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

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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,379
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 199
Gots: 725 | 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 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)

Photo of Scooter77
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such a great and complex stout. Pours a deep, dark brown color with about a 1-inch head. The head slowly fades down leaving a nice, sticky lace on the glass. Aromas are full of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The taste complements the aroma perfectly. There’s a slight bitterness upon first taste, but it matched exquisitely with the roasted malts and chocolate. This beer is exceptionally smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. It's absolutely delicious. (466 characters)

Photo of rockdick
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my new, favorite beers. Wow! I'm drooling just thinking about the complex character of this brew.
It pours a pretty thick, tan head that lasts a while. Smells and tastes of a sort of bitter coffee-like flavor with lots of character.
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth. Very drinkable, just not too many at once. I'll be getting a sixer next since the one I tried was just a pint bottle. (397 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black (actually very dark ruby) with a good tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is all chocolate and roasted malts. When you expect something cloyingly sweet (chocolate in beer - "uff da"!): Surprise! - a perfectly rounded and well balanced flavour, loads of chocolate but never sickly, just the right roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is a real treat - I would be happy to drink it each and every afternoon, but just one bottle a day! (445 characters)

Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is deep black, large medium brown head, slowly diminishes to leave good lacing. Aroma is strong on the chocolate, and some roasted malts in the back. Flavor starts almost like hot chocolate, ends with some mild roasted bitter maltiness. Body is full and strong. Not something I would drink every night, but quite a tasty brew. (331 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eh, this was ok. The look was great, the smell was great. Then there was the taste. There was no taste what so ever. I got nothing out of this. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I was very disappointed. It was kind of waterd down tasteing, but had some hints of maltiness. Other than that, I don't have anything else to say. (332 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep dark reddish brown appearance poured from an equally dark and beautifully shaped and labeled bottle. No head to speak of, but what little was there was tan and thin. This is a very chocalately beer as would be expected from its name. The label boasts silky smooth, rich and creamy, and that is no overstatement. This is very rich beer with a clean chocolate sense in both taste and smell. The unexpected finish comes from a strong final rush hop bitterness. Much less than expected aftertaste. We drank this after a nice meal and found it to be a perfect desert finish to the evening. Surprisingly enjoyable after an initial sense of being too sweet. (660 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black leavin a thich off white head. The head stays a bit and leaves a thick spotty lace.

Aroma: A faint smell of roasted malt. Nothing more, nothing less.

Taste: Again the roasted malt flavor and a bit bitter after taste. Some coffie flavors did come out but I was hoping for more of a chocolate, roasted flavor. Not bad in taste but nothing worth buying again. It did go down smooth. Over all a O.K stout. After reading the other reviews, maybe I had a bad bottle. I will try it again to be fair. (517 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this but was somewhat dissapointed. It poured nice with a rich thick head that left a very nice lace after a few drinks. It took maybe 2 or 3 drinks for me to get the chocolate tatse but once I did I thought it tasted like un-mixed cocoa. Y'know, the flavor at the bottom of a hot chocolate? It wasn't sweet like a dessert beer should be. Maybe I got a bad batch but I really wasn't impressed with this one.

On another happy note though, my father-n-law enjoyed it. What does that mean? Well to put it bluntly he's a "Bud-man". I try to get him to taste beers with me but he normally sticks to the norm. Maybe with this there will be some hope! (672 characters)

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