, faint anise spice, and some tame earthy, musty, and floral noble hops. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, stale chocolate chips, wet char, a hint of day-old coffee grounds, cold cream, and more well understated earthy, herbal, and dead grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-assuring frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, as a touch of smoke gets all up in my grill here. It finishes trending dry, the malt thinning out in its lingering stance.

Overall - this comes off as more of an Irish Dry Stout, but I'm sure that there are similarities between the two in the first place. A very stiff upper lip sort of offering, my addled brain just told me to say. Anyways, well-made, and worthy of seeking out if you're into this kind of thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mick_cooper
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite soft, gentle. Fine. dark and rich.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mishi_d
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the basic old school look of the bottle and labeling....from Britains' oldest brewer! The brew itself pours a root beer color and has some clarity to it, however of course, it becomes opaque once in the glass. The head is a wonderful light caramel/toffee color, starts out around two fingers thick and settles softly into a cloud like puff weighing down on the liquid! The carbonation looks to be aggressive and finely bubbled, while the lacing is thick and creamy, with plenty of mountain range-esque foam clinging to the side of the glass....well above average overall!

S- Smooth dark chocolate and black coffee are the primary aromas found here, with soft toasty chocolate and black malts providing a dry astringent background smell. I also sense biscuit nuances along with some burnt nuttiness and toffee/caramel sweetness. The finish is robust and lingers on the nostrils in a rounded manner!

T- Heavily charred malts that provide a solid bitter backbone is duly noted, along with bittersweet chocolate, pure cocoa powder, brisk French press black coffee, some sort of spicy alcoholic tinge, some burnt almond and/or nuts, and even at the finish, there is subtle woody oak astringency. Hop presence is also present, providing a lingering flavor that is strangely refreshing and makes my mouth water.

M/O- Medium-full mouthfeel, with robust full flavors that lean very much to the traditional dry Stout variety. The carbonation is tight, yet plentiful, really allowing the overall character to shine through! Very drinkable and as it warms up, it only gets better....a fine Stout from a fine brewery!

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Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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 UniversitateaDeBere
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 parintele
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of vinicole
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Dark brown but thinnish looking. Thick frothy head which dissipates with alacrity leaving a wispy layer.
Aroma of toasted bread and dark chocolate.
A charred flavour.
Soft carbonation. Medium bodied but somewhat light for a stout.
A stout taste with a porter like body.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of killcore
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of qrazvan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark coulour. Strong aroma, coffee flavour. Recommended!

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