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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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4,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 4290
Reviews: 2187
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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Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: I gave it a pretty vigorous pour that yeiled 3 fingers of bubbly tan head. The head slowly receded. The head capped a dark brown/black beer that had some noticeable bubbles on the sides of the pint glass.

S: Smokey and roasty smell nice hints of chocolate as it warmed.

M: Smooth mouth feel with a bit of "tangy" feeling from the carbonation

T: Smokey with a tannin taste. Some sugars and caramel as it warmed.

O: A drinkable beer but not my favorite of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:53:52 | More by fscottkey
Photo of scotorum


3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/18/13.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to patchy surface foam and lacing.

s: Dark chocolate and malt.

t: Dark malt with chocolate notes. Rather weaker on the chocolate flavor than anticipated based on the name. Some bitter finish.

m: Light to moderate, lighter than expected.

o: Falls a little short of the "pure luxury" promised on the label, but a drinkable enough chocolatish stout. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is superior, and in the same price range.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 05:17:40 | More by scotorum
Photo of JDJ


4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this right now. Poured into a plain pint glass at about 40 degrees, tasted, and then let it warm up to about 55 degrees before pairing it with this German chocolate cake.

A - Pours out black with a good two finger dark tan head...I poured a little aggressively, but it turned out about the same.

S - Smells amazing. A little roasty malt at first, then comes the wave of chocolate. Very little grainy character to this beer.

T - The first sip comes at you strongly, with a very dark roasted malt flavor, and a slight hop bitterness. After the initial lightly bitter bite, you get a smooth chocolatey wave that almost slips up on you. It's like you're thinking about the malty flavor and suddenly, "Oh, this is really chocolatey and good!"

M - Light carbonation, almost perfect for the style. A little silky texture on the tail end with the chocolate flavor. Very delicious dessert beer.

O - I will be having this again for dessert. I only bought one this time, sadly. I'm a tried and true fan of chocolate stouts, and this is among my top 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:49:09 | More by JDJ


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Creeping through one of my local LQ stores to find...How didn't I know about this before? An average stout ive had before but wait is that a NITRO can? Different beer altogether on NITRO. Dark rich color, Creamy mocha head, smooooth, creamy, dry, chocolate, not to much but just enough, to smooth.... Have 3. I did just before I reviewed this.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2014 06:02:46 | More by IGOTASIXPACK
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3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: Chocolate with hint of coffee.

Appearance: Black with a good two finger tan head.

Flavor: Light Chocolate malt that turns into a burnt chocolate, a little light and watery to me like most UK beers are, so it does fit style.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth.

Overall: Not a big fan of English style beers, always kind of watery and lacking a fuller flavor to me. It is well made and easy to drink but I prefer a little more heft to my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:00:12 | More by buzzardman
Photo of KelsoSaaz


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint

A: Pours an opaque, motor oil brown with beautiful nitro draft-like carbonation. Super creamy, 1.5 finger head that lasts.

S: Chocolate! Caramel and lightly roasted malts and not much else.

T: Bittersweet roasted malts, dark chocolate bitterness that lasts through the finish. Lots of mineral flavor due to the addition of mineral water.

M: Very creamy head, and slightly watery body. Mild to low carbonation.

O: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Creamy and with just enough sweetness, this is a good stout. I’m not sure about the addition of mineral water though, as the minerality can be distracting. Just a bit more body and more full flavor and this beer would be fantastic, but as it is, it’s just pretty good.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-07-2014 01:19:41 | More by KelsoSaaz
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice dark color with a one finger thick creamy head. Appearance is very nice.

S: strong coffee - light chocolate aroma. Smell is distinct.

T: Not as sweet as expected. Light in flavor. Coffee like.

M: Crisp and carbonated. Clean feel on the tongue.

O: Good overall. I like it, but I don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:20:09 | More by dseanv
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 14.9 fl oz nitro can to an imperial pint glass. This is my first experience with a nitro can/bottle, but I love certain stouts when served via nitro tap, so I was excited to see how this fairs.

Appearance: after an aggressive pour I was pleasantly surprised at authentic, nitro-infused, cascading bubbles forming a nice creamy head that lasts, just like on tap. Pitch black with little to no transparency, thick and ample lacing

Smell: dark chocolate and a little bit of roasted coffee, pretty simple

Taste: dry dark chocolate, kind of like a cold hot chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee

Mouth feel: creamy, medium body. Dangerously drinkable. I could drink a lot of these

Overall: This beer is not overly complex, but it is very enjoyable. There is nothing objectionable about it. Some people hate on nitrogen being used in place of CO2 when serving beer, but I am not one of them. I think it serves relatively straightforward stouts like this one very well, by adding an extra dimension to them. Obviously not quite on par with a good milk stout served via nitro tap, but as good as one could expect. I won't hesitate to enjoy this one again.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 07:39:40 | More by Zdrummer15
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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A – This beers oozes luxuriously into the glass. The nitrous yields a super-smooth head which accompanies the body of the beer on the pour with the bubbles cascading downwards before billowing upwards and forming ranks as the pour finishes. The head is wonderfully creamy; it reminds me of the very fine foam you get when blending milkshakes. Sexy beer.

S – Cocoa powder, melted Cadbury’s milk chocolate, faint roastiness and a smidgen of malt.

T – Surprisingly bitter, definitely more towards the cocoa powder end of the chocolate spectrum. Not as sweet as Sam Smith’s. Sort of reminds me of a fuller-bodied, less-watery, chocolaty Guinness. Quite mild in flavour.

M – Insanely smooth as indicated by its appearance. It’s definitely creamy, but by the end of the glass the mild flavour and low carbonation flirt with blandness and sickliness.

O – I like this beer and I’d buy it more often at the right price. However for this to be a beer which really blows me away it would need to have a sweeter aspect, more intense flavour, heavier body to balance the smoothness of the carbonation which all in all would probably also involve a higher abv. A beer which I definitely recommend trying as it represents a more unusual style (milk/sweet stout) and format (nitrous can). Nice.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 02:22:43 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Dbr


3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tested it long ago in San Diego.

It did taste greate. The chocolate was very intense. Otherwise a rather mild Stout.

Now, it is a bit too bland in the taste. The aroma is rather low, and the chocolate is not very strong in the taste. I prefer more intense aroma.

Otherwise it is still a good mild stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 19:07:13 | More by Dbr
Photo of Mojo


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - Dark brown to black pour with a small khaki colored head, some retention and lots of lacing.

S - This stuff smells like huffing a Hershey bar. Also a hint of coffee.

T - follows the nose to a great degree. Sweet caramel and molasses notes, finishing with a dark chocolate bitterness like you would get from a 70% dark chocolate bar.

M - plenty of carbonation, a bit of an aftertaste as well.

O - I know this is a classic, but I was slightly underwhelmed. I wouldn't turn one down if offered though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:40:09 | More by Mojo
Photo of BierJager89


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown head.

S: A ton of chocolate in the nose, as well as some earthy dark roast coffee.

T: Very chocolatey, somewhat sweet, some malt and some dark coffee.

M: Full bodied and fairly smooth.

O: It may be fairly commonplace, but this beer is delicious and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 21:53:54 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Bidcaller2


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recommended this beer by a friend and he was spot on. It pours a dark chocolate color that light doesn't permeate and has a nice tan light head that doesn't linger long.

The smell is what you would expect, of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and a bit smokey. This stout has no bitter bite, is slightly sweet and very smooth. For a Stout it is light in the mouth and leaves no filmy residue.

Overall this is a very good beer that I will recommend and go back to often.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:48:54 | More by Bidcaller2
Photo of NRo


3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell: Nice, roasted smell, little bit of dark chocolate.

Taste: Like dark chocolate, but not as sweet.

Mouthfeel: More viscous than I expected, tingly.

Overall: Good year-round chocolate stout, not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:51:26 | More by NRo
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip head pint glass (20oz).

A: Pours clear black up to 2+ fingers of cloudy, persistent mocha-colored head and leaves curtains of lacing.

S: The nose gives a massive blast of chocolate followed by toasted and dark roasted malt, sweet and milky(?).

T: The taste follows and is dominated by dark and milk chocolate notes, milky sweet and dark roasted malt. The finish dries out with some hop bitterness, but is very short and the flavor falls off a bit too soon for me.

M: Medium body and carbonation; silky and smooth.

O: A delicious sweet stout with a great body, especially considering its 5% ABV and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 16:55:02 | More by mtomlins
Photo of Extol


4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is so amazing. I got it in a nitro-can and it blew me away instantly. It smells exquisite. It tastes even better. The appearance is a beautiful dark color and you can't see through to the other side of the glass. At first glance, I thought it would sit heavy. But, to my surprise, it wasn't heavy at all!

I would for sure seek this out again. :) wonderful beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-13-2013 23:17:58 | More by Extol
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3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured Young's Double Chocolate Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a thin black ale with a half finger of off white head.

S - Roasted malts on first sniff, some bitter coffee in there as well.

T - It has some cheap coffee flavor with light roasted malts. Light chocolate mid palate with more roasted malt and coffee on the finish.

M - Thin is the word, wish the mouthfeel was thicker and richer. Medium to high carbonation.

O - A okay stout. I believe there are too many stouts out there that are better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:34:48 | More by fitrock2112
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2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark Dark Dark Body, the head was a light peanut butter color about 2 finger head that lasted throughout. Lacing was all over the glass...very nice

Smell- I got a slight cocoa-ish smell, but seemed to smell like any other stout

Taste- The taste was not what I was expecting at all. I tasted nothing chocolate, nothing really sweet, basically I got a beer that tasted like a re-labeled GUINNESS...not fond of the flavoring

Mouthfeel- Slightly reminiscent of chewing on a tire just after a 10 second burnout, like I said with the taste, the mouthfeel is the same as the taste, Guinness-like.

Overall, definitely would not seek this one out again, unless it has been changed to include some carbonation or gained some bitterness. Good luck to all who give this Stout a whirl!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 02:02:39 | More by DaveEcenrode
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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - It is a black color, with a small light brown head.

Smell - It definitely smells of dark chocolate, a bit like a mocha coffee.

Taste - a smoky dark chocolate, and sweet without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel - silky and thick beer.

Overall - This is a pretty good chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:50:28 | More by Captain_Komamura
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nitro Can into a Pint Glass

A: Black as night with a faint cappuccino colored head thats about a 1/2 in thick. This beer literally looks like a cold night.

S: Aroma is pleasant of sweet roasted coffee. Nothing overpowering, but nothing artificial or overly sweet either, more dry

T: Very mild, sweetness is noticeable in the back, but its very balanced. Just a tad bit of smoke

M: Silky smooth. Easy to take deep pulls and the palate stays clean because of the mild dry finish

O: A really really tasty beverage. Not nearly as sweet as the name would suggest, a nice step up to a guiness or other mild porter or stout

Serving type: nitro-can

11-26-2013 01:18:43 | More by DrewSnyc667
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Looks dark and milky. No light will pass. Head looks okay. Small, but gathers along the glass wall.

Sweet vanilla and dark chocolate and semi-dark and sweet maltiness. Lots of additives, I guess. Hints of dark cherry. Liqueury. Like a roasty cordial. Maybe, even, hints of black raspberry. It totally works for 'decadent'.

Nice and rich flavors with dark chocolate, dark fruit, light vanilla, roasted malts, and slight bitter hop; on the mind. Offers up some creaminess without the lacticity. Not particularly tangy, which I like in a milk stout. English toffee is grand, but semi-dry, with all of the sweetness coming from the vanilla and the chocolate.

Very soft, if not too light. The body is nothing to speak of, really, and the carbonation doesn't do a whole lot more. Just a simple drink, for a good beer.

How can you not dig this stout? It's tasty and aromatic and subtly decadent.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:52:35 | More by thecheapies
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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Okay, the appearance is pretty impressive with the nitro head on it. Nice super thick, creamy bubbles. The beer itself is very dark brown/black.
S - 4 - Sweet, creamy chocolate, coffee, toffee, some dark fruits? very nice.
T - 4 - sweet, creamy chocolate, cofee, bitter roasty taste.
M - 3.5 - Flat, nitro cans/bottles always are. Alc is completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty chocolate malts.
O - 4 - This is a pretty good beer, it's a little overhyped. Nice and creamy, different from you standard American stout for sure.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-19-2013 02:06:01 | More by ISmith87
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Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN. Chilled in the fridge, then left out for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Thick black, with off tan head about 1.5 fingers worth of head that recedes somewhat quickly. Good lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet, dark chocolate dominates and a butterscotch undertone in there. Obviously smells like a luxurious dessert platter.

Taste - Chocolaty, but never overly so. Very nice and well balanced flavors, but a bit one dimensional. Slight bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied which works very well here.

Overall - Definitely a good beer that would gladly drink again, but personally I didn't see what separated this from many other stouts other than a slightly more chocolate-centric beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:44:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 500mL bottle into mug.

A: Very dark, opaque chocolate brown. Poured with a finger tan head, lingered. Decent lacing.

S: I can definitely smell the chocolate, but it's not terribly strong. Accompanied by roasted malts and maybe the slightest hint of coffee. Some other smells I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Bitter coffee followed by smooth chocolate and roasted malts, can taste a slight hoppy bitterness in the middle before it's quickly overwhelmed by chocolate, which recedes and leaves a pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth and sweet. As the beer warmed, it became smoother and sweeter, which seemed to tone down and smooth the flavor profile, especially highlighting a nice milk chocolate flavor.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation as well. Leaves a light coating on the mouth, which carries the bitter hop flavors.

O: Solid, easy drinking stout. Does well to include chocolate flavors in an easy drinking beer. Could easily drink a few of these. I also think this would be incredible with nitro, I'll have to pick up some nitro cans.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 19:16:57 | More by bareju
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2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge head that lasts a couple of minutes. Nice dark color. Bits of dark particles came out of the bottle at the end of the pour. Not much chocolate taste or smell at all compared to Smith's. However this is a very drinkable beer and I could have easily had 2 or 3 of these without any fatigue. The lack of any real chocolate taste or sweetness was the only letdown for me. The label was right when they say that this beer is not meant to be overly sweet. Was not sweet at all. More of a coffee beer than chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:45:34 | More by Richardbeerlover
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