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Young's Double Chocolate Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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4,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 4288
Reviews: 2187
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of jngrizzaffi


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with brown, thick foamy head. The lacing on the side of the glass never goes away, like it is stuck there. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts and perhaps some black licorice. Thick, roasted, malty taste. I can definitely discern the dark chocolate and perhaps some raisins. Very smooth, thick taste, almost like a milkshake but not sweet. Slight bitterness at the end. This is my first foray into milk stouts. It definitely doesn't disappoint. The beer is more filling than any IPA I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:42:56 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of barczar


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lingering cappuccino head. Can't see body. Ceramic mug.

Mocha, roast malt, nutty, toasted character, dark chocolate form the aroma.

Chocolate and cocoa powder form the flavor base and linger throughout. There's a slightly acrid note that's offputting. Vanilla surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly thick and creamy, with minimal carbonation.

If the scruff character were gone and the vanilla tamed a bit, would be truly exceptional. That said, great depth of chocolate flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 04:00:07 | More by barczar
Photo of Ohiolager


4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Young's double chocolate stout 4pk nitro cans $8.99(OH)

This brew is much better in a nitro can than in a bottle. get the nitro can if you can!

14.9 fl oz nitro can poured into a pint glass. production and best by date on the bottom of the can. (shelf life of a year)

pours almost jet black, way darker than Guinness. leaving a three finger thick tan head that stayed around for a long time. reducing two a nice one finger head that left nice creamy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. as you drink it the head around the edges looks like milk. the appearance is very appealing!

i smell roasted malts, chocolate being dominate,coffees hints of vanillas and caramels. very inviting and wakes up my nose.

the taste mirrors the smell but much more is revealed. you don't taste any alcohol, roasted malts at first then coffee and sweet slightly bitter bakers chocolate followed by a cascade of vanillas and carmels. the after taste is not really bitter at all, rather sweet and creamy with a chocolate that clings to your palate.

the mouth feel is light bodied. at 5.2 ABV i was not expecting a thick body. mouth feel is great no complaints here. carbonation is perfect feels great on the palate.

overall an amazing stout. and a great milk/sweet stout. i have had this in bottles and the nitro can, WOW! makes a big difference! simply great. i will be picking up this again soon.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2014 06:24:57 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Abra


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a small light brown head.
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste is a predominantly roasted, almost smoked malt flavor with maybe the slightest hint of chocolate in the background. It finishes slightly sweet with just the right amount of bitterness that overrides it so it doesn't read as a sweet beer despite the name Double Chocolate.

It's not bad at all, but I expected more of a chocolate punch.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 20:52:07 | More by Abra
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a wide mouth glass.

A- Very good. Opened well. Good brown head that dissipated to nothing quickly. Dark and rick looking

S- Bit of a let down here. Not much there. You can tell the basics are there... roasted malts, caramel, etc but not much of it

T- Very good. Nice chocolate stout. Alcohol well hidden.

M- Smooth as expected.

O- Pretty good. Will drink again but not anytime soon.

Food Paring

This nice light chocolate stout goes very well with... bbq steak!


Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:40:35 | More by DaveBar
Photo of endovelico


4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate clearly dominates the profile in this luscious, silky brew with some herbal, coffee and spicy undertones poking through. Palate wise the beer feels very 'clean' even if some Diacetyl can be detected (denouncing its British pedigree). Overall this beer feels and drinks like a classically British, complex stout. It's biggest flaw is its lack of any real wowing factor or unique spin to set it apart of the other great stouts of the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:28:01 | More by endovelico
Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Heard good things about this one... Looks good, smells good and has a pretty decent taste... A little light on the foam and carbonation though... My only problem with this one is the somewhat flat mouthfeel-- I personally believe that a beer that walks and talks like a stout should have a little more presence than this. Still, pretty good though.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:44:19 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Photo of jamesgt


3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First drops were fully chocolate flavoured, but later it was more just bitter. Colored in the darkest black I've ever seen in a beer. The smell was like in any other stout for me, but others told they recognized vanilla in it.

In overall it is a great one, take two bottles if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 07:57:23 | More by jamesgt
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wells & Young's Ltd - Young's Double Chocolate Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Medium viscosity brown settles semi-translucent black with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly. Splotchy lacing.

Smell - Aroma is oats, then roasted malt, and a big body of chocolate.

Taste - Hearty and oaty followed by roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Rests cheerios, which is how I taste oat haha.

Overall - Solid brew, more of an oatmeal stout than a "double chocolate". If it were more chocolate rich it would be a best-in-class brew for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 16:09:12 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of ajzbedo73


2.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

A: Very deep brown, almost black with a nice thin cocoa colored head. Looks promising.

S: Hmm...interesting. Medicinal, with faint cocoa on the nose. A bit of coffee in there. Can't get past the medicine. Very off.

T: Ugh! First off, the chocolate I taste is very bitter bakers chocolate. Almost like imitation chocolate of some sort. Then there is this awful off taste, metallic maybe. Damn, not good. Not good at all. The finish is very bitter.

M: Very thin and unpleasant for a stout. Low carbonation.

O: Well, you win some and you lose some. With this one, I lost. Very disappointed. With a name double chocolate, I was expecting a real deep chocolate taste. Won't be picking up another one of these any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:49:58 | More by ajzbedo73
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: I gave it a pretty vigorous pour that yeiled 3 fingers of bubbly tan head. The head slowly receded. The head capped a dark brown/black beer that had some noticeable bubbles on the sides of the pint glass.

S: Smokey and roasty smell nice hints of chocolate as it warmed.

M: Smooth mouth feel with a bit of "tangy" feeling from the carbonation

T: Smokey with a tannin taste. Some sugars and caramel as it warmed.

O: A drinkable beer but not my favorite of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:53:52 | More by fscottkey
Photo of scotorum


3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/18/13.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to patchy surface foam and lacing.

s: Dark chocolate and malt.

t: Dark malt with chocolate notes. Rather weaker on the chocolate flavor than anticipated based on the name. Some bitter finish.

m: Light to moderate, lighter than expected.

o: Falls a little short of the "pure luxury" promised on the label, but a drinkable enough chocolatish stout. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is superior, and in the same price range.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 05:17:40 | More by scotorum
Photo of JDJ


4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this right now. Poured into a plain pint glass at about 40 degrees, tasted, and then let it warm up to about 55 degrees before pairing it with this German chocolate cake.

A - Pours out black with a good two finger dark tan head...I poured a little aggressively, but it turned out about the same.

S - Smells amazing. A little roasty malt at first, then comes the wave of chocolate. Very little grainy character to this beer.

T - The first sip comes at you strongly, with a very dark roasted malt flavor, and a slight hop bitterness. After the initial lightly bitter bite, you get a smooth chocolatey wave that almost slips up on you. It's like you're thinking about the malty flavor and suddenly, "Oh, this is really chocolatey and good!"

M - Light carbonation, almost perfect for the style. A little silky texture on the tail end with the chocolate flavor. Very delicious dessert beer.

O - I will be having this again for dessert. I only bought one this time, sadly. I'm a tried and true fan of chocolate stouts, and this is among my top 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:49:09 | More by JDJ


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Creeping through one of my local LQ stores to find...How didn't I know about this before? An average stout ive had before but wait is that a NITRO can? Different beer altogether on NITRO. Dark rich color, Creamy mocha head, smooooth, creamy, dry, chocolate, not to much but just enough, to smooth.... Have 3. I did just before I reviewed this.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2014 06:02:46 | More by IGOTASIXPACK
Photo of buzzardman


3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: Chocolate with hint of coffee.

Appearance: Black with a good two finger tan head.

Flavor: Light Chocolate malt that turns into a burnt chocolate, a little light and watery to me like most UK beers are, so it does fit style.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth.

Overall: Not a big fan of English style beers, always kind of watery and lacking a fuller flavor to me. It is well made and easy to drink but I prefer a little more heft to my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:00:12 | More by buzzardman
Photo of KelsoSaaz


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint

A: Pours an opaque, motor oil brown with beautiful nitro draft-like carbonation. Super creamy, 1.5 finger head that lasts.

S: Chocolate! Caramel and lightly roasted malts and not much else.

T: Bittersweet roasted malts, dark chocolate bitterness that lasts through the finish. Lots of mineral flavor due to the addition of mineral water.

M: Very creamy head, and slightly watery body. Mild to low carbonation.

O: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Creamy and with just enough sweetness, this is a good stout. I’m not sure about the addition of mineral water though, as the minerality can be distracting. Just a bit more body and more full flavor and this beer would be fantastic, but as it is, it’s just pretty good.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-07-2014 01:19:41 | More by KelsoSaaz
Photo of dseanv


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice dark color with a one finger thick creamy head. Appearance is very nice.

S: strong coffee - light chocolate aroma. Smell is distinct.

T: Not as sweet as expected. Light in flavor. Coffee like.

M: Crisp and carbonated. Clean feel on the tongue.

O: Good overall. I like it, but I don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:20:09 | More by dseanv
Photo of Zdrummer15


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 14.9 fl oz nitro can to an imperial pint glass. This is my first experience with a nitro can/bottle, but I love certain stouts when served via nitro tap, so I was excited to see how this fairs.

Appearance: after an aggressive pour I was pleasantly surprised at authentic, nitro-infused, cascading bubbles forming a nice creamy head that lasts, just like on tap. Pitch black with little to no transparency, thick and ample lacing

Smell: dark chocolate and a little bit of roasted coffee, pretty simple

Taste: dry dark chocolate, kind of like a cold hot chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee

Mouth feel: creamy, medium body. Dangerously drinkable. I could drink a lot of these

Overall: This beer is not overly complex, but it is very enjoyable. There is nothing objectionable about it. Some people hate on nitrogen being used in place of CO2 when serving beer, but I am not one of them. I think it serves relatively straightforward stouts like this one very well, by adding an extra dimension to them. Obviously not quite on par with a good milk stout served via nitro tap, but as good as one could expect. I won't hesitate to enjoy this one again.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 07:39:40 | More by Zdrummer15
Photo of abeeronthebeach


3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A – This beers oozes luxuriously into the glass. The nitrous yields a super-smooth head which accompanies the body of the beer on the pour with the bubbles cascading downwards before billowing upwards and forming ranks as the pour finishes. The head is wonderfully creamy; it reminds me of the very fine foam you get when blending milkshakes. Sexy beer.

S – Cocoa powder, melted Cadbury’s milk chocolate, faint roastiness and a smidgen of malt.

T – Surprisingly bitter, definitely more towards the cocoa powder end of the chocolate spectrum. Not as sweet as Sam Smith’s. Sort of reminds me of a fuller-bodied, less-watery, chocolaty Guinness. Quite mild in flavour.

M – Insanely smooth as indicated by its appearance. It’s definitely creamy, but by the end of the glass the mild flavour and low carbonation flirt with blandness and sickliness.

O – I like this beer and I’d buy it more often at the right price. However for this to be a beer which really blows me away it would need to have a sweeter aspect, more intense flavour, heavier body to balance the smoothness of the carbonation which all in all would probably also involve a higher abv. A beer which I definitely recommend trying as it represents a more unusual style (milk/sweet stout) and format (nitrous can). Nice.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 02:22:43 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Dbr


3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tested it long ago in San Diego.

It did taste greate. The chocolate was very intense. Otherwise a rather mild Stout.

Now, it is a bit too bland in the taste. The aroma is rather low, and the chocolate is not very strong in the taste. I prefer more intense aroma.

Otherwise it is still a good mild stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 19:07:13 | More by Dbr
Photo of Mojo


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - Dark brown to black pour with a small khaki colored head, some retention and lots of lacing.

S - This stuff smells like huffing a Hershey bar. Also a hint of coffee.

T - follows the nose to a great degree. Sweet caramel and molasses notes, finishing with a dark chocolate bitterness like you would get from a 70% dark chocolate bar.

M - plenty of carbonation, a bit of an aftertaste as well.

O - I know this is a classic, but I was slightly underwhelmed. I wouldn't turn one down if offered though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:40:09 | More by Mojo
Photo of BierJager89


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown head.

S: A ton of chocolate in the nose, as well as some earthy dark roast coffee.

T: Very chocolatey, somewhat sweet, some malt and some dark coffee.

M: Full bodied and fairly smooth.

O: It may be fairly commonplace, but this beer is delicious and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 21:53:54 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Bidcaller2


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recommended this beer by a friend and he was spot on. It pours a dark chocolate color that light doesn't permeate and has a nice tan light head that doesn't linger long.

The smell is what you would expect, of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and a bit smokey. This stout has no bitter bite, is slightly sweet and very smooth. For a Stout it is light in the mouth and leaves no filmy residue.

Overall this is a very good beer that I will recommend and go back to often.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:48:54 | More by Bidcaller2
Photo of NRo


3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell: Nice, roasted smell, little bit of dark chocolate.

Taste: Like dark chocolate, but not as sweet.

Mouthfeel: More viscous than I expected, tingly.

Overall: Good year-round chocolate stout, not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:51:26 | More by NRo
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip head pint glass (20oz).

A: Pours clear black up to 2+ fingers of cloudy, persistent mocha-colored head and leaves curtains of lacing.

S: The nose gives a massive blast of chocolate followed by toasted and dark roasted malt, sweet and milky(?).

T: The taste follows and is dominated by dark and milk chocolate notes, milky sweet and dark roasted malt. The finish dries out with some hop bitterness, but is very short and the flavor falls off a bit too soon for me.

M: Medium body and carbonation; silky and smooth.

O: A delicious sweet stout with a great body, especially considering its 5% ABV and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 16:55:02 | More by mtomlins
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