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

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Wells & Young's Ltd
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Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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

What a beer! Would go down as one of my alltime favourite stouts!
This beer was so good that as soon as we finished it we went back to the shop and bought two more. Beautiful tan head on top of a richly coloured dark beer. Big bitterchoc / mocha aroma. Flavour like the finest bitterchocolate around, very rich and creamy.
Highly Drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Semisweet chocolate brown with ruby highlights, topped off with a medium tan, rocky head that slowly subsides to a fat disk and leaves a moderate amount of lace.

The nose is roasted malt and chocolate, but is too subdued. The flavor consists of roasted malt and moderately sweet chocolate. It becomes much more vivid as the beer warms. I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle much more than I did the top half and will be sure to let my next bottle get closer to room temperature before diving in.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it's a trifle lighter than expected. I like my stouts to be thicker and creamier. It could be smoother in the mouth as well, but to be fair, it does even out as it warms.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a pretty good version. I'll definitely have it again. Note to self: next time, let it warm to near room temperature for maximum enjoyment.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a dense creamy brown head. Smells of sweet dark malt and bitter chocolate.

Tastes smoky and creamy. Smooth and milky with underlying sweet chocolate flavors. Milk chocolate is what I am tasting. Slightly bitter as it warms. A dry finish and the bitterness lingers after the swallow. easy drinking for a stout. Very smooth and sweet. A really good stout and that's always a good thing.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's no dessert fit to stand up to Young's Double Chocolate. Rich in chocolate, yes, but incredibly rich as a beer, too. Though the stout is COMPLETELY dominated by chocolate malt, its presence as a beer is understood and respected. This would never diverge from stout and fall into the fruit/spiced/chocolate/coffee/nut/etc beer category. The chocolate upfront is deeply complex and reminiscent of my vacation in Paris. But what makes this a great beer, beyond its chocolately appeal, is an intense hop/yeast fruitiness that follows; it turns this brew into the stuff dreams are made of. The milky chocolate reappears in the finish followed by green, tannic hops.

I hate nitro cans, but the nitrogen head in Young's Double Chocolate intensifies the chocolate malt goodness and I would go so far as to argue that the tastiest part of this beer is the foam. This crushes all competitors and completely defines the style.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Mustard
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; "best before end" warning -- in this case May 04 -- notched on the rear label's left periphery; purchased from Trader Joe's for $1.99.

Appearance: Essentially opaque in hue; large, chocolate-colored head; a gentle cascade effect upon the pour; thick, sticky lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Predominantly of cocoa... and nicely so.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront; predominant flavor characteristic is that of milk chocolate, but not overwhelmingly so; clear notes of fruit and grain throughout; ever so faint sour quality; finish is predominantly bitter and roasty and balances things out nicely; medium bodied with something of smooth and almost silky mouthfeel.

Notes: Far from the "decadently" or "sickly" sweet after-dinner beer some would make it out to be; highly drinkable and well-balanced.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this as my dessert beer for Thanksgiving and just found my notes. Poured from a bottle, it lacked the cascade effect but still had a nice, thick, creamy beige head and left some skeletal lace in the glass.
The smell was like sticking my nose in a dark chocolate shake. Plenty of chocolate aroma with some coffee and roasted malt notes playing a supporting role. The taste was simply awesome: chocolate in all forms. Initially a milk chocolate flavor was dominant but as things progressed, a more bittersweet dark chocolate flavor pushed its way to the fore. As with the smell, some roasted malts and coffee flavor were present to provide an excellent balance. The feel was medium-bodied, velvety smooth and rich though not quite as smooth as from a nitro-tap.
This beer is rapidly moving up my “favorite beer” rankings. It’s so very easy to drink and goes great with a variety of desserts. A superb beer.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle

Appearance: The tawny liquid of this beer filled my pint glass, forming a column of pure ebony. The tan head rose up to two fingers and settled down very slowly. It was fluffly at first, but finally flattened out into a thick, creamy looking layer. This, too, thinned out to become just a thick ring around the circumference of the glass. The lacing was minimal.

Smell: The unmistakeable smell of chocolate was very prevalent, but it did not overpower. It had a semi-sweet characteristic to it and was combined with roasted malt, a light fruitiness, and a hint of yeast. Straightforward and great smelling.

Mouthfeel: All other characteristics taken into account, I found this beer to be relatively thin and light. It just limped into the medium-body category and was a little rough in the back of the mouth. There was a slight creaminess upfront, but it was minimal.

Taste: Upfront there was definitely a sweet chocolate presence, though it was quick to surrender the spotlight. An overly strong tartness and a nice, dry hops character came to center stage quickly afterward. Though the chocolate continued on into the aftertaste, it was definitely a secondary player. Also on the finish was some nice roasted malt that blended well with the other flavors.

A good beer that I am glad that I finally got the chance to try. Maybe I was expecting too much from this brew, but it let me down a little. Don't get me wrong, I'll buy this beer again now that it is regularly available here in Wichita. But it really didn't bowl me over like I was expecting it to. The mouthfeel was lacking and the flavor had too much tartness for this type of beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some of this left from Thanksgiving desert.
1 pint 9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I poured the brew into my glass and the super dark brown color was immediately evident. no lite getting through this brew! There is a tan creamy head formed of very small tight bubbles.
The aroma is sweet malt, coffee, and of course chocolate. Almost a scent like chocolate milk.
The beer is very smooth and viscous with a rather heavy body. Very mild carbonation. Amazing head retention! After 10 minutes still about a cm of head in my glass.
Very pleasant finish leaving a roasted and chocolate flavor on my tongue. No hint of alcohol flavor or aroma.
I have paired this brew with vanilla ice cream and coffee very nicely as a dessert. It is a very good brew to convert non beer drinkers.

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Photo of FFudnam
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was served out of the 16.9oz bottle.

Appearance: Pouring the stout from the bottle, I notice it is definitely dark like a good stout should be, although maybe a little thin for my liking. Created a decent, fizzy head... not creamy as I might have expected from a "Luxury" stout. Left a nice lace in the glass as it was consumed. And consumed it was!

Smell: Sweet malt, smooth... very smooth qualities in this one. Lots of chocolate, some coffee, slightly astringent alcohol/hops smell. OH I love it!

Taste: More chocolate, a little more coffee, sweet malty body, some caramel notes, raisins, rum, bananas.... tasty stuff! Finishes with a tight bitterness. Lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Although I thought it poured thin, it actually is a little more full than I expected. Creamy smooth, with an appropriate amount of carbonation, and a clean finish.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. Appearance, smell, taste... all conspire to make this a great session stout. What can I say, I'll never turn a YLDCS down.

Although not one of my all-time favorites, this stout ranks high on my list. The flavors, scents, and textures are right. This beer needs a kick of hops or something to make it truly incredible. Hand the recipe to Larry Bell and he would make it perfect. Just my opinion.

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Photo of homersimpson
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black no light escapes, creamy khaki head.
Sweet, candy and chocolate to the nose.
Sticky on the tongue, it is chewy yet almost fluffy.
A very sweet chocolate with malt and a hint of coffee. Finish is long and roasted.
Good with pastries, etc. Not the cloying chocolate of some similar beers.

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Photo of Ellbert
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was definitely not what I expected. I expected a lot of chocolate but did not find that. I got a lot of burnt coffee flavors and some sweet malt but no chocolate. It wasn't even in the nose. The apperance was wonderful. Nice Head and dark color. Drinkablity was not very good since the flavor was off. It had an almost metallic taste that really turned me off.

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Photo of grynder33
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of my bigger disappointments in tasting new beers. Color was ok small head malt aroma, with the smallest hint of chocolate. Taste was about the same, and that started drying out pretty quick. I would never have guessed this was a chocolate beer, let alone a double.In addition to that, it seemed highly charged with carbonation.I had two bottles of this and both were the same.

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Photo of winomark
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep black with a thick, foamy chocolate head.

Aroma: As the name states, a creamy chocolate nose backed up by some mild coffee notes.

Taste: Slightly smoky, but lots of chocolate throughout. Dry, but flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but not overpowering. Slight richness from the chocolate.

Drinkability: Quite intriguing, but not for me. The "real dark chocolate" both enhances and takes away from this one IMO.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic nitro pour with a huge, lasting tan cascade that settled atop a viscous looking black body. Smell was a cross between sweet creme and the inside of a chocolate chip package. So much sweetness. The taste was astounding. It was like drinking a carbomb without worrying about the alcohol at all. It had huge flavors of caramel drizzled cappucino, extra sweet chocolate milkshake, no astringent grains at all. This was pure velvet and a perfect after dinner drink. Drinkability is a little low as the amount of this I could drink is very small before I develop a major cavity.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black-hole-black body. Lush, thick, tan head with bubbles that are just a bit too course for the style (bet the nitro can looks better, I know draught does). Still pretty.
Preface: I've spoken to a number of people who were disappointed by this stout, calling it watery and flavorless: IMO, they were drinking it too cold. When this beer hits it's temperature, all hell breaks loose in terms of chocolate (both cocoa and malt).
Smell: Subtle hot cocoa (mildly sweet, milky but not lacto acidic), hint of espresso.
Taste: Lush baker's cocoa and semi-sweet malt, slight smoke, light dry hop finish and subtle bitterness sneaks up to top it off.
Mouthfeel: Full, rich, creamy, silky... the word "luxury" on the label is appropriate. Bottle carbonation slightly heavy but soon settled. At proper serving temperature, this stout defines mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Smoothness and low ABV make for an easy session. If I had the bucks, I'd make a long winter evening of it - this is just an outstanding chocolate stout!

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Photo of dedalus
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

absolutely my favorite stout.

this poured out of the nitro can looking deep, deep black, and leaving a pillowy, cream-colored head. the lacing was clingy and bubbly.

the nose was all roast and cocoa, with just the tiniest hint of hops. as the beer warms, more chocolate emerges in the nose, and it's sweet chocolate, like the syrup you use to make chocolate milk.

the mouthfeel was exemplary, just perfect. smooth, creamy, silky, no carbonation bite. mother's milk to a newborn.

the flavors are subtle and austere, especially at first when the beer is still very cool. light, gentle roast and a hint of chocolate. when the beer starts to warm, though, the chocolate really starts to make its presence known. not too sweet, but just right. just enough hops to keep the sweetness from getting any big ideas. this beer caresses your tongue with flavor, rather than bludgeoning it like a lot of beers. now, those beers have their times and places, but when a young's double chocolate is around, they'll have to sit in the backseat and be quiet. this beer reminds me of an anecdote i once heard ... stevie ray vaughan was playing a show with bb king, and stevie was going nuts, just letting loose with all his masturbatory guitar pyrotechnics, and then came bb's turn to solo, and he just played one note, and sustained it with his tasteful vibrato for the full 12 bars. and stevie knew he'd been shown up. a lot of beers are like stevie, hammering you over the head with huge flavors. and a lot of these beers are great. but sometimes you want to be given the benifit of the doubt, sometimes you want a brewer to trust you enough to be able to appreciate the flavors in a good, subtle, restrained brew, and young's double chocolate is a beer that allows you to do just this. smooth, creamy, silky, and more drinkable than any other stout i've come across. if you want something that's easily quaffable and tastes good, you got it. but sip it slowly and you'll find that these simple flavors of roasted malt and chocolate echo and reflect one another, resulting in a taste experience that is simply fantastic. some drinkers might suggest that this brew could use a little more hop balance, and it would be interesting to see how just a bit more bitterness might affect this brew. but why mess with perfection?

you owe it to yourself to try this stout. stellar brew.



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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as motoroil, definitely darker than their oatmeal stout. Nice thick cream colored head. Its got a kind of coco powder and roasted barley smell to it. Wow, it really is chocolaty. I had this one on tap a couple of months ago and couldn't taste any. This is like the Godiva of beers, silky smooth (nitrogen) and creamy milk chocalate goodness. Doesn't have any bitterness to it, making it that much more drinkable. This in one fine beer, so smooth and rich. It has more flavor than the oatmeal stout that I just drank. You might not want to drink this right after a big meal, but thats about the only bad thing I can say about it.

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

pours black and thick with the beautiful cascade action. smells of chocolates roasted goodness. big chocolate taste, slightly sweet and very creamy. balanced and delicious, very smooth and tastey. its a deadly combo. i prefer the can over the bottle, and it isnt too expensive for a high quality brew being 1.99 a bottle/can or 6 bucks a 4 pack. good stuff!

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Photo of diablo14
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! what a beer! this brew is so good its almost too good to be beer. this beverage is what drinking beer is all about.

the dark mahogany color and creamy head is barely noticed once you get that first whiff of CHOCOLATE! yum yum. i start salivating before ive even had the first sip. its a smooth stout, like velvet going down, and in addition to the chocolate there is the slightly coffee flavor with just a hint of milkiness to it.

but its all in the back palate where the impact really hits ya. what else can one say? chocolate chocolate chocolate! its already smooth, but that richness of the chocolate in addition to the mild hoppiness is just a killer. even my girlfriend who despises beer could dig this one (not that im suggesting its a chick beer).

i think the most glorious thing about this beer is that yes, its choclatey, but all the while the balance is nothing short of outstanding! one of my very very favorites!

there is one other thing this beer is good for in addition to drinking. i make mud cake with this in it and let me say, it rocks!

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Photo of beerguy101
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, a medium sized cascading head. Aroma is chocolaty. Nice a chocolaty. Like drinking a chocolate milkshake, except it a beer. The sweetness of the chocolate malts is intensified by the additions of real dark chocolate. Sweet and malty, yet there is some hop bite. Very smooth, creamy tasting stout. Great desert beer, or a great stout on a cool winter evening. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of steelreign
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this last evening at a local restaurant. Big chocolate looking head and aroma, roasted malt and some English hops. I liked this one alot due to its somewhat unusual taste compared with my usual standbys (I.E - Victory Storm King, SN, etc.) Very malty and semi sweet - very tasty and bold. Hints of dark roasted malt and chocolate all over. Goes down so easily it's scary. Be warned - this one will quickly become one of your standbys if you are into stouts. A fine example of the style. Nice semi-dry finish, leaving you wanting more. Hmm, I think I'll have another one real soon! :)

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stout that screams VICE, and I will happily sin and be damned in the moment. When it says "Supreme Champion" on the neck label I will not question for what, where or how, I believe it all straight up.

Poured from that hardy 500 ml Young's embossed brown bottle, it is a velvet pitch black, creamy tan head that gracefully falls down to a thin cap. Nose is of powdered cocoa and baker's chocolate, with a foundation of roasted malt goodness. Flavour is a silky combination of chocolate and roasted malt, no more or less. Creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, it will cure whatever ails you. Probably the easiest way I've ever known to convert nearly anyone over to stouts or beer in general. There are angels in heaven earning their wings from the production of this double chocolate stout.

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

Pours a nice black (red comes through when held up to light) with a lovely thick rocky/frothy tan head. The very persistent head leaves lacing behind on the glass and greets the mouth in taking a drink. As expected from the name a fairly strong aroma of chocolate malt comes forth as the glass is raised. Tastes of chocolate malt with some very pleasant sweetness--not overly sweet as one might expect from "double chocolate", but well balanced. Some flavors of "roasting" are also present. This is a very smooth beer which feels slightly oily in the mouth. While not a beer for consuming following working outside or perhaps even on a hot summer day, it is highly drinkable as an after dinner desert type beer, and is an outstanding accompaniment to "Chocolate Cream Oreos".

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro can pour black with a creamy head looks good. Smells of chocolate and some roast malt. Taste is exceptional with a sweet maltiness subdued by a somewhat bitter coco chocolaty flavor. The malt sweetness and the bitter chocolate are balanced perfectly with the chocolate taste coming out as the winner. Almost like drinking a cold hot chocolate without all the sugar and some alcohol dropped in to boot. Smooth and creamy this beer could be enjoyed all day.

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Photo of hungryghost
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours dark and creamy with a thick, frothy head. The light chocolate aroma and smooth chocolate taste makes it nice after dinner. It is slightly sweet, maybe a hint of coffee. If you enjoy chocolate it will put a smile on your face. The flavors seem more intense if the beer is closer to room temperature that right out of the fridge.
I understand melted chocolate bars are added to the boil in order to get the flavor.
Ya cant miss the purple lable.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.