So this is Rudgate’s York Chocolate Stout! It has been sitting waiting to be opened since I spotted it in Evil Eye in Stonegate on a trip to York a few weeks ago and this seemed like the right time. It’s a beer that should suit me down to the ground: it’s a stout, brewed in the City of York which is famous for its chocolate factory and where I was a student, with added chocolate from the terrific York Cocoa House, so what’s not to like?! This 5.0% ABV beer looks like liquid chocolate as I pour it into the glass, and the frothy, chocolate coloured head soon dissipates. The aroma is quite spicy before the chocolatey notes kick in, and the taste is rich, warming and not surprisingly, the dominant flavour is the added chocolate essence. It’s a beer that would work well with strong flavoured meats like venison, game and beef, especially if in a pie or casserole.
York Cocoa House is a fantastic place to go for a hot chocolate or coffee, with a great choice of cakes; it’s small and friendly and much easier to get a table than a certain well-known tea shop nearby. Evil Eye is not far from York Cocoa House, and even closer to the fabulous House of Trembling Madness, which also sells Rudgate beers. They are all worth visiting next time you’re in York.