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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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4,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 4295
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of vette2006c5r


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Double Chocolate Stout pours a black color with a large lacing tan head. There is a slight roasted and malty aroma, but rather weak. The taste is strong with chocolate flavors, very creamy and some roasted malt flavors make it through as well. Nice and creamy, just a tad on the watery side. Overall a very nice chocolate stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-28-2013 04:39:48 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Hermanater


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few points off for appearance but only b/c Rivertowne Northshore served it in a plastic frat cup. Little disappointed with that and it shouldn't reflect negatively on the beer so I offer the appearance score only based on what I've had from the nitro-can prior and the head from my latest experience with the beer at Rivertowne.

AP: thick and creamy head. I bet you could stand a spoon up in the stuff or even shape it. Very inviting.

AR: bittersweet chocolate is obvious to the nose as well as heavily roasted malt characteristics.

M: incredibly silky smooth. Milkshake like viscosity!

T: The chocolate stout that sets the standard for others. I highly recommend trying this from the nitro-tap if you get the chance. Seems even silkier than I remember from the can or bottle.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-20-2013 21:18:23 | More by Hermanater
Photo of knoxtennessee


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

Had this on beer gas at the casual pint in downtown Knoxville.

A- Like all beers on the nitro it has a perfectly formed and everlasting head. Pitch black in color and very inviting.

S- Soft dark chocolate and roasted barley. A moderate sweetness and mild coffee undertones. That vague softness from the nitrogen really complements the sweetened mocha impression.

T- A moderately sweet rich dark chocolate flavor is followed closely by coffee and roasted barley. A small amount of estery English yeast character is detectable just before the dry finish.

M- Like most nitro beers this one feels a bit watery. It does however have a little more velvety malt body than most. Nicely balanced in the finish.

O- My absolute favorite nitro beer to date. Lots more character than other nitro stouts. Great chocolate flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. I drank four pints in a row so don't give me that "It's too heavy", it's perfectly drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-18-2012 00:58:32 | More by knoxtennessee
Photo of 57md


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown to black color reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate. There was at least a finger of frothy tan head that dissipated quicker than expected. However, enough foam remained to make healthy rings of lace on the glass as I enjoyed this offering. Mild roast in the nose. Smooth and creamy with definite hints of chocolate. Most offerings that promise chocolate fall flat - this one delivers!

The combination of roasted malt, modest sweetness and a touch of alcohol burn on the finish make for a fairly easy drinking 6.5% offering.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-17-2012 03:48:56 | More by 57md
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Thick two finger head on a dark black body with a little light passing through. Nice lacing. Aroma is robust with lots of roasted malt and a nicely represented chocolate aroma. Flavor is similar with a stronger coffee bitterness mostly in the finish. Thickening and thick bodied, one could drink this nonstop with how drinkable this beer is.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-22-2012 01:05:23 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of spdyfire83


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

194th Review
Served in pint glass.
Enjoyed at The Yard House (downtown Denver)

Side note: I have amazingly fond memories of this beer as it is one of a few that turned my palate to dark, robust beers. Every time I have it, it reminds me of my first pint of it at The Flying Saucer in Nashville way back when. Delightful!

From notes.

A: Dark chocolate brownie. 1.5 (creamy off-white head) fingernail head.

S: Chocolate, hint of roasted dark malt, more chocolate, vanilla, and (again) more chocolate.

T: Bold, sweet chocolate and cream up-front with a touch of roasted dark malt and vanilla. Darn good!

M: Full bodied with smooth, creamy, just-right carbonation.

O: As mentioned, I have wonderful memories of this beer and must thank it for assisting in my palate development (thus the perfect score for the overall rating). I even bought a couple of cases of this and had it as a side beer at my wedding back in 2009! A solid beer all-around that is so smooth and well balanced you can't help but enjoy it no matter what time of the year it is.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-20-2012 12:44:23 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Chumley's in Lafayette, Indiana as the first beer in my passport.

A- Great looking pour. Pure black pour with a quarter inch creamy, chocolate brown head. Great lacing all the way down.

S- Very faint. Only thing I got was a slight burnt malt scent and a hint of chocolatey sweetness.

T- Was somewhat disappointed here. Lighter burnt malts flavors throughout were the dominant flavors. A hint of sweetness at the end was there, with a hint of dark chocolate. Finished very clean with the slight sweetness and burnt malt flavors.

M- Very, very smooth and silky. Creamy on the palate with a fair amount of weight, but still very sessionable.

Overall, I was a little disappointed that this one didn't have more dominant chocolate flavors. The chocolate that was there was very dark and good, just wish there was more of it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-09-2012 01:31:50 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of miket163


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown/black nitro into an English pint. A thinck tan head and tons of tan lacing clung to the glass the entire drink.

The smell was of toasted malts, coco, and a touch of coffee. The taste was killer: dark chocolate, expresso, dark woods, brown bread, and the very familiar dry Irish stout flavour.

The beer is super creamy and is desert like...this would be a good beer to move non-craft drinkers into that direction.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-11-2011 02:10:47 | More by miket163
Photo of rangerred


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a nitro tap.

Appearance is jet black with a creamy tan head. Typical of a nitro pour.

Smell is very much like chocolate milk. Not a whole lot of malt detected in the smell.

The taste is very similar to the smell. Sweel chocolate with a small amount of roasted malt. There is a very slight bitterness but I believe this is more from the malt rather than hops. Not much hop character present at all.

Overall I really like this beer. I nice alternative to guinness when it comes to nitro stouts.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-12-2011 03:30:14 | More by rangerred
Photo of elNopalero


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown-black with a solid finger of tightly laced foam sitting atop. There’s a sweet chocolaty aroma, obviously, but I’m also picking up something akin to the smell of stale, burnt coffee. If I wasn’t concentrating I would have never noticed it, and it’s not present enough to be off putting, but it’s not the welcoming roasty coffee and espresso notes I associate with a stout, especially one I enjoy so much. Interestingly enough I don’t pick up on the bitter coffee when I drink it, only the chocolate sweetness that’s smooth and sippable, without being overpoweringly strong. Dessert has been poured!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-02-2011 00:16:00 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Keeton


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My opinion on this beer is it was served way too cold. I've heard nothing but good things about this beer but I think where I was served it must have been on ice? I didn't get much of the aroma and just a hint of the chocolate flavor... it was very smooth and enjoyable but not what I was hoping. I will review again once I let one warm up a bit.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-10-2011 05:04:15 | More by Keeton
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

Had on nitro-tap at Sunswick on 9/23/11 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has 2-figners of light-tan head resting on top. The retention is so good that I could go to sleep, wake up in the morning, and it would still be there. It looks like a wonderful layer of cream. The smell has a nice roasted bitterness to it. There are also some chocolate and coffee aromas to it. The taste is roasty and dry. There are flavors of chocolate and coffee flavors just like the nose. The finish is roasty and slightly dry. The mouthfeel is excellent. It has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a super creamy feel to it. It is roasty and a touch dry. This has great drinkability. I could easily down some pints of this. Since the head never goes away and it is so smooth it is like having a layer of cream on top. wonderful. Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I was going to.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-28-2011 15:47:37 | More by JizackFH
Photo of goblue3509


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

Pours a dark cola like color with a three finger creamy chocolate milk looking head which gives way to gobs and rings of lace all over the glass. The aroma is of milk chocolate and sweet malts. The tatse is of milk chocolate and some sweet malt flaovrs. The end has a coffee and roasty taste. The mouthfeel is sliky and creamy a very nice feel. Overall this is a great beer, the aroma is inviting and the flavor is big and bold. This is an easy drink and a flavor that leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-11-2011 16:51:55 | More by goblue3509
Photo of jisom123


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-08-2011 22:45:34 | More by jisom123
Photo of schwaeh


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint on nitro-tap at Bodega

A: Pours pitch black with a massive creamy head. This had the nitro falling-foam look, mmm creamy. Good lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, roasty malts, and some nuttiness. Simple.

T: The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk chocolate, roasted grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla. Some grassy metallic hops are detected to a lesser extent. This is just as rich as I expected. Really sessionable and easy going.

M: Soft, creamy(have I mentioned that enough), roasty, and robust.

O: I can see why this is such a classic. Nothing over the top, just a well done staple of a beer. I may have done myself in trying this on nitro first, it may be a little plain from the can; I guess I'll have to find out.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-28-2011 21:26:26 | More by schwaeh
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick viscous black color with a thick brown foam head with moderate amounts of lacing

S: Sweet milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, vanilla and some dark chocolate.

T: Starts with a slightly bitter chocolate taste. In the middle the chocolate sweetens in a milky chocolate taste. On the backend, there is some more milk chocolate and vanilla with a slight roasted taste as an undertone.

M: Was not as thick and rich as expected. Leaves a slightly slick sweet taste on the palate.

O: I am not a huge fan of brews on nitro, but this one was tasty. A great example of a milk stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-04-2011 23:30:05 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't think I've seen this one on a tap that isn't nitro...wish I would someday. The nitro smoothes it out toom much, taking away the chocolate bitterness a bit. At the same time, the nitro head makes the beer look fantastic! Dark and light contrast.

Chocolate aroma is present and seems to dominate, but the roastiness is there, with some minerals. The taste is quite good, perhaps a little loose. I feel the nitro also thins it out a bit. Good dessert beer, or perhaps a beginer beer prior to some stouts

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-31-2011 17:11:45 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Hojaminbag


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

Young's double chocolate has the typical nitro-tap-stout look to it. Cascading brown runs into a darker brown body. The body is opaque, and the head eventually settles into a very solid looking brown slab. Retention and lacing are both predictably great.

I've always felt that nitrogen kills the aroma on beers, and whether it's all in my head or not, I would say that happens here. Faint chocolate and dark malt.

The flavor has a good bit of chocolate, but it manages to avoid becoming one-dimensional or overly sweet. After the chocolate, a little bit coffee comes through, and then some sweetness from dark malt. Just a hint of roast.

Big smooth mouthfeel.

It's possible that this is the first time that I have tried Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which is surprising considering it's the type of beer you can find in a lot of places. Maybe I've been hanging out in to many beer bars that think it isn't exciting enough to have on tap. Whatever the reason I haven't tried this one, I'm glad that I did. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-23-2011 19:49:34 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of gatorbreath


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this beer is one of my new-found favorite stouts..

Have enjoyed cans, bombers, and nitro tap up at the local pub..nothing compares to the nitro tap...

Color is real dark, nearly opaque with very little chocolate/creamy tan colored head Smell is of lots of chocolate and possibly some dark fruits..not much coffee or oats spilling over either. This is a really good chocolate offering. Smell is heavy chocolate and lots of malt. Mouthfeel is slippery but not as thick as most stouts I enjoy, but reminiscent of the thin-body of a guinness or something. This was the only drawback.

Overall - can't go wrong with this one. Awesome offering this one is.


Serving type: nitro-tap

07-16-2011 13:21:56 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap that lasts. Thin legs of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate syrup in milk. Taste is of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Mild cocoa bitterness on the palate quickly fades. Due to the nitro-tap this beer is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not one I would get too often. I am glad I got to try this one on nitro-tap.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-15-2011 16:01:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with this beer's customary fabulous, mocha colored, creamy pillow on tap. Head retention is exceptional, with considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, but this is really the only place this beer falls off a bit. Nevertheless, I get an attractive nose of light vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee. However, on the palate this beer once again flirt with perfection. The beer has something of a burnt toast flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed by cherry vanilla and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. This beer is light, soft and creamy, with a nearly endless, smooth finish. Drinkability is just stunning. The alcohol is not at all noticeable, and yet it's nothing short of astonishing how much flavor this low abv. beer delivers. An absolute benchmark, especially on the nitro. Just excellent....

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-06-2011 19:54:16 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of AdamBear


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head with a beautiful cascade effect. nice lacing

S-very creamy with a hint of chocolate and some coffee. light smelling.

T-comes in with a very tasty and high quality hit of chocolatey chocolate. its not very pronounced but its very smooth and clean. the after-taste is of good milk chocolate and a slight bit of coffee. i love this stout!

M-very typical of a nitro tap. creamy in and out.

D-Mmmm i want this all night long!! its so tasty and disappears so quickly! taste stays and is so easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-20-2011 01:34:19 | More by AdamBear
Photo of bnes09


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just a couple shades from pure black. Massive tan head with good retention and blankets the glass well.

Smell of rich chocolate malts, a bit grain-like with a hint of hickory.

Flavor is mildly roasted with almond notes. Small amount of herbal hops, enough to dry it out. Definite chocolate undertone. Not the most complex but not bad.

Much lighter body than expected, almost watery. Low carbonation and fairly drying.

Not what I expected. Could use a little more flavor and depth. Pretty easy drinking and satisfying in a way.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-17-2011 19:11:03 | More by bnes09
Photo of nickthetick


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into an american shaker (at the bar) opaque black with a dirty khaki head that hangs around for the entire beer. The head leaves a beautiful lacing, one of the best I've ever seen.

S: not a lot on the nose except for smooth sweet dark malts and milk chocolate.

T: heavy up front with the espresso and a light chocolate malt follow up. There is a little bitterness that tries to take the form of dark cocoa but the sweet malt really won't let it.

MF: thick creamy and chewy. Slightly effervescent.

D: good example of a milk stout that I stumbled across at my local brewpub/beer bar but I have not heard of it before. I'll keep my eyes open for it but wouldn't pass up another new one if I had the chance.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-01-2011 22:22:43 | More by nickthetick
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at Mac McGee's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger cap of fine tan foam. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and strong dark chocolate and cocoa powder. It's up there with Rogue's Chocolate Stout as far as chocolate in the nose.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, although the chocolate isn't quite as robust. Smooth roasted malt and large chocolate malt flavors kick things off and the flavor profile skews quickly toward chocolate with the addition of robust milk chocolate and cocoa powder. The chocolate flavors smooth out midway through the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a heavy thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm glad I finally made it around to trying this beer - better than I was anticipating and well worth a shot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-22-2011 16:43:07 | More by glid02
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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