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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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4,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 4288
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 barczar


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lingering cappuccino head. Can't see body. Ceramic mug.

Mocha, roast malt, nutty, toasted character, dark chocolate form the aroma.

Chocolate and cocoa powder form the flavor base and linger throughout. There's a slightly acrid note that's offputting. Vanilla surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly thick and creamy, with minimal carbonation.

If the scruff character were gone and the vanilla tamed a bit, would be truly exceptional. That said, great depth of chocolate flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 04:00:07 | More by barczar
Photo of DaveEcenrode


2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark Dark Dark Body, the head was a light peanut butter color about 2 finger head that lasted throughout. Lacing was all over the glass...very nice

Smell- I got a slight cocoa-ish smell, but seemed to smell like any other stout

Taste- The taste was not what I was expecting at all. I tasted nothing chocolate, nothing really sweet, basically I got a beer that tasted like a re-labeled GUINNESS...not fond of the flavoring

Mouthfeel- Slightly reminiscent of chewing on a tire just after a 10 second burnout, like I said with the taste, the mouthfeel is the same as the taste, Guinness-like.

Overall, definitely would not seek this one out again, unless it has been changed to include some carbonation or gained some bitterness. Good luck to all who give this Stout a whirl!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 02:02:39 | More by DaveEcenrode
Photo of Boggdogg


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this award winning beer at my local craft beer bar. Pours a solid black color with a thick mocha head. No carbonation detected. Head sticks around for a few minutes and leaves good lacing all around the glass. Smell is of course chocolate and malt. The first taste is like an explosion of chocolate flavors. Really has that gourmet dark chocolate balance of sweet and bitter. Leaves a sweet bitterness lingering on my tung to savor. Really enjoyed this beer and if anyone thinks chocolate and beer don't mix, Young's will prove it does.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 23:40:59 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of OB1Kubota


3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Huge difference in taste and body between bottle, can and draft. Draft by far the best, followed a ways back by bottle, and the can was outright nasty. Not sure that many more words are necessary. Most reviews ramble on and seems like most people just want to hear themselves babble. Get to the point.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 00:41:48 | More by OB1Kubota
Photo of rtrasr


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I love Youngs now Wells and Young. My first truly English Beer. Pours beautiful foamy head that never stops. Looks like a geyser. Heavy mouthful, smell cocoa, taste cocoa with a hint of coffee. It is very sweet, I wonder if there is some lactose in it. A typical English Sweet Stout, one of the first English brews. It holds a soft spot in my heart.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 00:56:41 | More by rtrasr
Photo of Johnlikeshefe


4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a great stout! I had it as an after dinner drink at the Yard House in Denver (and again at the Yard House in Phoenix.) It's like liquid dessert. If you can find it on tap then give it a try.

It was smooth with a great texture, color and feel. It was perfectly "stout." The chocolate flavors blend nicely. It's a milk stout, so it's creamy and kinda sweet. A perfect after dinner beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 22:54:45 | More by Johnlikeshefe
Photo of XCOR


4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena--a fun little bar with a bunch of beers on tap.

I really enjoyed this beer. It was thick, creamy and had a head that I was used to seeing on a nitro (was this a nitro? I don't know enough to tell the difference really, and I didn't ask.)

It had a soft, sweet smell but wasn't actually over-sweet when I tasted it. Nice and rich, a bit smokey, but not overpowering. Had a good, strong, steady flavor.

This was dark and tasty and I'll definitely be having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 21:12:28 | More by XCOR
Photo of Lemke10


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 22oz glass of this at Hollywood Stadium inside Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL. This pours as black as can be with a light brown head. It smells of robust malts and sweet chocolate. The texture is like most English beers, very light and full of air to the point it drinks lighter than water. The taste of course is full, complex, sweet, and robust. This beer is quite renowned, but I would like it better if it had a little heavier texture to it. Drinks smooth and finishes with a slightly chalky after taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 04:26:50 | More by Lemke10
Photo of 360logic


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my introduction to Milk Stouts, and I still think it's the best I've tried.

A: Typical dark hue for any stout, but a particularly thick, creamy tan head that fizzles about halfway into the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee and a hint of the sweetness from chocolate milk.

T: Same flavors as above. Medium hops. Complex chocolate notes as it goes down (think chocolate coffee cake). Cocoa powder and coffee hits you immediately, as you swallow a sweet milk chocolate flavor fills your mouth, which finishes with dry hops as all the others fade in your mouth.

M: This is where this brew shines. One of the most velvety beers I've ever had. Literally feels like drinking rich, homemade chocolate milk.

Overall: Exceptional beer. Would be amazing with some sort of chocolate or coffee dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 22:26:58 | More by 360logic
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Had on tap at the British Beer Company served in an Imperial pint glass.
Came to the table a solid dark brown/black color with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates to sticky lace. Smells of bitter roast, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, caramel, and earth and minerals. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well with a heavy emphasis on the dark chocolate and chocolate syrup. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy oily mouthfeel. I've had this quite a few times and I'm surprised I haven't rated it before now. I remember more chocolate from the bottle, but I could be mis-remembering. It is good I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 01:29:19 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of estlinska


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap in a Guinness pint glass. Poured opaque almost black with brown highlights. Head was foamy, khaki colored and stuck around leaving some fine lacing when it finally went away. Nose was roasted malt, coffee and sugary chocolate. The taste was almost chocolate milk, sweet roasted malts with a touch of bitter hops there for a complement. The mouthfeel was slightly creamy, but lighter than I would have expected; bordered on watery. Overall very good and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 23:40:24 | More by estlinska
Photo of Glibber


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Brickyard in Boise after a night of beer tasting. Ducked in to have some desert and tried the double chocolate stout. Normally not a big stout fan, but this one was impressive. Not black, but milk chocolate colored with a very thick and creamy head- poured on a large stemmed glass.
The chocolate taste was unmistakeable, and along with some roasted hints and very mild bitterness there was not too much of a coffee flavor found in so many Stouts. I do not drink this style much, but was a pleasant beer that I would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 17:31:16 | More by Glibber
Photo of Merkur


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a ton of white foamy head.

The beer smells of roasted malts and a good bit of chocolate sweetness.

Beer tastes like the smell. Not too overpowering with the chocolate, but enough there to taste it.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and almost milkshake like consistency.

Overall a solid milk stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 15:35:50 | More by Merkur
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ive had this before in a can, but this time on tap.

It looks like a decent nitro Guinness. Pitch black with a thick white head. About 3/4 inch.

Smells slightly bitter, loaded with powdered dark chocolate.

Not real sure what everyone sees in this one. If this is double chocolate, im scared to see what the single version is. It honestly tastes like Guinness with double the dark chocolate. Same body, same feel. Really forgot to add the milk part of the milk stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 00:26:51 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of brandon911


4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap fairly recently at Fox and Hound, which is what I'll be basing my review on, though I had it over a year ago and it is one of the beers that really got me into beer.

The stout came out in a normal pint glass with a two finger, dense, and medium tan head. It smells of you guessed it! chocolate, some coffee, toffee, and roasted malts. Hops aren't overly present in the overall taste, main tastes are chocolate and coffee. It's a fairly sweet beer with a pretty bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth like it should be. I definitely need to get this again!

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 06:53:08 | More by brandon911
Photo of wafers

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Olde English pub in Albany

A: Overall blackness with tinges of light brown when held to the light
S: Huge whiff of malts, some dark chocolate in the background
T: Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, also a hint of caramel sweetness
M: Extremely smooth...very much like a glass of chocolate milk
O: Very tasty stout without some of the roasted bitterness seen in other stouts...good choice for someone who may not be totally keen on that type of beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 05:27:11 | More by wafers
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The black could not be more pitch in this body if it tried. The khaki colored head is thick, at least two and a half fingers, and man is it creamy. Definite rings of lacing on the side of the pint glass. Glorious.

Smell: I am certainly disappointed by the lack of anything on the nose. There are some toasted malts, also some dark chocolate, even a little bit of coffee, but WAY too subtle.

Taste: Yep. Exactly what I want a Sweet Stout to be. First there is the smokey toffee malts that set up the stout experience. Then from the middle of the mouth to the finish there are definite notes of semi - sweet chocolate and cocoa powder mixed with caramel malt. As the flavor degrades a sweetness from the bread-biscuit malt takes over. Absolutely no bitterness or hop flavors. Delicious.

Mouth feel: Okay, not exactly chewy, but it is still a medium to full mouth feel. Maybe that is not such a bad thing, because it encourages more drinks, allowing more of that beer to get in my belly.

Overall: The taste on this sweet stout is spot on. I really believe that the taste should serve as a bench mark for this kind of beer. It is unfortunate that the nose lacks what the palate gets.

Also, the mouth feel could use some fine tuning. Other than that, feel lucky to be able to try such a wonderful beer. And one more thing, let this baby warm to almost room temperature. You will not regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 23:18:09 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at 775 Gastropub

Really nice creamy head with excellent retention. Obvious stoutly thick, dark body.

A decent chocolate fragrance comes through, especially when you get your nose in that head.

Very chocolatey taste, as one would hope, with a little bit of bittersweet and a little milky sweet, but there are plenty of complexities in the beer to make it fun. Very creamy, thick mouthfeel. A 20oz. of this can go down pretty easily but it's thickness can sink in your stomach pretty well and one is definitely enough.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 21:52:24 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of annawees


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from on tap in to a pint glass.

The beer is a lovely espresso shade, but the head does not linger. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and toasted malts and the level of sweetness would be comparably to a very high-end dark chocolate bar.

Unfortunately the stout is very thin and it left me wanting something with a richer creamier texture to complement the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 09:45:42 | More by annawees
Photo of Brittmb29


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

On tap at World of Beer Coconut Creek, FL

First full pint stout I've committed myself to and i wasn't disappointed:

A- Dark Black/brown body w/ no light penetration. great thick tan-white head ~3/4"-1", still settling up as it was served. Served cold in a 12 oz (or 16, not positive) magner's cider glass.

S- Head gives off coffee aromas with some malty sweetness, smell develops as beer warms to more appropriate temperature; then more chocolate and espresso notes notes come out.

T- First sips after receiving beer and letting head settle are a bit harsh, on coffee w/ too much head. However this beer is not best ice cold but a little more warmed up, cool - lukewarm was the best flavor because the beer only improved as it finished. roasted coffee balance by 'chocolate' flavor, best described as a mocha flavor and the milky sweetness only adds to the mocha affect. only malt and roasty profile NO hop flavor which was what I was looking for in the stout for that night.

M- Creamy goodness from the head once it warms up, as it is very dense when ice cold off draft. The body of the beer however was on the thinner side of stouts w/no carbonation which was fine because it delivers strong flavor and the head compensates.

D- Very drinkable w/o too high ABV, could have easily had another. plan on drinking this again as it's easy to find on draft and in can/bottle at my WOB. Not so sweet even though its chocolatey.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 15:43:34 | More by Brittmb29
Photo of dmbsteve


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with creamy 1 finger tan head. A little lighter (brownish) around and the edges. Great head retention and thick lacing.

Smells or roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is malty with a good balanced bitterness akin to a Guinness. Chocolate actually hits a little later. Long enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy.

Overall a delicious stout that makes a great after-dinner drink. This is one that I have always put off trying for some reason. It was worth the wait.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 04:01:01 | More by dmbsteve
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap this beer was great, black creamy off whte head with exceptional retention and lacing the beer taste like bitter sweet chocolate and is very well balanced and refreshing there isn't a very stong hop aroma that doesn't over power the rest of the beer it has great body and mouthfeel overall this is just an exceptional beer and I would have it over and over

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 01:14:50 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of zrab11


3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a guiness black with nice 2 finger mocha head

S-has slight hints ofchocolate and booze

T-Chocolate notes with some hints of iron

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Heard this beer talked up a bunch so i was kinda let down. It was good but really muted flavors and just wasn't the sweet goodness i was looking for. Will give this beer another try sometime and see if i feel different

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 19:14:35 | More by zrab11
Photo of ADWnyc

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Stout in New York City. One of my favorite winter beers.

Pours a delicious creamy brown, foretelling the chocolate that waits you. Nice tannish head.

Smells of rich chocolate and coffee/espresso.

Ultra creamy taste and excellent chocolate finish. Smooth and full of finesse.

Could easily substitute as a dessert at the end of a meal, probably not a beer you would drink back-to-back, as it is very filling.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 17:50:19 | More by ADWnyc
Photo of Fenris244


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been wanting to try this brew, yay for pint nite!

Black in color with a ridiculously thick and sticky foam head, amazing retention(I'm half done with the glass and the head persists...)

Chocolate, cream, coffee and bitter aromas abound.

Chocolate flavor is definitely there as well as coffee and metallic/mineral undertone. Bitter malts on the finish.

Unbelievably creamy, never had a beer this creamy, I have to say it inhibits the drinkability of the beer. Neat beer something I could get every now and again but not to often.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 01:36:18 | More by Fenris244
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,288 ratings.