Style: Milk/Sweet Stout
Served from a nitro can
Brewer’s Note: “Pale Ale and Crystal malt, Chocolate Malt, a special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Golding hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence are combined to deliver a stout of with real credentials.”
This particular Young’s Double Chocolate Milk Stout came in the package of pint sized nitro can. The can has a nice late “Victorian advertising”-look to it, with an awesome color scheme of purple, white, and hints of gold. The Young’s logo is a little dated and boring, but goes nicely with the rest of the can. I love how the can tells you to pour it into a glass as that is proper beer etiquette and very classy on their part. Informational text and fonts are all quite boring and gets in the way of the rest of the can, but overall this is a pretty neat can that is worthy of a can collection on your shelf.
The beer pours a murky milk chocolate, with sheets of fine bubbles cascading up the glass and slowly turning the beer from a milk chocolate color to a more proper fine black, almost like the black of a tuxedo. The head appears on the beer at a good finger and a half width, and has no intentions of leaving. It is also the most uniform and beautiful head I have ever seen on a beer, with deep tan coloring, and a creamy, buttery texture, this beer is a looker, and most certainly a beauty in a glass. Lacing is thick, creamy, and sheet-like, covering entire portions of my glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet and roasty, almost like a well milked mocha coffee. Roasted nuts play beside (what I assume are) lactic sugars and sweet milk chocolate, and caress the nose beautifully. The sugar does dominate the light roast, but they play together perfectly. The beer tastes surprisingly light, beginning sweet with light cloying lactic sugars before pulling strong milk chocolate as the beer opens and eventually turns to dark chocolate, black coffee bitters, and a wonderful hazelnutty taste that marries the flavors perfectly. The aftertaste is of French roast coffee and light chocolate. My only complaint with the taste is that it tastes almost watery at the beginning before the flavors build, and this does sometimes sit on the tongue beneath the flavors as you sip. On the mouth the beer feels medium to light in body, and creamy, with no carbonation on the tongue. The nitrogen nicely creates a satiny blanket with this beer, but it does suffer from being a little too thin. Overall this is a tremendous English Stout, with superb flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, hazelnut, sugar, and everything else. It is highly worth trying, and though it suffers in score due to its initial weakness in body and flavor, it is a superb beer and a wonderful example of the style. My favorite chocolate beer so far, though Rogue’s Chocolate Stout does give it a run for its money. Try this beer!