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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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4,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,580
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 120
Gots: 270 | 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:
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Photo of wahhmaster


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

Poured from a nitro-can into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: It's hard to beat the head that forms from nitro-cans and bottles. Pours a chocolate milk color initially but that turns into a pitch black color and the head surges to the top. Has a tight creamy tan head that never fully dissipates and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of bittersweet chocolates with hints of espresso and roasted malts.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter but finishes with strong chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors. This is one of the chocolatiest beers I've ever had. However, I have this sinking feeling that the nitro is dulling this flavor out.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and smooth. Almost like drinking a smoothie.

Drinkability: An exceptional stout. This one is certainly a treat to have and goes great with dessert.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-16-2009 20:17:42 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured jet-black with an average-sized, creamy light-brown head. Body is opaque due to the dark color.

S: Great, great aroma... lots of bittersweet chocolate coming through, as well as a nice, roasted smell.

T: The bitter chocolate is the main flavor here, which is what you'd expect. Nicely balanced with a roasted tang, ending slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: I was thinking I may find this stout TOO sweet, but the chocolate and slight bitterness came together perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 17:54:40 | More by berley31
Photo of drizzam


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch opaque black with a creamy, fluffy tan head. The head doesn't retain forever but it does leave a decent tan cap that leaves better than expected lacing.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate.

T & M - Yummy! The malty body is enhanced with dark chocolate from the middle to the finish. A very, very slight hop finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel, you would almost expect it to be heavier. Carbonation may also be a bit high, precluding the creaminess you would expect from it.

D - Drinkability is (almost) through the roof with this beer! Very affordable, with a pretty low ABV, and as good as it tastes...I could drink it all day long. If you haven't had it yet, get it!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 22:15:09 | More by drizzam
Photo of WJVII


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful black color, completely nontransparent with a 3 finger light brown head that slowly crawled back down the glass leaving sticky goodness down the sides. The aroma was first full of alcohol, then some hints of roasted chocolate malts and a slight burnt caramel and doughy finish. The taste was smooth, with mild carbonation. The finish makes this brew. Dark chocolate, raspberry, warmth from alcohol, and a nice bitter balance. This is a tasty brew! Bonus that it comes in a 1 pint 9oz bottle, worth the $2.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:11:29 | More by WJVII
Photo of MOB210SA


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

Poured 1 finger brown/tan head. Good retention and nice looking lacing.

Dark black in appearence. Its definiatly up there with the darkest ive seen.

Smell of dark roasted malts. Chocolate cocoa and slight coffee.

Tastes is perfect with the smell. Prominent Chocolate with a lesser coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with just the right amount of bubble.

Drinkability pretty high i wouldnt want this to be the only beer i ever drink. But I would drink a few in a night for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 20:30:55 | More by MOB210SA
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 14.9oz nitro-can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is after the cascading bubbles is a dark brown/black with a creamy one-finger tan colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is a nice light aroma of chocolate and coffee as well as nice toasted malt.

Taste is a nice blend of coffee and chocolate with a bit of dark chocolate bitterness in the end. The chocolate flavor is not as strong compared to the coffee in it but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied quite smooth with a pretty mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great! Definite session beer as I feel I could put away quite a few of these in short time! Avery nice example of the style. I'll have to try it in the bottle to see if I find difference but for now quite a nice brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-12-2009 01:01:12 | More by MrStark
Photo of Dijeriduster


4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap at SD Brewing Company the other night. Didn't even know it came in anything but the bottle...

A - Very dark nitro pour left it with a slightly darking look then the dark brown Guinness prototype and plenty of the wonderful nitro fueled head you'd expect. Looks like my kinda stout.

S - Wow, the chocolate and coffee notes are just MASSIVE. Especially the dark chocolate thing coming thru. My jaw dropped.

T - Nothing like it....Amazing how much chocolate is in here! Its a well balanced stout with little to no hops present and plenty of roasted flavors. The high chocolate content follows the intital roasty flavors and finishes like a good coffee / Swiss chocolate combo.

M - Great. Again this was a nitro pour and that helped to make it real smooth. I thought it got a little swishy towards the end, but overall a solid mouthfeel.

D - Pretty high. I'd have this again for sure. Maybe wouldn't want it all night but it was a great finisher and went really well with a burger too. I'm gonna try it in a bottle next time I see it just to compare... I suspect it shines on nitro much more??

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-10-2009 22:33:55 | More by Dijeriduster
Photo of cagocubs


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured pitch black with a massive tan head that lingered and laced.

S: Rush of chocolate, coffee, toasty malts.

T: Coffee was a more dominate taste than chocolate. Reminded me of a coffee stout. Chocolate could be sensed. Another dominating taste was the toasted malts. Aftertaste was bitter coffee.

M: I felt the body was thin when related to its smell and taste. Still good carbonation and coating.

D: A strong beer (taste). The taste was good but it almost felt a little artificial at times.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 17:18:26 | More by cagocubs
Photo of sergio1va


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One Delicious Beer!

Sustainable Chocolate and Malt flavor in every sip of this beer. Tasted better when closer to room temperature.

Served clean not so carbonated and definitely a small head after the pour. Great aroma of chocolate reaffirms the great taste in this stout. Slight bitterness in the end of every sip but overall a great drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:42:32 | More by sergio1va
Photo of earthboundagain


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A- Pitch black with a tan head that is a good two finger.

S- Chocolate and mocha with roasted malts.

T- Sweet chocolate ending in a bitter sweet finish

M- Tad thin.

D- Very drinkable, could put six or more back at one time, if I was not careful.

Thoughts: I have had this beer in the bottle and in the nitro can. The bottle has a much better flavor but just doest have the same creaminess. I still like this beer, and will recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 20:55:12 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark mahogany/near-black into a dimpled mug, with one finger of khaki-colored head, and great lacing. The smell was dominated by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder, but roasted malts and a hint of espresso were also evident. The taste was very good, but very one-dimensionally dominated by chocolate, with just a hint of roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel was the best part: silky smooth and creamy thick; a perfect accompaniment to dessert. Drinkability? Definitely not a session beer; even this one can I shared with a friend.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-08-2009 04:43:56 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of darklordlager


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

16.9 oz nitro-can

Pours a dark brown/black with a Guinness-esque head made up of thousands of tiny bubbles, characteristic of Nitro cans.

Smell is of acidic roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso. Dry acidic smell underlying it. The chocolate comes out from hiding as it warms.

Taste is of acidic roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. Decent depth, but nothing mind-blowing. I feel like the nitro is dulling the flavours.

Mouthfeel is a little drier than expected. I was expecting something pretty heavy a la Milk Stout, however the creamy-ness from the nitro makes it slip along smoothly.

D- Very drinkable, not thoroughly enjoyable though. I was expecting a little more "umph" in the flavour department--whether that's due to the nitro, or just the beer I am unsure.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-08-2009 01:20:21 | More by darklordlager
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New York

2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really let down by this brew - and I didn't even have any, let alone high, expectations going in. Poured well with a solid, yet quickly receding head. Smells like burnt nesquick. Tastes like chemical chocolate powder in water. WAY to thin of a body for the style. Overall, it seems like they went for some chocolate powder flavoring instead of properly malting a beer of this style. Would not return to again, especially at $6 for a bottle - I could have had 3 Victory Storm Kings for that!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:14:32 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearence - brownish creamy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Deep brown color.
smell - a lot of chocolate and dark malts. I also think im picking up some hints of mint.
taste - again, a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. more sweetness than body. aftertaste is slightly bitter but overall a bit short on hops in my opinion. Chocolate feels a bit artificial.
mouthfeel - really could use a bit more body. if it wasn't for the roasted flavors I would say that it feels more like a dark lager than a stout.
drinkability - the sweetness of this beer would probably put me off after a few ones.

Overall - Nice brew but I could really use some more body here. Also, more chocolate malt and less chocolate flavoring would be nice. IMO Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a way better chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 18:57:30 | More by tofulegend
Photo of Cresant


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came from a 14.9 oz. nitro can into a Guinness tulip. Dated 07 Mar 09. The pour created a creamy upwardly cascading head of fine foam. The huge tan head receded but a solid cap remained throughout. The body was clear of sediment and very dark brown.

Smell was roasted grains and chocolate.

Taste was chocolate but not too sweet. Light milk chocolate, not bittersweet. Lightly of caramel. Not complex but very tasty. Not overdone, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was creamy but somewhat thin. I will return to this one.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-04-2009 14:36:32 | More by Cresant
Photo of thefarstrider


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Night sky over a Yorkshire Christmas Eve
Smell - Sharp and sweet, no barn smell
Taste - Old tobacco pipe of Dark Cavendish
Mouthfeel (such a pretentious word) - Silky and creamy, but not overly so
Drinkability - Too novel for common consumption, but worth saving for special occasions

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 20:25:05 | More by thefarstrider
Photo of rootbeerman


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

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Pours very dark brown almost black, similar in appearance to Guinness. Finger thick light brown creamy, long lasting head. gives a nice beer mustache
S: sweet malts, along with heavy chocolate sweetness.
T: sweet malt up front. chocolate bitterness in the back
M: thick like whole milk, mild carbonation
D: easy dessert beer, worth picking up a four pack or two

Serving type: nitro-can

11-29-2009 05:38:36 | More by rootbeerman
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a very deep black, leaves a one inch thick tan head that sticks around as a thin layer throughout the sample. Lots of lacing.

The smell is terrific, milk chocolate, caramel, malts and light coffee. Very enticing.

The taste is even better. Truly terrific stuff. The chocolate doesn't dominate this beer; it enhances it, works with the other subtle flavours to produce a satisfying finish. Shaved dark chocolate, a bit of caramel, coffee and malts. Sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, carbonation is a little more than I'd expected, but I tend to like slightly higher carbonated stouts anyway, so this was a big plus. No chalkiness to speak of. Not overly dry.

Just a terrific beer, one I will get again and again. Although I was worried that the beer would simply taste like chocolate, I was most happily corrected! A real winner (the only drawback being that I doubt I could drink this brew for too often at a time)

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:49:52 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Vinny71


4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with a beautiful tan light cocoa head that fades to about one finger. I was expecting a denser and thicker head for this style.

S- Chocolate and mocha with roasted malts.

T- Absolutely supreme! Sweet chocolate then a hint of of coffee ending in a bitter sweet finish

M- Wonderful. Creamy and satisfying.

D- My favorite stout. Very rich but not too heavy. One or two of these is plenty, even as good as it is because of the richness.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-26-2009 13:52:07 | More by Vinny71
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oldie but goodie.

A- Pours a dark black liquid with a hint of brown hue. Little Brown Bubbly head dissipates fast, some lacing.

S- Lots of Coco. Nice roasted coffee aroma then some roasted barley. The chocolate aroma is very dry and complements very well.

T- First its a traditional stout with the right amount of roasted character with plenty of roasted barley. The chocolate is a sweet flavor like Hershey's syrup. Like a piece of chocolate decadence cake. Then a dry coco finish. Lots of sweet malt in the backbone

M- This is a full bodied beer by feel not by weight. Good amount of carbonation. Nice chocolate finish.

O- This is a good standby chocolate beer. Wonderful for a chocolate craving.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:01:33 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of natelocc787


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured darkest of brown, like one shade from black. There is a lot of chocolate in the nose. It's a very milky, cocoa chocolate. The taste is supreme, nice chewy mouthfeel with little bubbles. Very silky texture. Fudge in the taste with cocoa nibs, Swiss mocha and Hershey's milk chocolate. Very drinkable as a beer but the sweetness and overall character make this a 1 bottle at a time type brew. Not the kind of beer you would want to drink 2 or 3 of, still very drinkable for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 21:11:05 | More by natelocc787
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant coffee cascade and the brew carbonates. The chocolaty head caps a nice black brew and sticks to the top of the beer 'til the end. The aromas are really quite absent, which is surprising given the representation of flavors. The bitter chocolate notes are married well with coffee, toasted nuts, and mild malts. The coffee aftertaste is very pleasant. This offering is a nice comforting winter choice that is not too heavy for the style and is overall a very good beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-22-2009 00:33:50 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of Mosley1212


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

One of my favorites, wanted to buy one so I could review it.

A - Pours a jet black, very opaque, with a small, tan head that goes away quickly.

S - Smells delicious. Very rich with a dark chocolate smell. Can also get a bit of malted hops smell underneath it.

T - The chocolate explodes in your mouth with each sip. After the sweetness of the chocolate dies down, the bitterness of the dark chocolate kicks in and stays with you.

M - Produces a very warm feeling in the mouth, it is one of the best tastes around.

D - A bit too sweet for me to have many. I love this beer, but only in small quantities.

If you haven't tried it, try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 00:22:23 | More by Mosley1212
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

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

Thanks to Bobsy for sending me one bottle of this. I was dying to taste this one. Finally!

A: Dark black with some red notes on the edge. The head is creamy with some big bubbles. The head is beige.
S: The smell is very intense dark chocolate with light notes of roasted malts.
T: Dark chocolate first, then I get the dark chocolate bitterness. So nice. The taste stays in the mouth for a long time... I like it. I don't get very much any hops or roasted malts.
M: The beer is creamy feeling in the mouth with the presence of some carbonation... Less carbonation would make this one perfect!
D: I could drink this all night! So good.


Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:29:32 | More by ZorPrime
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my mug. Pours a dark black with a big frothy tan head on top. Great retention. Leaves some nice sticky webbing on the glass. Smells of cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

The mouth is thin and wet. I expected this to be a bit thicker. Carbonation level is moderate. Flavors of chocolate milk, vanilla, white bread, and a bit of nutty finish. This is pretty good and unoffensive. Not a bad beer to help convert some to darker brews. Chocolate not as predominate as I thought. I'd have it again, but it's not as great as I assumed.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 22:13:56 | More by Onenote81
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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