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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,861
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 143
Gots: 377 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can poured into a glass.

Appearance - Cascading caramel ribbons falling down the side of the glass into the bottom deep black brown bottom 1/5th of the glass. Creamy one finger head with good retention.

Smell - Caramel, coffee, then chocolate. Maybe some vanilla.

Taste - Lightly creamed coffee, hop and slight malt. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best stouts I've had.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of ggilman
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. Nitro-Can into a tulip glass.

A - Mahogany, shade away from ebony, ruby edged with a great thick creamy tan head. Not so much laces the glass as coats it. Fun to pour, and watch settle.

S - Like the can says, chocolate. Cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, amaretto, whiff of alcohol.

T - Certainly a lot of chocolate flavor, but nowhere near as much as the nose would lead you to believe! I was surprised by the slight bready sourness up front. Bitter bakers chocolate, doesn't linger long. Roasted coffee beans and alcohol fade quickly.

M & D - Smooth & creamy. Very little carbonation. Would make for pricey Irish Car Bombs.

You could suck down the four pack of cans easily. Alcohol wasn't noticeably present. Decent, but I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis.

ggilman, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of GoldenChild
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass: Pours dark brown, creamy foam goodness.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, a bit malty & rich molasses.

T: Dark bitter chocolate milk.

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit on the thin side.

D: Perfect to make an ice cream float with. Excellent stout!

O- Great beer there are better ones but glad that i finally bought one and gave it a try

GoldenChild, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a large glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy tan head that settled down and left a thick coat of lacing.

S - chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

T - rich chocolate taste with a roasted coffee bitterness on the back end finishing with a sweet aftertaste.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - this is a very enjoyable stout.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml brown bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass. Best by date was 04-23-11.

The color of the stout is an opaque black, with a tan-colored head that was a full 4 fingers high before settling down to about 3 fingers. Head is nice and creamy; lacing is good.

Smells are of dark bread and dark, roasted malts. The aromas of sweet chocolate and caramels are strong, with a faint earthy hop presence as well.

The taste is a rich, slightly sweet, chocolate experience. You get the roasted malt flavors associated with a stout balanced well with the sweetness of dark chocolate. It also tastes of full, dark grains as in a loaf of bread.

Smooth drinking, full-bodied beer, with light to moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

Overall an excellent beer that has never disappointed.

sommersb, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown with two or more fingers of thick cocoa colored head. It sticks to the glass like a champ when swirled.

N: Strong barley and roasted malt with a definite chocolate scent coming through. There are fine nuances of leather and alcohol. I would describe the scent as dark, in a good way.

T: Wow, chocolate jumps right out. Accompanied by notes of coffee, almonds and dark malt. Incredibly smooth and balanced throughout the entire experience. Sweetness comes through in the middle as milk chocolate and cream.

M: It seemed a bit thin to me but medium and overall it doesnt detract too much from the experience.

O: Smooth. Delicious. Dark. Chocolatey. Great brew.

legalpete19340, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, basically black, with ruby highlights at the edges. Three finger cascading tan head, extremely "rocky" look to it. Huge lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted barley and tons of dusty chocolate smell. Not complex, but very nice.

Taste: Tastes like a dark chocolate bar. This is not milk chocolate, more rich. Strong roasted barley flavors, right on the edge of bitter but not overboard. Flavors are "light" and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation, very nice.

O: Good. Delicious beer that is not too sweet, plenty of flavor but not overbearing. I'd order this over a standard Irish stout anyday.

chilly460, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of videofrog
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint bottle into Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Very black and thick with 2 finger tan head.

S: Chocolate, cocoa.

T: Great chocolate flavor without being too sweet; good roasted grain. Hint of vanilla. Slightly bitter hop presence balances well. slightly dry on the finish.

M: Creamy, slightly soda-ish finish. Good solid stout feel.

O: Not something I would drink often, but well worth it on special occasions, or when the craving hits you. Very drinkable.

videofrog, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of tikibeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a nice two finger creamy tan head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a milky swirl of foam floating on top.

Aroma is rich in chocolate and buttery malt

Taste is again rich in chocolate. If you like beer and chocolate this one is for you. A nice malt is also present.

This is not an every day beer, but it was enjoyable and a fun treat. I would have another one, but maybe just on Christmas or a special holiday.

tikibeer, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of stckhndlr
2.2/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- Pours a pitch black. Light can't get through this one. Nice foam on top with good lacing.

S- Has a dark roast coffee scent with a faint chocolate to it.

T- Coffee and some bitter sweet cocoa.

M- Absolutely no carbonation. It's like a cross between a flat coke and chocolate milk.

O- Total turn off by the mouth feel. It takes away from the flavor and is extremely disappointing. Could not finish it. Will not buy this one again.

stckhndlr, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a beige head leaving fjords of lace. Really gorgeous and inviting.

The aroma is dry cocoa and powdered chocolate milk mix, with roast and coffee notes.

The chocolate in the aroma fails to deliver in the taste which is mostly a minerally, metallic roast. There some mild milky sweetness underneath with a tartness in the finish. Chalky. Lighter in taste than I would like. Some toffee comes out as it warms.

Body is a little light for a stout. I'd prefer something a little heavier, nice and thick and rich. Like chocolate.

I would call this especially chocolatey, much less double chocolatey.

MeisterBurger, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 3 finger off white head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is black.

S. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Has a musty smell as well. Chocolatey stout flavors come out as it warms. Coffee and some milk chocolate also appear as the beer warms.

T. Chocolate. Dark and mile chocolate. Stout flavors of roasted malt and coffee come in second. Really nice chocolate stout.

M. Medium bodied. Mediumb carbonation. Finishes a little sweet.

O. Overall this is a nice chocolate stout. Not the best I have had, but good. Great beer to have a couple of on a cold night.

siradmiralnelson, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of HOMEPL8
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew...I'm a huge Choklat fan, but for having a couple, this one is my go too Chocolate desert...

I love the thick, dense aggresive pour head from the Nitro Can...very consistent beer, as I've had it from the bottle as well and still enjoy the flavour.

Smell is inviting, pleasant, and tempting to keep pulling on it.

Overall taste is delicious and a great go to winter time stout...on my top 10 list and an easy go to selection.

HOMEPL8, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice one and a half finger mocha head, very creamy looking, black body. Only a small amount of lacing remains, kind of disappointing. Smells of chocolate, roasted barley, sweet malts, some yeasty funk. Tastes is dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, crystal malts, some funky yeasty after taste. Light carbonation, medium bodied fitting for the style but I'd prefer more body. Overall it's descent, but a touch too roasty for my taste and a bit thin. $10 a 4 pack.

Homebrew35, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with a 4/11/11 best by date. Black in color with a thick beige head with good staying power. Foam very slowly reduced to a wispy cap and light lacings on the glass. As the name suggests, prominent chocolate aroma with hints of dark roasted malt and a light hint of coffee. Smooth and creamy feel, with light carbonation, but a little thinner than I had expected. Dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavors with an underlying coffee flavor. Finished with a bitter hop edge which added to the character and complexity of this stout. A very good stout that I thoroughly enjoyed.

IronLover, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of paxkey
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pitch black pour into an Affligem chalice. small tan head is gone quickly.
powdered hot chocolate on the nose. like when you just rip open the package of instant hot chocolate powder. a little sour lactic aroma as well. dark grapes.

the bitterness is sublime. great smooth creamy. finishes with a creamy coffee taste.
delicious all around.

paxkey, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ksmi116
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black with a good tan head

S - Coffee and chocolate in the aroma, quite delightful

T - Coffee, but not overpowering like I expected, which was great for me. Bitter chocolate was in the taste as well, but not as noticed as the coffee.

M - Thick, like a stout should be. Carbonation was not overpowering, but definitely there

O - Great stout. Very good for the style, and works beautifully with a lambic.

ksmi116, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of robhunta
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - shiny black with a tiny bit of brown. smooth-looking milk chocolate head.

S - lots of coco aromas and roasted malt

T - very much of a dark roasted coco flavor. very nice finish of chocolate with a tad of bitterness.

M - I like the mouthfeel as much as anything in this beer. Its smooth even creamy as I swish it around my mouth

O - at first I wasnt sure that this was a great beer, but the more I drink it the more i love it and truly get the chocolate taste and smooth finish.

robhunta, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 26 Mar 11.

A: deep, dark, opaque black, great rocky tan head
S: very nice, medium nose with chocolate malt and creamy qualities
T: very nice beer, well-balanced with great chocolate malt backbone and nice hop finish but not OTT like most American beers, this is a traditional English stout
M: creamy, very enjoyable
O: I am a big fan of Young's but usually only on cask in the UK, for the most part bottled British beers pale in comparison to their cask equivalents, although this one's on CO2 it's very, very enjoyable

wisrarebeer, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of emmaxwell
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled out of the fridge and let to stand for 10 mins in a room temp of approx 26°C before opening and pouring into a Pint Glass (wide girth with handle)

Appearance:
Poured a 1 finger thick head in a light brown / mocha colour. The beer itself poured out like thick dark coffee, the liquid is very dark brown to almost black. Looking through the beer is like looking into the night sky, zero light passes through, a testament to the thickness of this beer. I found average head retention, though it never fully dissipates (could be due to the glass...did the wife clean it last I wonder????)

Smell:
A rich coffee smell hit me upon breathing in, also with a hint of chocolate and possibly dried fruits and nuts to top it off. The coffee smell was more and more apparent upon each sip, though this is not a bad thing, in fact it heightened the experience. Very strong smelling beer.

Taste:
Tastes just as it looks and smells; thick and rich! A sort of creamy coffee/cappuccino/coco tasting beer, though not overpowering. The initial fades out to a subtle enjoyable coffee aftertaste. A great taste experience.

Mouthfeel:
Nice and thick in the mouth, with a creamy texture, though not the creamiest I have experienced.

Overall:
Has a great smell and taste, a very rich taste and hence could probably have more than 2-3 in one sitting as it is basically like a meal in a bottle, however it was a great drinking experience!

emmaxwell, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black stout body with a creamy delicious tan head. The head when settled, looks like a 2 finger layer of nougat.

S - A little roasty, dry, smokey.

T - Nice sweet chocolate body with the standard dry irish stout bitter coffe backdrop. Roasty grains and smokey dry woody notes.

M - I love the nitro can silky body. It feels wonderful in my mouth and I favor this. This stout is lighter in body and creamy smooth.

O - For a session stout, this is a wonderful pick. Not super chocolatey but sweeter than the traditional stout and just as creamy and silky smooth as the rest.

BeerForMuscle, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of huxcrunner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap this beer was great, black creamy off whte head with exceptional retention and lacing the beer taste like bitter sweet chocolate and is very well balanced and refreshing there isn't a very stong hop aroma that doesn't over power the rest of the beer it has great body and mouthfeel overall this is just an exceptional beer and I would have it over and over

huxcrunner, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of pieman25
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this stuff at band practice, and it was quite enjoyable.

Appearance - Poured this stuff into a plain pint glass, and it poured out a good three fingers or so of creamy mocha head. This stuff was pitch black, I couldn't see any light shine through it at all.

Smell - mostly really toasted grains and coffee, as well as some smell that made me think of hot chocolate.

Taste- Lots of coffee and toastiness, as well as some citrus notes hanging around in there. Not much chocolate for my experience, I don't think there was much of it if at all, I was slightly disappointed, hence why it gets a 4 here.

Mouthfeel- The head was very light and actually chewy. The rest of the beer was very smooth with little to no carbonation as well as being quite thick and almost creamy. It prettymuch coated my mouth and throat with this sweet, thick, smooth stout.

Drinkability- I thought this beer was really nice, though the lack of chocolate notes was a bit of a disappointment, I think that the overall smoothness of the beer as well as the interesting mix between the coffee and mild citrus flavors were really interesting and made up for it. It was a really nice beer to drink really slowly, I had a 500 ml (more or less a pint) size bottle and was still finishing it off when we were practicing (it took me about 3 hours to drink) and I really enjoyed it.

pieman25, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of blackcrow911
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- That Guiness black with two finger mocha head.

S- The smell of coffee stood out to me, and just a slight hint of cocoa in there.

T- A strong ice coffee taste, with no hints of chocolate at all.

M- Medium bodied.

D- This beer was overhyped for me, it was pretty much just another stout, much like Guiness, and was easy to drink.

blackcrow911, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro can with insert.

Pours jet black with a slightly tan head about 2cm, very fine bubbles, and a bit of churning bubbles below the surface of the beer that eventually settle into the head. Good head retention.

Smells mildly of sweet chocolate syrup and hints of malted barley.

Tastes of mild malted barley and faint chocolate notes.

Feels thinner with barely any noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Very smooth.

A decently drinkable low abv stout, very similar to Guiness but sweeter and less bitter. Easy enough to drink and worth a try. Not fantastic though.

Cylinsier, Mar 16, 2011
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,861 ratings.