1. Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Alcohol by volume:
No, Young's isn't the little brewery it was when it opened in 1831. No, it's technically not even Young's anymore after merging into
Wells & Young's
back in 2006. But drinkers who pass up one of its 16-ounce orange-and-purple tallboys or big purple-label pint bottles are missing out on one of the tastiest treats ever brewed. Chocolate malt blends in with a strong helping of other malts, sugars and mild English hops to produce a sweet stout as close to perfect as the variety comes. Not overly sweet and not coffee bitter, Young's strikes just the right balance and gives Valentine's Day beer buyers a chocolate worth wrapping. It may not come in the fanciest package, but it'll show a beer lover you care.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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