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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:
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Photo of Spidey13


2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout pours a very dark brown with a nice, fluffy, light tan head. The nose is malty with some noble hop-type aromas. It almost smells like a pilsner. I didn't detect much chocolate in there.

The taste has some grainy/roasty malts in it and a bit of bitterness/astringency on the back. A hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is very thin with medium/high amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really didn't like this beer. It seems very simple and not at all what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 00:03:46 | More by Spidey13
Photo of badmandy


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

Poured into a pint glass.

Rich, dark color with a tan head that melted down leaving slight lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Light in the mouth with not much carbonation.Taste Is superb, with some hops at the front and rich chocolate throughout. Not too bitter. A beer you can drink all night if your up to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 23:58:14 | More by badmandy
Photo of CHL


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a stout, this is mild; not heavy, only lightly roasted malt. The malt isn't terribly bitter, and the hops don't interfere with the incredible chocolate tastes, although both of these elements contribute complexity, along with trace fruitiness in every sip. Very smooth, very accessible.

I don't even like chocolate, but I think this is the best dessert-appropriate beer I've ever had. Love it with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:53:04 | More by CHL
Photo of Brenden


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep, rich dark brown. The nitro can pours an incredibly thick, fat head that leaves thick lacing evenly in the glass. Very nice.
The smell is of rich dark chocolate right off with some toasty grains and sweetness.
Taste is much the same with more malt and some hops presence coming in the forefront along with the chocolate. There's even just the subtlest underlying fruit in the taste as well.
The mouthfeel is great: malty thick, amazingly smooth and rich with great body. Carbonation ends with less than it began with but gives a good feel overall. A prime example of a stout in itself with rich complexity. A must try.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-28-2009 18:04:13 | More by Brenden
Photo of Offa


4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a declisious, full- bodied stout with a good smooth, rich feel and suprising complexity.

Almost black, it has a huge, dark brown head that shrinks very slowly and never vanishes, leaving good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is chocolate, toast, prunes and raisins.

It has a pronounced chocalate element, but this is not overpowering and the beer has good balance of sweet and bitter, chocolate, toast, and rich, caramelized fruit, especially prunes. The body is rich and thick yet amazingly lively and the finish refreshingly light but tasty and complex. The chocolate is noticeable but mostly adds a richness with a little chocolate element to the overall chracter, and thankfully does not overpower the drink. It thus retains a well-rounded, complex character with nice subtle notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:37:00 | More by Offa
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Came in a puprle pry off bottle with a logo that resembles a ram. Poured with a solid thumb of creamy looking head the sustains and laces very well. The beer itself is a dark brown, nearly black as night, but I can see little bubbles of carbonation. I can't think of anything bad to say, as the only way it could be better is if it was poured with a nitro tap.

Smell - Chocolate dominates the experience, which isn't surprising considering the name. Smokey roasted malts are in the background, with a slight almost fruity hop undertone. It could be a bit more diverse, but it's great so far.

Taste - Very nice flavor, as it starts with a light chocolate and then blends seamlessly into a richer bitter chocolate with slight touch of coffee taste. The experience ends with a slight kick of the hops leaving a fruity chocolate aftertaste that is reminiscent of black forest cake. Just a slight bit too bitter for my liking, but it is a stout, albeit a far tamer one then normal.

Mouthfeel - Nice head, solid carbonation, goes down smoothly and leaves a nice subtle aftertaste that does not build as you drink more. My only qualm is sadly the carbonation starts to die down around the 1/3 left mark. Still I'm a fan.

Drinkability - This beer is quite light, even if it is a stout. It doesn't sit heavy on the gut, and it goes down quite smooth. However, is it a little bit sweet which would make me only want a couple and a bit too bitter to be that amazing. Still I'd gladly take one of these any day.

Final Thoughts - I think this is pretty much the best dark beer I've ever had thus far, be it stout, porter or dunkel. I find it even more pleasant then old engine oil. This drink I would recommend to anyone who isn't a big fan of darker beers but wants to try something new and give them a second chance. Thumbs way up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 02:13:31 | More by TheHammer
Photo of WakeandBake


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

A super dark brown color with loads of light tan head,and lots of lacing when it finally receeds. Aroma of dark chocolate and almost burnt malt grain. Flavor is dominated by chocolate, both milk and bittersweet, with some coffee behind that and again the echo of roasted malt. The mouthfeel was ultra-smooth, the body slightly watery and the carbonation delicate, a slightly sweet coco aftertaste. Very sessionable and fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 20:06:19 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer pours a pitch black color with only minimal highlights when back lit, the off white head is creamy and smooth as only the nitro can could produce, and seems intent on sticking around. the aroma gives a nice bit of chocolate malt considering the head, that said there isn't a lot else going on there. the taste follows with great chocolate flavor and a nice sweet finish. the full body and nice carbonation make this a beer I could drink to excess.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-22-2009 06:15:46 | More by almychristopher
Photo of Capitalist

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is black. How much more black could it be, the answer is none more black. Thin brown head.
Smell, a bit sour.
Nice taste, mild stout, medium chocolate in it. Maybe slightly bitter.
Nice smooth stout, I'd drink more, maybe not in a single night.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 22:29:39 | More by Capitalist
Photo of BarrelO


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

On tap at The Big Hunt. Served in a pint glass.

A: Black with a minimal head. The glass is absolutely coated with lacing.

S: Bitter and sweetened chocolate with roasted malts.

T: Definitely chocolate, but it's not too sweet and it doesn't overwhelm the underlying roasted stout flavors.

M: Nice and creamy, kind of like chocolate milk. I think it gives the beer the impression of being sweeter than it really is.

D: Not bad at all. A bit too much to be sessionable, but still nice to have on a semi-frequent basis.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 18:10:58 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Sensibud2488

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark chocolate color with a creamy tan head. Puts on a nice show as the nitro makes the head form. Awsome looking head as with most nitros.

S- Smells of milk chocolate and lightly rosted character as well.

T- Nice sweet chocolate taste with hint of coffee and roasted malt.Minimal bitterness left at aftertaste

M- Very light,compared to other stouts, but still creamy and nicely carbonated

D- The sweet,light,and creamy taste help this to be extrememly drinkable

Overall this a great delicious stout that is like dessert in a nitro-can!!!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-20-2009 22:09:55 | More by Sensibud2488
Photo of Fatduck


2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Bulldog in Uptown, rather unimpressed.

Appearance, is pretty good, its dark, and thick, and has a great head, but that's about where this beer stops. Smell is ok, a little roasted malt, but nothing special.

Taste, is crap, its like water with a huge chocolate blast at the end. This is one beer that I would never push on a friend, maybe a girl-friend, but only if they LOVED chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 21:36:38 | More by Fatduck
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


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

A chocolate beer through and through. It even looks chocolaty.

Flavors are highly roasted and mostly sweet. It's more of a milk chocolate flavor rather than bitter dark chocolate, which is one of the only things keeping this brew from being among my favorites.

Feel is good, though a bit thinner than I expected. It's more oily than creamy. Overall a good beer that just isn't quite great.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 23:56:12 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of surfer4life


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured intp a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Looks like coca-cola pouring in, nice a dark with no transparency. Decent head with some lacing.

S - Some roasted malt in the nose and a little hops smell. Unless my nose isn't working there isn't much else going on here.

T - Probably the most chocolate I've every tasted in a beer. Milk chocolate to be exact. Little bit of coffee. this is a pleasant tasting beer.

M - For a stout, this is light, carbonation is a little to high as well.

D - Afraid this is just average at best for drinkability. Nees more oomph!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 01:58:29 | More by surfer4life
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the nitro-can into a pint glass. It does the whole cascading thing -- chocolate brown on top, cascading down to a black body. A tan 1-finger head rests on top. Leaves good lace down the glass.

S: Not much in the nose -- cocoa powder and some weak roasted barley malt.

T: Cocoa powder and chocolate over roasted malt, with a hint of coffee. Finishes with a slightly metallic, burnt char sort of dryness, but the lingering taste is still of chocolate.

M: Thin and light in heft, though a moderately creamy feel to it.

D: Very drinkable.

Notes: Years ago, before the advent/discovery of Rogue Chocolate Stout, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence and, the ultimate, Southern Tier Choklat, I would've felt this was a great chocolate dessert beer. Now, my tastes have evolved to the fuller-bodied RISes and the more highly chocolatey goodness of those beers. As a result, this one's been knocked down a peg or two in my book. Still a good beer, but just too thin and a bit too burnt to be a top chocolate beer for me.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2009 21:24:58 | More by Kendo
Photo of roddwolff


4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer with chocolate as additional ingredient, Look: Almost black color and coppery tones; Smell: Strong with essences to white chocolate, candy and nuts; robust body; the foam taste like chocolate ice cream, besides that is creamy and dark; the flavor is exquisite, of the one that chocolate is appreciated, coffee, milk and figs, with very tasty end of sweet chocolate; you feel like drinking "chocolate Grannie" with alcohol; enjoys itself more without food.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 16:33:23 | More by roddwolff
Photo of RollingRocker


3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

saw this one day an decided to try. big fan of the stout. natural chocolate flavoring you say? gotta try it!

first off it wasn't what i was expecting at all! had all the colors of a stout, held it up to the light and it sucked the light right out of the room... really couldn't notice much of an aroma at first. once i let i roll across my tongue could i noticed the almost coffee chocolate flavor...more of a dark chocolate aftertaste. texture was a little off for me i was expecting more of a guinness type feel seems lighter and foamier. could see myself drinking more if in a pinch. not my favorite but give it a whirl.


Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2009 01:53:22 | More by RollingRocker
Photo of JJBlanche


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can anyone say world-class? This beer is a benchmark for me. Certainly not the best brew I've ever had, but by the same token I keep coming back to it year after year.

A - A nitroed Double Chocolate Stout is the beer by which all others will be compared -- in terms of looks, that is.

S - Good smell. Nice roastiness, some of that choco-goodness. Very enticing.

T - Very good. Just the right degree of roastiness, some caramel, oatmeal, capped off by a kind of Cadbury chocolate in the nose. Sweet stouts best watch out.

M - Perfect.

D - I wanted to say perfect, but realistically it's not as drinkable as other beers and other styles (but certainly among the best as far as stouts go).

Serving type: nitro-can

03-04-2009 08:17:36 | More by JJBlanche
Photo of alpinebryant


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chocolate color with a a thick light cappuccino color at poor - settles down in a minute or so time

Smell: Sweet Milk Chocolte smell. Some fruit in the background possibly some raisin

Taste: Sweet with a deep malt flavor in the back. Slight malt aftertaste may be overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin when compared to some other stouts , but refreshing

Drinkability: Slow to warm up to, but like most dark stouts, once you settle in, they become more delicious by the sip

Overall, impressed, but dry malt aftertaste could be refined slightly

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:34:51 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of aaronhanson


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark color with a lot of creamy head.

S - Just a hint of chocolate, not overwhelming

T - Doesn't taste like much, but has strong undertones

M - Very smooth and easy to drink

D - Very enjoyable. I bought the cans thinking it would be gimmicky, but one of my favorites.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-04-2009 01:35:15 | More by aaronhanson
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Thoroughly black with a good finger's dark cappuccino-colored head

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark berry, milky even. The way the berry and the coffee complement each other is uniquely pleasant.

T: Sweet with a burnt backbone complementing the chocolate. The fruitiness is raisin-like.

M: Disappointingly thin. Very slightly chewy.

D: Drinks a lot like a dark, dry red wine. Great complements on the flavors, but with a bit more body or maybe even a bit more alcohol, I think this beer would have the potential to be outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 17:44:58 | More by dudecandle
Photo of mongee


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

appearance: close to pitch black. fat head and great retention and lacing.

smell: a bit of roasted malts and a LOT of dark chocolate.

taste: barely tastes like alcohol. Kind of like a chocolate shake, but a little bit less sweet than that. taste goes in and out of semi-sweet/dark chocolate and toasted malts. not as sweet as i expected it to be. chocolate flavor lingers on the tongue.

mouthfeel: milky and smooth. little carbonation. thinner than you expect from it's appearance

drinkability: goes down pretty easy...it's just not something i would normally have with food or as a session beer. goes well with lindeman's framboise if you're into sweet fruity beers. hard to detect any alcohol in that mixture.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 09:16:21 | More by mongee
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and god lacing. Smells of alcohol up front, sweet chocolate, and some roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Taste of slight grass first, sweet chocolate next, and roasted malt in the finish. Overall, not bad, but a little less quality than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:50:33 | More by Tone
Photo of erz316


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

440 ml nitro can into sam smith pint glass. I'm going to give the canned version of this guy a try, just for kicks.

A - pours a nice one finger mid brown head, a chocolate milk colour. the body is very dark brown, not quite black, as there is a tad of light getting through the bottom. tremendous lacing and retention.

S - smells like cocoa powder, and some very sugary malts. but the cocoa is light and delicious smelling.

T - this is an amazing dessert drink. the initial taste is a bit bitter powdered cocoa with some sweet malty/chocolate hints. the finish is more bitter cocoa, then the after taste is wholly a sweeter chocolate.

MF&D - the feel is too thin, the bottle was thicker, and more of a sipper than this. this is like a sweet guinness, with out any of the (lame) dryness. along that line, the beer is really easy to drink. the only thing that keeps it back from being a chugger is the sweet flavour, nor would i want to have more than two of these, I think.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-01-2009 01:37:30 | More by erz316
Photo of jera1350


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a two finger deep tan head. Okay lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Not as sweet tasting as I was hoping for. Tastes more like a regular stout to me. Lots of toasted malt. It has a dark chocolate taste, but not as much as expected with this name. Very small coffee taste as well.

Mouthfeel is full, milk like and smooth. Little to no carbonation.

Decent drinkability. Not overwhelmingly good, but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 18:49:51 | More by jera1350
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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