No. 408 – Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
The vast majority of the beers I have tried to date have been from Quebec breweries with the exception of a few imports that you can get at most bars around town. Seeking to add a little variety to my beer list, I decided to check out an SAQ to see what other international beers were easily available close to my workplace. Their selection seems pretty good online, a load of Belgian beers, some German, British, Irish, Italian and Greek but it seems to be a lottery when you actually go in to one of their stores. On Friday, from the smallest beer selection I’ve seen so far, I picked out three beers, all reasonably priced from outside Québec. Typically, I’m going to put a few notes about the third of them up first…
I wasn’t too sure what this would be like, most of the craft beers I tried when I was back home earlier in the year were fine without being anything special. However, this is a mixture of my favourite things. I like stout and have never had any food described as ‘double chocolate’ that has been disappointing. Further to this, a google search reveals that it gets some very good reviews here and there. I don’t normally check out other reviews but once in a while it is interesting to see if my tastes match those of other people.
It pours nicely and gives a frothy light brown head, though I had to work at it to get it looking good. The aroma is that of a decent stout with a hint of chocolate. However, there is nothing that stands out, nothing that I haven’t noticed or been impressed by in many other stouts and porters over the year. So it starts off a little disappointing by comparison to other beers I’ve tried.
To taste, it feels like a slightly more watery Guinness texture wise, with a dark chocolate aftertaste that lingers in the mouth a while. It has a nice immediate sweetness to it which is rather subtle, not what I was expecting to be honest. I’d have liked a richer flavour rather than a little sweetness and an aftertaste that builds slowly as you get through the bottle. This all makes it a little hard to rate.
Yes, it is good, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. It’s definitely worth the $4 or so that I paid for it, so that’s another Yes. Is it accurate though? Not really, it’s like a porter and didn’t feel ‘double chocolate’ to me as such I’m giving it half of a Yes, a Ye if you will and the same for being a little different as I’m in a generous mood. I’m also going to give it a Yes for drink-again-ability and a Yes for recommend-ability. 5/11
This is a perfectly fine beer and I think my disappointment with it and the relatively average mark comes from the fact that I have tried many great stouts so far this year from places such as Dieu du Ciel. I will however reconsider this one in January when I do the Beer-Off to determine the best beer available in Montreal.