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

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
2,323 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,323
Ratings:
5,608
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
20.15%
 
 
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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Reviews: 2,323 | Ratings: 5,608
Reviews by thepeter:
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, even against the light. Stiff peaky head that leaves thick foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter sweet Chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, hint of cinnamon

T - Cocoa, coffee, anise, and a bit of hops that balance out the back end of the beer very nicely.

M&D - Smooth, thick rich as it foams up in my mouth. Went down very easily and went wonderfully with some soft oatmeal raisin cookies.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, Hort's bar, Bristol - Pours blakc with a large tan head which disapates fairly quickly. Nice lacing. Smell - light chocolate, roasted coffee. Taste - slight sweet choocolate feel, not overpowering, roasted malts. Nice easy drinking stout.

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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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Figured it was time to give it a try. 16.9 oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

L: Pour gives you 2+ finger very light tan head, very strong retention, lacing, ring. Beer is very dark.

S: Roasted coffee, roasted malts, unsweetened cocoa. All weakish.

T: Follows nose with creamy dairy addition per its style. Weakish and watery. For something labelled double chocolate, you really don't get a whole lot of it.

F: Light to medium bodied (too light). Watered down taste. Low ABV gives watery finish, though moderate carbonation (too high) tries to help with that. Definitely not what you like in a stout.

O: So I tried it and now I don't have to do so again.

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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

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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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
10/11/2012
AROMA: Coffee Chocolate
LOOK: Dark Pour with a big thick head
TASTE: Dark Chocolate; Coffee
FEEL: Great carbonation. Bubbles make for a great mouthfeel. A favorite.
**
04/12/2016
Update. Had this on tap at Blend in a sampler and it was on Nitro. I have to say I was pretty disappointed considering I really liked this beer in the past and I've had great experiences with nitro added to beers. Nitro gave it kind of a odd chemical aftertaste. Ratings adjusted to average.
**

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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.

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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.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Turbo
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once you've had Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout everything else is second fiddle. I had Young's Double Chocolate Stout and I thought it was much more bitter and watered down compared to Samuel Smith. There seemed to be a lot more coffee flavor in it too. If I had the choice between the two I'm taking SS.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mull0263
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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!!

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.