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Chocolate beers are nothing unusual these days, but go back a few years and it was something of a novelty to see “chocolate” in a beer’s name. One of the first you probably encountered was Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, easily recognized by its distinctive purple labeling and the fact that at one time it was one of the only chocolate beers you’d ever heard of. Made by the same folks who make Well’s Banana Bread Beer and McEwan’s Scotch Ale, this sweet stout is creamy, black as night, frothy, and yes, chock full o’ chocolate flavor. It’s got bitter chocolate, roast chocolate, milk chocolate—lots of chocolate! Yet this isn’t a cloyingly sweet beer by any means. Plenty of bitterness provides balance to the chewy, milk shake-like body. One of the original dessert beers is still one of the best. Try it at City Tap House.
PW's Year of Beer: Stoudt’s Pils