True, it’s not winter anymore. Here in upstate New York it’s that weird season between winter and spring they don’t teach you about in school. But there’s still snow on the ground, which means I can review a stout!

Today’s selection is a yummy chocolate stout from Wells and Young’s in Bedfordshire, England.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout
As you can see, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is beautifully dark with an almost hint of ruby, and a nice thick head on it (if poured right.) When you first open the bottle, or inhale the aromas from the glass, you immediately get “chocolate.” This ain’t yo mamma’s chocolate stout, baby. As you sip, you get more and more of that wonderful chocolate taste, and the hops add just the right amount of bitterness. The best part is, if you don’t like coffee stouts, in this beer the roasted malt flavor does not come out strongly. It is definitely a chocolate stout–not an espresso stout.

Unlike most stouts, this one is only about 5.2% ABV–so one pint won’t leave you feeling like you just played a round of Flippy Cup.

All in all, this is a great beer, especially for those of us who don’t usually care for very dark beers. If you like chocolate and you like beer, you simply must try this at least once.

Try this if you like: Fort Collin’s Brewery’s Chocolate Stout

4 stars