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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90
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2,277 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,377
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 198
Gots: 715 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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 Daefido
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Wow, A self-brewing Canadian friend recommended this beer. So I drank it right now. I bought this beer at Fonthill's LCBO in Pelham, ON, Canada. Its colour and look seem very strong but it is not. Usually I feel stout is little bit strong to me, but this is not. very drinkable and nice taste. Like everybody here said, it has sweet chocolate smell, too. (354 characters)

Photo of moviedawg
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Poured black with a tan-colored head. It's very difficult to see through this beer when holding it up to a light but there appears to be a moderate level of carbonation based on the amount of bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a gentle aroma of chocolate with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is both creamy and somewhat sweet and filled with flavors of milk chocolate. There are also some hints of roasted malts. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate; the finish feels somewhat dry.
D: It's very easy to drink and goes down very smoothly; this is definitely a sessionable beer. (663 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Tar black color, with a decent head.

Roasted, sweet malt aromas, hints of fig and chocolate.

Very creamy, smooth stout. A bit on the sweeter side, with bitter chocolate, and again, lots of cream. Carbonation is a little too high, distracts from the smooth overall impression. Chocolate becomes very flashy in the end, mingles well together with coffee notes. Metallic carbonation is still a little unpleasant. Creamy, bitter, long lasting aftertaste. (453 characters)

Photo of Giuseppina
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all: it's a sweet stout, it's not dry neither should be. I drank mine at room temperature (18°C) because I think it enhances the smell and taste.

Look: Very dark brown colour. Nice thick light brown head that disappears after a while leaving a thick lace.

Smell: Well, the name gives it away, it smells of chocolate and malt. Coffee also is quite strong (maybe even more than chocolate).

Taste: Bouchet and aftertaste of chocolate, here the coffee is less present. Very strong also the bitterness of the hops, that gets stronger during the aftertaste.

Feel: Reeeeally smooth and drinkable, despite being rather complex and bitter. Medium low carbonation. Probably the feel would benefit from drinking it at a lower temperature (well, I chose a compromise).

Overall: extremely pleasant, can be enjoyed with a variety of foods (I drank mine with french cheeses and a salad and it was fitting perfectly). Definitely will drink again. (945 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Draft. Pours medium chocolate brown. Lots of carbonation. Takes a few minutes to settle. Aroma of slight chocolate and coffee. Not good coffee. Maxwell house. Ready light for a stout. Barely any chocolate or coffee taste. English stout. You can drink a bunch though. Like my stout more robust and thick. This is not either. Football stout. (352 characters)

Photo of corywalston
2.05/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A. Average poor 2 inches of thick tan head. Good carbonation. Color is same as a cola.
S. Stout, artificial chocolate flavor. I’m already not liking this beer.
T. Like a stout with artificial chocolate flavor, mild coffee, alcohol.
M. Watery, little syrup.
O. Not very good especially for the price of $12 a 4 pack. Good buzz for 5.2%. (337 characters)

Photo of Jgldillon
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Like a Guiness but thicker. Meaty was the first thought. Cocoa flavor but not sweet. Kind of flat mouthfeel. Expected it to be phenomenal per a friends recommendation. Not what expected. I was expecting the strength of a Founders Breakfast Stout but this it is not. (265 characters)

Photo of wmardis
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Simply waving a Hershey bar over a can of Guinness doesn't make it a "Double Chocolate Stout." The closest this comes to double anything is a double of Guinness, which I like. The poor rating is because it **pretends** to be something else. Do yourself and wallet a favor and just have a Guinness. (297 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Chocolate fills the mouth
With acid trailing off and
Retronasal sweet

A: Really dark brown, almost black--thin head but well-retained(3/3)
S: Dark chocolate, very sweet, with slightly acrid dark malt(9/12)
T: A little bit of dark malt balances a very strong chocolate middle with a bittersweet finish that lingers for a while (16/20)
M: Pretty bubbly with a medium amount of dryness on the finish (5/5)
O: Definitely a chocolate stout, but not as one-dimensional as the Samuel Smith’s chocolate stout. This has a much more complex character, and it asks my mouth and nose more questions than it answers. (7/10)
40/50 (620 characters)

Photo of DoktorEd
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured into a tulip glass, this semi-thick and very dark stout is very tasty. The name is not a misnomer; you can really taste the dark undertones of rich chocolate underneath a very complex landscape of roasted malt. Head retention was decent, almost a quarter inch that remained for the entirety of the glass. Very drinkable, not incredibly heavy on the alcohol content. Very highly recommended. (397 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a long time. Here goes:

A: Very nice, actually. Pitch black with a nice, creamy head that lingers for the duration of consumption. Also leaves a ton of lacing. The beer actually looks quite splendid.

S: Slight coffee notes with a milk chocolate background. Actually, this beer smells like a chocolate candy bar. However, the smell isn't very robust; it's quite moderate by my standards. More malt would give the beer a better smell.

T: Very good. Mellow coffee gives way to milk chocolate. Many beers have a bitter aftertaste; this beer is the exact opposite. The aftertaste is one of solid milk-chocolate and this gives the beer a highly-drinkable quality.

M: As with many English pub ales, the mouthfeel is a little light for my liking. While the head is rich and creamy, the body is quite light and watery. Would've liked a much fuller mouthfeel.

O: A solid beer. Will have again. (945 characters)

Photo of MrCharlieMops
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Dark, Black and 100% opaque with about a 4cm off white head.
Aroma: Malts, Roasted Barley and slightly chocolatey. Almost creamy/milky?!
Taste: Quite sweet and smooth, feels abit watery in my mouth which is a bit of a let down as I expected it to be creamy but the slight tingle on the tongue is good and leaves a bit of a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Very malty with hints of coffee, caramel and a bitter dark chocolate on the aftertaste. The sweetness of this stout masks the strong bitterness.
Overall: A fantastic winter evening beer which is great accompanied with a mars bar! Not a session beer as its quite heavy but 1 or 2 go down a treat. (673 characters)

Photo of BeardRage
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours dark, almost black, with about one finger of tan head.

Aroma and taste have hints of coffee, but really this is all about that dominant dark chocolate taste. It's pretty one-dimensional, with a thick, sweet, chocolate malt and minimal hop contribution. For chocoholics like me, though, this makes for a wonderful dessert beer. (333 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

11.2 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted, bready malt, coffee and some dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Toasted malt, bread crust, dark fruit, herbal hops, coffee and double chocolate fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Tasty brew. (314 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Lucky me, I found these in a singles cooler and bought the three they had left and put it in an $9.99 mix-a-six. I think these are about $12 for a four pack, no?

Appearance (4.5) : Super dark chocolate milk colored head about three fingers tall; a tightly knit creamy density. The body is coffee brown/coffee black with 100% opacity. The head leaves generous lacing all the way down as it recedes at a snails' pace.

Aroma (4) : Chocolate milk, cocoa bean, fresh plant, some esters, more milk chocolate, and some roasted coffee bean. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25) : Very smooth. Roasted coffee bean with some milk chocolate and hoppy bean bitterness. Some faint char and roasted malt remains on the palate on the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : A little more watery than I expected, so that's a let down. But what is there is creamy, smooth, and oh, so yummy. It's got a medium bodied mouthfeel with some tangy zippy carbonation that zaps the tongue.

Overall (4.08) : I'm glad I bought this and if they stock more, I'll go back again. This is a nice, potent, lovely aromatic and full-flavored stout. There's not a whole lot of chocolate like the name suggests, but it's a damn good beer nonetheless. (1,209 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Beautiful black color body with a nice tan head.
Aroma is of dark chocolate.
Taste is chocolate first then a little roasted malt and then some lactose come to play
Nice and smooth and a great milk stout. (204 characters)

Photo of Shandirra
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Overly sweet. Cloying. Disgusting. Vomit inducing.

I love a GOOD chocolate stout; ie: Brooklyn Brewery's seasonal - Black Chocolate Stout.

However, this stuff is foulness personified. People can moon on about the composition and characteristics but what matters is the taste. This beer should be poured down the drain. You couldn't pay me to drink this crap. (361 characters)

Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Harmonized with bonbon milk. Appearance: black, opaque, no foam perhaps be stupidly cold; Aroma: very light chocolate, roasting; Taste: I felt more chocolate in the aroma than in the flavor, but helped enhance harmonization, hops this full bodied. With the chill last night fell well! (284 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Very nice chocolate and coffee aromas. Pours black with tan head. Medium to heavy bitter taste. Full bodied with creamy texture, soft carbonation, and bitter finish. Pretty good, but slightly to bitter for my taste. (215 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a nitro can into a mug..

A: 4.25 - Pours very dark with a CREAMY one-finger head. It's cool to watch it all float up to the top after the pour.

S: 4.25 - Malt with a lot of sweet, milky chocolate.

T: 4.5 - SO good! Malty with chocolate upon chocolate.

M: 4.25 - More watery than I remembered, but awesome nonetheless. This is a beer I tend to drink pretty fast since it goes down so easy. Super creamy, super drinkable.

O: 4.3 - You get what you pay for with this beer. You buy this expecting chocolate and that's exactly what you get. Very tasty beer that I think mostly anybody could enjoy. (613 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml funny-shaped bottle into goblet. best before april 23, 2015, enjoyed on september 13, 2014

a: aside from very apparent caramel-ruby hues at the bottom through some light, this is a very dark and black beer. an aggressive pour yields just over a finger of latte-esque head or something

s: well, you know, chocolate. bits of coffee and roasted malt as well

t: chocolate and not much else. it's not called "double chocolate stout" for nothing. just kidding. there are tastes of dark fruits (i'm thinking figs and cherries) right after the chocolate, and roasted malt. some sort of sweet syrup and maybe even hints of vanilla notes. there's a fair bit of black coffee flavour in here as well which is nice. finish appropriately dry, reminiscent of a coffee-like bitterness. the coffee notes dominate as the beer warms

m: a bit watery with medium-ish carbonation which is somewhat odd for a stout

o: a tasty beer with a subpar mouthfeel (951 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Was told I had to try this, so here it is. Pours a light black, unable to see through. Nice tan head that holds on for a long time. Aroma is of light barley and hot chocolate. Taste seems a little watery, but overall, a good flavor with highlights of milk chocolate and a hint of bitterness. Nice and crispy and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Almost tastes like an actual cup of bittersweet hot chocolate with some marshmallows. Nice brew but anything that could be drunk in multiples. Glad I tasted (495 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big, spongy dark brown head. Retention is good; the head leaves super sticky lacing down the glass. Brew is solidly black.

Aroma is mostly roasted barley, and has a slightly boozy grape character - odd for the low ABV. Dark cacao is definitely present, as well.

Flavor is overall very light. Milk and cream up front and mid palate; a layer of roasted and toasted malts throughout, featuring chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes; very bitter dark cacao on the back end. There's a hint of sweetness, but very little. Bracing, earthy bitterness.

Fairly thin but oily mouthfeel. There's plenty of bite, but that's not what I'm looking for in a beer called Double Chocolate Stout. Fairly smooth and creamy.

This is a well crafted and absolutely beautiful beer, and I appreciate the low-ABV, but I was definitely expecting more of a dessert stout with this name. Actually, it might make a much better breakfast stout. (925 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 4 - black with a creamy brown head that holds decent retention
S/T 3.5 - roasted barley, dark chocolate, cream, vanilla
M 4 - creamy and smooth, finishes with some earthy hops and a bit of a peppery prickle
O 3.75 - a classic, easy drinking sweet stout. Nice to come back to every once in awhile. (299 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

500 ml. bottle. Served in pint glass, pours a dark colour, with red hints when held to the light. Rch and creamy biege head, leaving a beige lace. Smell of mocca, chocolate, candy and dark fruits, maybe coriander.
Rich and creamy too in the palate, not much carbonation, and no needed.
Taste is like the smell: chocolate, mocca, dark fruits. And alcohol. (354 characters)

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.