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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,763 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 4,763
Reviews: 2,211
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 345 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

they really do add chocolate to it. Must be drunk last at meal end or at end of a session to appreciate. The colour and smell of chocolate.
Almost four years later, I had this on tap at Cole's and while it is thick foam that coats the mouth and there is chocolate and coffee there, it paled the new Ommegang chocolate and Rogue imperial porter. Beautiful chocolate black.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours from the can a very dark brown with a pretty cream head that lasts for a short while. The smell brings forward roasted chocolate, but not too much else. THe taste is quite similar with a bit too much of an astringent bitterness, which I assume is from the chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat saving, being a nice creamy ale; however, drinkability is fairly low as a result of the almost tannic dryness and bitterness to this.

Thorpe429, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  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.

metter98, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Pours a black color with a creamy tan head; tiny bubbles galore, great retention and good lacing

Smell: Smells like...chocolate milk

Taste: Starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor; after the swallow some modest bitter elements kick in, providing a slightly balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy; very low carbonation

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, although the flavor is not as interesting as the bottled version

brentk56, May 07, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Semisweet chocolate brown with ruby highlights, topped off with a medium tan, rocky head that slowly subsides to a fat disk and leaves a moderate amount of lace.

The nose is roasted malt and chocolate, but is too subdued. The flavor consists of roasted malt and moderately sweet chocolate. It becomes much more vivid as the beer warms. I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle much more than I did the top half and will be sure to let my next bottle get closer to room temperature before diving in.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it's a trifle lighter than expected. I like my stouts to be thicker and creamier. It could be smoother in the mouth as well, but to be fair, it does even out as it warms.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a pretty good version. I'll definitely have it again. Note to self: next time, let it warm to near room temperature for maximum enjoyment.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Can: Poured a dark black beer with a nice foamy head with great retention. Carbonation is very good with a lighter body then expected. Taste is very smooth with some roasted malts and chocolate taste with a light dry finish. This is a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. I remember having that beer about five years ago from a bottle and the chocolate taste was more pronounced. Overall, this is an easy to drink stout.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

I had higher hopes for this beer. Albeit good, I was expecting more. The beer exhibited good roasted barley qualities with solid bittersweet chocolate aromas with a twinge of lactose. The flavors were solid, but mellow. Not as rich in the lactose and chocolate as I expected. The body is where this beer really fell short with me. It wasn't as silky or smooth as I expected. The texture was a bit grainy and bitter (not from hops) and became watery into the finish. The chocolates never stood out enough to earn the name "Double Chocolate". Nevertheless, a good beer, I just expected more.

BEERchitect, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Poured a very deep dark brown, really could not be any darker without turning black. Huge off white head with lots of good lace down the glass till the very end.

S - Smell was very strong, rich creamy milk chocolate, with lots of hidden spices and other subtle aromas. A hint of hops possible on the back.

M & T - Wow, very first impression was of a chocolate ice cream flaot, very much a dessert beer in taste, wow. A bit thin on the feel though, would have throught it would have been a bit more robust. Nice carbonation made it feel frothy when going down. As it warmed, hints of root beer and hops started to present themselves and round out the taste profile very nicely.

D - Overall a very nice dark session beer. A little light compared to its big brothers in the field, but a fine brew none the less. It was nice to be able to put it down with feeling too full and falling down at the end which was definatly a plus.

mikesgroove, May 12, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thick mocha colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, a bit of coffee. Quite mocha like.

T: As you would expect from the smell. Good chocolate flavor along with hints of coffee. A bit like chocolate milk.

M: Creamy, the nitrogen provides and interesting type of carbonation.

D: A very nice sweet, chocolatey stout. A good stand-by.

womencantsail, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.4%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +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.

kylehay2004, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a thick, though quickly dissipating tan head.

Smell: Fragrant and dessert-like, the aroma is primarily of melted milk chocolate. Beyond that, there's a thin measure of smoke, spice, and bitterness.

Taste: The taste is brimming with dusty, bittersweet chocolate flavor and sweet maltiness. Hints of espresso and smoke help to round out the flavor. There's a quick burst of dry, hoppiness midway, but it quickly settles into a chalky, chocolaty finish with a sour note on the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A beer so good, that I suspect someone will soon come barging in here and try to disrupt all the fun I'm having. That's how good I think it is!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

One of the ultimate dessert beers on the market today. This beer poured out of the nitro can as a milky brown color that surged into a deep blackish brown color. The head was creamy and thick like a Guinness typically looks. The smell is of some roasted malts and a ton of rich chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate too. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Overall this beer is kickass when drank at the right time.

Knapp85, Jul 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Somehow I've had this a few times and have never taken the time to review it. That ends here. It pours a clear dark sienna topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, and a light air of coffee. The taste simplifies things even further (somehow), highlighting the roast and the (now dark) chocolate. It's tasty, but -- and I hate putting it like this, but I can't think of a better way -- still kinda boring too. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty good stout, nothing amazing, but eminently drinkable and enjoyable.

TMoney2591, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%

First nitro-can review... been awhile since having Guinness or Beamish in a can.

Poured into a tulip glass, at a cool temp of 45-50º, as suggested on the can. Slow reverse cascade effect as the head settles, creation a high contrast line against the black stout, as a result of the finely textured nitrogen bubbles. Long lasting foam, solid head retention on display here.

Who put hershey kisses in my Guinness... hollow milk chocolate sweetness, husky roast barley aroma.

Watery thinnish body, some creaminess from the nitro, still fairly flavorful though. Hershey kiss milk chocolate, mild coffee with cream and sugar, somewhat sweet though not overly so. Some mellow roastiness, though overall it's a bit flabby and watery. Where's the bitterness, where's the body? Not something i'd revisit, more of a novelty due to the can.

emerge077, Dec 17, 2011
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,763 ratings.