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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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5,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,058
Reviews: 2,241
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 457 | FT: 2
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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 MattyG85
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 14.9 oz. nitro can into a stout glass. Best before date on can is 10/02/2011.

Appearance: Very dark brown with lots of bubbly carbonation. Solid three finger tan head with very good retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: A sharp aroma of sweet dark roasted malts with some chocolate, caramel, milk, and coffee. Hints of vanilla and sugar. Aroma is pretty sweet. Smells a lot like a caramel chocolate candy bar.

Taste: Like the smell, a big kick of sweet dark roasted malts with caramel and toffee is followed by a decent dose of chocolate. Hints of milk, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is sweet and notes of chocolate are noticeable, but the chocolate is not as strong as expected.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a carbonation on the higher end. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: This is a decent brew but the chocolate needs to be a lot stronger. This is ok but if I really want a chocolate forward beer I would go with Rogue's Chocolate Stout or Southern Tier's Choklat. I would be interested to try this out of a bottle to compare.

Photo of eclipse54
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 14.9 ounce nitrogenated can. Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours black with about an inch and a half of frothy, foamy, cream/brown head. Smells of chocolate, caramel, a bit of roasted malt, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is rather thin, consisting of chocolate, malt, some grain, caramel, and water. Mouthfeel is thinner than I remember, and seems thinner than many other nitrogenated stouts. It finishes sweet and dry. Overall, a decent stout for a nice change of pace from the typical offerings.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The black could not be more pitch in this body if it tried. The khaki colored head is thick, at least two and a half fingers, and man is it creamy. Definite rings of lacing on the side of the pint glass. Glorious.

Smell: I am certainly disappointed by the lack of anything on the nose. There are some toasted malts, also some dark chocolate, even a little bit of coffee, but WAY too subtle.

Taste: Yep. Exactly what I want a Sweet Stout to be. First there is the smokey toffee malts that set up the stout experience. Then from the middle of the mouth to the finish there are definite notes of semi - sweet chocolate and cocoa powder mixed with caramel malt. As the flavor degrades a sweetness from the bread-biscuit malt takes over. Absolutely no bitterness or hop flavors. Delicious.

Mouth feel: Okay, not exactly chewy, but it is still a medium to full mouth feel. Maybe that is not such a bad thing, because it encourages more drinks, allowing more of that beer to get in my belly.

Overall: The taste on this sweet stout is spot on. I really believe that the taste should serve as a bench mark for this kind of beer. It is unfortunate that the nose lacks what the palate gets.

Also, the mouth feel could use some fine tuning. Other than that, feel lucky to be able to try such a wonderful beer. And one more thing, let this baby warm to almost room temperature. You will not regret it.

Photo of robwestcott
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the can to a foothills brewing 12oz pilsner a deep dark milk chocolate brown nearing black with a super badass finger and a half micro bubbled creamy head with incredible retention and a sheet of lace to the rim.

fairly subtle mild chocolate aroma.

hmmm... this is not a fresh can, but still, this is nowhere near the chocolate i am recalling from previous outings with bottled young's. of course, it's probably been two years or more and well before i entered the realm of craft beer. very subtle chocolate and not much else.

lighter bodied, very creamy, nice.

overall - perhaps a bit more subtle on the nitro, very drinkable and certianly not a bad beer, but its likely my last time knocking at young's door.

Photo of Jimmys
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: beautiful pour from the nitro-can. starts milky brown and cascades upwards into a black body and a cookies-n-cream head. great retention and lacing. what a stout should look like.

S: very bittersweet chocolate and roast notes. as the beer warms, the chocolate moves into a sweet, milk aroma.

T: chocolate milk. bits of bitterness, but the creamy, milky, sugar and chocolate deliciousness dominate.

M: the creaminess on this thing is massive. credit the nitro-can or my fantastic pouring skills, but this is cream of the crop mouthfeel.

D: without a doubt, an A+ beer in my opinion. from the initial pour, the appearance, smell, and certainly the flavor/mouthfeel a great brew. best milk/sweet stout ive had to date and what beers of this style should strive for. i do give credit to the nitro, and if i were them i would only serve it on nitro taps or in nitro cans. makes the beer what it should be.

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

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has intrigued me ever since I first stepped into a liquor store. Imported, funny-shaped bottle…and who doesn’t like chocolate? I finally picked it up on a random beer run while waiting for my car to get out of the shop. Now’s a good a time as any to try a classic brew like this, right?

A: This one pours a very deep brown; it’s almost black. The head is superb, bubbling up like a thick, beige whipped cream. Excellent retention and some really spectacular lacing give this one of the most sophisticated looks I’ve seen from a stout. It’s one of those examples of timeless beer beauty.

S: Mild, British malts take the stage first in this one; they come off rich and earthy, a textured and complex juxtaposition. The dark chocolate is there, not surprisingly, but it comes off as a more balanced agent than I would have expected from a “Double Chocolate Stout.” I’m not complaining, though; the fact that the scents are so gentle makes me instantly think of a British pub drink. It’s alright for the style.

T: Wow; it’s almost like I can feel myself being transported to a small, family-owned pub in England with every sip. It must be the water, because I’ve never had a feeling like that from an American beer. It’s a uniquely bitter, mineral-like tone, and it’s the first thing you taste in this beer. Hell of a start. The bitter character of the water works incredibly well with the roasted barley and leafy hops that come next. These toffee, roasted coffee, and tart lemon/lime flavors become the focus of the majority of the body. Chocolate is merely a supporting character, which is great: a semi-sweet nod to the palate is much better than an oozy chocolate sweetness. All these flavors, plus a slight hint of dry yeasts, combine to form a lightly dry finish. The chewiness of the grains sticks with you for a while, as does the hop bite.

M: Very, very traditional in the feel. It’s light and a bit watery, but there’s a bubbly pop that makes up for it.

O: I can definitely see myself coming back to this beer. It's classically delicious, with more than enough complexity to satisfy me in many different situations. This is what I think of when I imagine a traditional English pub beer: smooth, light, and uniquely bitter.

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost black with half a finger of creamy tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Yum! Chocolate, vanilla, roasty malt, molasses.

Taste. Chocolate ...like the semi-sweet baking chocolate I used to sneak from the fridge when I was a kid. Followed up by some roasty malt and a little grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not syrupy like I expect with this type of brew.

Overall. Fantastic. Just what I would be going for if I were to create a chocolate stout. Great with desert!

Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance for a novice was very good,exactly what I imagine a stout should look like. Reminded me of when I left motor oil laying around in containers until I could take it to a recycling center. The smell to me was too much. I like chocolate,but to me this was a cheap Kahlua imitation. Very hard to bring this to my lips. Forturnately the taste was much better,a nice balance of sweet and bitterness.If only the odor was different. The bottle date was 3/19/11.

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at Julio's. Cant believe it took this long for me to try this.

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip an oily stout pour with that great creamy nitro head. Super rich and creamy two finger head that leaves very nice side lacing and never really fades.

S - Some nice chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. For being a "double chocolate" would like to see more.

T - Wow, this is really, really nice. Nice creamy, rich milk chocolate along with lightly smokey roasted malts. There is a very slight hop bitterness with this. Delicious.

M - The problem with most nitro beers is this, a horrible lack of mouthfeel. This, while nice and smooth and creamy, is super low carb. Feels flat and watery on the tongue.

O - Overall this is a delicious milk stout. While I love the look that nitro gives a beer, I would rather have an average head but some legitimate mouthfeel. Still, would gladly buy again.

Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown to black in a chalice. Cream colored foam is then, and no lacing.

S - The scent of chocolate was more noticeable is it warmed. There are also underlying smells of malt and licorice. A subtle bit of smoke is also hitting the nose.

T - Pretty good, but a bit disappointed that the scents don't translate as much to the taste. This guy has a milk chocolate malty flavor and a hint of sweetness. I equate it to chocolate pudding. But the other more subtle scents are not to be found int he taste.

M - Light bodied given the style, and minimal carbonation. Solid but would like a robust back end.

O - Probably the best of this style and a great stout for food. It is an extremely drinakable stout and perfect for a stout drinker looking for something in hot weather and other situations where a heavy stout is not ideal.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. A lazy pour got just over a finger of milky beige head that looks like cream on top of a mocha or other coffee type of drink. The body is a deep dark brown, almost like a cola when you look closely and see the bubbles in the glass. Head retention is great, as it doesn't seem to shrink smaller than a half-finger. Pretty nice lacing as well.

S. The main aroma is chocolate, but I also get roasted nuts and a bit of sweet malt.

T. The first impression is chocolate milk, but each sip builds on this beer's character. Sweet malt is rather understated but the roasted nuttiness noted in the nose does show up and slowly build. A faint coffee shows up in front after its had a chance to warm a bit.

M. Full bodied, this beer is a mouthful. Although carbonation is noted on the glass, it has absolutely no bite. The beer isn't sticky at all, and isn't overly drying either. It is very creamy though.

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into pint.

A: black body with a thin, long lasting head. Good amount of lacing.

S: aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted character.

T/M: smooth and creamy body, with a linger of chocolate on the finish. The milk aspect shows well in this brew, but overall a bit of a weak taste.

O: this is a good one, but nothing that gets me going crazy.

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

On tap at 775 Gastropub

Really nice creamy head with excellent retention. Obvious stoutly thick, dark body.

A decent chocolate fragrance comes through, especially when you get your nose in that head.

Very chocolatey taste, as one would hope, with a little bit of bittersweet and a little milky sweet, but there are plenty of complexities in the beer to make it fun. Very creamy, thick mouthfeel. A 20oz. of this can go down pretty easily but it's thickness can sink in your stomach pretty well and one is definitely enough.

Photo of Ruger
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black into the glass when held up to the light a dark brown seeps through, moderate tan head with light lacing.

S - Smells of malts with a light hint of chocolate.

T - Raw coffee beans, and dark chocolate not as much as I wanted, but as the beer got almost room temperature I could taste it more and could feel the dark chocolate linger in my after taste.

M - A little bit too much carbonation for me and a slight watery finish.

Photo of nubz77
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/blackish color with a slightly thin brown head.

S - Smells like a roasted coffee

T - Maybe I just got a strange bottle, but I couldn't taste as much chocolate as I expected. I got mostly toasty coffee flavor with just a slight bitterness.

M - Could use a little more carbonation in my opinion, but otherwise good.

O - Overall a pretty solid beer, I would definitely buy it again. Very drinkable though I'd prefer a little more chocolate considering the name.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick viscous black color with a thick brown foam head with moderate amounts of lacing

S: Sweet milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, vanilla and some dark chocolate.

T: Starts with a slightly bitter chocolate taste. In the middle the chocolate sweetens in a milky chocolate taste. On the backend, there is some more milk chocolate and vanilla with a slight roasted taste as an undertone.

M: Was not as thick and rich as expected. Leaves a slightly slick sweet taste on the palate.

O: I am not a huge fan of brews on nitro, but this one was tasty. A great example of a milk stout.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't think I've seen this one on a tap that isn't nitro...wish I would someday. The nitro smoothes it out toom much, taking away the chocolate bitterness a bit. At the same time, the nitro head makes the beer look fantastic! Dark and light contrast.

Chocolate aroma is present and seems to dominate, but the roastiness is there, with some minerals. The taste is quite good, perhaps a little loose. I feel the nitro also thins it out a bit. Good dessert beer, or perhaps a beginer beer prior to some stouts

Photo of atr2605
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black and settles as time goes on creating a thick and creamy tan head that remains for the entirety of the beer
S-roasted malt, chocolate (more of a cocoa or dark chocolate smell), a little olive smell from the yeast
T-tons of rich chocolate that leaves a nice roasted flavor on the palate in the aftertaste. Also a slight nutty/coffee characteristic from the roasted malt
M-full bodied and rich
O- a delicious stout thats full of flavor. very well crafted

Photo of Pete27lax
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Youngs Double Chocolate
Had this on 6/25/2011.

Black bodied with a good light brown 2-finger head. Decent retention with good lacing in this beer.

Not getting much out of the smell here. Smells similar to light beer which is strange. Some notes of chocolate & roasted malts as well.

Pretty good taste in this stout. Roasted malts up front, chocolate is up front as expected with coffee a strong flavor as well. Decently sweet throughout which was nice.

Mouthfeel ws very light. Decently carbonated which I didn't enjoy that much.

Overall this was a pretty good beer. Nothing outstanding and I was hoping for a more full filling beer for a chocolate stout.

Photo of GrizzlyBehr
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from widget can into pint glass.

appearance- a beautiful dark drown almost black body that surged with a nice tan creamy head.

smell- chocolate is apparent, also hints of coffee, and slightly burnt bready malts. it smells as good as it looks!

taste- wow, taste is phenomenal. at first i get hit with chocolate milk that goes down creamy and has a nice delicious balance not sweet, not bitter, but just well delicious! the malt is perfect, leaves a good taste in your mouth almost like if chocolate milk were in fact beer!

mouthfeel- time and time again i am thoroughly impressed with these widget cans. they produce the closest thing to draft beer and give the best mouthfeel above all other packaged beers. its smooth its creamy, its the next best thing to draft beer!

overall- extremely impressed with this beer a good chocolate malt beer, easy to drink, and extremely enjoyable!

Photo of BobZ
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle (16.9 oz) poured into my Duvel Tulip. Time to finally review this beer having had it on tap multiple times; I decided to finally pull that old bottle out of the cellar.

Appearance: Dark brown, a very nice tan head of about 1” that recedes to a 1/8” and hangs around. Very nice sticky lacing.
Smell: Very big on the chocolate (no surprise) almost smells like Bosco or Hershey’s syrup mixed with a bit of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet and chocolaty without being “overly sweet”, not cloying at all. Nice notes of bitter chocolate on the finish. This beer executes the chocolate stout style very well, rich chocolate flavor yet well balanced. I think I may prefer this beer to Southern Tier Choklat. Great dessert beer with Cheesecake

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated clean on the palate and smooth.

Overall: A solid example of a Chocolate Stout the right beer for the right mood or perhaps time (dessert).

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Young's double chocolate has the typical nitro-tap-stout look to it. Cascading brown runs into a darker brown body. The body is opaque, and the head eventually settles into a very solid looking brown slab. Retention and lacing are both predictably great.

I've always felt that nitrogen kills the aroma on beers, and whether it's all in my head or not, I would say that happens here. Faint chocolate and dark malt.

The flavor has a good bit of chocolate, but it manages to avoid becoming one-dimensional or overly sweet. After the chocolate, a little bit coffee comes through, and then some sweetness from dark malt. Just a hint of roast.

Big smooth mouthfeel.

It's possible that this is the first time that I have tried Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which is surprising considering it's the type of beer you can find in a lot of places. Maybe I've been hanging out in to many beer bars that think it isn't exciting enough to have on tap. Whatever the reason I haven't tried this one, I'm glad that I did. Pretty good beer.

Photo of sevefan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beers of Europe.co.uk

First experience of this stout after reading so so many reviews. So here goes as my first pint glass is 75% finished....

A. Jet black with a biscuity beige frothy head - not a creamy head like I was expecting. Lacing is very slight on glass and head has almost gone.

S. I can smell bittersweet rich chocolate, Cadburys Drinking Chocolate, brown sugar, smoke, leather and hops.

T. I taste a hoppy, sweet chocolately flavour. Bittersweet with perhaps slightly more bitter than sweet. Forgive me but any burps that I have had are chocolately!!! After taste is more hoppy than chocolate.

M. Thinner than I expected but very smooth and easy to drink.

O. A very nice stout and definately up there with the Meantime and Saltaire chocolate creations. A bit disappointed, expected a bit more chocolate for my liking. I have 7 more bottles to get through, perhaps my review will be altered by that time...looking forward to them all!

Photo of dansmcd
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black as night with a tan head. You gotta love the way a stout looks in a pint glass.

S - Ooh, lovely milk chocolate with a faint hint of blackcurrent.

T - You know that expensive bitter dark chocolate claiming to be from exotic far corners of the globe? Like that but tastier. A vague red grape flavour coming through with a trace of coffee. Nive balance of bitter and sweet. Very tasty.

M - Smooth but not as creamy as I had expected. Seems more carbonated than the stouts Ive had.

O - Love it. Wouldve been incredible I think with a slice of mudcake and a dollop of ice cream. Pair with a desert and dont drink it too cold.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite good looking. Very dark brown with a big brown head which retains fairly well.

S- Smells fantastic, with a very appealing milk chocolate scent followed up with beautiful dark fruit and coffee hints. Truly excellent.

T- Fantastic notes of milk chocolate laced with coffee and a nice hop presence. The dark fruit on the nose isn't quite as prevalent as I thought it would be but still, it tastes great. Quite sweet.

M- Double-edged sword here. For the style, it seems to have a too-thin, watery texture. However, if it was thicker, then it would not be so sessionable. Carbonation is at a pleasant level.

O- Perfect for a winters night. Tastes fantastic and highly drinkable. I am truly impressed by this. I suppose the weak mouthfeel is the only discernible hiccup.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,058 ratings.