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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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4,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,507
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 119
Gots: 240 | 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 kingcrowing


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown/black with a super thin light brown head. Nose is very lightly chocolaty with some maltiness.

Taste is very roasty and chocolaty without much bitterness. Not as much chocolate as southern tier choklate but it's still a good beer for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:53:57 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of qazelisc


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a tan head and nice lacing.

Lots of chocolate in the nose (duh); cocoa shells, cocoa powder, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, floral hops maybe under all that chocolate?

Chocolate lovers rejoice. Taste is the same accompanied by slight coffee, vanilla, raisin. Hard to taste the hops, more like a watery Ovaltine than beer, but a nice delicious dark chocolate flavor, more bitter than sweet.

Very smooth but somewhat thin and watery. Not quite stout enough, however, that's probably the intent. A personal preference here for a bit more malt body.

Tons of chocolate, thin body and low alcohol make this too gulpable, like the aforementioned Ovaltine. My 3-year son would love this.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 20:41:45 | More by qazelisc
Photo of BillyBoysPie


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sergio's World Beers in Louisville.

In a pint glass, black with ruby notes and a dense cloud of pale tan head. Lots of retention and lacing.

Smells, as advertised, like chocolate. Some malt presence, but mostly the chocolate variety - logically.

Milk chocolate flavors and some depth. No coffee or the like, just sweet, milk chocolate. It's a bit like a milkshake. Not in a bad way, just factually.

The low carbonation is nice for the density of the beer. Not overly sweet, but a velvety drink.

It's a fine beer, but not one I'd be having unless I had the crave.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 18:24:50 | More by BillyBoysPie
Photo of afausser


2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: pours an almost black dark chocolate with a finger or so of fizzy tan head (with both decent lacing and retention). Looks decent, but not too impressive for the low ABV.

S: Very metallic and slight roasted malt. Also a bit milky and doesn't really smell much like beer.

T: Again, metallic. Creamy, but very slight chocolate--not at all what I would have expected. I'd honestly rather have had chocolate milk.

M: Smooth and light, but a bit oily and thin-bodied. Not sure that the body works very well with the style.

D: Not very drinkable at all. Had with lunch (so I should have been thirsty, right?) and almost left half the glass on the table. I thought I'd try this one though it hadn't jumped out at me to buy in the store, and I guess my initial instincts had been correct. I'd heard that this one was supposed to be decent, too. I wonder what went wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 03:30:58 | More by afausser
Photo of Minotaur


5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first 5x5 star rating. This rating is based on Young's Double Chocolate on tap at Ship Inn, Milford NJ. There was simply nothing more I could have wanted from a stout.

Instead of elaborating on the excruciating details I will state how this was exceptional even compared to the bottled version.

There was a finger and a half dough-colored lacing that sat atop a full pint of pure black. The lacing sustained through out the entire draft.

The aroma was licorice, deep bitter chocolate, grainy malt and a bit of earthy floral aroma. Notes of cavendish tobacco.

The flavor was dry and smooth compared to other stouts. Dark, hints of deep cocoa and earthy licorice. Some vanilla and a bit of toasted flavor came through.

Thick, bready mouthfeel. Smooth, endlessly drinkable. Nothing else I could want from a stout. Simply the best stout I've had and superior on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 00:08:10 | More by Minotaur
Photo of WhiteOak


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black. Big expansive dark head.

S- Mouthwatering aromas of fresh cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, and chocolate covered raisins soar from the glass.

T- Chocolate biscuits, beautiful roasty (but not charred) malt. Chocolate covered almonds. Very pleasant long lingering cocoa finish.

The weight of malt and level of dryness here has been well-configured, with richness without sweetness.

Nitro-can, to me, provides a different texture & mouthfeel, but from bottle or can, the Double Chocolate is good stuff to satisfy a combined beer & chocolate craving.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 19:35:21 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Jeebs


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large 2 finger tan head. Lacing is decent, but less than expected.

S: Chocolate dominates the smell, I'm not getting much else from it.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and malt with a hint of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

D: Nice smell and flavor with a creamy finish leads to good drinkability. It's not a beer I would drink every day, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:45:45 | More by Jeebs
Photo of Ottertude


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stout poured an inky black into my glass with the usual nitro bubble cascade show. Looked really good with a small tan head that left nice lacing.

It smelled of dark chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. Tasted of roasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Pretty much like the aroma. If these are flavors you enjoy you will dig this stout.

A thin but creamy mouthfeel makes for an easy drinking experience as this pint disappeared in a hurry. This stout is a good choice on a cold winters night.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-15-2010 02:33:17 | More by Ottertude
Photo of brewerburgundy


2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best Before 10 March 2010 printed on the bottom of the can.

Purple-brown, very dark, the only light coming from the bottom dip of the wine glass I'm drinking it from. Poured out a mix of foam and beer. Head is knit like 600 thread count sheets and perfect stout tan/khaki/beige. I'm close to scoring this a 5 for looks. Wall-like lacing.

Milk chocolate, malted milk balls, chocolate soft serve. Plain old Hershey's milk chocolate. Plum. It does one-dimension well.

Very much the taste of the nose with hints of fusel alcohol even at pretty cool temps. Falls towards the chocolate soft serve, which I don't fancy. the can, as I know it's fresh and free of tap line contamination, has more flavor than my experience with this on tap. If a soft serve vanilla beer showed up I'd be game.

No carb prickle whatsoever. Essence of smooth, beating out Black Butte Porter and Firestone Walker DBA, two that set new standards of smoothness in mouthfeel for me recently. Creamy. Can tend towards chalky.

I just don't think this is an excellent brew (deserving of an A). I can't bring myself to. A for average in my notebook.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-14-2010 01:25:26 | More by brewerburgundy
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New York

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with absolutely no head. Smell reminds me of roasting coffee beans and dark chocolate. A little too "chocolatey" (if thats a word). Smooth rounded finish with the same chocolate espresso highlights as the smell.

I would probably drink it again but based entirely on the price and convenience in getting it. Overall a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 06:06:39 | More by JustinJTisdale
Photo of steve8robin


3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a Christmas gift...

A: Black with hints of ruby highlights with little to no head.

S: Very heavy chocolate. Not much else going on. Smells good.

T: Eh, very watery with hints of chocolate flavor. Kind of 1 dimensional in taste.

M: Heavy carbonation leaving no sticky flavor. Not good enough to be called a stout.

T: Goes down perfectly easy, but for some of the wrong reasons.

All in all, this is a great crossover brew. If you are trying to convert from a mainstream beer like Bud, this might be a good choice. If you currently enjoy craft brews, then I would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:48:35 | More by steve8robin
Photo of sudsellier


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap with 100% nitrogen delivery.

A: Filled the pint glass with midnight capped with a creamy, albeit thinnish, head. Lattice stayed the entire glass, though.

S: Chocolatey-roasty-malty-sweet. Like walking into a confectioner's shop.

T: Silky milky chocolate. All this flavor simply by roasting the grains and not by adding chocolate like some American brewers do. Excellent. Slight notes of sweet smoke and creme brulee (why do have that as a descriptor in two reviews now?).

M: Oh, man. Using pure nitrogen makes this one slippery little devil. This is sex in a glass. Honestly, I've never ever had a beer this super-smooth. Check that... not smooth, but smoov. This beer is Rudy Ray Moore-Superfly.

D: Yes. And lots of it. Relatively low ABV mixed with superior flavor and that KY-caliber mouthfeel makes for one serious repeat offender.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 19:22:58 | More by sudsellier
Photo of swhite11


3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours jet black with a 2 finger light tan bubbly head that retains and laces decently.

[Aroma] - Malty sweetness that is usually more present in the porter style. Roast malt is downplayed next to the sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate follow the malt before a slightly metallic finish.

[Taste] - A short burst of biscuity breadiness with malty sweetness followed by faint notes of roast malt and dark chocolate. Finish is slightly metallic.

[Mouthfeel] - Thin and watery upfront followed by a short period of creaminess. Finiishes slightly thin. Carbonation is medium-low.

[Drinkability] - Very drinkable due to the thinner mouthfeel. This is however, a turn-off for the stout style. A slightly bland chocolate stout. Sounds english to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 05:47:27 | More by swhite11
Photo of magine


4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a dark brown color with a tan big chunky head. Head settles to a lace island and leaves nice lace.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, slight roasted malts.

Brew is very smooth, with a dry finish. Has huge chocolate flavor. Roasted malts are present in the aftertaste. A thin not heavy mouthfeel. Very good tasting brew.

This brew is almost like a dessert in a glass; awesome chocolate flavor. This brew is a top notch brew. Maybe the best of its style I have had. One of the best stouts I have had for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 03:37:44 | More by magine
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Opaque black body with three fingers of dark mocha head. Head is retained for quite some time and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, molasses, some slight roasted malts. Not to bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

T: Molasses and sweet chocolate dominate this beer. Ends off with bitter/roasted flavours for a nice finish.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a slightly bitter and sweet feeling in the mouth. This is to thin for my liking, but it's just my preference.

D: I don't there is anything exceptional about these beer, but it is well made. Price point is also good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:02:36 | More by Long813
Photo of Josievan


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Liquified fizzy chocolate! Deep brown with a dark massive head.

Smell: Chocolate malts, but it's not an overly strong aroma.

Taste: The wide range of chocolate taste in this beer is impressive. It starts off with the sweeter milk chocolate then shifts into the more bitter dark chocolate on the finish. This leaves a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste is very authentic; you can tell the chocolate flavor comes largely from the malt itself.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich, just what the doctor ordered for this style.

Drinkability: This beer could have ended up too sweet to be very drinkable, but that's not the case. It's an easy-drinking milk stout.

Notes: A superb beer because of it's chocolate qualities, but also a great beer simply for its genuine and well-done stout characteristics. It's a fine dessert beer, to be sure, but don't relegate it to that purpose alone. Think of it too when you just want a good stout, chocolate or not.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 23:54:12 | More by Josievan
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- nitro can poured into a large mug, two fingers of super creamy, dense vanilla milkshake colored head that sticks around forever - this is the creamiest head i've ever had on a beer. very dark brown to black coloring with ruby highlights at the bottom of the mug.

s- mild but great smelling beer, some sniffs i get milk chocolate - some i get bitter dark chocolate - some i get chocolate milk, supplemented with some light citrus notes and toffee.

t- loads of chocolate - both bitter dark and milk, roasted malts, sweet toffee, light fresh brewed coffee, malt ball, very light citrus on the end, and the finish is semi-bitter.

m- very light in the mouth, while at the same time being rich, coating, and silky smooth. it gets a little too thin for me when the head dissipates.

d- great drinkability, this is a nice dessert beer, i can only imagine what this beer would be like in a milkshake. the flavors are all here, although more subdued then i thought they would be, i'm still really enjoying it though. this was a nitro-can, i have a bottled version in the fridge that i will have to compare and see which i liked better..

Serving type: nitro-can

01-01-2010 21:01:08 | More by thecarster1
Photo of cassanoj


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll preface this review by saying that this is the only beer I've ever found to taste better out of a can than a bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. Black, smooth and creamy. Frothy mocha head. Looks like a chocolate cloud.

Smells like um, chocolate! Also, some citrus and some roasted grain.

Taste is of chocolate and malt. Incredibly smooth. The head does a lot for this beer. Adds so much creaminess to the beer. There's a nice bitterness to this beer, too. I am impressed.

Mouthfeel is good when the head is present. Smooth with the right touch of bitterness. When the head dissipates, this beer becomes a bit thin for me.

Overall, rather impressed with this humble brew. Had it two times from the bottle and wasn't impressed. From the nitro-can, I let it warm up a bit and the beer really came through for me. Good stuff.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-31-2009 20:39:58 | More by cassanoj
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Heard all the hype, now it is time to try....

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A-Dark, but not totally opaque. Ruby highlights when held to light. Thin tan head that settles rapidly. Perhaps a stronger pour would pump this baby up.

S-Strong chocolate notes, but seems a bit unnatural. Sweet malts.

T-A processed bitter chocolate taste begins the journey, backed by bittersweet malts and a slight hop bite on the back end. Not creamy, not sweet, not savory...pretty bland and one-dimensional.

M-Decent overall mouthfeel with balanced carbonation and a medium feel.

D-Not at all. A huge letdown, and I just don't see what the fuss is about. Been drinking a lot of great stouts this week, and I was really looking forward to this. Bummer, as it is widely available and nice and cheap.

Artificial tasting, lame, and unappealing. Not a horrible drainpour, but, at least based on BA ratings, way overrated. Read a blog on the net recently where Raspy Anniversary Stout was compared to this. What planet was that guy on?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:22:18 | More by caddybuyer
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3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

[Review from memory]
A: The nitro-can poured into a beautiful cascading waterfall in my Guinness tulip glass. As black as the night. Two/three finger head, this beer produces a virtually perfect appearance for the style.

S: Smells like roasted malt, some caramel and chocolate in there as well.

T: Overly roasted, even carbonized, burnt flavor detracts from the subtleties the same way a beautiful cut of meat can be ruined by burning it. Chocolate and a scotch whisky like peat flavors are noticeable. The delicious flavors of the Maillard reaction have been reduced to a carbonized-blackened flavor. I am assuming the brewer intended the "blackened" flavor. Some may like this carbonized flavor the same way they may like blackened food, I don't. Hop bitterness is moderate, most of the bitterness comes from the over roasting.

M: Largely like a thicker Guinness. The nitro-can gives lots of body.

D: I can drink one and then want something else. Too much burnt malt for my liking.

O: A beautiful beer that was ruined by overly strong carbon flavors which mask any of the desirable flavors of the Maillard reaction. I love this style and can see why some love this beer, but the carbonized flavor makes this a deal breaker for me.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2009 03:29:42 | More by icetraxx
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a dark, opaque black with a thick, frothy chocolate milk colored head. Moderate lacing and head retention.

S: Loads of dark chocolate on the nose with some coffee notes (the same coffee notes you would expect from a good dark chocolate).

T: Just more dark chocolate and coffee, without much of the bitterness you find in richer dark chocolates or coffees. No hop presence that I could detect.

M: Slightly watery, but just barely. Light body and carbonation. A very rich and creamy feel.

D: Too good. Like light, fluffy, rich chocolate cake. You know you shouldn't, but it's so easy to have too much.

This is a delicious beer. This is what I would call the epitome of a "dessert" beer. That is, a beer you have FOR dessert, not with it. It's only downfall is the lack of complexity, relying instead on sweetness to satisfy.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2009 00:56:03 | More by goldbot
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK this beer has been reviewed 1000+ times now and believe me nothing i say can really add to what people have already said. That being said if you are really still reading this my only real thoughts are that its a good chocolate stout, just not as good as rogue. Though the price is tantalizingly good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:59:06 | More by Kelp
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black. So opaque I can't see any light through my glass at all. After a very aggressive pour there is about two fingers of head that leave a heavy amount of lacing. The smell is incredibly sweet, like smelling a pot of choclate. The taste istself is much more mild. Not nearly as much choclate taste. Still sweet though, but with more of a raoasted malt aftertaste. OMG the lacing around the head is ridiculous, it looks like spackle around the edge of my glass. It's very thick to drink, but also very smooth and dare I say, milk-like.

It's a very reasonably priced bomber $2.99, and I enjoyed drinking it, but it's not my personal preference. That said, I can easily seeing myself in the mood for this one on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 00:43:01 | More by degerbah
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black, lots more dark tan head then most stouts produce. The head is quite sticky and a small amount stays on top of the beer the entire way.

S - TONs of chocolate and hints of coffee and dark rich malt.

T - Not nearly as much chocolate but the roasted malt really comes along with the lactose. This is a great example of a milk stout, the chocolate seems to be more of an afterthought in the taste.

M/D - The mouthfeel is quite thick and rich coating the mouth and tongue. This is as drinkable as a thin milkshake. Some have the stomach for it, some don't.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 00:42:33 | More by mwa423
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


Paid around $2.50 for a single nitro-can...

The beer pours like a classic (perfect) Guinness, just a little less lacing on the glass. The aroma sticks out as a high-end bittersweet chocolate bar.

Tastes like evaporated milk mixed with a Ghiradelli dark chocolate bar, minimal carbonation, very light almost watery. Creamy goodness in the mouth and it's drinkable but not an ideal session beer.

Final Thought: I can understand it's popularity but don't see it as "upper echelon".

Serving type: nitro-can

12-25-2009 22:50:19 | More by mobyfann
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.