#343 Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Young's Double Chocolate Stout Name: Double Chocolate Stout
Brewery: Wells & Youngs (Bedford, England)
ABV: 5.2%
Source: Countdown Victoria St

The first time I ever went to the Malthouse in Wellington, this is the beer that I drank.

I remember I was overwhelmed/over-excited by the menu and couldn’t decide what to get. One of the staff, sensing that I needed some guidance, asked if I liked chocolate – to which I probably said something clever like: “aduuuuuuuh“.

He suggested I get this, and was right on the money. The concept of putting chocolate in beer was still a complete mind-bender to me then (If  you’d told me about cock ale I would have fainted), and the sheer novelty combined with the sheer chocolateness of it won me over.

This glass was the first I’ve had since then (I’d soon after discovered Renaissance Craftsman which became my go-to chocolate beer), and I’m pleased to report I still found it quite lovely.

On the nose it smelled of toasted grain, hot chocolate, and a little hint of coffee. In the mouth there was a moment of sweet milk chocolate, which gave way to building roasty flavours and a gentle bitter finish. It was smooth, dry, and not nearly as sweet as you might expect for a chocolate beer.

Without wanting to getting too soppy, drinking this beer and thinking about my first trip to the Malthouse made me feel a little teensy pang of nostalgia. My relationship with beer was simpler back then – I was impressed by everything (OK, so that hasn’t changed a lot) and I had this little red notebook that I would drunkenly write really bad notes about the beer in.

On second thoughts, perhaps nothing’s changed at all.


Published in: on July 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Was that me, at the Malthouse? I definitely remember you drinking there occasionally, way back when.

    It made for an enjoyably-weird moment when, after I’d been reading the blog for a little while, I realised I already knew who you were. Small world, and all that.

    • I can’t honestly say I recall (five years and a lot of beer will do that), but it could well have been. I do remember you being there back in those early days, as well as another manager who always called me Trouble. Great times.

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