Meantime Chocolate Porter


I’ve said previously I’m not a porter fan. But once again I’m left pondering.

Small brown bottle with hidden treasures in it. Pours almost black with an off cream head. I don’t get any chocolate aromas but I get coffee. Reminds me of Guinness in Dublin?

Not a great deal of chocolate in the taste either. I get sweetness and malts. A little burntness too. But then, right at the end a “pow” of choccieness. Nice lingering tastes and a great warming sensation much like you get from a whiskey. I like a lot.

Think I might reconsider my stance on porters. Perhaps I just has some crappy ones. I would defo buy this again!


Young’s Double Chocolate Stout


Got this in my Christmas stocking this year in a fancy tube box with a branded pint glass.

It has very very subtle chocolate tones and smells a little like burnt chocolate (I used to live near a Kraft factory so I know the smell)

Pours dark as you would expect with a minimal head that doesn’t live for long.

I was underwhelmed by the chocolate in the taste. I felt it was more coffee like to be honest. Tasted a bit like the old school Guinness you can still get. I definitely get coffee overtones (just hit me).

Overall it’s okay. I would pick this over Guinness I think, and I have been a big fan of Arthur’s classic for many years. This just seems to have a bit more depth in it.

Good beer. Was underwhelmed to start but it grew on me.