To Be Young Again!

It has been a quest as old as time itself, man searching for the secret to lift the affects of aging.  The magical fountain of youth, just drink the water and roll back the clock!  What an amazing concept, people trying to reverse the aging process and be forever young.  We’ve sung songs about it, created industries around it, and chased the elusiveness of youth until alas we all succumb to father time and his will.  I’ve been thinking about this a bit myself this week as I’ve been dealing with the effects of a torn up knee.  Ah to be young and have perfect cartilage.   Maybe at least loose the cane I’ve been saddled with for the last week!

I think the best invention Man (and I’m using that term generically to include women too) has ever come up with to combat the effects of aging is spirits.  Think of it, when have you felt your best, typically there is beer or whiskey or some other spirit involved.  You’re happy, loose, you feel great!  It can make old people feel young, it makes people prettier, and dance better.  Turns out Ponce de Leon was looking on the wrong continent!  There is a brewery in Bedford, England that just might be the fountain of youth, at least they have the name for it…

Wells and Young’s brewery in Bedford, England is the brewer for Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.  And cool…this beer is in a can!  You should have heard the raft of crap I got from my oldest when he saw a beer in a can!  He immediately assumed it would taste like, well….can.  It didn’t, in fact I’m growing to believe in the can for packaging, especially from imports!

The pour on the brew was a dark brown with a huge foam head that settled down to a thin one finger tan head that stayed throughout and covered the glass in foam from top to bottom.  The nose was very subtle, and grew as the beer warmed up a bit.  Also the shape of the glass seemed to make a big difference here.  I shared the beer with my son and his glass in the picture seemed to have less nose than mine which was more of a round goblet shape. I picked up chocolate, and a big maltiness, and a tinge of hops.  Very promising.

The flavor was a little bit of a let down.  I first tasted the chocolate, but as I got further in my glass that flavor dissipated and I was left with a very thin brown ale.  Not a lot there.  As it warmed a bit the chocolate flavor intensified and it was better, but it is not a big beer like I had hoped.  Very subtle and thin, almost watery.

At 5.2 ABV you would have to drink your fair share to claim the youthful effects of this brew, and frankly I’m pretty sure you would get sick in the process.  This is a session beer that should be taken in moderation, and would be very good to cook with, given its flavor profile.  Wells and Young’s have many other beers, one of which is a Banana Bread Beer that I am dying to try.

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6 Comments on “To Be Young Again!”

  1. January 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    This beer is always disappointing to me when I don’t actually have it on tap. On tap it is absolutely wonderful. The cream of the crop, for me, is Rogue’s Chocolate Stout. Bison used to make a good one but it seems to have lightened up in the past couple years.

    • Don
      January 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

      I thought it would be better because it had one of those Nitrous balls in the can, but it wasn’t the carbonation, so much as the overall lack of flavor. It was just too bland. I’ll try the Rogues. I can get all their stuff out here.

  2. Rob Crozier
    January 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    I never been lucky enough to experience it on tap so the can is all I can relate to. It is pretty darn good considering. I have seen it in bottles as well – perhaps a taste comparison is in order? Its a shame that more of Young’s beers are not available in this country.

    • Don
      January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

      I’d say it was just OK. It didn’t have the depth of flavor, or the character that I was expecting. It was also watery, and had a runny mouth feel. I’ll have to find it on tap. I hear it is much better that way.

  3. January 17, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I had it from a bottle last year and I thought it was great. I’d agree with Michael though, since I’ve had the Rogue chocolate, that’s been the one to beat.

    • Don
      January 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

      I thought it was just too soft. There weren’t the big flavors that I like in a beer. It was all too understated and subtle for me.

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