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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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4,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 4301
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with this beer's customary fabulous, mocha colored, creamy pillow on tap. Head retention is exceptional, with considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, but this is really the only place this beer falls off a bit. Nevertheless, I get an attractive nose of light vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee. However, on the palate this beer once again flirt with perfection. The beer has something of a burnt toast flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed by cherry vanilla and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. This beer is light, soft and creamy, with a nearly endless, smooth finish. Drinkability is just stunning. The alcohol is not at all noticeable, and yet it's nothing short of astonishing how much flavor this low abv. beer delivers. An absolute benchmark, especially on the nitro. Just excellent....

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-06-2011 19:54:16 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a rich black hue with a creamy off white two finger head. The stout featured good head retention and thick lacing. An overall nice and tempting appearance.

The smell consisted of a slight chocolate aroma with hints of caramel and a unpleasant metallic smell.

The taste was average and muted. The flavor did not jump out of the glass like in the case of an imperial stout. However, it was pleasant and suprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel, however, was a bit thick without the pleasure of a thick, rich taste. It coated the mouth with a dull sensation which lessened the desire for the next sip.

The poor mouthfeel and dull taste detracted from the beer's drinkability.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-18-2006 03:39:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black, with a tan head about one finger thick head. The beer laced well throughout the glass. Smells roasty, with some coffee, and chocolate notes. Taste was lighter than I expected, malty flavour with a nice chocolate note at the end. Really thought it would be a lot more chocolate like, but the double chocolate name is quite deceiving as its a quite subdued chocolate flavour. Has a nice and smooth mouthfeel with a little bitterness. Beer has pretty good drinkability, could see myself downing a few of these. Good beer but i was a little disappointed in the chocolate content.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 22:56:48 | More by Viggo
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown appearance, a little oily, not uber thick stout. This is a tan head. Grain and chocolate aroma.

More chocolate in the taste, and really, that's it. A little bit of roasting, not a lot of malt heft though. Even smaller amount of hops. A high degree of sweetness. Mouthfeel is good, but a feeling this would be phenomenal if it was thicker. Drinkable, cost effective, yet a tad too sweet to get itself out of the sipping/desert beer category.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 23:03:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This dark ruby colored brew pours a huge brown head, foamy and rocky. Aroma is of cocoa bean and java. You can actually taste the chocolate in this brew (maybe because they actually use real chocolate in the recipe). Can taste baking chocolate. Bittersweet is predominant. Coffee and vanilla bean tones also surface. Pretty light in body for a stout. Maybe medium at best. I used to think more highly of this beer years ago, untill I started getting a taste of what the truly high quality stouts taste like (i.e., Kalamazoo).

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2002 22:42:09 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a an off cherry tan head.

S: Light aroma, chocolate notes on nose.

T: For flavor there is a light raisiny chocolate presence. The chocolate tastes like a hersey's candy bar chocolate. Very sweet chocolate notes but is very light in flavor and body with some cocoa notes. Not as robust as I thought it would be considering its labeled a double chocolate stout. A nice light body stout with decent flavor just not as robust as I hoped or expected from a british brewer where chocolate and coffee are dominate in culture.

M: Palate is smooth creamy and light like chocolate milk with some sweet cocoa hints similar to nestle quick powder mix.

D: very good drinkability and enjoyable. one of the better by style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:38:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

A. Poured from a 16oz Nitro Can into my Guinness Pint glass. Dark brown with a chocolate foam head. Attractive.

S. Toasted malt maybe a bit of hops.

T. Chocolate malt goodness. This is more like the most delicious milk shake, its a beer shake.

M. Creamy, fluffy, foamy. Good. Still surprisingly light for a stout.

D. Good stuff. Get it by the case.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-29-2008 21:17:30 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, nearly black with a dense, light tan head. Chunky lacing and good head retention. Super chocolatey aroma - dark chocolate, a little milk sweetness, just like cutting blocks of chocolate when baking. There's a hint of roasted malt too, but it's quite subdued compared to the caramel maltiness. The flavour has a lot more malt in it, some caramel, that complements the chocolate. On the bittersweet side more than milk chocolate. Fairly quick finish with a bit of cocoa. On the creamy side, medium bodied with slightly lower than average carbonation. Also a bit dry. This is tasty stuff. The chocolate is right up front, but it still tastes balanced and not at all like this is just a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 01:33:07 | More by DrJay
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at Mac McGee's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger cap of fine tan foam. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and strong dark chocolate and cocoa powder. It's up there with Rogue's Chocolate Stout as far as chocolate in the nose.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, although the chocolate isn't quite as robust. Smooth roasted malt and large chocolate malt flavors kick things off and the flavor profile skews quickly toward chocolate with the addition of robust milk chocolate and cocoa powder. The chocolate flavors smooth out midway through the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a heavy thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm glad I finally made it around to trying this beer - better than I was anticipating and well worth a shot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-22-2011 16:43:07 | More by glid02
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

The beer appears dark brown, nearing blackness. The tan head is enormous, encompassing the upper half of the pint glass, leaving a thick sheet of lacing stuck to the walls of the glass. The aroma is pretty straightforward, with chocolate malt leading the way, followed by hints of vanilla. The flavor also delivers a healthy amount of chocolate, as promised. A nice roast character is present throughout, and pleasantly lingers in the finish. The body is pretty thin, bordering on watery. This beer is easy to drink, and well suited for one who enjoys both chocolate and beer. Best is smaller quantities, I enjoy returning to this beer on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 22:49:10 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Slatetank


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16.9oz bottle into a nonic slightly chilled. The shape of the bottle is ergonomic and eyecatching I like the new packaging.

A - A rapid cascade of medium brown gets swallowed up by dark cocoa brown and the result is a head of about 2 fingers that has a pillowy top and leaves ringlets of mocha foam lace.

S - The aroma is both sweet + mineral, yeasty and malty w/ a pronounced cocoa puff like sweet odor w/ a hint of pine scented hops.

M - A velvety smooth yet sweet cocoa powdery luxuriously soft feel.The carbonation never overhwelms the chocolate and dark roasted malt . Luscious fullness and there is enough hop to support the sweet and roasted feel left on the tongue w/ a slightly nutty bean texture.

T - Light Fruity taste w/ cereal-like chocolate malt and cocoa w/ a brownie nutty taste blended well w/ woody notes of English hops. As it warms the black malt comes forward and the overall flavor is only a slight chalky/burned light char quality w/ cocoa riding out until the finish. It is very much as the label suggests - Chocolate + stout.

D - A rich beer for the 5.2% it contains. This has excellent potential for drinkability like sessionable stouts, not just as a dessert but as something not overly sweet I could drink a pitcher of this ale. This is world class and the blend of chocolate is really well done. Deserves the reputation as one of the best chocolate beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 17:56:34 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Gusler


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

The archetypal stout color “Ebony”, the head planetary in size, creamy texture and the lace fine sticky sheets to cling to the glass, a nice light chocolate color for both. The aroma of coffee, toasted grains, chocolate and sweet, as can be, quite a pleasure. Start is sweet, the top thick and chewy, the finish passably acidic, the hops pertinent to the style, dry long lasting aftertaste, and a “World Class Stout” in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 15:08:49 | More by Gusler
Photo of Brad007


4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I decided to rate this beer again but from a different serving type (nitro-can).

Color: Motor oil black with a luscious, creamy head of foam. Looks very palatable!

Aroma: Smooth and creamy with a strong chocolate presence in the nose. As it warms up, the chocolate aroma becomes even more potent.

Taste: Smooth and creamy upfront with a hint of coffee followed by creaminess and then chocolate towards the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, luscious and smooth. Goes down very smoothly as well.

Verdict: A beautiful example of the milk/sweet stout category. Tastes even better from a nitro-can than a bottle. It also beats out comparable stouts in nitro-cans that I have sampled.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-21-2008 00:43:50 | More by Brad007
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

Pours black with a nice fine grained tan head that mostly fades and leaves some spotty lacing. There are aromas of vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, sherry, and a slight roastiness. The taste is smooth cocoa up front ans a sligght bitterness on the finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a reasonably substantial body. Good beer, but a little one dimensional to consume much of.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 18:24:46 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of smakawhat


2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass given off a very nice 2 finger head of a perfect light brown. Minimal lacing with a dark brown walnut body. Ring and bubble marks stay throughout leaving a nice light brown easy circle.

Smell of faint milk chocolate, some minor cream whiffs. not much else though, but it's quite pleasant.

Taste disappoints a bit, with a very soda pop tingle like carbonation on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost exclusively watered down club soda and carbon dioxide. Where is the flavor in this beer where did it go on the palate from what I smelled before? There is an extremely faint note of whipped chocolate on the end but it's nearly impossibly to detected because of all the fizz. This is also very wet in body. Malt where art thou?

Don't want another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 23:54:16 | More by smakawhat
Photo of superspak


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

440 ml nitro can into imperial pint glass. best by 6/10/2012. Pours almost pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger super creamy light tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts forever. Thick and soapy lacing all over the glass as you drink. Aromas of big creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and light coffee. Nice and straightforward aromas with good strength. Taste of big creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, slight bitter coffee, light biscuit, and light herbal hop. Almost no bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and light coffee for a good bit. Great pleasant flavor balance and smoothness. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with an extremely velvety, creamy, and slick mouthfeel as expected for nitro. Alcohol extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a delicious nitro stout. No real complexity present, but it is extremely enjoyable and smooth. Very straightforward tasting as advertised in the name.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-23-2012 04:05:30 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with the normal nitro-can cascading head. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that has great retention properties (barely any reduction over the drinking of the beer). Significant lacing is observed. Nitro-can beer shave such a cool effect when poured.

S: This beer has a mild aroma overall but there is a nice amount of complexity to the smell. I can detect some dark roasted malts, light elements of coffee, lots of milk chocolate, and just a hint of char.

T: The flavor really follows the smell with a really wonderful milk chocolate sweetness upfront There is a nice amount of complexity and the flavor is well balanced. There is a really nice balance between the milk chocolate sweetness and the dark roasted malts. There is a very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Extremely creamy.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable. The beer has a pleasant smell and a great flavor with such a smooth mouthfeel. I could easily session this beer and I really enjoy it. I have been drinking this beer for years and the nitro-can is my favorite format - I drink it at lots of family evenets as it is my mother-in-law's favorite beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-13-2012 22:37:09 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Jet black, tan head, excellent retention, only a little lace.

S: Fruity chocolate.

T: Awesome. VERY chocolately, nice fruityness from the British yeast. Nice bittersweet balance isn't overwhelming. A hint of tartness rounds out the flavour.

M: Surprisingly light to moderate body, a little chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Truly exceptional. I think I could drink this all night!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 00:53:59 | More by Derek
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass feb9 2010

A dark but not black with a giant fluffy tan head that clumps up on the side of the glass

S if you like milk chocolate this is where its at I may pick up on a little coffee

T not far from the smell but not as strong and some raisin

M smooth and creamy, just thick enough to please

D went down pretty quick and that says something

well if you want chocolate this is a pretty decent beer well worth trying with little doubt

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 04:38:30 | More by wordemupg
Photo of dirtylou


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

appearance: There really isnt anything much better than the pour from a nitro can, drinking this out of a bottle is borderline disrespectful. Pours dark black with a perfect creamy tan head that is thick as hell and long lasting. Its just glorious looking.

smell: quite sweet and creamy smelling, nothing terribly over the top but perhaps the great layer of foam is obstructive

taste: chocolate chip cookie cake was the first thing that came to mind. sweet creamy and downright tasty.

mouthfeel: thick and creamy, just the way I like it

I forgot how good these things were from the nitro-can

Serving type: nitro-can

08-22-2005 03:05:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of beertunes


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

It's been a while since I've had on of these and I realized I hadn't reviewed it, so here we are. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured mostly black, just a bit of translucence around the edges, with about a half-inch of dark khaki head that had moderate retention and lace.

There is certainly a strong chocolate scent upfront and some nice roasted notes in the background. the chocolate coats the tongue and lingers at the back of the tongue. Underneath that the roasted grains give a solid base for the sweetness.

The body is solidly full without being heavy. Drinkability is very good, but that may depend on your tolerance for sweetness. Overall, a very good brew that's worth your time. Grab one soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:59:33 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and god lacing. Smells of alcohol up front, sweet chocolate, and some roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Taste of slight grass first, sweet chocolate next, and roasted malt in the finish. Overall, not bad, but a little less quality than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:50:33 | More by Tone
Photo of Dogbrick


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

After a bad experience with Breckenridge's chocolate beer I was a little apprehensive about trying this, but I am glad I did. I can't wait to try the bottled version! This had the perfect hint of chocolate in my opinion. The coloration was also perfect and conveyed what to expect in the flavor exactly. This is a great example of bold flavor with subtle accents to make a great brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-13-2002 08:18:34 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a SweetWater 420 shaker. Poured dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, coffee, slight caramel, and a nutty note. It had a heavy feel on the palate with no carbonation anywhere to be found. Overall this was a nice brew. However, the flavors were kind of light at least to me. If they would have been a little more intense this one could have been great. But still very nice regardless of this fact.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 12:08:40 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kylehay2004


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-22-2012 01:05:23 | More by kylehay2004
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