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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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2,291 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,291
Hads: 5,435
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 209
Gots: 780 | 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 JoLight
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Thin, khaki head that dissipates into a sizable ring of foam. Nice lacing. Blackish body, with hues of brown.

Aroma: Very strong, with emphasis on the upfront notes of sweet grain (it's heavy on the grain), and that sweet, typical malty stout aroma. I detect a minute amount of some kind of chocolate note half-way through the drink, and as it warms. But it remains mostly sweet, grainy, and dark-roasted.

Taste: the taste is light overall, and is slightly watery. It's very grainy—toasted grains, little maltiness. It reminds me a great deal of a hearty black lager, to be honest.

Mouthfeel: creamy, light side of medium.

Overall, I am slightly disappointed with this beer. I was expecting more chocolate notes on the palate. Instead, it tasted much like a Guinness, which I do like. But I would have bought Guinness—not Young's—if I had wanted to drink Guinness.

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Photo of drone
2.26/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On nitro @ The Collective On Tap. Really a disappointing after all the hype. Bad tap lines, or maybe this just isn't a beer to be drinking on nitro.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro can into stout glass. Half finger pillowy tan khaki head. Dark body. Opague black. Smell is roasted malt and yeast. Super crazy smooth. Creamy. With a very so slight tingly zip for feel. Slight bitter dark chocolate and roasty malt taste. Excellent brew. Almost borderline Guinness to me but this is thicker and a bit heavier.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had mine from a can. mmmmm. nom nom nom. I fabulous desert beer. I'm not usually looking for a chocolate beer, but this is pretty good. What should I drink next? These chocolaty beers confuse me.

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

Supersmooth, taste is very rich, but not as intensive as Pale Ales or Strong stouts have. You feel like it's quite heavy, but you can easily get 3 pints without a being too drunk or full. Great experience, I tried nothing similar. You'll love it or hate it, but you do need to taste it!

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Photo of drmeto
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Big toffee and Roasty coffee taste
-Notes of Vanilla,caramel,syrup
-fainter than expected chocolate note comes through late
-well carbonated
-roasty,chocolaty finish

Very good,though i expected more chocolate

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Photo of Bunman3
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mmmm...comfort in a glass. This beer looks, tastes, and feels like an immaculate conception between stout and chocolate. This is, without a doubt, one of the very best beers I have ever enjoyed.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The head of thick, strong and heavy with brown color, reminiscent of chocolate mousse. stay long.
The smell of chocolate, just cocoa, pralines, and weak coffee.
Delicate flavor, but instead of chocolate praline filling palpable. It is like a dry, powdered. Bitterness at the finish of each sip, good
Gentian gives us much chocolate, but if it is a "double"? Young's Double Chocolate is watery, it is without the body, and the density is low. When I first tasted this Young'sa, that was about 10 years ago, I remember it differently. There are today expected something more,
more chocolate, more sweetness and density.

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Photo of Pepper7
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this twice, first time (about two years ago, craft beer beginner) I loved it!!! Now I honestly am not really impressed, nothing too bad about it it's ok, but i honestly can't say I would buy it again

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoothness you expect from a nitrogenated stout. Great chocolate aroma, very light body despite the appearance in your glass. I prefer a more robust stout than this style, in general, but this is an easy drinking stout that would be worth introducing to people who believe that stouts are "too dark and heavy" to session.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Loos very dark-brown almost black, with light brown head.
S: Smells like chocolate, dark fruits, some acid notes, coffee, sherry and wood.
T: Tastes like dark bitter chocolate, the bitterness of the chocolate is not very pleasant, not as smooth as the hops, so I found it hard to drink, aftertaste is aggressive.
F: Has medium body and low carbonation. Not as creamy as other milk stouts.
O: This is a good example of a double chocolate stout that you can find at the super market here in Mexico. You can find much better chocolate stouts in specialty stores.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz nitro-can poured into a can-shaped pint glass.

Pours black with an awesome nitro effect cascading up the glass. Leaves behind 2 fingers of ultra-creamy head with a ridiculous amount of lacing.

Milk chocolate, caramel, raisin, and dusted cocoa. The aroma is light but nothing short of delicious.

Semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and dusted cocoa. Raisin, caramel, and hints of black cherry. Finishes with an ever-so-slight roasty bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, and ultra-creamy.

Great chocolate flavors. Very easy drinking and delicate with a great nitro-can.

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Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, smells great, even tastes great for the initial hit to the tongue. Aftertaste on this is not my thing though. Mouthfeel is only so-so. Still a solid stout.

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Photo of marieli
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown to black. Very nice foamy head, cappuccino-like. Started around 52 degrees. Chocolate was most present in the aroma, but not dominating, with some roasted malt. Taste was consistent with smell, but with a bit of coffee, too. Was semi-smooth, wish it was creamier. Alcohol was a little more present than I would have liked. Feel was on the thinner side, but not too bad. Different strokes for different folks. If you like chocolate and a smoother ride, I suggest, for example, Samuel Smith's over this one, but if you like your chocolate tamed by a more traditional beer/ale taste, then give it a try.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(Nitrocan) Malt and chocolate aroma. Black body with a creamy tan one finger head that coats the glass. Creamy dry chocolate taste with a touch of sweetness. Light bitterness. Feels thick and silky. Clean smooth finish.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, almost black color with cream colored head. Good lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee

T: Sweet chocolate, gives way to a bit of booziness, coffee aftertaste

F: Medium to full

O: Good beer. Not quite as good as some others I've had but definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) color with an active two finger head of caramel colored bubbles that slowly dissipates and leaves a layer of foam floating on the surface. 

S: Very deep roasted malt and chocolate aromas, and I detect a nice hint of coffee in there as well. 

T: Taste follows the nose well. This beer is what it claims to be, and not much more. Very strong roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. The coffee is still in there, and it all finishes slightly bitter. Nothing complex to be found here, this is a chocolate beer start to finish.

F: This could have been better. It's just a little too thin, it needs more body to truly stick to your mouth like it wants to. Carbonation remained sufficient throughout. 

O: I enjoyed this beer plenty, but I can't say it was everything I wanted it to be. Too little body and a slightly underwhelming taste experience left me wishing I had grabbed a bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout instead. 

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Photo of SteenLarsen
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a quality brew. Dark black color and standing creamy head.
Strong taste of chocolate/cocoa and a hint of coffee. The chocolate aftertaste goes into bitterness.
Just not really my kind of beer. I prefer to enjoy the chocolate and beer separated.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew, no complaints about this one. It didn't blow me away, but good all around and a good rep for the style. Chocolate and coffee on the nose, chocolate and coffee going down. Nice black pour and creamy enough. Will definitely drink again and will probably recommend it as a starting point to the style if asked.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

February 8, 2015

500 ml bottle, tulip

A – Midnight black, topped with a couple inches of light tan foam, with fairly long retention.

S – Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, a very light touch of coffee. Light earthy hop aroma with some mild bitterness on the nose. Perhaps a touch of bitter, roasty malt, but balance is toward sweet chocolate.

T – Flavor is also sweet milk chocolate with a hint of coffee, vanilla, and honey. Hop flavor is moderate, again earthy and slightly tropical, with a moderate-high level of hop bitterness.

M – Moderate-low carbonation with mild residual sweetness, the moderate-high bitterness creating balance. Silky smoothness from the oats.

O – One of the two beers (Bourbon County Stout being the other) that led me down the path to embracing and appreciating craft beer, this is still my favorite sweet/milk stout. So easy to drink, yet fairly complex, rewarding at different layers.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 30, 2015... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith tulip pint... OCCASION: Shark Tanking it up on a Friday... APPEARANCE: pitch black body, as expected; rocky, creamy, substantial three-finger brown head; lacing webs and spreads like camouflage; handsome... AROMA: beautifully milky, creamy chocolate with some almond and vanilla; extremely peaty and toasty... PALATE: smooth as silk; a bit slick; mellow and purely drinkable--a nice, creamy stout that ends with a slightly gritty finish...TASTE: as chocolately and toasty as this is, it is the secondary flavors of hops that inject a nuanced dimension to the stout; lactic and chocolate, back at the end...OVERALL: having binged on this all night in a Brooklyn bar some years ago, I can attest first-hand to its sessionability; drinking a singular bottle in the comfort of my own home, I can attest to its deservedly solo treatment.. the only downer could be the price: $4.99 for a 16oz.er is a bit much, but if it's ever on tap and on special ...

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown, bordering on black, with some slight deep red hi-lights when extremely backlit. Moderate, mocha head, settling rapidly to a thin film, which does not mute the aromas at all.
And what aromas! Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, and cafe au lait, are the most predominant on the nose.
The mouth feel is velvety smooth, bringing tastes that fulfill the promises of the aromas. There is the addition of some medium bitterness on the swallow.
This is the type of chocolatey stout I often crave, and this one delivers big time. In a word....outstanding!

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Photo of Otowi
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

This used to be a really good double chocolate stout.

Now they have added what they call "real chocolate flavouring", wich from what I gather is some sort of artificial flavouring, and it shows.

It pours pitch black, and has a chocolate and coffee armoa wich is quite pleasant. But it stops there.

The flavour is very artificial, and not what it used to be. This used to be a favourite, but not anymore, wich is a damned shame.

I do not know why they added artificial flavouring, but it has ruined a real nice beer indeed.

Hope they remove this bad artificial flavouring, and return to what this used to be, a great brew.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ba Review #288
Served On: 01/23/2015
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled AVB: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 04/28/14

Got this one in a beer trade with a neighbor. Have wanted to hit this one up for a decade now.

Look: Pitch-black appearance. Initial 2-fingers of frothy sand-colored head with mostly big bubbles. Head reduced down to a thin coating within moments while leaving some random patches of thin lacing on the Duvel glass. Carbonation bubbles were scarce but present through the murky darkness.

Smell: Deep dark roasted cocoa bean. Creamy espresso coffee character. Faint hints of butterscotch as the glass was pulled away. A delicate confectionery quality was also detected, that of a chilled tiramisu. Most likely from the milk stout component of this brew.

Taste: Started with a thinner mouth feel than expected. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee upfront. The middle had some slight bitterness, like in a baker’s cocoa; definitely not overboard on the sweetness here. The finish was clean with some traces of chocolate and a dryness coming though. Aftertaste was similar to that of black coffee.

This was a beer that holds true to the English styles: nothing over the top, yet very high quality. Was expecting a little more mouth feel as the bottle claims oats were used and the word ‘double’ is in the name. Either way a solid brew for a nice treat during the cold winter months here in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Photo of johnnyapollo
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Creamy stout with hints of chocolate, small head from the tap at "The Pub" at Perimeter Mall in Sandy Springs north oh Atlanta. A bit flat for my tastes but still very palatable. Distinct coffee on the front. Yummy!

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.