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

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BA SCORE
90
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2,285 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,285
Hads: 5,414
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 206
Gots: 763 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark black beer poured with a nice head that subsided quickly. Aroma is very mild with roast malt and chocolate the most apparent. Taste is very intriguing yet seems to lack the luxury the label proclaims. Rich chocolate with roast barley and a touch of hops, this beer should be on nitro to showcase the flavors. For the bottled version the carbonic acid produced by artificial carbonation fights the smoothness and makes this a rougher beer than it should be. (461 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured from nitro-tap a jet black color with creamy, light brown foam that coated the glass. The smell was a modest but distinct dark malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste was lightly sweet malt with some chocolate and cocoa, and a low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and low carbonation and a dry finish. This was a very nice stout. (387 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half liter brown bottle with freshness date clearly marked.
Dark black with brownish highlights, and an appropriate tan head.
Nose is of chocolate. Light / medium bodied.
Tastes of burnt grain, fruity hops, and a chocolatey finish. A bit perfume like as well. (262 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This nice stout pours out of the nitro can a light brown color, but fades to an opaque black color as the head slowly builds like a reverse waterfall. Atop it is a 1/2 inch creamy tan head. It has a nice chocolate aroma. Its a very smooth, creamy tasting beer, with loads of roasted chocolate flavors. This is a damn good beer. (327 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice chocolaty aroma arose from my pour of a brown head full of large bubbles and a opaque dark brown body that left a clinging lacing as it receded down the side of my glass. Ultra smooth initial taste followed by a mild chocolaty sweet aftertaste. It was extremely smooth and very much to my liking. Wow (312 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't plan on tossing back a lot of these. Its really more a desert beer. Best to open this one at cellar temperature. I had mine in the fridge. When I opened it, it still hadn't warmed up to the right temperature yet, and took until mid-glass for the flavor to be appreciable. It had a nice tan head with good lacing. Not much scent beyond dark malt (it was still a little too cold.By mid glass, you could notice a chocolaty scent in the background). Creamy mouthfeel, as one would expect with this kind of beer. When warmed up to proper temp, has a nice toasty malt flavor and there is a very tasty chocolate flavor in the background and in the aftertaste. There was a hop presence, but it is relatively subtle. Reccomended after a nice, satisfying meal. (756 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle. Classic label & packaging.

Beer pours a very dark brown with a decent head. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

Beer smells of chocolate, some malt, a bit of coffee and a touch of alcohol.

The taste kind of surprised me. I was expecting more chocolate taste given the smell. The chocolate taste is there, but very subdued. An alcohol taste also makes itself knowen and you get a bit of malt sweetness. Not a bad beer at all!

Carbonation seems perfect for style. Very smooth and easy going down. I'm not sure I would want to drink more than one or two, but it is enjoyable.

I like this beer, I happen to like Rogue's chocolate offering better. (676 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is as close to a candy bar as beer could be. Not much in the way of bitterness, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery. For overall effect, this is a bit thin for a stout. On the other hand, the taste is excellent, and the drinkability high. If you like 'em sweet, this will do. (278 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 3 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. Thiss starts out w/ all the right intentions, but disappoints at the end. It starts w/ a nice chocolate nose, tan head w/ a dark body and some up front chocolate flavor, but finishes a bit thin an watery. The body of this beer is too thin to make it work. (329 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic chocolate brew from London. This pours a nice deep black with red highlights and a very puffy tan foam. Aroma of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee,and sweet milky malt. The body is a silky milk smooth, with a quick chocolate begining and a bitter chocolate and espresso middle finishing full and roasty. A very nice mix of stout and chocolate. The perfect dessert drink.

Sidebar: Blended 60/40 with New Glarus Raspberry Tart: A reddish black brew with purple head appear. Aroma is Raspberry with hints of coffee and chocolate. The full body supports a chocolate covered raspberry flavor that finishes with sweet roasted malt. To make a dessert beer better- fruit + chocolate= delicious. Highly worth the effort. (722 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smuggled a couple pint bottles into Utah two weeks ago, and finally drank one last night. Had high expectations and I wasn't disappointed! Pours a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Smell is dominated by chocolate [shocker]. Wow. A little too cold to start with; not much carbonation. Taste is also dominated by chocolate and sweet roasty goodness. Very smooth--exceptionally smooth. Surprisingly drinkable for a such a sweet, chocolatey beer. I could drink a few pints of this. I would love to try this on tap. One of my favorite stouts, but not quite as good as the Kalamazoo and the many imperials I love. (615 characters)

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

This stout pours a deep brown, almost black color with a creamy tan head that settles into a small ring. The nose features notes of caramel, roasted malt, and surprisingly, chocolate. As the beer warms up, the taste is divine, albeit somewhat one-dimensional. Dark chocolate is the main event here, although notes of caramel, cream and sugar run their courses, as well. Drinking this is almost reminiscent of sipping a chocolate malt. The feel is incredibly smooth and velvety. Only minimal carbonation is present here, and it's hard to detect. For a stout with so much chocolate character, I thought this might be too much to handle, but upon review, it's quite drinkable, and a real treat overall. Luxurious, indeed. (718 characters)

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

This beer was a true treat! It was a creamy beer and went down very smooth. The taste was exceptional and lasted all the way through the drink. The chocolate flavor added a lot to the beer. I'd drink it again anytime. The price wasn't too bad for the size of the bottle. (270 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the wonderful Youngs 16.09 oz brown bottle..great simple purple label.
Well this is one of the best looking beers when poured that I ahve seen so far..almost pitch black beer ( some faint mahogany hints when held to the light)..and a massive creamy coffee and creme colour head bee-U-tee-ful.
After all that the aroma is rather subdued..some raosted malts.. but its a fresh aroma.
MM lovelly tasting stout starts of with some sweet malts and then gets all creamy and finishes with some great milk chocolate ..wonderful sipper.
Fantatsic feel on the tongue very smooth and creamy
A most drinkable stout..very nice stuff indeed. (644 characters)

Photo of TripelJ
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to put my two cents in as far as this beer is concerned (with respect to the nitro can.) This is one of my favorite beers, belittled by the medium in which it is served. The draught can version of this classic stout, has far less character than the bottled version, so much in fact that I would recommend it as a baby step up from guiness. I tried this twice at my local pub to be resolute in my decision--I am. Try this in bottle long before you bother with the nitro can. I respect the physics of the nitro can and belive it should be reserved for guiness and mass-marketed english pub ales. (599 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, with a frothy head that lingers and leaves delicate lace on the side of the glass. The aroma of chocolate and malt dominate. The taste! Now this one goes down smooth with just the right combination of hops, malt, & chocolate, with just a hint of sweetness in the finish. One of the best stouts i've had. (328 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a .5L bottle poured into a Young's pint glass. The color is a deep black with a nice 1 finger of tan head. After a few minutes, the head dies down a bit. There is a tad bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a delicate mix of chocolate and roasted coffee. The taste is a bit chocolatey in the middle of the tongue, with only a small bit of hops in the back. There is a bit of a coffee taste to the finish. The mouthfeel is a little bit soft for a stout. The drinkability is pretty good for a stout though. This really makes a great dessert beer! (566 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an awsome stout this is. Beautiful dark choco-brown body with tight fluffy beige head. Smell is immediately chocolate and roasted malt. Smooth as silk on the palate and clings to the inside of your mouth. Taste is bitter chocolate with hop overtones. This is by far one of my favorite stouts. (297 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cool cascading effect. Very smooth and tasty with a creamy head. This pours a very dark color with a small head and moderate lacing. The chocolate is very evident in the flavor - which I love. I would like to have this beer again and again because it is so drinkable and smooth. I love it. (289 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark brown color with ruby highlights. It forms a thick, creamy, light brown head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma just hits you with a huge fudge, dark chocolate smell. There is a bit of roasty malt and alcohol in the end. The flavor is wonderful, with a bit of roastiness up front, then quickly you are hit wit the sweet, dark chocolate flavor. This is a full-bodied beer with smooth, silky texture, and a dry bitterness in the finish. I found this to be an excellent beer. Would be great with desserts. (523 characters)

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

This is -finally- my 100th. I picked this one because it is a mutual favorite of both Bunnyhop and myself.
This beer pours a clear very, very dark reddish brown with a very creamy (luxurious?) moderately large tan head. The mouthfeel is very silky and oily- quite nice. The smell is a tempting chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is very pleasant chocolate and roasted malt with a very mild hoppy finish. This is a very enjoyable stout that makes a wonderul drink after a meal yet I could probably(though I have never tried) drink it all night. One of my all time favorites. (578 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a solid black, with a large, lush, lovely brown head. Aroma: soft and creamy, with a subdued cocoa content, sweet and mild. On the palate, however, things take a change for the decidedly better!
Niiiiiice, oh, so, nice, with substantial chocolate feeling, although it doesn't actually come in strong at first. At the end of the swallow, there it is, that real chocolate essence. WOW! Ever so tasty, and I'm not even such a chocolate nut, but you've got to give it up, there it is, and it tastes great!!!
Hops are minimal, here, and malt is king! Texture is smooth, and taste is sublime!
You never forget the chocolate, for the flavor subsists, and is sublime!
Fully integrated, perfectly balanced, this is one excellent stout, with an excellent addition of flavor! Another great one from Young's!
The delicious flavor never ever ends after the bottle empties, but the flavor lingers long after!
(I've had it in the nitro-can, too, and it was not enhanced by that gimmick!) (988 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looked beautiful...dark balck with a dark tan head and good lacing

The aroma was a little off...some roasted malt and chocolate, but there was a slight metallic nose to it...

Taste was only average...I have had better choc stouts...slight bitter at first...there are hints of chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel was good...thick but not a meal...

I could drink this for a while as long as I didn't stick my nose in it to smell it...overall ok...not bad...but not great (483 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of this yummy chocolate is deep, brown, almost black like a dark chocolate candy. Nice tan head, frothy foam about a finger high, fades a little leaving patchy lace. Smells of very sweet and rich chocolate with a nice creamy lightness, notes of ginger spice and nuts. Taste echoes the smell, its got a good amount of chocolaty flavor thats sweetly bitter but not overbearing. It stays nice and silky smooth the whole way through with a good chocolatey twinge thats quite nice in the finish and feel. Some faint notes of hop presence and ginger and is medium to heavy bodied. This is a great stout for having around Halloween and the winter Holidays when everyone starts eating more sweets. Super yummy stuff. (714 characters)

Photo of Garin
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice thick, rich creamy dark brown. The head started out quite light and puffy, but it quickly reduced to a thin foam. Nutty, malty, roasty, chocolate aromas were obvious immediately. The flavour was rich, malty, and chocolatey, with a nicely bitter followup. I felt it looked richer and thicker than it actually was. After several bottles of this, I'm starting to crave just a little more body here, and this is about the only concrete criticism I can offer.

Overall, it was definitely an intensely enjoyable experience. The chocolate was pleasantly present in both the aroma and taste, without overpowering the malts. After a few bottles, I've come to enjoy it even more. This beer has entered my regular rotation as one of my favourites, and I expect it'll stay there for quite some time. (806 characters)

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,285 ratings.