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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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4,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,574
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 120
Gots: 266 | 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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Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:42:54 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-14-2014 20:15:15 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 00:08:46 | More by Gavage
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

02-07-2013 06:12:42 | More by beernads
Photo of kojevergas


2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2011 05:23:55 | More by kojevergas
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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 16:09:37 | More by GClarkage
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-13-2013 05:26:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-19-2011 05:24:12 | More by imperialking
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-13-2012 04:00:34 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-26-2006 01:55:55 | More by weeare138
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:46:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black color with thick, tan colored head.
Nose was chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is a mix of roasted malt and sweet malt with dark chocolate and a creamy, vanilla note. Nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Nice choco stout but I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:56:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 05:02:55 | More by tempest
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United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer today (25/11/05), this bottle's BBE date is 13 JUN 06.
A: in a goblet it pours a dark mahogany hue with a thick and fluffy tan head which settles quickly to a very thin layer of bubbles. The fizz is interesting, making a constant hissing sound and bringing to the surface lots of giant bubbles.
S: dark chocolate dominates the note, but not too astringent as real darkest chocolate, as the texture is rather creamy and soft; lightly roasted aroma follows, mixed well with a tinge of vanilla (powder), sourly sweet ripe black plum note, a little fruity perfume and a stream of earthy hops at the back. Overall the nose is very balanced and enticing, not bold nor exciting but really solidly chocolaty smooth and complex--if I may, it's like a pot of chocolate mousse placed on top of a cup of warm coffee.
T: it's like a mouthful of chilled chocolate milk with chewy bits of chocolates!! The flavour successfully merges the dark chocolaty edge with the lightly roasted maltiness and nuttiness, underlined by an implicitly imparted dark fruitiness with its slightly tartly-sweet edge, and a slightly woody touch on the sides of the tongue. Not much sticky mouthfeel nor much sugary sweetness is evident in the aftertaste, and the finish is just moderate, with residual aftertaste of a cup of very light coffee.
M&D: silky smooth and even creamy on the mouthfeel with a healthy kick of tiny fizz in every sip; the body of this stout is ideal, ever so light that the semi-rich chocolaty maltiness receives a sort of balance in the overall structure, and makes it all the more incredibly easy-drinking, even like a session stout! At 5.2%abv., this beer is a true winner in terms of balance and drinkability. A very solid brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 02:16:46 | More by wl0307
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2.48/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-03-2008 23:06:40 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 01:34:43 | More by Billolick
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4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-07-2008 01:07:21 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-19-2013 15:31:19 | More by orangesol
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-29-2011 20:59:27 | More by InspectorBob
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours an inky black opaque body with a creamy smooth dark tan head that has a faint hint of purple in it. A few bubbles stick to the side and it looks like a good carbonation.

S- Deep roast grains with notes of chocolate, coffee, and earthiness permeate. A slight sweetness and tartness are in the background.

T- The smooth taste of deep roasted malt and some creaminess make this very drinkable. Some notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate come through as it warms up. A faint bitterness at the finish might be hops but they are hard to detect.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel is enhanced by the creamy texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a very nice stout. The taste is a bit watery but the smell and mouthfeel really make up for it. This is worth drinking again and a must if it is in cask or aged in barrels

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:52:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-30-2009 18:30:22 | More by stakem
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-27-2013 22:39:44 | More by DrunkinYogi
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New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a five finger light brown head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet milk chocolate, you can taste the "real dark chocolate" the brewer puts in; smooth finish, very drinkable. $4.10 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:32:49 | More by jdhilt
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK ruby brown with a very finely texture tan head.

Smell is chocolate and coffee. There are also vanilla and toffee smells here.

Taste chocolate, coffee and malt. There is also a fruity undertone to this beer.

Best possible mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for so hearty a brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 02:57:31 | More by Zorro
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