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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

5,130 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,130
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 159
Gots: 521 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Otowi
2.14/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

This used to be a really good double chocolate stout.

Now they have added what they call "real chocolate flavouring", wich from what I gather is some sort of artificial flavouring, and it shows.

It pours pitch black, and has a chocolate and coffee armoa wich is quite pleasant. But it stops there.

The flavour is very artificial, and not what it used to be. This used to be a favourite, but not anymore, wich is a damned shame.

I do not know why they added artificial flavouring, but it has ruined a real nice beer indeed.

Hope they remove this bad artificial flavouring, and return to what this used to be, a great brew.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ba Review #288
Served On: 01/23/2015
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled AVB: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 04/28/15

Got this one in a beer trade with a neighbor. Have wanted to hit this one up for a decade now.

Look: Pitch-black appearance. Initial 2-fingers of frothy sand-colored head with mostly big bubbles. Head reduced down to a thin coating within moments while leaving some random patches of thin lacing on the Duvel glass. Carbonation bubbles were scarce but present through the murky darkness.

Smell: Deep dark roasted cocoa bean. Creamy espresso coffee character. Faint hints of butterscotch as the glass was pulled away. A delicate confectionery quality was also detected, that of a chilled tiramisu. Most likely from the milk stout component of this brew.

Taste: Started with a thinner mouth feel than expected. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee upfront. The middle had some slight bitterness, like in a baker’s cocoa; definitely not overboard on the sweetness here. The finish was clean with some traces of chocolate and a dryness coming though. Aftertaste was similar to that of black coffee.

This was a beer that holds true to the English styles: nothing over the top, yet very high quality. Was expecting a little more mouth feel as the bottle claims oats were used and the word ‘double’ is in the name. Either way a solid brew for a nice treat during the cold winter months here in the Mid-Atlantic.

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rjs246
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyapollo
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Creamy stout with hints of chocolate, small head from the tap at "The Pub" at Perimeter Mall in Sandy Springs north oh Atlanta. A bit flat for my tastes but still very palatable. Distinct coffee on the front. Yummy!

Photo of Philvillani
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of benjaminkhlaw
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilton
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy head, smooth, and tasty. As stated; pure luxury!

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodButcher
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an almost black color. Hold it to the light and there are no hues that shine through. This is black like used oil. Mmmmm. The head is a dense tan, creamy with some larger bubbles that leave a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit muted, but has chocolate and coffee tones.

Taste is like the nose, but much more pronounced. The coffee and chocolate are followed by a slight hop bitterness with some smokiness and mild tobacco. This is truly yummy and with low alcohol makes a fine session beer with some rich foods (or without).

The mouthfeel is fine carbonation, but with a nitro pour it is like silk. This is one great beer.

Photo of Davideo
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ultrasrs
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of interzen
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Look: Opaque black with a bubbly tan/khaki head - the head has a fair bit of retention and leaves behind a fair bit of lacing. When I say 'opaque' I mean exactly that - hold it up to the light and you'll see nothing but blackness. It's a stout alright.

Smell: Roasted malts and dark chocolate - for me, the benchmark chocolate stout is Sam Smiths, and the Youngs doesn't have that in-yer-face chocolatiness that the Sams has, and it also has a few more dark fruity notes.

Taste: Roasted malts up front with the chocolate flavours following fairly close behind. Some slight bitterness but the chocolate/malt flavours are dominant. Again, not as full-on chocolatey as Sam Smiths but pretty damned good.

Feel: Good stout feel - carbonation isn't too excessive and it goes down extremely smoothly.

Overall: For me, Sam Smiths make the perfect chocolate stout - this runs it fairly close but doesn't quite match it in my opinion. It's probably worth pointing out that I'm definitely a stout fan and, along with the Sam Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout, this is going to become a regular on my shelf.

Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can. Color as expected, lackluster head (thin to non existent). Slight stout scent. Mild taste, think guinness lite...hint of chocolate. Not a bad beer but something I won't go out of my way for.

Photo of hamrwolf
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joncasso
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I made a float with Ben and Jerry's with this stout and it was delicious. I had about 16 oz left in the bottle and by itself its delicious.

Photo of wattersmike90
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cheshirefriend
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaysicles
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SeanMurray
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing....PERFECT chocolate flavor. Definently buying again...

Photo of jwps214
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glass_house
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AxlSkull
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,130 ratings.