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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

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 Motleydrunk56
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stone glass.Pours a very dark brown color.Smell is chocolate with a hint of coffee.Taste is chocolate up front coffee and maybe a touch of vanilla.I have had this many time.It is a very good tasting stout but what keeps it a little lower on the scale is the lack of ABV.5.0 for a stout is quite low.If your looking for a functional stout with a great flavor,this is for you.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Pitch black with a creamy bubbly beige head. Low persistence but a thin layer of head stays until the last sip.
S- Dark cocoa, chocolate, cream, vanilla. Not overly strong, but a bit stronger would make it perfect.
T- Sweet bready chocolate, leaves a roasted aftertaste with a subtle hint of hops.
F- Full, rich. Not as creamy as expected. Easy drink.
O- Very good stout, expected a bit more.

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

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown to almost black in color, the pour forms massive frothy tan head that everlasting stands until the last sip. It just slowly subsides to thick foamy layer covering atop while leaves plenty of refined lacings along the way down. Active carbonation can be obviously seen through its dark body.

The aromas consist of very rich chocolate, coffee, somewhat milky and creamy, vanilla, burnt sugar and a hint of licorice.

Big and rich chocolate in mouth, chewy and creamy sweet but not too overwhelm, roasted character mingles to balance along with some bitterness from hop. Complexity is added by a note of coffee and vanilla. The aftertaste is long lasting chocolate flavor, really tasty one.

Rather full body with super smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is low to medium which is properly fit and carries all the things well. Finish is a bit dry.

This beer deserves a try. It holds all the qualities of that great Stouts could have. Perfect pairing with chocolate.

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

This is the first chocolate stout I've ever tried.
It was wonderful. I"m almost converting to a stout drinker rather than an IPA drinker.
There was so much going on that I'd never experienced in a beer before.
2 thumbs up!

Look: Black, like your ex girlfriend heart.
Just kidding, she doesn't have a heart, do you... Elaine?!! but, I digress.

Very nice off white creamy head that stayed constant the whole time I was drinking from my grandfathers handle mug he won by winning a lawn bowls competition.

Smell: Ahhh, The fine bouquet of chocolate malt. Not too strong yet strong enough with just a hint of cocoa.

Taste. Once again that chocolate malt comes through, not overpowering and not cloying like some stouts can be. Rich and yet subtly sweet and smooth. I could drink it all day and night through winter.

Feel: creamy, very creamy. Almost like drinking the flavored topping you put on your ice cream. Not as thick of course. It has that hard feel to it though. Exactly what you'd expect from a good stout claiming to be a good stout.

OA: As I stated; this was my first chocolate stout.
I found it very easy to drink, something even non-initiated stout drinkers could enjoy.
The roasting is pleasant and not like your drinking a camp fire (which I don't mind at all) followed by the perfectly balanced sweetness of 80% pure cocoa.
Great mouth feel and a pleasure to watch the lacing as it creates a terraced garden effect down the side of the glass after each swallow.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany, almost black, with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head. Smells of dark chocolate fruit. Tastes like dark chocolate milk with a hint of dark fruit. Feel is creamy and light, with mild carbonation. Overall a pretty unique and tasty stout.

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Photo of travis3113
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: What a dark and tasty looking beverage. Super creamy head with some nice brown color to it. Almost black.

S: Aroma is outstanding. Tons of coffee and chocolate with great malt character.

T: Tastes wonderful! Each mouthful is an experience. It coats the entire palate with rich chocolate and coffee flavors with a touch of bitter on the finish.

F: Very rich and full feel. Not too much carbonation but not too little either like some other stouts. The only time there is a slight thinness is just as you are swallowing.... Time for another sip!

O: Very enjoyable overall. Would drink any day of the week but pairs best on a cold day in front of the fireplace. Best stout I've ever had.

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass at the "World of Beer" in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance- black as coal with a large tan colored head. Aroma- cocoa up front with a heavy dose of malt. Taste- chocolate and malt dominate, a very nice flavor. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this in the cans and it was awful. No carbonation, no chocolate and very bitter. If you want to try this beer, attempt the bottle. By all means, the canned brew is a waste of money.

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Photo of Coop925
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming from Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout, which is what the waiter had recommended me this in exchange, a very nice clean flavor with not heavy tons of coffee and chocolate. I'll come back to this.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night with a one finger tan head that lingers and leaves a ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma of lightly roasted coffee and genuine dark chocolate. Taste is semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee with a barely bitter malt finish. Creamy medium body with light carbonation. It doesn't feel sticky or have an artificial taste feel.
It's a creamy, drinkable chocolate stout that isn't artificially or chemically enhanced. It's been around a while, so I assumed it'd be good or be living off reputation. It's good and was a very nice dessert beer.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells slightly of chocolate and moderately strong of coffee. Tastes equally of chocolate and coffee. Very nice beer. Easy to drink if you like stouts. I bought this one because it was rated fairly high on beeradvocate.com, and I would say it didn't disappoint.

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

500 ml bottle, Hort's bar, Bristol - Pours blakc with a large tan head which disapates fairly quickly. Nice lacing. Smell - light chocolate, roasted coffee. Taste - slight sweet choocolate feel, not overpowering, roasted malts. Nice easy drinking stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pitch black under a 3” tan foam collar that slowly recedes during the course of the drink while producing excellent lace. S: Big chocolate aroma T: The chocolate flavors from the malt and the added chocolate come in on separate layers and then blend on the palate. The added chocolate stops just short of cloying. F: The very rich and creamy texture makes this beer along with its satiating medium full body. O: A chocolaty, rich delight.

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Photo of Ari1991
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not much of a stout fan but this one gets a better rating from me than many others. I raided the look slightly lower because I think the labeling could be more intricate, but the color and the richness of the flavor does match the typography. I drink this in the bottle because I often drink dark beer is in the bottle. I drink this beer because I'm breastfeeding, and starts are known to up milk production. the flavor and smell had a rich and chocolatey espresso taste just as I expected, and not too sweet or carbonated. it was an artificial but it was still pretty better for my liking. that's simply a matter of preference though. I'll probably drink this beer again.

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Photo of adacovsk
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was very surprised when I tried this; while it felt like a stout, there was a sweetness and chocolatey taste that balanced the bitterness that was kinda amazing.

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Photo of Secret
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got the nitro cans, as some others did, and it must be emphasized- in fact it can not be emphasized enough- that it was a terrible experience. This stout did not live well in a can, and did not retain carbonation or head even in spite of the nitro. Went completely, and I mean COMPLETELY flat in seconds. I've had stouts that were not marketed as chocolate, which had more flavor of chocolate, and it was so tart that I couldn't help wondering how they even called this a stout. I've had lemon shandies that weren't this acidic. I might try from a bottle later, but based on my experience with the can, it would have to be almost an entirely different beer, to pay import prices. Unless you're living in the UK, where this cheap, or have some kind of youthful nostalgia, it is not remotely worth the (roughly) $15 the six bottles will cost you in the US.

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

I had it from the bottle. It is a great stout. I'm my opinion stouts are just better in nitro, but this one holds it's own in CO2. It is not super-mega chocolate tasting, but that (I feel) would be over powering. Clean finish not much after taste.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle from Mullingar Ireland. Enough sugar to take away the bitterness of some stouts but not really enough chocolate to get excited about. Poor head retention. Would try again.

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Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as ink and opaque. Creamy tan head that is slow to dissipate. 4.25/5

S - Dark chocolate. Dark malt. Aroma is very muted. 3.5/5

T - Muted flavors. Dark chocolate and dark malt. Maybe some grassy hops. Not much to speak of. 3.5/5

M - More carbonated than expected. Medium body. Lighter than expected. 3.5/5

O - Can't say that I truly enjoyed this one. It was okay. Not bad, not good. Flavors and aroma seemed very muted to me. Was looking forward to this one but left disappointed. 3.5/5

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

Poured black with tan head. Dry mid to low carbonation. Cool light body with silky chocolate, nut, and roasted malts. Surprisingly light but with a nice balanced flavor.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Very nice pour with a nice head. The taste is chocolately with no aftertaste. Really nice. I highly enjoyed it and I will certainly get it again.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black and tan, as you might expect. Smells like dark chocolate and biscuits. Taste is sweet and creamy, that fades to bitterness. A little thin and one-dimensional for my taste, but not bad by any stretch. Maybe too sweet to be a session beer, but it's too easy going to be anything else.

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Photo of crona
2.55/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Poured from nitro can. Looks cool, very dark. Nitro heads are about the same, thick small bubbles with lots of carbocations rising from the bottom. Smell is malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste is what I think affected with the nitro ball, probably the last time I get a nitro ball brew unless I hear the taste is otherwise un-affected. Tasted like Guinness draught with nitro in my opinion with a bit of chocolate. Maybe I need to try the same beer but from the bottle. The beer seemed thin and not so rich as most chocolate stouts. Pretty mediocre in comparison to other chocolate stouts I have had.

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Photo of Vogelino
2.77/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Poured from nitro can. Looks cool, very dark. Nitro heads are about the same, thick small bubbles with lots of carbocations rising from the bottom. Smell is malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste is what I think affected with the nitro ball, probably the last time I get a nitro ball brew unless I hear the taste is otherwise un-affected. Tasted like Guinness draught with nitro in my opinion with a bit of chocolate. Maybe I need to try the same beer but from the bottle. The beer seemed thin and not so rich as most chocolate stouts. Pretty mediocre in comparison to other chocolate stouts I have had.

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Photo of mzingie
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can with a nitrogen ball. Beautiful looking beer with a creamy head. I can never tell how feel about the head of beers with nitrogen balls. They always have a strange sort of off taste to them that turns me away from it. Looking past that this beer has a pretty solid taste. Very similar to guiness extra stout with a bit more of a chocolate flare. Nothing too special but not a bad beer.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.