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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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4,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 4303
Reviews: 2188
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 03:20:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-15-2011 16:01:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 02:41:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:06:57 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-08-2009 01:59:13 | More by womencantsail
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

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

Serving type: nitro-can

05-07-2006 22:17:00 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-25-2004 14:14:18 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 12:27:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-12-2010 11:54:29 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:44:49 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 01:09:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 22:58:43 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep, opaque brown/black color with a thick tan head that holds up well and gives some nice Belgian-lace. The aroma is of a slightly sweet dark malt like bittersweet chocolate. The medium body and restrained carbonation level give a soft, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very lightly sweet with just a touch of roastiness against a light bitterness. Well balanced but somewhat lacking in character for it - not very much punch. The finish is light and leaves a pleasant, lightly dry and roasty aftertaste. Immensely drinkable. I once felt that I preferred the nitro-can version because it has such a soft, silky-smooth and creamy character, but I now feel that the bottled version is more enjoyable as it appears less sweet and slightly more complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 18:39:18 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. I have shared this with every woman I have known since discovering it (including my mother), and to a one, they have been enamoured with it.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with slight cola-hued edges, and a few fingers of very puffy, creamy brown head, which dissipates fairly slowly, rendering some spastic splotches of northward-reaching lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, thick, rich dark chocolate syrup, like when you've squeezed the Quik bottle just a little too strongly, mildly toasted, oily nuts, and condensed milk. The taste is mildly bitter dark chalky cocoa, a bit of understated morning coffee, and its associated creamy adjunct, roasted bready caramel malt, a further toffee sweetness, like in those mirror-world UK candy bars, and a slightly tangy, fruity hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, as expected, even though the carbonation is a tad higher (i.e., greater than zero) than anticipated, the oats kind of getting a raw deal. The body comes across as nice and full, giving a hefty gravitas to this reserved choco-beast. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolaty milkiness lingering with serious intent.

With a more than reasonable ABV, this goes down oh so very, very well, even in the absence of a nice dessert. And of course, the chocolate essence becomes even more prevalent as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:39:42 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a solid black, with a large, lush, lovely brown head. Aroma: soft and creamy, with a subdued cocoa content, sweet and mild. On the palate, however, things take a change for the decidedly better!
Niiiiiice, oh, so, nice, with substantial chocolate feeling, although it doesn't actually come in strong at first. At the end of the swallow, there it is, that real chocolate essence. WOW! Ever so tasty, and I'm not even such a chocolate nut, but you've got to give it up, there it is, and it tastes great!!!
Hops are minimal, here, and malt is king! Texture is smooth, and taste is sublime!
You never forget the chocolate, for the flavor subsists, and is sublime!
Fully integrated, perfectly balanced, this is one excellent stout, with an excellent addition of flavor! Another great one from Young's!
The delicious flavor never ever ends after the bottle empties, but the flavor lingers long after!
(I've had it in the nitro-can, too, and it was not enhanced by that gimmick!)

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 00:37:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MasterSki


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these for cooking, figured I'd review it as well. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Near-black dark brown color, with a touch of red-brown at the edges when held up to the light. Only the lack of retention keeps this one from a perfect score.

S - Smells like milk chocolate. There's the faintest bit of "beer" (malt barley) and dark fruits in the background. It smells good, but it's kind of a one-trick pony.

T - There's a bit more roasty coffee bitterness in the taste, while the chocolate is more of the baker's variety. The flavor is actually quite mild, and there's minimal aftertaste.

M - This is thin and quite carbonated - not a recipe for success in my book considering the style. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness.

D - The low ABV, thin body, and solid flavor make this almost chuggable. I think the carbonation would get to me, but not until after a couple servings. I might mix one of these into an evening at an English pub, or suggest it as a gateway beer.

I think this is probably better for making custard. Solid but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 23:53:45 | More by MasterSki
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts and milk chocolate with a slight touch of smokiness; it's simple but very nice.

T: The taste is sweet, very malty and full of milk chocolate as the name suggests. There really isn't much else to say about it other than that it simplifies a taste that a lot of bigger stouts ruin for the sake of being a "big" beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not as filling as most stouts, mild kick, very good representation of style. To be honest, I had lost some faith in how god stouts could be, but this beer has restored it to a certain extent. This is definitely one of the better stouts that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 06:02:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-17-2011 03:58:22 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Nov 06 on the bottle

Poured purplish/black with a 2 finger deep tan head, not much head rentention or lacing

Smell; Fruitiness, chocolate

Taste: Malt, yummy choclate, frutiness, sweetness& dryness on the finish

MF: Rich and silky, maybe a tad undercarbonated

Super drinkable. Great as session brew or with a bowl of spicy food or some dark choclate, highly recomended

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 04:23:53 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick light tan head. The nose is of chocolate malts and not much else. The taste is good. There is a good balance between base and specialty grains. The chocolate taste is present, but not overpowering. The thick head adds a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is great. This is a medium bodied beer and a real drinker. An excellant stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-26-2003 01:11:17 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro can, 16 ounce I think, with the ping pong inside into an imperial pint glass. No noticeable date on the can.

Beer is black and pours thick. A head quickly forms at the end of microscopic bubbles that cascade down the sides of the glass and the lacing in out of this world, it completely coats the glass. I can't tell what the aeration of the beer is, its too dark the bubbles are too small, but the head retention is great, there until the end.

Aroma is overall weak, but I can smell mostly chocolate. Its more chocolaty than I remember, smells good.

Beer is smooth and medium to full bodied. The flavor is primarily sweet with tons of chocolate. Its not as bitter as you'd expect a chocolate beer to be. It finishes cleanly and drinkability is high. I expect some roast from my stouts or some bitter from the grains or in this case the chocolate. I know this is a sweet stout and they achieved the sweet for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to everyone.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-01-2010 16:50:46 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. A deep dark color with a thick tawny head.
You can definately smell the chocolate in the beer. However, there wasn't as much chocolate taste as I expected, especially considering the name.
It was a little dry in the mouth and rated fairly well in the drinkability category.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:58:27 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date February 2007, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a creamy, almost mousse like, light brown head that I am able to contain to three-fingers thick. The beer is opaque and not quite devoid of color; there is a touch of brown to round out the deep blackness. The aroma smells like sweet chocolate liquor in some ways. It is not as sweet as an actual chocolate liquor and there is only a hint of alcohol, but the chocolate note is definitely there. A touch of burnt grain character is here as well as some spicy beer like notes that I can't quite put words to.

The taste is fairly light, and could in fact use a bit more creamy, mouth coating heft to it. Lightly sweet, with a chocolate note up front that quickly moves to a light-roast black coffee note. Some lightly spicy bitterness is here, but most of the bitterness seems to be contributed from roasted malt. The finish has a burnt grain acidity to it as well as a lightly burnt bitterness. Chocolate flavors are definitely noticeable and even linger long into the finish, but seem to not be at the depth that my memory of this beer remembers. Really a touch more body would help to round things out immensely.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 01:41:33 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-11-2011 23:38:17 | More by Knapp85
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has the typical nitro pour - cascading head. When settled, it's opaque black with a slightly off-white thick, lingering head.

The smell is a bit on the thin side, but chocolatey.

The taste is of creamy, smooth bitter chocolate. A slight hint of dark fruits give it a suggestion of chocolate-covered cherries, but a powdery chocolate dominates.

The taste is smooth and chocolate. It's like chocolate in liquid form. A bit of airiness takes away from the richness just a tad.

Overall, it's a wonderful dessert drink. It's nice in a can, especially the appearance. But, I personally think that it is a bit richer/fuller in the bottle.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-04-2006 03:19:35 | More by jwc215
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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