We have a winter classic on our hands as we enter the final quarter of the "Twelve Beers of Christmas" dark beer pack from Midtowne Bottle Shop (Harrisonburg, VA). Young's used to brew at the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, London until their 2006 merger with Wells. Sadly, at that point, the Ram Brewery was shuttered (ending a brewing history on the site that dated back to the mid-1500s). Wells now brew Young's beers at the Eagle Brewery in Bedford. Containing both brewers chocolate and chocolate extract the chocolate influence is usually high in this offering.
Behind door #10: Young's Double Chocolate Stout, 5.2% alc., 11.2 oz. bottle
C: Black with a creamy, caramel head
N: Both milk chocolate and dark chocolate elements lead the way with roasted malt notes and vanilla around the edges
P: Abundant rich, sweet chocolate notes, subtle roasted malt notes, and just a hint of licorice
F: Lingering sweetness with drying roast malt and dark chocolate notes
In conclusion: Always a crowd pleaser, the rich chocolate notes and full body never disappoint. A very easy drinking dark ale.