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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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4,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 4290
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 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
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 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 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
Photo of fitrock2112


3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured Young's Double Chocolate Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a thin black ale with a half finger of off white head.

S - Roasted malts on first sniff, some bitter coffee in there as well.

T - It has some cheap coffee flavor with light roasted malts. Light chocolate mid palate with more roasted malt and coffee on the finish.

M - Thin is the word, wish the mouthfeel was thicker and richer. Medium to high carbonation.

O - A okay stout. I believe there are too many stouts out there that are better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:34:48 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of Captain_Komamura


4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - It is a black color, with a small light brown head.

Smell - It definitely smells of dark chocolate, a bit like a mocha coffee.

Taste - a smoky dark chocolate, and sweet without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel - silky and thick beer.

Overall - This is a pretty good chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:50:28 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Looks dark and milky. No light will pass. Head looks okay. Small, but gathers along the glass wall.

Sweet vanilla and dark chocolate and semi-dark and sweet maltiness. Lots of additives, I guess. Hints of dark cherry. Liqueury. Like a roasty cordial. Maybe, even, hints of black raspberry. It totally works for 'decadent'.

Nice and rich flavors with dark chocolate, dark fruit, light vanilla, roasted malts, and slight bitter hop; on the mind. Offers up some creaminess without the lacticity. Not particularly tangy, which I like in a milk stout. English toffee is grand, but semi-dry, with all of the sweetness coming from the vanilla and the chocolate.

Very soft, if not too light. The body is nothing to speak of, really, and the carbonation doesn't do a whole lot more. Just a simple drink, for a good beer.

How can you not dig this stout? It's tasty and aromatic and subtly decadent.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:52:35 | More by thecheapies
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN. Chilled in the fridge, then left out for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Thick black, with off tan head about 1.5 fingers worth of head that recedes somewhat quickly. Good lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet, dark chocolate dominates and a butterscotch undertone in there. Obviously smells like a luxurious dessert platter.

Taste - Chocolaty, but never overly so. Very nice and well balanced flavors, but a bit one dimensional. Slight bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied which works very well here.

Overall - Definitely a good beer that would gladly drink again, but personally I didn't see what separated this from many other stouts other than a slightly more chocolate-centric beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:44:33 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of bareju


3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 500mL bottle into mug.

A: Very dark, opaque chocolate brown. Poured with a finger tan head, lingered. Decent lacing.

S: I can definitely smell the chocolate, but it's not terribly strong. Accompanied by roasted malts and maybe the slightest hint of coffee. Some other smells I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Bitter coffee followed by smooth chocolate and roasted malts, can taste a slight hoppy bitterness in the middle before it's quickly overwhelmed by chocolate, which recedes and leaves a pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth and sweet. As the beer warmed, it became smoother and sweeter, which seemed to tone down and smooth the flavor profile, especially highlighting a nice milk chocolate flavor.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation as well. Leaves a light coating on the mouth, which carries the bitter hop flavors.

O: Solid, easy drinking stout. Does well to include chocolate flavors in an easy drinking beer. Could easily drink a few of these. I also think this would be incredible with nitro, I'll have to pick up some nitro cans.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 19:16:57 | More by bareju
Photo of Richardbeerlover


2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge head that lasts a couple of minutes. Nice dark color. Bits of dark particles came out of the bottle at the end of the pour. Not much chocolate taste or smell at all compared to Smith's. However this is a very drinkable beer and I could have easily had 2 or 3 of these without any fatigue. The lack of any real chocolate taste or sweetness was the only letdown for me. The label was right when they say that this beer is not meant to be overly sweet. Was not sweet at all. More of a coffee beer than chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:45:34 | More by Richardbeerlover
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,290 ratings.