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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 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


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
Photo of KelsoSaaz


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint

A: Pours an opaque, motor oil brown with beautiful nitro draft-like carbonation. Super creamy, 1.5 finger head that lasts.

S: Chocolate! Caramel and lightly roasted malts and not much else.

T: Bittersweet roasted malts, dark chocolate bitterness that lasts through the finish. Lots of mineral flavor due to the addition of mineral water.

M: Very creamy head, and slightly watery body. Mild to low carbonation.

O: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Creamy and with just enough sweetness, this is a good stout. I’m not sure about the addition of mineral water though, as the minerality can be distracting. Just a bit more body and more full flavor and this beer would be fantastic, but as it is, it’s just pretty good.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-07-2014 01:19:41 | More by KelsoSaaz
Photo of Zdrummer15


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 14.9 fl oz nitro can to an imperial pint glass. This is my first experience with a nitro can/bottle, but I love certain stouts when served via nitro tap, so I was excited to see how this fairs.

Appearance: after an aggressive pour I was pleasantly surprised at authentic, nitro-infused, cascading bubbles forming a nice creamy head that lasts, just like on tap. Pitch black with little to no transparency, thick and ample lacing

Smell: dark chocolate and a little bit of roasted coffee, pretty simple

Taste: dry dark chocolate, kind of like a cold hot chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee

Mouth feel: creamy, medium body. Dangerously drinkable. I could drink a lot of these

Overall: This beer is not overly complex, but it is very enjoyable. There is nothing objectionable about it. Some people hate on nitrogen being used in place of CO2 when serving beer, but I am not one of them. I think it serves relatively straightforward stouts like this one very well, by adding an extra dimension to them. Obviously not quite on par with a good milk stout served via nitro tap, but as good as one could expect. I won't hesitate to enjoy this one again.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 07:39:40 | More by Zdrummer15
Photo of abeeronthebeach


3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A – This beers oozes luxuriously into the glass. The nitrous yields a super-smooth head which accompanies the body of the beer on the pour with the bubbles cascading downwards before billowing upwards and forming ranks as the pour finishes. The head is wonderfully creamy; it reminds me of the very fine foam you get when blending milkshakes. Sexy beer.

S – Cocoa powder, melted Cadbury’s milk chocolate, faint roastiness and a smidgen of malt.

T – Surprisingly bitter, definitely more towards the cocoa powder end of the chocolate spectrum. Not as sweet as Sam Smith’s. Sort of reminds me of a fuller-bodied, less-watery, chocolaty Guinness. Quite mild in flavour.

M – Insanely smooth as indicated by its appearance. It’s definitely creamy, but by the end of the glass the mild flavour and low carbonation flirt with blandness and sickliness.

O – I like this beer and I’d buy it more often at the right price. However for this to be a beer which really blows me away it would need to have a sweeter aspect, more intense flavour, heavier body to balance the smoothness of the carbonation which all in all would probably also involve a higher abv. A beer which I definitely recommend trying as it represents a more unusual style (milk/sweet stout) and format (nitrous can). Nice.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 02:22:43 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Extol


4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is so amazing. I got it in a nitro-can and it blew me away instantly. It smells exquisite. It tastes even better. The appearance is a beautiful dark color and you can't see through to the other side of the glass. At first glance, I thought it would sit heavy. But, to my surprise, it wasn't heavy at all!

I would for sure seek this out again. :) wonderful beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-13-2013 23:17:58 | More by Extol
Photo of DrewSnyc667


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

Nitro Can into a Pint Glass

A: Black as night with a faint cappuccino colored head thats about a 1/2 in thick. This beer literally looks like a cold night.

S: Aroma is pleasant of sweet roasted coffee. Nothing overpowering, but nothing artificial or overly sweet either, more dry

T: Very mild, sweetness is noticeable in the back, but its very balanced. Just a tad bit of smoke

M: Silky smooth. Easy to take deep pulls and the palate stays clean because of the mild dry finish

O: A really really tasty beverage. Not nearly as sweet as the name would suggest, a nice step up to a guiness or other mild porter or stout

Serving type: nitro-can

11-26-2013 01:18:43 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of ISmith87


3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Okay, the appearance is pretty impressive with the nitro head on it. Nice super thick, creamy bubbles. The beer itself is very dark brown/black.
S - 4 - Sweet, creamy chocolate, coffee, toffee, some dark fruits? very nice.
T - 4 - sweet, creamy chocolate, cofee, bitter roasty taste.
M - 3.5 - Flat, nitro cans/bottles always are. Alc is completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty chocolate malts.
O - 4 - This is a pretty good beer, it's a little overhyped. Nice and creamy, different from you standard American stout for sure.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-19-2013 02:06:01 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Flounder57


4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can was poured into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Once the beer was done cascading, it produced a one finger mocha head. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Awesome layered mocha lacing all the way done the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, bready notes, and a little smoke.

Taste: Nice sweet milk chocolate, toasted malts, a little smoke, and a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, low carbonation, a little bitterness, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: I have enjoyed this beer a bunch over the years. Smooth and delicious.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-31-2013 23:03:23 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Mini4x


3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too sweet for my taste, but a really great beer 'dessert' beer. It really is good aftertaste like higher end chocolate. Nitro-cans are a favorite, this pours with a nice head that fades fairly quickly. Great after dinner, but not a beer I'd want more than one of.

Maybe try a stout float??

Serving type: nitro-can

10-30-2013 23:59:33 | More by Mini4x
Photo of jhawth


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

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a solid black with a beige, finger-width head. The head looks incredibly creamy.

Aroma: Roasted malt notes, but just a ton of sweetness as well, and of course a good deal of chocolate. Smell like a bar of milk chocolate.

Taste: Roast malt shows up first but is quickly followed by sweet, creamy chocolate. Slight bitterness from roast malt shows up again in the finish. I get a slight metallic astringency as well, but it seems to disappear as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super creamy.

Overall: An old favorite from time spent in England, this is first time I've had this from a can. Seems less chocolately than I remember it being on tap at The King's Arms in Oxford, but still an enjoyable and easily drinkable sweet stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-21-2013 02:16:11 | More by jhawth
Photo of artoolemomo


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a bunch of head in a slow but beautiful rush. The head appears to have good retention and is a light creamy beige. The body is a dark chocolate black that is opaque. And when I write that this has good retention, I really mean that this is downright obstinate. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very typical nitro can aroma. Small hints of smoke and roasted malts. Think Guinness. Stronger notes of chocolate and roasted malts from the can. Roasted notes become stronger from the glass as I await the stubborn head to dissipate.

Taste- Roasted notes with a slight sourness begin the flavor profile. A slight bitter chocolate flits around the edges. Slight coffee on the finish. A bit thin such that it lacks presence and complexity. Really pretty boring. Chocolate that tastes more of cocoa hangs around the edges and underneath the finish. Not bad but nowhere near impressive. An above average stout. Honestly, I would prefer a Guinness or a Murphy's.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth but also a little bit watery. The finish is dry and the carbonation is rather minimal. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Very easy going. It's so smooth that it practically drinks itself. Only problem- Guinness and Murphy's are cheaper.

Overall- Above average milk stout. Nothing that amazes but still a highly drinkable beer. Give it a try; just don't expect a whole lot of chocolate- it simply isn't there.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-18-2013 03:56:29 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Libationguy


3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black color. Very thin tan head and low carbonation. Almost no head retention.

Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, nutmeg, caramel, coffee, hazelnut.

Dark chocolate, espresso, Nutella, roasted malt.

Medium+ bodied with a creamy texture. Light bitterness keeps everything clean on the finish.

Aromas and flavors make you feel like the beer should be sweet. While there is some residual sugar in the beer, the light hop bitterness balances nicely against the richness of the beer and keeps everything clean.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-20-2013 17:35:37 | More by Libationguy
Photo of RaulMondesi


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the cabin in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Yeah, Raul like this. Raul does this well and all kinds of good. Beautiful (light) chocolate textures and perfect creamy elements like my baby mama after she lathers herself in Clinique body lotion after a steamy wash in the WC.

I recommend it like a Mack 10 back yard boogy. Yep!

Serving type: nitro-can

07-04-2013 06:23:30 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Kearneytheking


4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this Double Chocolate Stout out of the 14.9oz "Pure Luxury" Nitro can. Man do I love watching Nitros cascade!

Appearance: Espresso Brown. Thick, dense head that stays with the beer throughout the entire experience leaving its rings among the glass as the beer disappears

Smell: Bummer here, I got a lot of the metallic smell from the aluminum can. (I also get this from imports like heineken and Newcastle though.. wonder what it is) However, a little smoky/roast smell is present

Taste: Espresso! and smoke! and bittersweet baking chocolate! In relation to beer though, not bitter at all. Sweet and smooth like me on a Thursday night with a blonde.

MF: Creamy, light, little carbonation

Overall: Would love to try this on tap. Great chocolate stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-19-2013 02:58:22 | More by Kearneytheking
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark; creamy; thick on pour with thick, creamy head; good lacing

Aroma: Roasted grain; cocoa; malty; coffee

Taste: Very thin mouthfeel throughout; smooth; slightly bitter finish; slight chocolate aftertaste; fairly sweet

Remarks: Should retry in bottle; and I may have drank it a little warm

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: nitro-can

06-15-2013 23:18:00 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the nitro can marked on the bottom with: BBD06SEP13-23:26-PD:06/09/2012. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The pour is jet black with a nitro-fired tan head that lingers for the entire time.

The aroma is dark roasted chocolate and a whole lot of smoke. I love that smokiness. Sugar sweet too.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is rich with baking chocolate and smoke. Mild bitterness toward the end but the chocolate lingers on as well. This is the definition of a chocolate stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-09-2013 00:02:47 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Vogie


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

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Nice creamy mocha white finger of head that slowly cascades down the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate upfront, roasted malts, maybe some coffee notes as well.

T: Creamy chocolate milk with a slight roasty bitter taste on the back.

M: Thin and creamy.

O: Reminds me of a much more flavorful Guinness in a nitro-can. Not a huge fan of nitro infused beers because it takes away from the flavor. However Wells & Young's made this work. I won't rush to seek this out again but would recommend it to someone that is on the fence about stouts.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-03-2013 16:23:08 | More by Vogie
Photo of dar482

New York

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Out of the can, it pours in a wonderful dark brown/black color with a light tan head. It’s a beautiful beer as the nitro trickles down in its wonderful cascade. There’s a solid one finger head that just lays there beautifully. It’s very thick. It’s like Guinness with its appeal and look.

Smelling it, there’s a sweet milky creaminess with a lot of dry malt powder. There’s that very familiar oatmeal stout aroma.

As for taste, the head there is so important. It just sit there like a floating half inch of cappucino head. My can is about a month away from it’s Best By, so maybe that’s the reason I don’t really get too much chocolate. The flavor instead has this burnt maltiness.

On the back end, there’s a bitterness at the end. It’s almost metallic in its astringency, but not very offensive.

The body is actually quite light, which makes it very drinkable.

However, do listen to the can. It says to serve it cool instead of ice cold. They’re right. As I waited, the chocolate flavor slips in a bit. However, you do then start getting that metallic bitterness. It definitely becomes a more well rounded flavor with it being cool. However, I just can’t get past the body and the bitterness at the end. The lack of chocolate is very obvious. I wouldn’t get this beer for the “chocolate.” It’s more of a Irish dry stout with some round oatmeal stout characteristics.

It’s not what I expected, but knowing what you’re getting, it isn’t a terrible beer either.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2013 01:24:15 | More by dar482
Photo of zeledonia


3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Tasted 19 March 2013.

Nice-looking beer. Beautiful cascading head, probably thanks to the little widget. About one finger of really really dense head, like the milk foam you'd get in a latte. Great retention, and even after it's faded there's still a fairly thick cap on the beer. Really nice, thick, dense lacing. Beer is basically black with a grayish hue on the side.

Smell is really rich, chocolatey, smooth. Also reminiscent of a latte or mocha, with that strong but gentle chocolate, mellowed out by the other elements. Definitely chocolate, not cocoa, as the sugar combines with it. Sugar cane coming through across the middle. Something about it reminds me of bamboo.

Taste is not bad, just kinda bland. A thin, half-woody half-roasty malt flavor. I only get a bit of chocolate in the taste. Mostly I feel like I'm chewing on sticks that have been sitting in the fire for a while. Turns bitter, a roasty burnt bitter with an herbal hint.

Mouthfeel is straight up flat. Medium-bodied and lighter than I was expecting. Slick and oily without the carbonation, and I don't like it. The nasty sibling of smooth. The lack of carbonation is a terrible combination with the rest of the beer's slipper texture. It's like it's seeking out all the crevices of my mouth, rather than resting on my tongue.

I was excited at first, but the taste brought my hopes down, and the feel dashed them. I could probably drop my numbers more, but the look and the smell were both quite impressive.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-29-2013 03:58:35 | More by zeledonia
Photo of ChugMan


3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Food Pairing: (1) Chocolate chip cookie was excellent with this. If you like milk and cookies, do yourself a favor and try this combo! (2) Dark chocolate pomegranite candies were great as well. The tangy fruity quality of the candy created a very fun counterpoint to the smooth sweetness of the beer.

A - This is the first beer that's made me say "wow!" just by looking at it. The broiling effect of the bubbles and foam caused by the nitro can made it look like a mudslide was happening in my glass. Once settled, it showed off a nearly opaque, dark maple brown body and beautiful head which left some powerful lacing.
S - If I didn't know better, I'd think it was a glass of chocolate milk. Light spicy alcohol aroma.
T - Very smooth, light, roasted flavors. Tasting mostly dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa bitterness. Some creamy, almondy, coffee- nuttyness too. Damn near a frappuccino.
M - Oily, a little chewy, not bad. Almost like the aftertaste of spiked egg nog. Easy to drink.
O - While the flavor wasn't quite as robust as I hoped, I'd love to re-review this in its bottle form. Maybe the nitro stole a bit of the flavor's thunder...I feel like there was a potential here that was somehow cut short. All in all though, very good indeed.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-12-2013 05:43:37 | More by ChugMan
Photo of schoolboy


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful beer. I know I have had it in a couple forms. I am reviewing the widget nitro can, which is really a treat.

It explodes into your glass like the best nitro cans, filling it with amazing foam and a mild chocolaty aroma. The foam tastes amazing and one of these days I am going to chug a whole can while it is still foam, just because I love it so much. The foam quickly dissipates to a hugely lacey (dirty!) head.

The taste is mild and chocolaty. Like perfectly bitter dark chocolate. The aftertaste is bitter.

This is the real deal and a treat any time!

Serving type: nitro-can

02-25-2013 01:25:42 | More by schoolboy
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

14.9oz nitro-can poured into a snifter. Best by June 5, 2013. Canned on 5/7/12.

A: Pours a creamy brown with a nice waterfall effect leaving a 1.5 finger solid off white head. The head does not dissipate until you start drinking. A solid covering of lacing.

S: Rich chocolaty smell balanced with a roasty malt. Has a lactose aroma familiar to milk stouts. Hints of vanilla, can already tell this is going to be creamy.

T: As the names implies this is a chocolate stout. Right off the bat you get notes of dark and milk chocolate. This is complimented by roasted malt and hints of coffee. Slight hop bitterness on the backend and aftertaste.

M: A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, not super thick but by no means thin. Low carbonation. Love the mouthfeel on this.

Overall always a pleasurable beer to enjoy anytime. Highly recommended and great for those looking to enjoy darker beers. Nitro-can adds a great creaminess.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-27-2013 21:22:12 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a cascading head that forms a thick, soft, one inch of off white, brownish head that has good retention

S - faint chocolate, faint roasted malts

T - huge milk chocolate notes with some faint coffee and roasted malt notes

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice stout. I was impressed with how chocolaty the flavor was. The coffee finish was also a plus. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It may be one that I come back to for a session. This is really worth checking out.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-27-2013 02:33:37 | More by tdm168
Photo of Beerstorian

District of Columbia

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

I had this out of a nitro-can, which gave it the expected "nitro cascade" upon pouring.

The aroma was light chocolate at first, with earthy, roasted barley. The chocolate became more pronounced over time, and eventually dominated the aroma completely.

The head was creamy and light, with fantastic retention and lacing, for the entire glassful.

The first sip brought the incredible chocolate flavor I associate with this beer, as well as some light roasted malt. The back end has a pronounced toasted malt flavor--almost burnt.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This is a great beer, and one of my favorites. I give it a slightly lower grade simply because as a Milk/Sweet Stout it has more chocolate to it than the guidelines specify, and not enough of the dark, roasted malt character that this style should have. Still, this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-06-2013 02:51:45 | More by Beerstorian
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,288 ratings.