I was really excited to try this stout as I love stout and I love chocolate so it sounds like the perfect pairing. It's slightly lighter than a traditional black stout; it's more of a dark brown with a mahogany hue. It has the perfect sized head which is beige, tight and long lasting.
The aroma isn't very strong but it's definitely chocolatey! There's a lovely malty smell too and it reminded me of the smell of freshly made chocolate Horlicks with a Flake crumbled on the top. Mouthwatering!
The flavour, like the aroma, isn't terribly strong. It has very subtle hints of milk chocolate followed by a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. It's not as chocolatey as I expected but the flavour does develop over time so don't judge this one on your first sip. Softly carbonated with a medium body, it's a decent stout with a bitter kick and is very easy to drink as it doesn't feel too heavy.
I was hoping for something extra special but it didn't quite meet my expectations. It's a nice enough stout but nothing to rave about.
Brewed by Rudgate Brewery, York
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