|Young's Oatmeal Stout and Guinness
by F. Sot Fitzgerald
In this corner, wearing the purple label and 16.9 ounce brown glass bottle, hailing from London, England, we have Young's Double Chocolate Stout!
And in this corner, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland, wearing a black 16.9 ounce can, the clearly most hyped and sold stout in the world, Guinness Extra-Stout!
Who will reign as the greatest stout
in the world? We'll see at the end of 15 rounds of bare-knuckled
All right- enough tomfoolery.
Tasting the two beers against one another is a treat because one gets some feel for the wide diversity within a single style of beer. Both Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Guinness are stouts, both are viscous and black. And they taste nothing alike.
Young's Double Chocolate Stout when drank at near-room temperature is a semi-sweet, chocolatey slightly smoky beer. It's quite flavorful. Though it finishes slightly bitter, it also hints at a sugary-berry sort of taste. As I drank it I kept thinking it make a good substitute for rootbeer in a vanilla-rootbeer float. It's quite good, and I'd recommend it to someone looking to try a stout for the first time. (Rating ****1/4)
Guinness, on the other hand, is generally more bitter and roasted tasting. Take a gulp and you won't scowl at any rough edges or anything unpleasant; no, you'll likely taste more of the coffee along with the grains and malt used to make it. Still, you'll be amazed at how smooth and mild Guinness' is. (Rating ****1/4)
So there's really no battle here. Young's is a sweet stout, and Guinness is a dry stout. It's apples and oranges, and there's no reason one can't enjoy both.