A theme is beginning to emerge: when we do find beer from a brewery we don’t already know, based on the available data, it will probably have lactose in it.
We came across this 4.9% chocolate fudge brownie stout from Leeds in a can at our local bottle shop, Bottles & Books, and paid (we think) £5.99 including a small drink-in surcharge.
It was neither flat nor a gusher — a good start — and produced two tidy, tiny glasses of transparent bear-brown.
For something billed as a dessert beer, it was fairly light-bodied, almost thin, with a touch of butterscotch, some vanilla, and a general milk chocolate easygoing nature.
We were reminded of:
- Meantime Chocolate Porter — a beer we used to love but which has undoubtedly been left behind in the fancy beer arms race.
- Cadbury’s drinking chocolate — the one you drank as a kid, before you realised you were meant to want something either darker or richer, or both.
Young’s Double Chocolate is perhaps in similar territory, but somehow has more heft.
This isn’t quite our thing these days but it certainly wasn’t flawed or faulty and we enjoyed drinking it.
So that’s another brewery through the first checkpoint and onto our drink-again list.