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

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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4,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 4287
Reviews: 2187
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%

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

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Extol


4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is so amazing. I got it in a nitro-can and it blew me away instantly. It smells exquisite. It tastes even better. The appearance is a beautiful dark color and you can't see through to the other side of the glass. At first glance, I thought it would sit heavy. But, to my surprise, it wasn't heavy at all!

I would for sure seek this out again. :) wonderful beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-13-2013 23:17:58 | More by Extol
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3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured Young's Double Chocolate Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a thin black ale with a half finger of off white head.

S - Roasted malts on first sniff, some bitter coffee in there as well.

T - It has some cheap coffee flavor with light roasted malts. Light chocolate mid palate with more roasted malt and coffee on the finish.

M - Thin is the word, wish the mouthfeel was thicker and richer. Medium to high carbonation.

O - A okay stout. I believe there are too many stouts out there that are better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:34:48 | More by fitrock2112
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2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark Dark Dark Body, the head was a light peanut butter color about 2 finger head that lasted throughout. Lacing was all over the glass...very nice

Smell- I got a slight cocoa-ish smell, but seemed to smell like any other stout

Taste- The taste was not what I was expecting at all. I tasted nothing chocolate, nothing really sweet, basically I got a beer that tasted like a re-labeled GUINNESS...not fond of the flavoring

Mouthfeel- Slightly reminiscent of chewing on a tire just after a 10 second burnout, like I said with the taste, the mouthfeel is the same as the taste, Guinness-like.

Overall, definitely would not seek this one out again, unless it has been changed to include some carbonation or gained some bitterness. Good luck to all who give this Stout a whirl!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 02:02:39 | More by DaveEcenrode
Photo of Captain_Komamura


4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - It is a black color, with a small light brown head.

Smell - It definitely smells of dark chocolate, a bit like a mocha coffee.

Taste - a smoky dark chocolate, and sweet without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel - silky and thick beer.

Overall - This is a pretty good chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:50:28 | More by Captain_Komamura
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nitro Can into a Pint Glass

A: Black as night with a faint cappuccino colored head thats about a 1/2 in thick. This beer literally looks like a cold night.

S: Aroma is pleasant of sweet roasted coffee. Nothing overpowering, but nothing artificial or overly sweet either, more dry

T: Very mild, sweetness is noticeable in the back, but its very balanced. Just a tad bit of smoke

M: Silky smooth. Easy to take deep pulls and the palate stays clean because of the mild dry finish

O: A really really tasty beverage. Not nearly as sweet as the name would suggest, a nice step up to a guiness or other mild porter or stout

Serving type: nitro-can

11-26-2013 01:18:43 | More by DrewSnyc667
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Looks dark and milky. No light will pass. Head looks okay. Small, but gathers along the glass wall.

Sweet vanilla and dark chocolate and semi-dark and sweet maltiness. Lots of additives, I guess. Hints of dark cherry. Liqueury. Like a roasty cordial. Maybe, even, hints of black raspberry. It totally works for 'decadent'.

Nice and rich flavors with dark chocolate, dark fruit, light vanilla, roasted malts, and slight bitter hop; on the mind. Offers up some creaminess without the lacticity. Not particularly tangy, which I like in a milk stout. English toffee is grand, but semi-dry, with all of the sweetness coming from the vanilla and the chocolate.

Very soft, if not too light. The body is nothing to speak of, really, and the carbonation doesn't do a whole lot more. Just a simple drink, for a good beer.

How can you not dig this stout? It's tasty and aromatic and subtly decadent.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:52:35 | More by thecheapies
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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Okay, the appearance is pretty impressive with the nitro head on it. Nice super thick, creamy bubbles. The beer itself is very dark brown/black.
S - 4 - Sweet, creamy chocolate, coffee, toffee, some dark fruits? very nice.
T - 4 - sweet, creamy chocolate, cofee, bitter roasty taste.
M - 3.5 - Flat, nitro cans/bottles always are. Alc is completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty chocolate malts.
O - 4 - This is a pretty good beer, it's a little overhyped. Nice and creamy, different from you standard American stout for sure.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-19-2013 02:06:01 | More by ISmith87
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Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN. Chilled in the fridge, then left out for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Thick black, with off tan head about 1.5 fingers worth of head that recedes somewhat quickly. Good lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet, dark chocolate dominates and a butterscotch undertone in there. Obviously smells like a luxurious dessert platter.

Taste - Chocolaty, but never overly so. Very nice and well balanced flavors, but a bit one dimensional. Slight bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied which works very well here.

Overall - Definitely a good beer that would gladly drink again, but personally I didn't see what separated this from many other stouts other than a slightly more chocolate-centric beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:44:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 500mL bottle into mug.

A: Very dark, opaque chocolate brown. Poured with a finger tan head, lingered. Decent lacing.

S: I can definitely smell the chocolate, but it's not terribly strong. Accompanied by roasted malts and maybe the slightest hint of coffee. Some other smells I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Bitter coffee followed by smooth chocolate and roasted malts, can taste a slight hoppy bitterness in the middle before it's quickly overwhelmed by chocolate, which recedes and leaves a pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth and sweet. As the beer warmed, it became smoother and sweeter, which seemed to tone down and smooth the flavor profile, especially highlighting a nice milk chocolate flavor.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation as well. Leaves a light coating on the mouth, which carries the bitter hop flavors.

O: Solid, easy drinking stout. Does well to include chocolate flavors in an easy drinking beer. Could easily drink a few of these. I also think this would be incredible with nitro, I'll have to pick up some nitro cans.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 19:16:57 | More by bareju
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2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge head that lasts a couple of minutes. Nice dark color. Bits of dark particles came out of the bottle at the end of the pour. Not much chocolate taste or smell at all compared to Smith's. However this is a very drinkable beer and I could have easily had 2 or 3 of these without any fatigue. The lack of any real chocolate taste or sweetness was the only letdown for me. The label was right when they say that this beer is not meant to be overly sweet. Was not sweet at all. More of a coffee beer than chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:45:34 | More by Richardbeerlover
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch-black with tan head about finger and a half thick. Thin, bubbly tan lacing around the glass. Nice.

Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee beans. Very sweet and mild.

Thick body full of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, hits the mouth in good spots. Not too heavy, but very satisfying and delicious.

A solid stout by any standards. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 00:52:56 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The legendary Young's Double Chocolate Stout has always been a favorite of mine. It pours pitch black with little to no head, but I had it in a bottle and not the draft can which would give it a nice creamy head. There is a chocolate aroma and a taste almost of chocolate milk but with a slight bitterness in the end. The bitterness lingers on the palate to give it a dark chocolate finish and keep it from being overly sweet. The bottle is not as creamy as on draft or out of the draft can, but it is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 20:17:05 | More by brurevu
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this award winning beer at my local craft beer bar. Pours a solid black color with a thick mocha head. No carbonation detected. Head sticks around for a few minutes and leaves good lacing all around the glass. Smell is of course chocolate and malt. The first taste is like an explosion of chocolate flavors. Really has that gourmet dark chocolate balance of sweet and bitter. Leaves a sweet bitterness lingering on my tung to savor. Really enjoyed this beer and if anyone thinks chocolate and beer don't mix, Young's will prove it does.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 23:40:59 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of Flounder57


4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can was poured into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Once the beer was done cascading, it produced a one finger mocha head. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Awesome layered mocha lacing all the way done the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, bready notes, and a little smoke.

Taste: Nice sweet milk chocolate, toasted malts, a little smoke, and a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, low carbonation, a little bitterness, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: I have enjoyed this beer a bunch over the years. Smooth and delicious.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-31-2013 23:03:23 | More by Flounder57
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3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too sweet for my taste, but a really great beer 'dessert' beer. It really is good aftertaste like higher end chocolate. Nitro-cans are a favorite, this pours with a nice head that fades fairly quickly. Great after dinner, but not a beer I'd want more than one of.

Maybe try a stout float??

Serving type: nitro-can

10-30-2013 23:59:33 | More by Mini4x
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United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Look: The head frothed right up but gradually came back down and disappeared. The ale itself is totally opaque, like a near black (on the dark brown/grey side)

Smell: Smells like a chocolate liquer

Taste:This tastes like a liquer Guinness and even has a dry chalky aftertaste like you can get after eating proper chocolate.

Feel: It feels nice, washing it around makes it frothy and a little fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 19:23:11 | More by Kevichella
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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - dark black, medium cream colored head; adequate lacing.
Smell - chocolate, mild roasted coffee.
Taste - calm, drinkable stout. Chocolate and hint of coffee.
Feel - creamy, medium body.
Overall - a very solid offering, easily had two!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 12:24:46 | More by DenverHopHead
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Awesome old school english label. Excited to try this one, I've heard many things of this one.

A: Unbelievably dark and cloudy. Literally looks like thick brown sludge except for the fact that it has a flawless mocha head. retention is unprecedented, really it is. This is head for the ages.

S: Straightforward bouquet of mocha chocolate and beautifully rich sweet malt. thin aromatics all around.

T: Wow!!! this is a gulp full. Huge chocolate body, small bubbles on a large scale of carbonation make this a first for moi. Light malt noticed. Surprisingly very light on the palate and lightly chocolate bitter finishing in hints of dark chocolate and toffee. mmmm, I'm noticing a happening of chocolate in this one. Dig this

M: Strange for the fact this is my first experience dealing with a beer with a uncarbonated feel. I'm not sure whats going on here but this might be a nitro can.

O: killa brew. I'll recommend this one for sure. Definitely lives up to the name and definitely pleases this chocolate fan.

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 04:15:52 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pint bottle
oversized wine glass

A- Very dark deep chocolate brown, near black. 1 finger high mocha colored head that faded to a mocha ring after 3-4 minutes.

S- Chocolates, Hersheys syrup, espresso, no alcohol that is noticeable- smells tremendous.

T- Has a dark but sweet chocolate up front, with hints of espresso in the middle and finish. Pretty tasty imo.

M- Medium body that is a touch watery, was expecting something much heavier and full. You can fell the body, but it turns watery quite quick.

O- Ive only had a few chocolate stouts, but this one so far was the best. It was in a bottle dated 10-12 and this is 10-13, maybe the extra ageing added to the balance and flavor, because I did not notice any bite or alcohol burn, and It had quite a chocolate character. Quite good and will be going back to see if I can snatch up some more of the "12" year. Excellent desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:32:05 | More by Gryphon69
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Quebec (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 11/06/14.

Appearance: A totally black body with a light brown head that has a bit of froth, sticky lacing and long lasting.

Smell: Rich chocolate aroma, cocoa, dark chocolate, very mild roast.

Taste: Small oat base with chocolate malt. Fringes of dark chocolate but the flavor lacks presence, even at room temp. Disappointing a bit..

Mouthfeel: Very mild bitterness, very smooth but the feel is fleeting, doesn't linger.

Overall: Very average. Aroma promised something that the flavor couldn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 17:35:36 | More by papat444
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - black with three fingers of creamy brown head

S - dark chocolate and coffee.

T - roasted chocolate malt with a bit too much hops. Alcohol on the finish.

M - rich and creamy with a slightly dry finish

O - this is the beer that got me hooked on stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 03:58:09 | More by lancecenter
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (date code was smudged and illegible) into a snifter.

A-The brew is dark, dark brown...nearly black. The head from my aggressive pour is two fingers tall and mocha-colored. Retention is good (roughly two minutes and there is still a cap) and there is some fluffy lacing on the glass.

S-The smell is pleasing and balanced. There are nice suggestions of roasted barley and oats, along with lots (double?) of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. There is a little bit of lactic sweetness, but compared to some chocolate stouts, this is one is on the drier side.

T-The taste, like the smell, has a good smooth hit of roasted oats and barley flavors. The oats, in particular, fit well with the rest of flavors and are not overdone. Chocolate flavor is also strong, but the beer fades towards slightly bitter hops on the finish, which keeps it from being cloying. The lactic sweetness is light to moderate.

M-The brew is lighter and more thin-feeling than many of the style. It is still a smooth drinker, but I wouldn't call it creamy.

O-What a nice dessert beer. It is sweet, but not syrupy or sugary, and the double chocolate is similarly dry and milky, without verging into bitterness or coffee flavors. This is not some massively complicated barrel aged monster, but it is a pretty delicious and easy-to-drink beer. This would pair well with more chocolate or other dessert foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 14:33:15 | More by spoony
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a huge and fluffy caramel head. Nice cling with lacing surrounding the glass with each drink.

S - Chocolate, rich malts, hazelnut, coffee.

T - Rich and creamy chocolate in this full bodied and silky smooth stout. Malted milk balls, cofee, hazelnut. It is balanced a bit by a slightly bitter and astringent finish.

O - Wow - finally got to try this and it is a must have.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:53:57 | More by andrewjraab
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Surprising little head for a stout. I guess the added adjuncts help to keep that down. It pours very thick, almost looks like a syrup going into the glass. Bubbles from carbonation make the beer look a lot thicker than expected. When swirled around it doesn't seem as viscous as expected. Pitch black color.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts with maybe an expresso-coffee hint present. Not a lot of chocolate flavors on the nose. Really not a lot of chocolate aroma at all.

Taste: Rather disappointing. I really expected this beer to be more of a dessert beverage. When you pick up a double chocolate stout you think DOUBLE the chocolate. Apparently young's doesn't see it that way or their normal chocolate stout has nothing to begin with. Most prevalent flavors are the roasted malts which are quite sweet and hints of expresso. The chocolate flavoring does appear if you get the liquid in the back of your mouth, but even then it doesn't really knock your socks off. More chocolate flavoring would be needed to please me for this specific beer.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly as thick as it appeared which was surprising. Quite thin for a stout. Moderate smoothness helped with the flow.

Overall: Not what I was expecting, but not in a good way. I was hoping for a choco beer and turned out with a normal stout. Not bad, but I feel like it is almost incorrectly labeled. I will try not to let my disappointment affect the scores too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:50:35 | More by AmishLightning
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3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a solid black with a beige, finger-width head. The head looks incredibly creamy.

Aroma: Roasted malt notes, but just a ton of sweetness as well, and of course a good deal of chocolate. Smell like a bar of milk chocolate.

Taste: Roast malt shows up first but is quickly followed by sweet, creamy chocolate. Slight bitterness from roast malt shows up again in the finish. I get a slight metallic astringency as well, but it seems to disappear as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super creamy.

Overall: An old favorite from time spent in England, this is first time I've had this from a can. Seems less chocolately than I remember it being on tap at The King's Arms in Oxford, but still an enjoyable and easily drinkable sweet stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-21-2013 02:16:11 | More by jhawth
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,287 ratings.