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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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Reviews: 2,302
Hads: 5,530
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 240
Gots: 878 | FT: 3
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Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

500 ml. bottle. Served in pint glass, pours a dark colour, with red hints when held to the light. Rch and creamy biege head, leaving a beige lace. Smell of mocca, chocolate, candy and dark fruits, maybe coriander.
Rich and creamy too in the palate, not much carbonation, and no needed.
Taste is like the smell: chocolate, mocca, dark fruits. And alcohol.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

A very cool looking 500ml bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, light brown head. Good stickage. An absolute thing of beauty.

Smell - It actually smells like a semi-sweet chocolate bar (I'm not kidding).

Taste - It tastes like a semi-sweet chocolate bar, too!

Mouth - Oily. A bit tart. Good carbonation. Substantial.

Overall - A nice, malty stout with just a touch of bitterness. Despite the big nose and roasted malt flavor, the beer is relatively light and easy drinking. The beer reminds me, a little, of a German Doppelbock.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

revisiting this beer after about a year still one of the finest , stouts on the market, the double chocolate in name is a little misleading, chocolate is natural and faint. much better in the Nitro can ,than in the bottle. Just picked up a case yesterday and the only flaw in this case is, that they tend to disappear fast than any other beer I buy.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

From 500 ml bottlePours dark opaque, even when held to the light, with thick tank head.
Nose not as pronounced as expected, but malt and some roasted and cream tones.
Taste is, as the bottle says, silky rich and creamy smooth. Reminded me a little of a root beer float. However, there is not much real flavor behind all that silky smoothness. Malt, some dark chocolate and roasted flavors, but overall a bland feel to it. Good mouthfeel, but it really left my tastebuds wondering when the real flavor would hit. Some lingering finish, but no real standout tones.
Probably the kind of stout my wife would like, since she doesn't drink stouts. Decent, but not memorable other than the rootbeer float like creamyness.

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Photo of kfh227
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

color - I'd say black if it were not. It is definitely a brown color but you can not tell unless you look at it in a glass for a while. No head. Very Opaque.

Taste - good. Not a great chocolate beer. The chocolate in it is not a good taste. I'll probably have it again but not soon.

Smell - Nose isn't working lately.

Mouthfeel - nice and heavy as it should be with this type of beer in my opinion.

Overall - One of the few beers where I put the mouthfeel as a bigger draw to have this beer again than the taste. I usually care about taste most and smell a distant second.

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Photo of djsnowman06
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award-winning rich dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience. Silky rich & creamy smooth.”

Very black and very opaque, with low levels of carbonation. Produced only a quarter inch of yellow head. The retention was okay; dissipated within a couple minutes, but a nice ring lace stuck around for much longer.

Hard to say. On the malts, I got just a sweet, roasty chololate aroma, and the hops had very little leafy scent, if any.

Whoa. The chocolate is very prevalent. Also some roast at the back and maybe some caramel or toffee. Again the hops were hard to detect, maybe a little leafy or grassy taste.

Flirting with the heavy side. It had good carbonation for its style. A smooth drink with a touch of a buttery feel. Screams “Dessert”

Overall Impression
I had this sitting in my fridge for 5 days while I went out of town. While I am impressed with this beer , I may have hyped it up a little in my own head, maybe a touch let down. Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice beer. There is a little aroma of chocolate but man does it ever come out in the tasting. I also probably served it too cold; I really should set up a dedicated beer fridge. Even still, the aroma only intensified mildly as it warmed. Was not overly sweet and was certainly indulgent, just as the label claims. Would make an excellent dessert beer. I also think that it would be a fantastic beer on nitrogen, just to amplify the creamy texture they were trying to achieve. Overall I was very happy with this superb beer.

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Photo of Gear54
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass

A: pour is extremely dark with no light penetration. Two fingers if this head kaki in color. The head fades quickly for how thick it was. Sticky lace rings all the way down the glass.

S: roasted malts and tons of chocolate and sweet notes.

T: taste follows smell well. This is sort of like drinking smoky chocolate milk with carbonation. Not exactly what I expected but it's a really tasty extremely complex beer. The malts and smoke and coffee and chocolate complement each other really well.

M: my only complaint is that the flavors don't stick around longer. It would be a bit easier to rap your head around all the complex flavor if t lasted a bit longer in the tung.

O: fantastic!

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Photo of watchnerd
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Blech! I thought the word ’chocolate’ would be metaphorical, or just a slight hint of cocoa, much like ’coffee’ is often used to denote a subtle influence. But, no, this is actually chocolate beer. I usually like beers with fruit, funk, yeast, sourness, spices, or other unusual elements. And I like porters and stouts, with Old Rasputin being one of my regular faves. But this stuff? If you like the idea of chocolate milk mixed with beer, maybe you’ll like this. Me? I poured the rest down the drain.

EDIT: My tastes have changed since the original review, having become a more widely-sample stout drinker. New scores reflect current opinion.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer late night on a sunday to get some strenght for the coming week. The label and the shape of the bottle really screams sweet promises of decadent stout. Poured the beer in a pint glass with a widget which keeps the head a bit longer with the constant streams of bubbles.

Small 1/2'' tanny head that doesn't stay very long. Color is deep black with the color taking more of a very dark brown when held up to a light. Seems pretty clear and opaque. First smell reveals a nice balance of smoked malts with some bittersweet chocolate mixed in. I get a faint nutty sweetness on the end.

It' got a good thickness. I might have liked a bit more but thats my taste. It does leave your mouth quite coated in stout goodness.

Now for taste, I get the smoked taste up front with the mid sweet chocolate following closely. I must admit that the first sip left me wanting for a bit more. I get a slight peppery end from time to time which is not so bad. A tiny trace of hops that rounds out the sweetness and add a bitter bark. Aftertaste is slight coffee with the chocolate coming back.

The chocolate caracter of this beer really intensify the warmer the beer gets so I would let it sit for a while if your just pulling it out from the fridge. I also found that the more you drink it, the more the chocolate creeps up on you. Really nice. It does deserve the name Double Chocolate.

Had some Bobbas Bounty loaded in a Kayfun while having this beer. It brought out some nice graham crackers and even chocolate.

Overall a good decadent stout thats well worth the reputation. Get one!

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Photo of tlennon0815
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Youngs double chocolate stout surprised me in a very pleasant way! The appearance is that of a dark stout. Smell is roasted malts with very strong scent of a bittersweet chocolate. Taste is by far the best part, with bittersweet bakers chocolate coming up front along with the malt, with a slightly bitter hit at the end. The chocolate stays with you throughout the entire experience. Excellent beer for desert or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was recommended to me by a dark beer drinking friend that said I had to try it.

A - Nice black color typical of a stout. Very clear for a dark beer. Awesome nitro induced super fine off-white head that seemed to stay forever and trail lacing down the entire glass.

S - Tons of chocolate both milk and dark with roasted and malty smells bringing up the back. The nitro can seemed to really accentuate the rich chocolate tones.

T - A very chocolately and sweet brew as the name suggests very similar to a hot chocolate that was cold or a chocolate milk shake without the milk or as much sugar. There is a roasted flavor that comes second and some alcohol third but the chocolate nature holds supreme. Only a slight inclination that you are even drinking a beer since it is really sweet and roasty. Some bitterness from the roasted malt but no discernible hops. A good desert beer if that is all you are going to have.

M - Thick mouth-feel it is sticky and cloying that coats your mouth in the dark beer. Really no balance and I couldn't drink more than one . Moderate "nitration" that makes it silky and smooth but the grain bill makes it sticky.

Overall, a good beer if you want a sweet cocoa inspired beer that is very novel. Similar to a milk stout with the sweetness and mouth-feel but is very chocolatey for a beer. It's definitely not my favorite but I know that there would be a time and a place to have this again. I did love the nitro can with plastic balls inside. Getting drunk while everyone is drinking a milk shake seems like a good time for this beer.

Glass- Imperial Pint

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 440 ml (15 ounce) nitro-can into a shaker pint glass. There isn't as much pressure as opening a Guinness, so I go with a moderate pour which produces a solid one inch head, with the usual extra-creamy pale tan cascading head. The color is a very dark ruddy brown that scarcely admits the light of a Mini-Maglite flashlight.

Very strong and delicious chocolate aroma-flavor right off the bat, which smooths out as the beer progresses (but never really fades), allowing some nice roasted coffee and nutty flavors to emerge. You can taste some very obvious hazelnut and even pecan tones with some butteriness underlying it all. All in all, this is like eating a dank brownie made of organic goodness. Chocoholics will love this.

This is quite possibly the best sweet stout I've ever tried and I give it very high marks. It is hands down the best chocolate beer I've tried. Purchased as part of a four pack of 440 ml cans for right around 9-something. I want to pass on some kudos to Hennessey Market in Butte, Montana for bringing more variety in all good things, most especially in beer. Cheerio!

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Photo of The_Stav
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a lovely dark brown/black color with a nice stout head, actually milk stout I believe. As the name suggests, this has a light and wonderful smell of chocolate. Tasting, the light chocolate continues along with roasted malts, maybe coffee.

It's a shame that we can't rate the bottle and the nitro can separately. The bottle is a fine brew, but the nitro can gives a much better mouthfeel with the nitrogen replacing much of the carbonation. The much lower carbonation (i.e. less carbonic acid) seems to improve the flavor as well. I much more enjoy the nitro can version and rate this at least a 4.5 (the bottle version is 4.0 or 4.25)

As the label notes, this is "Pure Luxury" and one of my all time favorites. Every now and then, it is worth it to me to pay the extra buck or two (for four-pack cans) to drink the Young's Double Chocolate versus the old standard Guinness Stout.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

3 finger dark tan head over a solid black body. The head rose quickly enough that I couldn't pour the whole 500 mL at once. Had to sip and wait for the head to settle before being able to finish the bottle. Head seemed to retain pretty well, taking several minutes to come down to 1cm or so.

Smell over the head is an inviting, bready smell.

Taste: Unfortunately, a slightly metallic start, but the character was a slightly chocolatey breadiness, as expected. A little on the bitter side, but not by too much. Metallic taste went away after a few more minutes.

Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but probably not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of MIchelle
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black color with a light cream colored head. Leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass. The smell is awesome, very sweet and chocolaty. Taste is very good. I taste lots of rich dark malts with the chocolate flavor really coming thru in this brew. Easy drinking and full flavored. A well balanced brew. One of my favorites.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 5/8/14. Had this one a few times in the past but has been a while. I seen it in cans and 330ml (11.2 oz.) 4-packs. This is a 500ml (16.9) bottle for $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a pitch black in color with a good 1+ finger beige head that stays around for a bit. Lots of lacing is seen with each sip and clings to the sides of the glass in layers. The aroma is very nice of chocolate (cocoa powder) and roasted malts. The taste is even better with LOTS of good chocolate flavor flowed up by the roasted malts flavor Very smooth and easy to drink. A really great brew overall.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks thick and black. Decent brown and beige lacing down the glass.

Smells sweet with dark chocolate notes. Cocoa powder.

Tastes like dark chocolate and Irish stout's lovechild. Quite bitter with a hint of chalk flavour.

Mouthfeel not very thick for the style. More medium. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and unctuous beer. Ideal as a desert beer. Or try it with chocolate chili con carne as I have. It definitely works. A winner.

My mark out of one hundred would be 83.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes 1/22/12

Pours black with swirling creamy khaki head. Smells of tons of roasted malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate, very low carbonation, taste of chocolate and TONS of it!! crazy awesome good, wowee wow wow wow!! super smooth and silky on the old kisser!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with brown, thick foamy head. The lacing on the side of the glass never goes away, like it is stuck there. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts and perhaps some black licorice. Thick, roasted, malty taste. I can definitely discern the dark chocolate and perhaps some raisins. Very smooth, thick taste, almost like a milkshake but not sweet. Slight bitterness at the end. This is my first foray into milk stouts. It definitely doesn't disappoint. The beer is more filling than any IPA I have had.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lingering cappuccino head. Can't see body. Ceramic mug.

Mocha, roast malt, nutty, toasted character, dark chocolate form the aroma.

Chocolate and cocoa powder form the flavor base and linger throughout. There's a slightly acrid note that's offputting. Vanilla surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly thick and creamy, with minimal carbonation.

If the acrid character were gone and the vanilla tamed a bit, would be truly exceptional. That said, great depth of chocolate flavor.

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Photo of Ohiolager
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Young's double chocolate stout 4pk nitro cans $8.99(OH)

This brew is much better in a nitro can than in a bottle. get the nitro can if you can!

14.9 fl oz nitro can poured into a pint glass. production and best by date on the bottom of the can. (shelf life of a year)

pours almost jet black, way darker than Guinness. leaving a three finger thick tan head that stayed around for a long time. reducing two a nice one finger head that left nice creamy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. as you drink it the head around the edges looks like milk. the appearance is very appealing!

i smell roasted malts, chocolate being dominate,coffees hints of vanillas and caramels. very inviting and wakes up my nose.

the taste mirrors the smell but much more is revealed. you don't taste any alcohol, roasted malts at first then coffee and sweet slightly bitter bakers chocolate followed by a cascade of vanillas and carmels. the after taste is not really bitter at all, rather sweet and creamy with a chocolate that clings to your palate.

the mouth feel is light bodied. at 5.2 ABV i was not expecting a thick body. mouth feel is great no complaints here. carbonation is perfect feels great on the palate.

overall an amazing stout. and a great milk/sweet stout. i have had this in bottles and the nitro can, WOW! makes a big difference! simply great. i will be picking up this again soon.

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Photo of Abra
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a small light brown head.
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste is a predominantly roasted, almost smoked malt flavor with maybe the slightest hint of chocolate in the background. It finishes slightly sweet with just the right amount of bitterness that overrides it so it doesn't read as a sweet beer despite the name Double Chocolate.

It's not bad at all, but I expected more of a chocolate punch.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a wide mouth glass.

A- Very good. Opened well. Good brown head that dissipated to nothing quickly. Dark and rick looking

S- Bit of a let down here. Not much there. You can tell the basics are there... roasted malts, caramel, etc but not much of it

T- Very good. Nice chocolate stout. Alcohol well hidden.

M- Smooth as expected.

O- Pretty good. Will drink again but not anytime soon.

Food Paring

This nice light chocolate stout goes very well with... bbq steak!


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Photo of endovelico
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate clearly dominates the profile in this luscious, silky brew with some herbal, coffee and spicy undertones poking through. Palate wise the beer feels very 'clean' even if some Diacetyl can be detected (denouncing its British pedigree). Overall this beer feels and drinks like a classically British, complex stout. It's biggest flaw is its lack of any real wowing factor or unique spin to set it apart of the other great stouts of the world.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Heard good things about this one... Looks good, smells good and has a pretty decent taste... A little light on the foam and carbonation though... My only problem with this one is the somewhat flat mouthfeel-- I personally believe that a beer that walks and talks like a stout should have a little more presence than this. Still, pretty good though.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,302 ratings.