All hail the Queen … or not: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout – 5.2% ABV, 25 IBU

Given that i’m going to Europe next week I found it fitting to taste a European made beer for my post today. Although I will not be visiting the United Kingdom I saw this selection did not cost that much (I’m not cheap just trying to save for my trip, ha) $4 for a bottle slightly bigger than a pint. It’s a stout. I’m not a big fan of stouts but like I’ve said many times before on this blog I need to expand my palate horizons. This beer is called Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (5.2% ABV,~ 25 IBU) and comes from the Wells & Young Brewing Co. in Bedford, UK.

I started out with high expectations for this beer. The pour was smooth ending with a very attractive stouty dark, opaque color and malty brown head. Although the chocolate taste is pronounced I could still taste a hint of alcohol (same with the smell). The finish lasts as every beer, regardless of style, should last: very long. But once its gone, its gone like a deadbeat parent. Like previously stated I am not a huge fan of stouts so take my opinion of this beer with a grain of malt. I liked it, kind of liked it but in the end the taste just fell short or flat. You chose the adjective. Cheers!


About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Funny to have two different perspectives on the same beer. I loved it and you really didn’t care for it … Good to have another opinion albeit a hop head opinion. Next you’re going to tell me St Bernardus Abt 12 is bogus … lol

  2. I too enjoyed this beer, but it’s been several years since I first had it. My tastes have changed somewhat, but all in all, it’s a pretty good brew in my mind. Does it stack up against a good hefeweizen or Belgian beer? Doubtful, but for the style, I’ll take it.

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