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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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4,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 2,202
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 127
Gots: 303 | 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 Musition12


3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Purchased from my local Whole Foods.

A: Very dark brown with a respectable 2-finger tan head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma consists of both bitter and milk chocolate with some coffee beans. Alcohol noticeable.

T: Milk chocolate is the stand-out flavor at the outset, but as the beer reaches room temperature, the chocolate gradually becomes quite bitter. Roasted coffee and vanilla extract support this chocolate-centric brew and there's also some piquant alcohol present at the back of the tongue.

M: This is where the beer left me pretty disappointed. The body is unfortunately very thin, so while the dark, rich tastes are indeed pleasant, the mouthfeel doesn't give them any chance to cohere and leave a lasting impression on the palate. Also, the alcohol is too warming, heating up my throat long after I finished. In the end, not too enjoyable.

D: Goes down easy, but mainly due to the watery body. I would rather reach for a SN Stout or Rogue Chocolate Stout as a sessionable stout before this one. I'm just yearning for a little more "oomph".

For how light it is in alcohol, Young's Double Chocolate Stout had the potential to be a new stand-by stout. But the lackluster mouthfeel makes for a fragmented, unfocused brew.

04-02-2010 07:16:17 | More by Musition12
Photo of drabmuh


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a nitro can, 16 ounce I think, with the ping pong inside into an imperial pint glass. No noticeable date on the can.

Beer is black and pours thick. A head quickly forms at the end of microscopic bubbles that cascade down the sides of the glass and the lacing in out of this world, it completely coats the glass. I can't tell what the aeration of the beer is, its too dark the bubbles are too small, but the head retention is great, there until the end.

Aroma is overall weak, but I can smell mostly chocolate. Its more chocolaty than I remember, smells good.

Beer is smooth and medium to full bodied. The flavor is primarily sweet with tons of chocolate. Its not as bitter as you'd expect a chocolate beer to be. It finishes cleanly and drinkability is high. I expect some roast from my stouts or some bitter from the grains or in this case the chocolate. I know this is a sweet stout and they achieved the sweet for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to everyone.

04-01-2010 16:50:46 | More by drabmuh
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

This is one of my first stouts I tried a while ago. Its time for a revisit.

A- You cant beat the look of a nitro'd stout. Crack the can and you get a crazy, sci-fi sounding hiss and a gurgle. Pours out looking like chocolate milk. Super cool cascading effect at the nitrogen pushes air out of the way. The head settles into a super super dense cream that sits about two fingers high. It leaves not what you would call lacing, its more of a thick coating on the inside of my big ol' Guinness pint. The beer is black but its actually quite clear. Plenty of red highlights showing through.

S- Yeah I think that intense cream of a head blocks some of the aroma, but I cant prove it. You still get lots of chocolate syrup on the nose, and I mean LOTS. Also some vanilla, malted milk chocolate, and light roasted malts.

T- Chocolate-y for sure. Its not the most intense chocolate flavored beer Ive had (Choklat might hold that title), but it is a great beer. Dry powdery cocoa and chocolate syrup. There is also a milk sugar sweetness mixed with a light roasted flavor. This beer is as close to a milkshake as you can get.

M- The beer itself is actually quite thin. The nitro makes it feel very creamy though. It leaves no prickliness or biting carbonation at all. This beer is semi dry and finishes very very clean. Probably the cleanest stouts Ive ever had.

D- SO SO SOOO drinkable. Its not like a beer. Lighter body so its not heavy on the gut, nitrogenated so its not all bubbly and filling, low ABV so it doesnt make you drunk, sweet but not too sweet and finishes clean so you end up drinking faster than you meant to.

This is such a great, classic, session stout. This will totally be kept in my kitchen.

04-01-2010 03:10:46 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color, almost black. About two inches of tan head and a little bit of carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. A nice mix.

t - Tastes mostly of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I thought there was a little bit of sweet and bitter chocolate in it, which was a nice mix.

m- High carbonation and a surprisingly light body considering it is a chocolate stout.

d - A very enjoyable stout. Light body, cheap, and easy to drink with a low ABV, this is a great buy, definitely worth checking out.

03-31-2010 00:55:27 | More by mdfb79
Photo of runner72


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

A - small, brownish head, adhears to the glass, dark brown color with slight reddish hue.

S - Chocolate and malt, very nice combination and definitely very appetizing

T - chocolate hits the palate first. malty smoothnes. taste lingers for a while

M - smooth,malty feel. you can feel the sizzle from the carbonation

D- very drinkable. it isn't too heavy and has a very nice taste.

03-31-2010 00:54:29 | More by runner72
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.03/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Nitro-infused beers are so fun to watch. Cascading layers of carbonation create a tumultuous-looking body at first, but after thirty seconds or so a 3/4 inch layer of dense tan foam sits atop a calm brown-black body. Beautiful. Only a sliver of light shines through the bottom edge of the body; otherwise, it's opaque. Head retention is fantastic, and the lacing is thick and notch-like.

Smell: Chocolate malt and cocoa come out first. As it warms, red currants and caramel emerge. Lots of bread-like aromas in there too. Not overpowering or surprising, but solid.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts upfront, caramel in the back. Very mild, flowery hops come in to clean up the finish. The chocolate flavors aren't as powerful as one might think, but they are predominant. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy - loaded with soft, nitrogen bubbles. The head is really foamy and nice. The body could be a bit heavier though. Pretty clean. Easy.

Drinkability: Young's Double Chocolate is very drinkable, especially from the nitro-can. We buy this regularly for use in stout floats, but it's good enough on it's own. This stout won't leave you feeling heavy, buzzed, or bloated.

03-30-2010 22:36:35 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of levifunk


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

A - very dark liquid with a fluffy head that goes down fast.

S - obviously chocolaty with hints of malt.

T - super chocolaty but not overpowering. stout comes through after a few sips. slight bitterness on the end.

M - It was actually pretty watery. I was expecting something more syrupy.

D - For being called double chocolate its not that strong of a chocolate flavor. Its a nice low ABV stout.

03-29-2010 02:30:25 | More by levifunk
Photo of RickS95


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours like dark cola with a huge, thick cloudy brown head.

Smell was very subdued, notes of hops and only a hint of chocolate.

Has a very mild taste. A slight touch of burnt coffee and again, only subtle hints of chocolate.

Very smooth in the mouth. It's not too sweet and it's barely bitter at all.

Very easy to drink. Goes down easy with only moderate alcohol.

03-28-2010 21:56:10 | More by RickS95
Photo of DrDemento456


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

I have had this before and I wanted to try it again after my friend had a can on my birthday!
Picked it up at carnivores for 2.50. Damn good price for big can!

A - Damn even with an aggressive pour no head! Looks thin yet pitch black.
S - I can smell the chocolate and coffee malts clearly.
T - When I first had this it had a sort of a "malt liquor" taste to it. Maybe it was an old can. This time I can pick up strong coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Yum!
M - Light and full of carbonation
D - I may have this a lot now. Now that I love chocolate stouts this one is right in the middle. It's cheap and has flavor yet not too much alcohol so you can drink plenty! Proust!

03-24-2010 05:45:53 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of hardy008


2.15/5  rDev -46.7%

Dark brown / black, lets no light pass through. Pours a foamy, tan, 2 finger head which recedes fairly quickly. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Not great or impressive, not the worst either.

Taste is not what I expected. Chocolate and coffee are present, but the chocolate is bitter. There is also more coffee, and less chocolate, than I would have expected in a beer which has "Double Chocolate" in it's name.

Thinner than I expected, not creamy at all, not very smooth either. The carbonation also seems off. Not very enjoyable.

03-23-2010 00:53:28 | More by hardy008
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3%

Look: Black color, uber dense tan head with outstanding retention & lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Milk chocolate, roasted malt. Finish: Dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium body with light carbonation

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, but the sweetness prevent me from wanting more than 2

Overall Impression: If you love chocolate the way I do, than this is the beer for you. If you get it in the Nitro Can, it is even smoother, creamier & more decadent - Uber Good!

03-22-2010 16:11:03 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.68/5  rDev +16.1%

I had this on tap at the Ship Inn in Milford. Poured into a pint glass ( an actual pint glass 20 oz pour ) Look was opague black with a beautiful creamy colored looking heading that left lacing all over the glass.

Smell was mainly heavy roasted malts and chocolate a slight sweetness as well.

Taste is simply awesome. As stated above roasted malts and chocolate. A beautiful creaminess kicks in that really bring's out the milky chocolate taste in this beer.

Mouth is probably the smoothest stout I have ever tasted. So silky so smooth and so full bodied. Great fluffiness of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer I would really like to talk to someone who doesn't like stouts and doesn't love this bad boy. Such amazing texture and taste it's crazy.

03-21-2010 01:54:14 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of mkaplanes


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

I am not a big fan of the heavier stouts. But I really like this one. The chocolate flavor really comes through the minute it touches your lips. The beer is extremely drinkable. It's got a tad too much carbonated taste, but the chocolate favor and the smoothness of the beer overcome that. I definitely would recommend letting the beer breath a little bit in the glass before drinking it.

03-19-2010 04:11:03 | More by mkaplanes
Photo of FreshHawk


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

A - Deep black color with a decent sized head that is a dark tan, creamy and foamy. Very good retention with good lacing left.

S - Roasted dark and milk chocolate. Rich, creamy and a mix of sweet and chocolate bitterness.

T - A lot of bittersweet and milk chocolate flavors. The beginning is sweet, and then it gives way to a more bitter chocolate. There is also very minimal hop taste giving a miniscule earthy hop bitterness. Hints of espresso and licorice also are present.

M - On the lighter side of medium body. Decent carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, but just a touch watery.

D - Good drinkability. Smooth and creamy and a lot of chocolate flavors but not overly sweet or bitter. Drinkability probably relies a good amount of how much you like chocolate.

Notes: Very nice beer that combines the bitterness and sweetness of chocolate well. A little too thin and watery, but it has enough creaminess and flavor to compensate for that. Very nice beer, especially if you like chocolate.

03-14-2010 00:24:26 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Daktyls


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Very dark, after the pour I could see the darker colors cascading down the side of the glass, giving way to the full dark, coffee color. About a quarter inch of residual head after the pour.

S: Smells milky with cocoa and mild coffee tones. Very light sweet smells were apparent as well.

T: Fairly light tasting, but the chocolate and milky flavors were present. Somewhat light the style but pretty tasty overall.

M: Medium to low carbonation, with a fairly light taste for a stout.

D: Very drinkable, tastes great, definitely would have another.

03-13-2010 00:40:23 | More by Daktyls
Photo of AgentZero


2.95/5  rDev -26.8%

A - Brownish black, small off white head, that dissipated rather quickly. No sticking to the sides throughout the course of the drink.

S - Sweet, but not real deep chocolate. Hints of coffee, malts, milk.

T - Milky chocolate, quite sweet, but rather empty. Some porterish taste comes through, nothing special, there just isn't much going on here.

M - Way too thin and watery for the style. Quite milky, but not a good thing.

D - Not good enough to do more than this one can, not getting it again.

03-12-2010 15:32:56 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Thorpe429


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours from the can a very dark brown with a pretty cream head that lasts for a short while. The smell brings forward roasted chocolate, but not too much else. THe taste is quite similar with a bit too much of an astringent bitterness, which I assume is from the chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat saving, being a nice creamy ale; however, drinkability is fairly low as a result of the almost tannic dryness and bitterness to this.

03-12-2010 11:54:29 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nick76


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

The aroma has chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, and cream. The appearance is black with a nice nitro foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with the chocolate hitting you at the end. The palate is smooth but not as thick as I would like for the style. Overall a nice beer.

03-11-2010 02:00:12 | More by nick76
Photo of Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours cloudy dark brown. The head is light brown and laces decently.

S - roasted coffee, molasses, dark fruits (prunes) and tootsie roll

T - roasted malt, coca powder and tootsie roll

M - medium-low carbonation, medium-thick body, powdery/granular consistency and a dry finish that leaves you thirsty

D - good as a desert beer in small amounts. The amount in the bottle is good to split between two people. You can feel the texture of the particles from whatever was added to enhance the flavor (chocolate).

03-09-2010 02:50:24 | More by Grunewald
Photo of Longhorn22


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%

A - A dark brown color and a small head. The beer isn't cloudy, but it is so dark that you can't see through it. The head is pretty small, and it dissipated quickly. The carbonation continues throughout and sticks to the edge of the glass nicely.

S - It has a sweet chocolate taste, with some roasted nutty scents to it as well. Not too strong, but you can definitely smell it.

T - This has a great flavor. It tastes like I would imagine hot chocolate beer would taste. It also has some caramel flavors.

M/D - This beer is amazingly smooth. The light carbonation bubbles nicely in your mouth. It is smooth, but yet it still has a thick body.

Bottom Line: Top notch brew. You should definitely try this one. It is sweet chocolate bliss.


03-09-2010 01:23:51 | More by Longhorn22
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Pours with an opaque, black body and a huge, rocky mocha-coloured head with lots of sticky lacing. Looks real nice.

So much chocolate in the smell. Tons of milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, English hops, some dustiness and minerals. Great but could be a little more present.

This is one of the most chocolaty stouts I've had. Big chocolate flavour, like 75% cocoa dark chocolate. Almost like a beer version of chocolate milk. Light espresso and roasted malt with a subtle cherry-like sweetness. Dry finish. No obvious alcohol. A little more watery-tasting than I'd like, though it still tastes great.

Light medium body and lightly carbonated. Not a bad feel.

Great chocolate stout. Very drinkable, though I'd say it's a little too heavy to session.

03-08-2010 22:22:12 | More by eat
Photo of tdmillerjr


4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

A: typical of a stout - very dark

S: very enticing - lots roasted cocoa and rich malty notes

T: absolutley amazing taste from front to back. aftertaste is not too strong but stays with you well after the last sip leaving you wanting more.

M: great feel, exceptionally light feel for a stout.

D: best beer i've had in a while. should have bought 2. more like a dessert than a typical beer.

03-07-2010 00:35:55 | More by tdmillerjr
Photo of MrDanno96


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Pours black with a big fluffy off-white head and lots of foamy lacing.

S: This does not smell like beer! Chocolate milk and Hershey's syrup are virtually all I smell. It smells good, but like I said, not like beer.

T: Lots of coffee malts and bitter espresso in the front transition into a finish filled with sweet chocolate and coco powder. Not as much chocolate as the nose suggested, but still one of the choclatiest beers I've ever tasted, especially in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Virtually no carbonation; goes down like ice coffee or a glass of chocolate milk.

D: An easy drinking sweet stout. It's sort of a novelty with the huge chocolate presence, but it's a cool treat to have from time to time, especially paired with dessert.

03-06-2010 06:40:12 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of Chadpaq

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Scooped a bottle of this from my local Harris Teeter. They always come through with some sweet brews.

Starting things off: Appearance. Well, it looks appetizing enough, and true to its name. Looks to be the Chocolatey sort, perhaps twice as chocolatey as your typical chocolate item! Hence, the "double" in the name. Looks? Check, and I'm ready to consume.

But first, give it a couple whiffs. After all, smell is 20 percent of the equation! Smells like the darkest of chocolate bars. Perhaps a high-grade hot chocolate mix. Godiva ring any bells? Additional hints of coffee and licorice round it out, and is that a hint of fruit at the end???

Ah, the taste. The TASTE. Delicious. I love chocolate, and this beer certainly doesn't disappoint. Tastes like it smells: Chocolatey goodness.

But the mouthfeel. Lacking a bit in this department. Would have liked a bit more carbonation with the low alcohol content. If I'm not going to get a solid buzz, at least I'd like to feel the bubbs in my mouth!

Went down smooth though. This beer's a great ride.

03-06-2010 01:39:51 | More by Chadpaq
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

A: Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights, a frothy thin white head on top, leaving behind a little lacing.

S: Smells chocolaty, but not overwhelming.

T: Has a slight chocolate flavor but roasted malts are more prevalent. This beer is not that complex, and does not have a strong enough chocolate taste to boast the name it claims.

M: Kind of thin, but fairly creamy and smooth.

D: It's easy to drink and tasty, but not really worth getting again, tough call.

03-05-2010 20:44:57 | More by mostpoetsdo
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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