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

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Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't think I've seen this one on a tap that isn't nitro...wish I would someday. The nitro smoothes it out toom much, taking away the chocolate bitterness a bit. At the same time, the nitro head makes the beer look fantastic! Dark and light contrast.

Chocolate aroma is present and seems to dominate, but the roastiness is there, with some minerals. The taste is quite good, perhaps a little loose. I feel the nitro also thins it out a bit. Good dessert beer, or perhaps a beginer beer prior to some stouts

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black stout body with a creamy delicious tan head. The head when settled, looks like a 2 finger layer of nougat.

S - A little roasty, dry, smokey.

T - Nice sweet chocolate body with the standard dry irish stout bitter coffe backdrop. Roasty grains and smokey dry woody notes.

M - I love the nitro can silky body. It feels wonderful in my mouth and I favor this. This stout is lighter in body and creamy smooth.

O - For a session stout, this is a wonderful pick. Not super chocolatey but sweeter than the traditional stout and just as creamy and silky smooth as the rest.

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

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer is a dark, opaque, near-black coloring with a thin, dense, creamy, off-white head that coats the top of the beer and clings to the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, with a deep roasting in the background and a touch of bitter dark chocolate highlighting. Flavors are rich and deeply roasted, with a light, dry body typical of a Milk stout. Smooth, rich, creamy milk chocolate flavors on the forward tongue are followed rapidly by a touch of bitter, dark cocoa nibs underlying flavor profile. Very dynamic whilst remaining in the realm of chocolate throughout. A hint of coffee/mocha comes in as the transition is being made to the aftertaste on the palate, which is mostly the dark roast and slight bitterness. Smooth, dry finish, with a touch of roast linger. Very tasty and very easy to drink, I have found that this beer does well transitioning newbies into the world of the Stout.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a nice medium/dark khaki head with nice retention and lace. Body is a midnight brown with dark cola highlights.

S – Bold roasted malt aroma with soft burnt edges. Sweet dark chocolate drapes over the roast. Faint kiss of booze.

T – Roast malt opens the profile with edges just a touch shaper than the nose. Mid profile the roast builds into a cleaner bitter char note, as sweet chocolate pulls out from behind the malt to balance the mounting bitterness.

M – Medium full body. Sweet chocolate finish of medium intensity, with a lingering boozy tingle.

O – A great meal-time stout. Paired well with steak and char-grilled veggies.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another late night sampler, on to the beer:

The phrase Double Chocolate on the can should be all one needs to know about this beer. Take chocolate milk mix powder and thrown in some coffee beans. Mmm, good! Needless to say it's dessert in a glass. But I was still a bit dissapointed because I was waiting for that big rush of flavor which never came.

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark dark brown, borderline black. Brown one-fingered head. Plenty of lacing left. Looks incredible.

S- A sweet chocolate, duh.

T- Onslaught of chocolate from start to finish. Almost teeters on too sweet/dare I say it artificial. Dash of coffee. Finishes nice and roasty.

M- Rich and creamy. Adequate carbonation without "biting" on the tongue.

D/O- I'd say for what it is this guy is very drinkable. A little disappointed given it's BA rating but enjoyed none-the-less. Would be a great beer for a "beginner" beer drinker who only knows a stout called Guinness.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nitro Can poured into a plain pint glass. I don't remember the last time I had this.

A loud gunshot like sound when the CAN was violated, it was heard throughout the house. A pillow like foam was seen forming in the glass, I quickly poured this with vigor the correct way with the can sticking inside the glass. Once that was done a cascading brown foam hurricane formed eventually leaving a perfect tan head on top. Excellent notches of lacing.

Very chocolate rich up front with roasted malts following. The chocolate is a bit bittersweet and also syrupy rich with sweetness. There is a touch of cream in the distance. The aroma is bold but I CAN tell this is not going to be overkill like a certain chocolate stout brewing company in upstate NY.

If you read above that pretty much is ditto for the taste as well. It pretty much tastes like it smells. Besides the nice smooth rich chocolate the only difference is the malt addition seems to shine a bit more in taste. A very light chocolate milk for adults.

The feel is killer out of the CAN, probably the smoothest stout i've had in awhile. The nitro really does wonders. It has a good less than medium build with just some light watery spots here and there. For 5.2%, the body is amazing. I don't think it CAN get better than this.

Well, I'm sold, this did the trick, a lovely chocolate stout out of England in a CAN. I think I found a contender for a case pick up for the rest of the winter. The 5.2% helps things for the drink on this, either two or three a night.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with light-brown head. A nice layer of cream resides on top and remains throughout the pint. Smell isn't very strong, but fairly rich. Aroma is more of real chocolate than chocolate malts. Taste is rich and smooth. Dark chocolate tastes are the strongest, though I think they should be even stronger. Mouthfeel is very creamy and enjoyable. Drinkability is great for such a dark beer, this isn't as heavy as I predicted. I really enjoyed Young's Double Chocolate, I think it could be beer nirvana if the chocolate flavor was even stronger. A great beer for dessert!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

440ml Can
PD: 05/02/2015
BBD: 05 Feb 16

Been A Long Time!

Love The Pour Of This Brew!

Pours a very very nice dark brown color, with some awesome carbonation, with a very very nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which just leaves another, lol The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla note. The taste is very very nice, malty, milkshake like, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee notes, slightly vanilla touch. Medium body. Overall, this one is a treat to drink. Really liking it in a can. Recommended!

Best by Mar 07

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clear black color, nice carbonation, tiny tan head which left quickly, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, vanilla, and chocolate/caramel. The taste is very nice of malts, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice stout, makes a good session brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Black marble with some mocha highlighting. Despite being afforded the odd sneak-peek at colour, Double Chocolate Stout is opaque and uncompromising to light. Its head is thick and predominant, in this case a consequence of the nitro-tap but similar observations are made from bottled samples. Lacing drapes downward like a water fall.

Here's a word of advice on Young's Double Chocolate Stout: let it warm up. It may seem an unusual recommendation to casual beer drinkers but ales (like wines) benefit from air; don't judge this one until you've given it time to breath a little. You'll notice a lot more chocolate flavour emerge.

The aroma showcases cocoa and chocolate. It is that simple. It smells like a finely conched Swiss milk chocolate and also imparts subtle hints of mocha and coffee. The chocolate comes in many forms: chocolate-covered wafers and biscuits are vividly sensed in the nose. Roasted dark (chocolate) malt can also be made out.

Each sip gratifies the palate with never ending notes of chocolate. Again, like a finely conched Swiss milk chocolate it is remarkably silky on the palate. Its texture is also quite biscuity. It has notes of bitter cocoa and mocha and also the impression of sugary hot chocolate powder; it is the epitome of bittersweet.

Young's have authentically replicated the flavour of chocolate like no other (with the only possible exception of Southern Tier's first batch of Choklat.) I don't know how they get it to taste this way, I don't know what they use, but I couldn't care less. I can't say enough - this tastes authentically like chocolate! And it's delicious each and every time I have it.

Few beers can procure flavour like Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It isn't complex but it need not be. If you have a sweet-tooth (or bittersweet-tooth) for high-quality Swiss milk chocolate then meet your match. There is something about this chocolaty biscuit profile that I seem to never tire of. I feel it deserves a spot right up there with the world's tastiest.

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Photo of aasher
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: In between brown and black, boasts mocha colored beautiful head, constant bubbling, displays real "activity"

Smell: pretty standard of a lighter stout, slight coffee, chocolate, and malt aromas

Taste: subtle chocolate flavor and very smooth

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, excellent finish

Drinkability: very drinkable, has good flavor and excellent mouthfeel

I'd recommend this beer, especially if mixed with a Back Road Brewery Blueberry Ale. The two mixed together form an "original black and blue" which is delicious.

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Photo of Kelp
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK this beer has been reviewed 1000+ times now and believe me nothing i say can really add to what people have already said. That being said if you are really still reading this my only real thoughts are that its a good chocolate stout, just not as good as rogue. Though the price is tantalizingly good.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short-necked "Brittish-looking" 50 cl brown bottle with a purple label with writing in white and gold.

A: Pitch black pour with a brown large massive head that dissipates slowly into nice lacings.

S: Sweet, roasted malt. Dark dried fruits with faint vanilla. Coffee and lots and lots of chocolate.

T: Chocolate galore (boring review, but the chocolate is so dominating).

M : Aftertaste is medium long and holds both sweet and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: It started out very interesting but then it was only choholatel I don't know how I can be dissapointed with the dominationg chocolate in a beer that's called "Double Chocolate..."; but I am...

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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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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....

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer from the 440mL draughtflow can. Poured into a glass for a thick, creamy head.

Appearance: extremely dark amber with a thick, creamy head. Quite appetizing.

Smell: chocolate is the most prominent scent, to the exclusion of other characteristics; however, it is intriguingly appetizing.

Taste: malt is well-balanced with bitterness at first taste, though the finish is quite bitter indeed. Chocolate flavor not quite as prominent as the smell, a fact I quite like.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy, but surprisingly thin for the style despite the nitro can.

Drinkability: the bitterness of the finish detracts a bit from what would otherwise be a well-balanced beer. This reduces the drinkability a bit in my opinion; perhaps paired with a relatively non-sweet dessert this could work quite well.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and mouthfeel is where this version of this beer really shines; the flavor is clearly lacking when compared with the bottled version. The nitro can makes for a picturesque, super creamy head with excellent retention and strong lacing; cascading bubbles and a rich black color. The aroma is lightly chocolaty with a subtle roast character and that’s about it. Not particularly aromatic.

The flavor of the nitro can leaves something to be desired; things are smoothed out to the point of blandness; very light taste with a pleasant milk chocolate note and mild sweetness. Not much else; definitely not as tasty as the bottle, which I feel to be a little overrated to begin with. Would love to try this beer on tap sometime.

Love the creamy mouthfeel of this one, however–it’s positively silken. Almost worth drinking just for that and for watching the pretty picture that unfolds when you pour it.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.