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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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4,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,505
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 119
Gots: 238 | 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 curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a great looking pour. Dark, dark brown in color with 1 finger of creamy head that hangs around all day. Smells very sweet and creamy, like a milkshake, with subtle hints of roasted malt and malted milk balls. The taste is initially sweet and creamy before fading into a slightly bitter, roasted finish that is slightly lingering. Body and balance are good, although the sweetness boarders on excessive and hurts the drinkability a bit. Other than than minor complaint, this is a very tasty beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-14-2009 20:57:26 | More by curasowa
Photo of taxguyjase

New Mexico

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

I got two versions of the beer - the bomber that was carbonated and the can which contained the nitrous pill.

The color of the brew was a nice pitch black dark color, with a toasted tan creamy head that sticks around for the party that will be coming to your mouth. You could definitely smell the chocolate, but not doublely so. There were some good roasted coffee notes too. Upon getting around to actually taste the beer, the coffee flavor was far more pronounced than the chocolate was, which is fine, just a bit odd when it's a "double chocolate" stout. You'll get some toffee flavor in there as well. The beer was very smooth with little aftertaste. The nitrous version was far more smooth and also less filling (the joy of nitrous), so you feel like you could polish off the four pack of cans in one sitting. Either way, this isn't a heavy beer - don't expect to feel like you just drank a loaf of bread. I would surely get this beer again. Just a note, I found this at Kelly's for $10 a 4 pack of nitrous cans, but found the same 4 pack at Sunflower Market on San Mateo & Academy for only $8.50. No reason to pay $1.50 more for the same beer if you can avoid it.

Appearace - 4.5/5.0 - Nice, pitch black, dark color; toasted tan colored head with good retention
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, not overly strong, but enough to get a nice aroma going
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - Roasted coffee, toffee, subtle chocolate (odd for a double chocolate stout). Smooth, but with a sharper taste at the end.
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth, little aftertaste, not a heavy beer, mid body for a dark beer
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - Indeed, if I'm in the mood for a chocolate stout, would definitely think about this one again - I preferred the nitrous cans over the bomber.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-14-2009 17:51:08 | More by taxguyjase
Photo of craftaholic

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had on tap in a pint; pours a thick jet black hue with a creamy finger length tan head; leaves a moderate amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is the liquid equivalency of a chocolate tootsie pop. Its not over powering but that chocolately and roasted malt scent encompasses the entire nose.

Taste: There are plenty of sweet roasted malts and touches of semi-sweet chocolate. The temperature really affects this one because as time went on this one got better and not in the sense that my palate became numb but rather it was served too cold.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a stout, isn't as thick and chewy/creamy as I would have liked.

Drinkability: While it is quite tasty I wouldn't session because I feel I would grow weary of the non complex nature of this brew. Definitely will drink again just not in large quantities more of with/as dessert.

Overall: Got the indian shooting the star on this one, liquid tootsie pop that tastes quite good but don't over indulge because the flavor will weigh on you unless you have a severe sweet tooth when it comes to beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 17:47:21 | More by craftaholic
Photo of TommyW


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a rocky, tan head that sticks somewhat to the glass.

S- Not a lot here, just a little cocoa powder.

T- Chocolate with chocolate and roasted malts, then the flavor thins out a little and ends with the cocoa powder that was present in the nose.

M- Medium/full body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a bad chocolate flavored stout, is really nice with some pretzels; makes a sort-of chocolate covered pretzel.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:14:47 | More by TommyW
Photo of argock


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 08/21/10 date on neck. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.99.

A: Very dark brown with 1-2 finger oatmeal-colored head with good retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Dark malts and dark chocolate aromas with light herbal hops

T: Dense chocolate flavor with medium bitterness and mild acrid finish. Hops are more lively than the aroma suggests.

M: Somewhat thin for the style. It misses on the creaminess of the best of the style. Carbonation is low. Aftertaste is more bitter and chocolatey.

D: A good sweet stout with heavy chocolate which unfortunately loses some of the creaminess with the chocolate addition. A good but not great brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:05:45 | More by argock
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured nitro-can into tulip glass (don't know why, it was just clean)

Appearance: Much like Guinness, you get to watch the beer turn from foam to a dark stout. Nice foamy head that stays around throughout the drink.

Smell: You get a hint of the sweet chocolaty taste, but it is not too overwhelming.

Taste: Nice strong chocolaty taste with a tad of a bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good balance of the chocolate and stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and what can come across as a watery feel, but it's not that bad.

Drinkability: I would say this has a high drinkability especially for the novice beer drinker because of the sweet chocolate taste, it can be very easy for them to branch out from piss water light.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-14-2009 01:30:14 | More by madtrixter787
Photo of JWolf


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro can into pint glass.

This was my first chocolate stout.

A = Dark, almost black, with a thick, creamy tan head. Head started out on the thin side, but as the drink settled, the head thickened up and rose to about 1/2 inch. Reduced to 1/4 inch midway through the drink. Lacing isn't really lacing. It's more like a wall of foam on the side of the glass.

Of note: Watching this drink settle was as enjoyable as drinking it. It was mesmerizing watching a dark tan cascade of fine bubbles run down the insides of the glass like a waterfall. Simply beautiful, much like watching a Guinness Stout settle.

S = Sweet, chocolatey, bready. Expected more/stronger, but very pleasant.

T = When it first hits your mouth, it's smooth and sweet with strong creamy chocolate flavor. Also a little reminiscent of pumpernickel. Followed by a bitter chocolate aftertaste, almost like baking chocolate powder, with roasted coffee overtones. The only knock here is that it was a little thin. I expected a thicker, heartier beer.

M = Is it possible to be creamy and watery at the same time? More like milk when I was expecting milkshake. As mentioned under Taste, I expected this beer to be heartier, more chewy... in short, more stout.

D = Overall, a very tasty beer that I am enjoying very much as I write this. I would definitely come back to this one on occasion. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-12-2009 02:50:11 | More by JWolf
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque, no highlights. Two inches of light brown head with nice retention. The thickest of lacing. This looks perfect.

Smell: Roasted sweet malts and dark chocolate. A slight whiff of sourness-- I often get this from English stouts. I expected more here.

Taste: Roasty and bitter chocolate. Bitter, powdery chocolate. Like Bakers chocolate almost. Briefly sweet in the middle, then a long bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Actually feels big for its size (its only 5.2%. Creamy and quite nice.

Drinkability: This stuff is OK. At almost $5 a bottle, its not a great value. I expected a sweeter chocolatey stout. Its very English.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:40:25 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of RiverDog


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very very dark. No visibility through when held directly up to light. Almost like pouring a thinner motor oil. Poured a finger or finger and a half caramel colored head that slowly but surely softened to leave a thin caramel film for the duration of the drink. Leaves a beautiful lace on the opposite side of the drinking edge.

S- Awesome, bold smell. Smells like a rich chocolate coffee. Slight roasted hint.

T- Instant chocolate. Roasted burnt taste on the back of the palette. Leaves a great roasted aftertaste. Very subtle hint of hops.

M- Sharp on the palette leading to...

D- Drinks just as smooth as it pours. I enjoy my stouts warm which i personally feel attributes to the smoothness of the drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:16:32 | More by RiverDog
Photo of Mavajo


3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

The pour is a dark motor oil black with a brown white head. Head is only about a finger thick, but it retains almost completely for the duration. Lacing is tremendous. Really a beautiful looking beer. Unfortunately that's where my praise ends.

Nose is fairly faint. Coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same. Mediocre. And the mouthfeel is even worse. Flat, watery and just generally nasty. It tastes like old, bland watered down coffee. Medium bodied and next to no carbonation.

Completely unimpressed. This is one of my favorite beers when it's from the bottle, but the nitro can serving just completely ruins it.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-09-2009 22:10:54 | More by Mavajo
Photo of bmoney


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5 L bottle poured nearly pitch black. Tan foamy head that settles quickly and leaves scattered lacing. Smell is mostly of chocolate and a little burnt coffee. Taste is similar, the chocolate dominates but still some bitter roasted notes in there. Very carbonated, this intensifies the bitterness. Medium bodied and still smooth. Goes down quick but does not really quench thirst. Overall a good quality stout,but nothing too interesting or anything to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:48:42 | More by bmoney
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10-31-09.

(A)- Pours pitch black that produced a bubbly brown head that dissipated after a minute or so.

(S)- Rich dark cocoa amidst coffee and molasses. Smells alot like hot chocolate.

(T)- Tons of rich chocolate in front of medium roasted coffee. Tastes like a mocha.

(M)- Dark & rich chocolate flavors with a good carbonation level. Slightly dry, bitter, and sweet.

(D)- A good chocolatey stout that is easy on the palate. Would never turn this down if offered to me. A decent session stout

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:02:11 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Methodd

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 650mL mug.
Poured just as I always do but this stuff created an insane amount of head. Over flowed the sides and into the skink. I've never had that happen before unless I was being careless which I was not this time.

A: Dark, almost black, looks like Coca-Cola. Nice tan head.

S: Smells like Chocolate (duh?) and coffee.

T: Tastes like dark chocolate, coffee and something else, burnt almonds?

M: Lighter than expected, carbonation was perfect for this kind of thing.

D: Super smooth, makes you think about it. Why is my glass empty so fast?

There is nothing offensive here. Only good things came from this bottle.

500mL bottle, Nov. 3, 2009

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 05:29:13 | More by Methodd
Photo of butti001


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pint-size bottle. Drank at Bado's pizza and ale house on Beverly Road in Mt. Lebanon, PA. Price: $5.75/bottle

Appearance: Poured like a thick dark cola, almost a rich-dark brown or ruby color. Nice thick tan head.

Aroma: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more chocolate. Sweet Cocoa and roasted chocolate malt. The English and crystal malts grab your nose and invite you to dive into a sweet stout that you have been waiting for.

Mouthfeel: Almost a drying effect from this brew. Creamy and quite thin for a high gravity beer, viscosity relatively low. Not overly carbonated. Smooth drinkability.

Taste: Seems like Young's isn't as dark and roasty as other stouts and has more of a sweet, decadent, chocolate flavor. Seems like in most stouts, there is a tug of war between chocolate, coffee, and bittersweet fruit notes, but the chocolate definitely seems to win in this battle (due to the addition of unfermentable sugars that stick around). The malty sweetness is counterbalanced by a subtle hop accent. Additionally, there is not an overkill of alcohol at 5.20% but is still present in the taste.

Summary: One of the best stouts I have had in quite awhile. Incredible mouthfeel and drinkability. I would reccomend this to anyone who appreciates a sweet stout that's not yet imperial strength.. Perhaps a little to decadent to have frequently, but overall, great. I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 04:40:17 | More by butti001
Photo of psujesus


2.38/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow what an amazing looking beer

poured into a pint glass from a nitro-can, pitch-black color with a 2-inch brown head, an amazing smell with tons of chocolaty goodness, i was expecting more of a milkshake taste and consistency to it, it didnt really appeal to my tastes but i did enjoy the over-chocolaty taste, wasnt as creamy/thick as i thought it would be

it seems to be a good beer but i think it'll be a long time before i try another one of these
(need more beer experience)

Serving type: nitro-can

11-04-2009 03:59:19 | More by psujesus
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Young's Double Chocolate Stout pours a deep brown color with a frothy tan head on top. Some lacing down the sides of the glass.

Lots of chocolate malt on the nose. The smell interestingly enough reminds of chocolate rice milk. There is also a bit of sweet/sourness floating around.

The taste is much like you would think. Lots of roasted chocolate malts. I can taste some of the regular chocolate as well. Some bitterness and a sweetness that I would associate with the addition of lactose, which is common in many sweet stouts.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and the body isn't too heavy. Drinkability is good. All in all, this is good chocolate stout, but nothing really seems to stand out. After having had Southern Tier's Chocolate and Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence I would recommend those over this. But if this is easy for you to pick up and you're in the mood for chocolate and beer, then I say go for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:23:55 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

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

Poured with an amazingly thick and rich looking head, clear dark brown body, into a snifter. This beer, for what it is, looks delicious. Smells only a little, but what's there embodies Hershey's chocolate syrup sweetness with a hint of malt.

Tastes like a Belgian dark with the sort of dry, grainy maltiness you'd expect there. Delightfully bitter. Appropriately carbonated (tingly, but not needles) and with more of an unrefined chocolate taste than what you get from the smell. Medium-bodied. A little chewy. Sweet enough to be smooth. Not thirst-quenching but very drinkable. Lingering malt flavor rounds it out.

It's pretty good overall. I prefer other milk and sweet stouts to this, but won't hesitate to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:20:39 | More by abuliarose
Photo of ryanonline


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is jet black almost opaque with a nice thick, tan, fluffy head. very nice lacing

aroma of coffee and chocolate, sort of creamy vanilla to it also.

flavor is more or less the same, coffee up front chocolate in the back, milky vanilla throughout

mouthfeel is spritzy and sort of creamy. clean too.

drinkabilty is very good, easy on the stomach.

altogether one damn fine beer. deliscious chocolatiness, nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:11:29 | More by ryanonline
Photo of EgadBananas


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this in a nitro-can, and wasn't too keen on it...my girlfriend, earlier this week, randomly picked it out at the store, but in a bottle... lets see if it differs...

A - This definitely looks more like a traditional stout than an irish stout as the can did. Black as night, nice tan head great lacing.

S - Smells like a good stout, bits of chocolate are there, and deep malts

T - Muchhhh better! Its complex, and very roasty, with very bittersweet dark chocolate. Theres faint burnt coffee notes that show up in the finish and in the after taste. As with the can, for being a double, the chocolate was not as pronounced as i would have thought...not that it takes a way from it though.

M - Its got
a good medium to full bodied feel to it. Not superb, but good none the less.

D - Good drinkability, rather tasty, will definitely have this as opposed to the can.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:51:25 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of boogyman


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to get this after having my eye on it for so long.

A- Poured in my oh so trusty tulip glass. Appears a nearly impenetrable black with a good finger or so of light tan head that fizzes away leaving some peripheral bubbles. Lacing is not bad with some sticking on the sides.

S- Most definitely chocolate malts on the nose. Can't quite get much else other then a musky chocolate malt smell.

T- Wow! Chocolaty creamy goodness. Also a fairly strong coffee taste. I could best describe this taste as almost a chocolate mocha.

M- Smooth on the tongue and the chocolate maltyness hangs on the tongue along with the coffee notes. I get a very slight warming alcohol taste going down.

D- I actually liked this beer. I wouldn't think that I would like it since it sounded super chocolaty and sweet at first but now I see it is balanced fairly well. Will pick this up again next time I am in the moon for something creamy and chocolaty. Maybe next time I will get it in the can since it seems that isn't bad either.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:42:17 | More by boogyman
Photo of Lars3


2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I am very disappointed by this beer. I was expecting much much more chocolate, but there is only a slight smell of chocolate and a bland aftertaste of chocolate. I see many good reviews of this beer, so I'm think I got a bad bottle. I bought two bottles, if the second tastes better I'll do a second review. It was dated September 30, 2009. I don't know if this was the best by date or the bottled on date. If it was the best by date it could explain why I disliked it as much as I did.

The appearance is the best part. I poured a 500mL bottle into a 25oz snifter and the head came right up to the top. The color of the beer is nearly black, with a billowing chocolate colored head.

It doesn't smell very good. I can smell the chocolate and a hint of alcohol, but the chocolate should be more pronounced.

It doesn't taste very much like chocolate as I said above. In fact there is a burnt nuttyness that is more prominent than the chocolate.

This is not what I expect a stout to feel like in my mouth. I know the distinctions between a stout and a porter isn't clear, but I tend to associate thicker beers with stouts and the thinner version with porters. If you asked me what this was I would have told you a porter. It is just a bit too thin for me.

Considering how thin this beer is it goes down real easy, so I can easily see myself drinking 2 or 3 of these... if I liked it more.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 23:51:15 | More by Lars3
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this in the bottle, it was good but I heard the can was a real treat. Comes in a brightly colored 14.9 ounce tall boy can. Best before January 2010. Slightly chilled.

Pours a very dark black/brown, with noticeable carbonation action, an enthralling brew. The head is slightly off white and very creamy.

Smells like a chocolate milkshake. There is also a little bit of alcohol and roasted malt in the scent.

This is the creamiest beer I have had, a very nice mouthfeel, with a taste of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Slightly metallic but it isn't off-putting.

Overall it is just slightly better than the bottle, a nice smooth and rich dessert brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-19-2009 02:31:39 | More by crossovert
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best Before March 31st, 2010.

Liquid is an impentetrable and inky darkness, just barely brown (I've yet to see a truly black beer). Small but steady canopy of wheat colored foam (with a tan gradient under the top layer), with good retention, and a tall smattering of lacing.

Roasted malt is the primary aroma, with a touch of coffee and chocolate syrup. Very mild hop scent.

Chocolate is more prominent on the palate as is the roasted quality of chocolate malt. Toffee, toasted almonds, coffee, and a hint of rooibos tea rounds things out. Slightly tart, bittersweet finish. Very nice.

Tingly mouthfeel, with decent carbonation and a touch of astringency. Fairly light bodied.

Rather than a dessert beer, I would say this is better paired with food...one of the few beers that I would actively seek out on nitro-tap.

Not the best value as an import, especially compared to Rogue Chocolate Stout for example - still, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:25:57 | More by augustgarage
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: from a bottle it produced a nice thick head matching perfectly with the dark color of the beer.
Smell: nice roasted malt scent with great notes of cocoa
Taste: Great malt taste combined with a really complex chocolate flavor. The flavor is really rich and isnt too sweet.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Its a good stout, thick and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:11:16 | More by pzrhsau
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours beautifully into a standard pint glass, dark as tar not much head, but incredible lacing. Smells of chocolate and not much else. Tastes like dark chocolate, very rich, smooth and creamy. Perhaps not an ale for everyday drinking, but a very nice one for special occasions, perfect for pairing with deserts.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 05:18:23 | More by nerow
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,505 ratings.