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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

4,978 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,978
Reviews: 2,237
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 149
Gots: 430 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Reviews by DRC:
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

DRC, Mar 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with a tan-colored head. It's very difficult to see through this beer when holding it up to a light but there appears to be a moderate level of carbonation based on the amount of bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a gentle aroma of chocolate with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is both creamy and somewhat sweet and filled with flavors of milk chocolate. There are also some hints of roasted malts. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate; the finish feels somewhat dry.
D: It's very easy to drink and goes down very smoothly; this is definitely a sessionable beer.

metter98, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a creamy tan head; tiny bubbles galore, great retention and good lacing

Smell: Smells like...chocolate milk

Taste: Starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor; after the swallow some modest bitter elements kick in, providing a slightly balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy; very low carbonation

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, although the flavor is not as interesting as the bottled version

brentk56, May 07, 2006
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour with a generous tan head. The nose is nicely highlighted by cocoa and mild chocolate. The taste is of cocoa and light, un-sweetened chocolate. Semi-bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very light and lacked body & richness. As for being a "double chocolate stout" i would say that Rogue and Storm King live up to that name sake more so than this beer. The drinkability is poor b/c if i want a stout, i don't really want something this light and easy drinking.

Popsinc, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color and creamy-looking. The head is rather modest but showed excellent retention.

Smell – The good, solid, dark malts are very pleasing and well-accompanied by the promised chocolate notes.

Taste – The dark chocolate flavor is right on for the style. It is slightly sweet and noticeably bitter. The big malt from the nose eases up at the taste but is still prominent.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium-bodied but doesn’t quite make it. The lasting bitter character though makes it seem a little bigger than it is.

Drinkability – This is a nice, low-ABV stout that can be enjoyed several times over in a night.

RoyalT, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

aszatk01, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev -0.5%

cam477, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DanGeo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

tectactoe, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of mull0263
5/5  rDev +24.4%

mull0263, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes I made on 3/29/11.

Poured into a snifter, this stout appears very dark brown with a giant, fluffy, dark tan head. Lacing left on the glass is clumpy, splotchy, and streaky.

A lightly roasted single stout aroma blends with a not-overpowering dark chocolate/cocoa aroma. To me, it smells a lot like cocoa powder. A little bit of toffee and a chocolate-banana bread that I once enjoyed jump out of the glass, too.

A slightly twangy, roasty malt flavor lands on my palate at first, followed by a cocoa and toffee, and finished off with a good balance between decadent dark chocolate and a slightly acidic roasted malt flavor. Solid.

The mouthfeel is mostly roasty and acidic- just slightly biting, but with a nice medium-bodied creaminess to counteract. It's a pleasant, soft feel with just enough of a bite.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable, sessionable stout. I don't think it would be my first chocolate stout choice, but it wouldn't be too far behind in the pack.

TCHopCraver, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the nitro-can it pours opaque black with a milky tan head that leaves a curtain of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Tastes and smells similar to an English chocolate biscuit, simple but pleasant.

The taste is light, so I would score the bottle higher overall. That being said, it's still wonderful and enormously drinkable out of the can. I've always been a fan of this beer.

brownbeer, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Schlais, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant coffee cascade and the brew carbonates. The chocolaty head caps a nice black brew and sticks to the top of the beer 'til the end. The aromas are really quite absent, which is surprising given the representation of flavors. The bitter chocolate notes are married well with coffee, toasted nuts, and mild malts. The coffee aftertaste is very pleasant. This offering is a nice comforting winter choice that is not too heavy for the style and is overall a very good beer.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Nov 22, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

tbryan5, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SkiBum22, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from nitro-can into a pint glass

A: Deep dark brown in color with the slightest hint of opacity when held to the light. The head was the classic nitrogen induced dense foam with a light brown color, eventually creating about 1/4" of head that stayed very well. Awesome.

S: Less prominent than I expected but very pleasant, predominantly chocolate - both malty sweet and the real thing, like high cocoa chocolate. There is also the slightest hint of coffee but it's more of a mocha smell. Aroma alone gives an impression of elegant sweetness.

T: Complex, and tasty flavors of chocolate malty goodness on a thick rich wave that eases its way across the palate. The creamy texture is absolutely perfect. There is a hint of sweetness but it really isn't sweet. Somehow, there is a balance between sweet and bitter without the apparent presence of hops but leaning toward the former. Nice long linger of bitter chocolate taste, perhaps with the slightest bit of coffee at the tail end of the finish.

M&D: Creamy and chewy texture that just envelopes the tongue with solid complex flavors. A long pull is most enjoyable, with great mouthfeel and satisfaction. Highly drinkable, especially with the moderate ABV. This is one fantastic brew!!

SIRIUS2, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle embossed with a ram and adorned with a purple label.

Appearance: Black and thick with a creamy, bubbly, tan head.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate aromas.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy with a chewy, nicely odd, mild sweetness that mingles with a slight burnt/roasted chocolate flavour (big chocolate flavour). An underlying hop flavour balances the malt, showing up about half way thru the taste with a hint of licorice. The mouth is left a bit dry with a lingering note of astringency.

Notes: Hands down, and incredible stout and deadly in its drinkability. Unfortunately a bottle goes for about $3-3.50, making it a brew for special occasions.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 06, 1999
Photo of Dmann
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one did not impress me as much in the bottle as it did on tap. The beer poured a usual stout black with fizzy brown head that faded quickly into nothingness. The smell was much weaker than the tap version I had but still had hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is what really suffered though. The chocolate flavors and the roastiness were still there but were quite subdued compaired to the tap version. Maybe I just got a bum bottle? Either way I think I'll skip the bottle from now on.

Dmann, Apr 24, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of MikeC144
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

markallmon, Feb 23, 2013
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,978 ratings.