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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5,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,365
Reviews: 2,336
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 195
Gots: 705 | 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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Ratings: 5,365 | Reviews: 2,336
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich dark brown/black color with a light brown rocky head. Clingy lace and little sign of CO2 (due to opaqueness). Aroma is malty, chocolaty, roasted grains and coffee. Background is very earthy. Flavor is creamy and sweet, a roasty full flavored middle with a smooth hop finish. A light hop bite lingers, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is full bodied creamy and smooth.

IMHO: A great, thick full flavored stout. Well balanced and easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Loos very dark-brown almost black, with light brown head.
S: Smells like chocolate, dark fruits, some acid notes, coffee, sherry and wood.
T: Tastes like dark bitter chocolate, the bitterness of the chocolate is not very pleasant, not as smooth as the hops, so I found it hard to drink, aftertaste is aggressive.
F: Has medium body and low carbonation. Not as creamy as other milk stouts.
O: This is a good example of a double chocolate stout that you can find at the super market here in Mexico. You can find much better chocolate stouts in specialty stores.

Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
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!!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Dmann
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to pit my two favorite chocolate stouts (Young's + Rogue) against each other and see which came out on top.

The Rogue is better looking. This Young's has a lighter-colored head, more of a tan than Rogue's deep mocha. Young's is slightly transparent in the pour, although both beers are opague when held up to light.

The alcohol scent is pretty present in Young's, but fortunately there is a lot of other things going on there too. I smell sweet malt, roastiness, a bit of coffee.

The taste is so extremely smooth and well rounded. Truly a delight to drink. I dont taste much bitterness or hops. The only thing is, I dont know if I'd really agree with the "double" in the name. I taste more roastiness than anything.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Seems low in carbonation as well (not a negative point).

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is an excellent beer and one of my favorite stouts, but I have to give 1st place to Rogue. Using real chocolate is the key that gives it the edge, I believe.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a pint glass the beer was jet black with a moderately-sized tan head.
It had a pronounced chocolate arom, with a bit of roasted malt.
Chocolate taste, both sweet and dark. A little bit of coffee.
Surprisingly dry mouthfeel.
I drank this on a night where much beer and many varieties of food had been consumed, and still found this to be very flavorful.

Photo of mbrandon2w
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, nitro.
Pours thick and creamy, with cascading carbonation down the sides of the glass.
Lots and lots of chocolate in the aroma, which follows in the flavor. The flavor is full of dark chocolate and cocoa. Some bitter chocolate flavor comes through, with just enough to balance out the sweetness.
An excellent dessert beer, but not one you'd typically want more than one of. Does work well to blend with, especially with some raspberry lambics

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a crazy yummy beer! So damn chocolatey, rich, creamy and smooth ... the complexities are making me drool. And on top of that it's an outstanding stout. A perfect pairing with any dessert, chocolate or on its own. Now available in cans.

Photo of dill
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle, poured into a pint glass
a - deep black color with a mocha head.
s - smells of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate coming through.
t - taste is of soy beans with less chocolate than I was expecting.
m - actually quite thin.
d - all said, this is a good stout that is very easy to drink.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh how I wish this were a cheaper bottle!!
These days it's my favorite stout, but the "luxury" on the label sadly applies not only to the luxurious nature of the brew but also to its cost.
First pour is black, thick, creamy with a gorgeous tan head with tight but consistent bubble size. Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate and toasted malt give a clue at the flavour to come. This is an incredibly smooth stout that flows over your tastebuds in a soft blanket (rather than explosion) of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cream and balancing sweetness. Both the hops and the malt are there to provide the foundation, but never unbalance the overall flavour. Unlike some chocolate stouts, there is no false note in the aftertaste, leaving one able to savour the beer over time.
A great stout to have with desert - or AS desert.

Photo of grynder33
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of my bigger disappointments in tasting new beers. Color was ok small head malt aroma, with the smallest hint of chocolate. Taste was about the same, and that started drying out pretty quick. I would never have guessed this was a chocolate beer, let alone a double.In addition to that, it seemed highly charged with carbonation.I had two bottles of this and both were the same.

Photo of Beaver13
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Double Chocolate Stout pours an opaque midnight black with a fizzy brown head that quickly dissipated to a collar and completely disappeared before I finished.

The aroma is kind of yeasty initially settling into malts and a big sweet dark chocolate smell with some vanilla notes.

It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The taste is dominated by chocolate. There is a slight metallic bitterness, but the sweetness definitely overwhelms it. A little too out of whack on the sweet side...I would have preferred a little more hops for better balance.

Overall, I think this would make a terrific dessert drink. It's probably not something I'd drink a lot of or frequently though.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep, dark color with a sizable creamy, brown head. A deep inhale will give you the scent of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The taste is full of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...very pleasant. I could easily down several of these.

This particular brew is much better (IMO) from the can rather than the bottle.

Photo of shark262
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Large head (3 fingers worth) that is more foamy than dense. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Black, opaque with medium carbonation edging to the surface.

Aromas of chocolate, slight roastiness, dark caramel. Very appealing to the nose.

Liquid tastes slightly astringent when first hitting the palate. Roasted chocolate flavor follows as the aftertaste. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness throughout - not cloying.

Much lighter in body than I would have expected. Carbonation level seems a bit too high for this style of beer, but does help in carrying the nice flavors around my mouth.

Very tasty and memorable beer. I could see this being paired with multiple foods/desserts or alone for a nice nightcap.

Photo of jisom123
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth Nitro cascade in glass similar to Guinness.

Very Chocolatey ale. Great for new beer people to get their feet wet with a dark colored beer that isn't dry oats.

O: Smooth chocolate ale. Definitely worth trying. I highly recommend it at least once.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with a decent caramel head that sticks around. Good lacing. Smell is of chocolate, lactose, and a very slight roasty smell. Taste is of more sweet chocolate, lactose, not much hops whatsoever. Big, malty, and sweet. Reminds me of Rogue's chocolate stout...especially the aftertaste. Slick, silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Photo of Guden
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a can without a glass at Policy in DC. From the looks of it its very dark brown without much of a head.

S- Booze! Up front the boozy alcohol is the most noticeable with some chocolate, caramel and a milk and brownie finish.

T- The booze from the nose is not nearly as noticeable with the deep complex flavors of luscious chocolate cake coating the tongue then fading to lingering sweet brownie and chocolate chips.

M- Medium bodied but low in carbonation (or nitrogen as is the case). Not bad but a little higher in both respects would allow it to be more mouth filling and let the chocolate play some.

O- The chocolate is such a good flavor in this. Minus the booze of the nose and with a touch more body and bubbles this could be a perfect beer. Makes for a very nice dessert as is though.

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