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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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North Carolina

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

A- This beer pours black as the night, letting absolutely no light through. Head is a creamy tan that sticks quite nicely.

S- Smells of rich grains and malty sweetness wi a slight hind of fruity sweetness

T- Very rich chocolatey flavors start the palate with some malty sweetness and a hint of hops towards the end. Very rich and flavorful a definite favorite

M- Very smooth mouthfeel that coats very well, carbonation is very nice balancing well with the creamy feel.

Will definitely be drinking this much more often in the future, a new favorite!

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-24-2011 17:32:49 | More by S7R4nG3
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New Hampshire

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

16oz nitro can is opened with a loud, elongated hiss. It is poured immediately into a large tulip glass. The beer leaving the can is a dark, Coca-Cola brown; almost black. As it hits the glass it turns into the classic nitro pour that I have grown to enjoy immensely. As the head slowly shrinks in size, a deep, dark, opaque liquid takes its place in the glass. The head is quite nice looking as well; it appears to be three-toned in color and look thick and impenetrable. Great head retention and a moderate amount of lacing as I empty the glass.

The nose is hard to pick up on in this beer. It is faint, consisting mostly of dark roasted malts and a light dusting of coco powder. I honestly think that the head on the beer is keeping the nose from truly opening up because as it settles I can smell a bit more.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. It is mild chocolate well balanced with a bitter roasted malt backdrop. It is light in all facets - lightly sweet, lightly roasted, lightly bitter notes. I was hoping for a bit more sweetness out of this considering its style.

It is light bodied in that it is extremely easy to drink and almost water-like, but it is very fluffy and seems very creamy in the way is fills your mouth with a small sip. Carbonation is well enough. It is incredibly smooth on the palate.

Overall this is a tasty stout but seems a bit more subdued in most categories than I was hoping for. Still a really solid beer though, now just wishing I had some dessert to compliment it. The price of the four back is a bit more than I would want to pay again but I hear this is phenomenal on tap so I will keep an eye out for it.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-12-2011 01:02:15 | More by mjn5036
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New Jersey

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

A - Black stout body with a creamy delicious tan head. The head when settled, looks like a 2 finger layer of nougat.

S - A little roasty, dry, smokey.

T - Nice sweet chocolate body with the standard dry irish stout bitter coffe backdrop. Roasty grains and smokey dry woody notes.

M - I love the nitro can silky body. It feels wonderful in my mouth and I favor this. This stout is lighter in body and creamy smooth.

O - For a session stout, this is a wonderful pick. Not super chocolatey but sweeter than the traditional stout and just as creamy and silky smooth as the rest.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-23-2011 03:56:46 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-bottle into a pint glass.

Reads on the bottle, "Pure Luxury". "Ale With Natural Chocolate Flavor Added". As a chocolate and beer lover, I'm expecting something of God.

A : Pours like chocolate milk, gulping, a very dark brown. A perfect frothy tan head appears, about a finger high. This is the beauty of the nitro-bottle. Absolutely fantastic.

S : Very feint smell, chocolate note, but a bit of roasty malt as well.

T : Surprisingly roasty. Chocolate is present, but not overpowering, and largely on the finish.

M : Creamy and smooth. Quite nice. Lighter body than one would expect, somewhere in-between a Medium and a Thick

D : A fantastic dessert beer, like a good glass of chocolate milk but not as sweet. Imagine Guinness, with chocolate added, and it's about right.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-13-2010 01:09:12 | More by ncfranklin
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New York

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

Pours real thick and creamy. Great nitro-effect with the rising bubbles. Head settles at about 2 fingers. Aroma is of malt, smoke, some bread and light chocolate. Taste is really subtle with the chocolate, malty and full. Beer is a good thickness, not to light but not overly heavy. Great for desserts and stand alone. Best as it warms up a bit, don't drink it cold! Overall a great stout and definitely a must have.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-11-2010 00:13:52 | More by mbusster88
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass. Poured a deep black with a mocha head about one finger thick.

Smells of chocolate - no kidding ;)

Tastes like chocolate meets coffee. No alcohol detectable - Had you given this to me when I was younger, I would have though it was something from Starbucks. Really a great beer .

Drinkability and mouthfeel is great.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-07-2010 05:04:52 | More by acelin
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can to a freshly washed Murphy's Stout glass. Jet black with a cascade forming head much like a guiness nitro pour. Formed a creamy light tan half inch head with a continual cascading effect. Moderate lacing.

Smell is raosty chocolate and slight noble hops.

Taste is interresting. Much like a dry irish stout with chocolate undertones. Roasty, crisp and dark chocolate with a clean finish. The creamy head is a bonus.

Full bodied and very drinkable.


Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-31-2008 12:47:03 | More by GordonQuid
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle does a great job of giving the smooth, creamy head. Near black color with thick, tan colored head.

Aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste is a delicious mix of roasted malt and sweet malt with dark chocolate and a creamy, vanilla note. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and super creamy thanks to the nitro.

Quite a tasty beer that is smooth and easy to drink. Perhaps too rich and chocolatey for everyday drinking, but definitely nice to have.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-19-2007 02:46:32 | More by AaronHomoya
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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Started with the bottle on this one as was very happy. Have since tried the can with the same results.

Appearance - Dark ebony with a mocha colored thick head.

Smell - Almost smelled nothing...no skunk, no hops, no alcohol. After a litte warming up, the nice aromas of chocolate started to surface.

Taste - Thick flavors of soft dark chocolate. Smooth with a little maltiness.

Mouthfeel - Very light carbonation, nice full body.

Drinkabillity - Tasty. I'll definitely take another. Nice treat that I've been picking up more than passing up when it catches my eye at the liquor store.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-04-2007 15:01:09 | More by SaltyLime
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had to try a couple places to find this beer, but it was certainly worth it. Top five brews?

Appearance – Black. Really black. Dark enough you couldn’t see through it in a pint glass when held in front of a 60w lamp. A smooth, foamy ¾” tan head tops it off.

Smell: Perfect? A rich stout with a sweet smell of chocolate.

Taste: Not as sweet as you’d expect, but you definitely recognize the chocolate flavor immediately. A really nice balance of bitter & sweet.

Feel: Very smooth & full. Light carbonation and very enjoyable.

I’m certainly not a chocoholic, but this beer certainly cracks the top 5 beers I’ve had. It’s combination of a bitter stout and sweet chocolate is certainly worth trying.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-23-2006 01:14:45 | More by msolar
Photo of beersarang


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black that is pretty damn dark with an also very dark tan head. Quite nice. Head is creamy, with huge sheets of lace down the glass. Nitro for sure.

Smells like dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate envelope the nose.

Roasty toasty barley hits the toungue, with just a dash of flowery hops that blend into the malt background, probably kent goldings, chocolate presents itself and fades into more dark roasted barley. Finishes a little dry and astringent.

Creamy creamy creamy, just the right amount of nitro carbonation. Overall very good and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-28-2005 07:56:58 | More by beersarang
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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 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 Ohiolager


4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Young's double chocolate stout 4pk nitro cans $8.99(OH)

This brew is much better in a nitro can than in a bottle. get the nitro can if you can!

14.9 fl oz nitro can poured into a pint glass. production and best by date on the bottom of the can. (shelf life of a year)

pours almost jet black, way darker than Guinness. leaving a three finger thick tan head that stayed around for a long time. reducing two a nice one finger head that left nice creamy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. as you drink it the head around the edges looks like milk. the appearance is very appealing!

i smell roasted malts, chocolate being dominate,coffees hints of vanillas and caramels. very inviting and wakes up my nose.

the taste mirrors the smell but much more is revealed. you don't taste any alcohol, roasted malts at first then coffee and sweet slightly bitter bakers chocolate followed by a cascade of vanillas and carmels. the after taste is not really bitter at all, rather sweet and creamy with a chocolate that clings to your palate.

the mouth feel is light bodied. at 5.2 ABV i was not expecting a thick body. mouth feel is great no complaints here. carbonation is perfect feels great on the palate.

overall an amazing stout. and a great milk/sweet stout. i have had this in bottles and the nitro can, WOW! makes a big difference! simply great. i will be picking up this again soon.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2014 06:24:57 | More by Ohiolager
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Creeping through one of my local LQ stores to find...How didn't I know about this before? An average stout ive had before but wait is that a NITRO can? Different beer altogether on NITRO. Dark rich color, Creamy mocha head, smooooth, creamy, dry, chocolate, not to much but just enough, to smooth.... Have 3. I did just before I reviewed this.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2014 06:02:46 | More by IGOTASIXPACK
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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