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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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Reviews: 2,303
Hads: 5,531
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 240
Gots: 881 | FT: 3
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Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of marieli
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown to black. Very nice foamy head, cappuccino-like. Started around 52 degrees. Chocolate was most present in the aroma, but not dominating, with some roasted malt. Taste was consistent with smell, but with a bit of coffee, too. Was semi-smooth, wish it was creamier. Alcohol was a little more present than I would have liked. Feel was on the thinner side, but not too bad. Different strokes for different folks. If you like chocolate and a smoother ride, I suggest, for example, Samuel Smith's over this one, but if you like your chocolate tamed by a more traditional beer/ale taste, then give it a try.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(Nitrocan) Malt and chocolate aroma. Black body with a creamy tan one finger head that coats the glass. Creamy dry chocolate taste with a touch of sweetness. Light bitterness. Feels thick and silky. Clean smooth finish.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, almost black color with cream colored head. Good lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee

T: Sweet chocolate, gives way to a bit of booziness, coffee aftertaste

F: Medium to full

O: Good beer. Not quite as good as some others I've had but definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) color with an active two finger head of caramel colored bubbles that slowly dissipates and leaves a layer of foam floating on the surface. 

S: Very deep roasted malt and chocolate aromas, and I detect a nice hint of coffee in there as well. 

T: Taste follows the nose well. This beer is what it claims to be, and not much more. Very strong roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. The coffee is still in there, and it all finishes slightly bitter. Nothing complex to be found here, this is a chocolate beer start to finish.

F: This could have been better. It's just a little too thin, it needs more body to truly stick to your mouth like it wants to. Carbonation remained sufficient throughout. 

O: I enjoyed this beer plenty, but I can't say it was everything I wanted it to be. Too little body and a slightly underwhelming taste experience left me wishing I had grabbed a bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout instead. 

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

Definitely a quality brew. Dark black color and standing creamy head.
Strong taste of chocolate/cocoa and a hint of coffee. The chocolate aftertaste goes into bitterness.
Just not really my kind of beer. I prefer to enjoy the chocolate and beer separated.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew, no complaints about this one. It didn't blow me away, but good all around and a good rep for the style. Chocolate and coffee on the nose, chocolate and coffee going down. Nice black pour and creamy enough. Will definitely drink again and will probably recommend it as a starting point to the style if asked.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

February 8, 2015

500 ml bottle, tulip

A – Midnight black, topped with a couple inches of light tan foam, with fairly long retention.

S – Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, a very light touch of coffee. Light earthy hop aroma with some mild bitterness on the nose. Perhaps a touch of bitter, roasty malt, but balance is toward sweet chocolate.

T – Flavor is also sweet milk chocolate with a hint of coffee, vanilla, and honey. Hop flavor is moderate, again earthy and slightly tropical, with a moderate-high level of hop bitterness.

M – Moderate-low carbonation with mild residual sweetness, the moderate-high bitterness creating balance. Silky smoothness from the oats.

O – One of the two beers (Bourbon County Stout being the other) that led me down the path to embracing and appreciating craft beer, this is still my favorite sweet/milk stout. So easy to drink, yet fairly complex, rewarding at different layers.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 30, 2015... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith tulip pint... OCCASION: Shark Tanking it up on a Friday... APPEARANCE: pitch black body, as expected; rocky, creamy, substantial three-finger brown head; lacing webs and spreads like camouflage; handsome... AROMA: beautifully milky, creamy chocolate with some almond and vanilla; extremely peaty and toasty... PALATE: smooth as silk; a bit slick; mellow and purely drinkable--a nice, creamy stout that ends with a slightly gritty finish...TASTE: as chocolately and toasty as this is, it is the secondary flavors of hops that inject a nuanced dimension to the stout; lactic and chocolate, back at the end...OVERALL: having binged on this all night in a Brooklyn bar some years ago, I can attest first-hand to its sessionability; drinking a singular bottle in the comfort of my own home, I can attest to its deservedly solo treatment.. the only downer could be the price: $4.99 for a 16oz.er is a bit much, but if it's ever on tap and on special ...

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown, bordering on black, with some slight deep red hi-lights when extremely backlit. Moderate, mocha head, settling rapidly to a thin film, which does not mute the aromas at all.
And what aromas! Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, and cafe au lait, are the most predominant on the nose.
The mouth feel is velvety smooth, bringing tastes that fulfill the promises of the aromas. There is the addition of some medium bitterness on the swallow.
This is the type of chocolatey stout I often crave, and this one delivers big time. In a word....outstanding!

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Photo of Otowi
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

This used to be a really good double chocolate stout.

Now they have added what they call "real chocolate flavouring", wich from what I gather is some sort of artificial flavouring, and it shows.

It pours pitch black, and has a chocolate and coffee armoa wich is quite pleasant. But it stops there.

The flavour is very artificial, and not what it used to be. This used to be a favourite, but not anymore, wich is a damned shame.

I do not know why they added artificial flavouring, but it has ruined a real nice beer indeed.

Hope they remove this bad artificial flavouring, and return to what this used to be, a great brew.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ba Review #288
Served On: 01/23/2015
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled AVB: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 04/28/14

Got this one in a beer trade with a neighbor. Have wanted to hit this one up for a decade now.

Look: Pitch-black appearance. Initial 2-fingers of frothy sand-colored head with mostly big bubbles. Head reduced down to a thin coating within moments while leaving some random patches of thin lacing on the Duvel glass. Carbonation bubbles were scarce but present through the murky darkness.

Smell: Deep dark roasted cocoa bean. Creamy espresso coffee character. Faint hints of butterscotch as the glass was pulled away. A delicate confectionery quality was also detected, that of a chilled tiramisu. Most likely from the milk stout component of this brew.

Taste: Started with a thinner mouth feel than expected. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee upfront. The middle had some slight bitterness, like in a baker’s cocoa; definitely not overboard on the sweetness here. The finish was clean with some traces of chocolate and a dryness coming though. Aftertaste was similar to that of black coffee.

This was a beer that holds true to the English styles: nothing over the top, yet very high quality. Was expecting a little more mouth feel as the bottle claims oats were used and the word ‘double’ is in the name. Either way a solid brew for a nice treat during the cold winter months here in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Photo of johnnyapollo
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Creamy stout with hints of chocolate, small head from the tap at "The Pub" at Perimeter Mall in Sandy Springs north oh Atlanta. A bit flat for my tastes but still very palatable. Distinct coffee on the front. Yummy!

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Photo of WoodButcher
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an almost black color. Hold it to the light and there are no hues that shine through. This is black like used oil. Mmmmm. The head is a dense tan, creamy with some larger bubbles that leave a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit muted, but has chocolate and coffee tones.

Taste is like the nose, but much more pronounced. The coffee and chocolate are followed by a slight hop bitterness with some smokiness and mild tobacco. This is truly yummy and with low alcohol makes a fine session beer with some rich foods (or without).

The mouthfeel is fine carbonation, but with a nitro pour it is like silk. This is one great beer.

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Photo of interzen
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Look: Opaque black with a bubbly tan/khaki head - the head has a fair bit of retention and leaves behind a fair bit of lacing. When I say 'opaque' I mean exactly that - hold it up to the light and you'll see nothing but blackness. It's a stout alright.

Smell: Roasted malts and dark chocolate - for me, the benchmark chocolate stout is Sam Smiths, and the Youngs doesn't have that in-yer-face chocolatiness that the Sams has, and it also has a few more dark fruity notes.

Taste: Roasted malts up front with the chocolate flavours following fairly close behind. Some slight bitterness but the chocolate/malt flavours are dominant. Again, not as full-on chocolatey as Sam Smiths but pretty damned good.

Feel: Good stout feel - carbonation isn't too excessive and it goes down extremely smoothly.

Overall: For me, Sam Smiths make the perfect chocolate stout - this runs it fairly close but doesn't quite match it in my opinion. It's probably worth pointing out that I'm definitely a stout fan and, along with the Sam Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout, this is going to become a regular on my shelf.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can. Color as expected, lackluster head (thin to non existent). Slight stout scent. Mild taste, think guinness lite...hint of chocolate. Not a bad beer but something I won't go out of my way for.

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Photo of Decko
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate malty aroma and pours with a nice coffee coloured head but it doesn't last long. Good mouthfeel with a balance of carbonation and stouty fullness. The rich malt and fruity chocolate flavours come through well and I thoroughly enjoyed this but just felt it was missing a little something to be really great. Hard to describe but a little bit thin in some way. That said I really enjoyed the sweet aftertaste and while chocolate stouts aren't usually my thing I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark as night; pours a sticky, chocolate milk coloured head that unfortunately doesn't stick around for long

Aroma: chocolate, dark and bitter/tart; some licorice

Taste & Mouthfeel: chocolate is there but not as much or as rich as hoped for given the name; instead a vanilla sweetness leads the flavour profile, very syrupy; medium/light body is a tad watered down, but glides across the palate

Overall: frankly this stout could use more backbone, it's not living up to it's name...

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Photo of myelo
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pure from a 500 ml bottle at ~55 F

A: Very dark brown with tan 2 inch head and sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate

T: Initial creamy chocolate sweetness with mild spicy floral bitter finish.

M: Medium body, mild ethanol warmth

D: Smooth, drinkable and well balanced

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very creamy from the nitro. Flavor is most definitely dark chocolate on the back of the palette, but no lingering sweetness that would come from actual chocolate. Enjoyable.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Opaque black color. The brown foamy head dies fast but creates strong legs. Visually a little dull.

Aromas and flavors of cocoa, coffee, nuts, herbal spices. Extra rich toasty and strong bitter taste of chocolate and coffee. Overwhelming spices and too bitter for my taste, should be more sweet.

Creamy heavy body with faint carbonation. Chalky with chunks of detritus.
Very long bitter and strong invading mouth coating.

An average beer with a treacherous smell. I find it hard to drink and tasted better local chocolate beers...Disappointed!

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Photo of Fantalek
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Surprised that this beer is so highly rated. It taste like beer and chocolate tin cans. Perhaps only because of the broad availability and rated as a comparison to other stouts? Compared to the quality microbrews of this variety, I find it inferior.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color. A thin white to off white foamy head appeared and dissipated within seconds barely leaving any lacing.
The smell had a large amount of roasty chocolate-ness. Light coffee intrudes in a decent way.
The taste was basically the same and had a sly coffee/chocolate aftertaste leading to the same sort of finish.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sharp through the carbonation but smooth as it carried itself over my tongue.
Overall, in my opinion, I like this milk/sweet stout. I'd have it again as dessert.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours near black with a brown head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell is full of sweet cream and chocolate, very heavy. The taste is equally heavy with chocolate being the star of the beer with lighter notes of coffee on the end.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours near black with a brown head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell is full of sweet cream and chocolate, very heavy. The taste is equally heavy with chocolate being the star of the beer with lighter notes of coffee on the end. Very decadent but overall a nice after dinner beer. For more fun, make a black and tan with this and Well's Banana Bread Beer for a chocolate covered banana black and tan, really tasty.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Deeply dark with a heavy 2 finger head of dirty tobacco foam head supported by light streaming CO2 comprised of tiny bubbles. the head has good retention but eventually dies off to a sticky lace cover and clings to the side of the glass.

Smell - Very heavy chocolate aroma as you would expect from the name of the beer. Some toffee like aroma and some bitter coffee hints in the back end.

Taste - Deeply chocolaty and very well balanced between sweet and bitter elements. There are some burnt characteristics in here but the beer is essentially exactly what it promises to be. Also some very sweet Rum or Porte like elements are in here... I wish I could be more specific in this respect but I am not much of a drinker when it comes to anything other than beer but this one does reminds me of rum in some ways.

MF - Mildly metallic and astringent at the start in the mouth this beer is medium bodied and has plenty of tingle with a drying finish. The beer is also pretty creamy as it goes down.

Overall - A very good beer that seems to do more or less exactly what it is setting out to do. Well balanced and a pretty decent mouth feel this beer is one I would recommend to others and will actively seek out again. Seems to pair well with sweet dishes.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,303 ratings.