At this stage I have had the lovely Youngs double chocolate stout, My own Chocoholic stout (comparison here), The Porterhouse Chocolate truffle stout, and now one more Chocolate stout from College Green Brewery (part of Hilden). It is called Molly's Chocolate stout. I have heard a few negative things said about this stout but I have to say I liked it. One thing I have heard said was that it is very thin and too light to be a stout? Well either it is different from the bottle compared to the tap (mostly draught reviews) or they have changed the recipe. This was not light or thin but had a very nice body and an obvious chocolate aroma, though more coffee than chocolate. The chocolate was evident in the taste also but unlike other chocolate stouts, this one tasted more like a bar of dark chocolate that is 80% or more cocoa. The coffee was very strong too, more espresso to my mind. I have not had an espresso in years nor have I had coffee (which I miss) but for gastronomical reasons the closest I can have to coffee is a good strong stout packed with roasted barley. Well I could just have barleycup which is an alternative to coffee made from roasted barley but it is just not the same.
Anyway I found the bitterness to this chocolate stout very refreshing, it had a nice bite to it.
For anyone who has only had it on tap, perhaps try it from the bottle and see how it fares. Perhaps like O'Haras it is better in the bottle than on tap. I hope to visit Hilden in August during their beer festival. I will decide tomorrow if I will submit my pale ale (currently enjoying) for the homebrew competition once I get some feedback at the ICB meeting.