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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

5,064 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,064
Reviews: 2,243
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 152
Gots: 462 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color, almost black. About two inches of tan head and a little bit of carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. A nice mix.

t - Tastes mostly of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I thought there was a little bit of sweet and bitter chocolate in it, which was a nice mix.

m- High carbonation and a surprisingly light body considering it is a chocolate stout.

d - A very enjoyable stout. Light body, cheap, and easy to drink with a low ABV, this is a great buy, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a beige head featuring tight bubbles, this stout is very inviting. Aroma wise, I was surprised by the cardboard and plastic smell presence. Additionally, I detected nearly no malt or hop. In the taste department, CHOCOLATE and lots of it. Also present: caramel (as in candy, not the malt). Nice hop finish resulting in a wonderfully balanced beer.

This is a thick and rich beer. It would be an excellent dessert beer, perhaps going best with some strong cheeses.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first try at a nitro-type container and it didn't go well. This beer looks great appearance wise, when you pour it's a tan color but then a dark color cascades down like a cloud and turns the beer all jet black.. pretty cool. I just couldn't get over how flat and watery the beer was. It was a fresh can, stored well and all, was I not pouring it right? Either way, it was so flat it made it almost drinkable.. nice lacing and all but its hard to taste the flavor when you have trouble swallowing it.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml nitro-can served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I've had this before in its other forms and it was pretty good. I'm glad they went with the nitro-can for this; it would probably be ruined in a regular can. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of lovely cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, nuts, and heavy cream. Moderately strong.

T: Very creamy but the chocolate is unfortunately restrained. Slight nuts. It's a bit bland and simple for a chocolate beer, but it's still pretty good. I preferred it on nitro-draught. Balanced but badly built.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Sort of suits the flavour, but not really.

Dr: They should just brew a cream ale and be done with it. The emphasis here isn't on the chocolate - contrary to the epithet. Very drinkable but also quite forgettable (at least out of the nitrocan). I won't be purchasing this again.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 from a 16 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes. Well, I expected much more from this beer. I'm not a huge stout fan, so maybe I need to try a few more in line with this beer. I have had a few other chocolate stouts and enjoyed them more than this one. It poured with a nice head and very nice lacing alnog the sides of the glass. Smells of deep dark chocolate. The carbonation ruined it for me though. Way too much for my taste. It was still good, but I'm used to the smoother ones. This one was rich and creamy, but the fizz was a bit too much for me. I also drank it a bit too cold I think. Just took it out of the fridge and drank it. Maybe I will try this one on tap if I can find it and re-rate.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

16.9 oz., 500 mL bottle, bought at my local Ralph's supermarket for $2.52,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a thick tan head, which leaves really nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Robust chocolate smell, smells a lot like a freshly served piece of chocolate cake.

T: This is as close I've come to drinking a liquid chocolate bar. This beer literally tastes like a chocolate milkshake, though it does have the bitterness of a dark chocolate bar which I like. A little bit of coffee flavour is mixed in there as well, but it is minor.

M: A little to thin as a stout, pretty light-bodied, but very creamy, ultimately satisfying, but not great.

D: A very good tasty stout from Young's, I forgot how much I liked this one, haven't had it in a few months. A really tasty beer, any fan of chocolate will enjoy this.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick 2" head. The head lasted through a good part of the drink. Thick lacing developed also. The aroma is of roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. The flavor is full bodied, as roasted malt is nicely balanced with a strong sweet chocolate tone. Coffee and a very mild hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start and ends smoothly. Feels like your tongue is coated thickly and the chocolate flavors last long into the aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and would go great with a nice chocolate dessert.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Brown bottle, brewed in Bedford, best before date was one month before tasting.

Poured into a Batemans pint sleeve glass.

Very dark in colour, almost jet black. A wonderfully full head of beige foam bubbles sat on top, slowly reducing in size to just half an inch.

Incredible chocolate aroma.

Lovely flavours of a dark and milk chocolate mix alongside malted biscuits. This is as good as the brew from the old Youngs site in London without a doubt.

The flavours of chocolate don't fade away one bit, very impressive. Smooth, rich, creamy, all the good things a Milk stout should be.

I had forgotten how good this was, I'll try not to do so again!

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It gets me every time...I love beer on nitro and the way the bubbles cascade down the glass giving the "sinking bubbles" look.

While it is being poured, it looks and smells reminescent of dark chocolate milk. As it enters the glass, it has a much lighter brown color from the nitro that is not yet released from the liquid. After it settles, it takes on a nearly black color with dark brown around the edges. Boasts a 1 finger silky cream head that is slightly tanned. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass after every sip. The head remains solid until the very end. Mouthfeel is very light and carbination is somewhat tingly. A very easy drinking beer. Taste is somewhat lacking when compared to the presentation given by everything else this beer has to offer. However, the taste does have very minor hop bitterness with traces of burnt barely and chocolate.

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CAN you dig it?

The pressurized can gave off a hissing, wheezing noise when I cracked the seal, causing me to give off a hissing, wheezing laugh. The cascade was not as pronounced as in some of the lighter-colored beers that I have tried of late, but it could still be seen as it occurred. It settled into a thick, deep-tan head like the top of a milkshake. The beer itself was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights. The nose was very chocolaty. The first sip that I took filled my mouth with a milk chocolate taste along with a powdery feeling, like I had inhaled Quik or something like that. The mouthfeel was thin, but the chocolate taste was amazing! The finish was also deeply chocolaty and I wished that I had a dessert to accompany this beer. This was quite good.

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark black with a cascading, fluffy, light tan head that settles into a 1 finger cap. Solid streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel and chocolate malt...maybe a hint of dehusked carafa in there.
Taste is similar to the smell with the mild caramel and dusty cocoa coming through and playing lightly along the tongue.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full bodied with a grainy feel on the tongue. Mildly sweet start and light bitter ending make this one an ok selection but not groundbreaking by any means.
I've been wowed by this on draft a few years back...either my memory is going or this nitro-can doesn't hold a candle to the brew on tap.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle sampled, with freshness indicator notched onto the label. Pours the expected chocolaty tone of black, tiny bubble film and minor lacing. Nose is all about burnt malt, rum soaked raisins. Soft and smooth mouthfeel, some alcohol peeking through the dense roasted malt flavor. Finefbrew to go with dessert/food or as a flavorful and warming sipper.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep brown body with edges of tan. Reasonable beige-brown head of rocky, coarse bubbled foam, fed by a rather large amount of carbonation. Head sits down after a while to merely a collar of bubbles. It's not a magnificent looking stout out of a bottle - no doubt a nitro-can widget might help this.

Dark cocoa and powdered sugar on the nose, very sweet and aromatic. The chocolate character is definitely most noticeable, and it's really very good. Dry and dusty, but sweet - so sweet. Delicious.

Taste is also very good. Rich, toasted entry swooping down to a sweet, chocolatey back palate. Dark cocoa powder again, hints of condensed milk and a wonderful sticky kind of smoothness in the mouth. (Does this have oats in it? It does!)

What a great beer! Genuinely pleasant, sweet and rich. It may not look like a magnificent stout, but that's certainly what it is. Maybe milder than the riproarin'est stout you can get, but this is a supremely drinkable brew that I'll be seeking out again for sure.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse.

Grabbed a pint to sip, although it took a minute for it to warm up. Really, this stuff tastes just like Guinness when its cold. Let it sit and a mellow dark chocolate flavor comes out. This beer looks great though. And you're really into appearance, the thick lacing and head on this can't be beat. Still I think this beer is a little over-rated. While the flavor is nice, I dont find it very complex or worthy of high marks.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,064 ratings.