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Young's Double Chocolate Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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4,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,870
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 144
Gots: 386 | 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 MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

MbpBugeye, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdfb79, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of runner72
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

runner72, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

levifunk, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

RickS95, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

DrDemento456, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of hardy008
2.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

hardy008, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

BeerGodz, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mkaplanes
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mkaplanes, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

FreshHawk, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Daktyls, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

AgentZero, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nick76, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Grunewald
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

Grunewald, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Longhorn22
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Longhorn22, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

eat, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of tdmillerjr
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

tdmillerjr, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

MrDanno96, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Chadpaq
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Chadpaq, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mostpoetsdo, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of niklas0770
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of this beer. Its dark brown, almost black and the 2 finger head fades to a ½finger lid wich seems to stay forever.

The smell is lots of chocolate, obviously... But there's also some dark fruits, possibly dried dark fruits. I also get hints of hazel nuts. It actually smells a bit like a Swedish Christmas.

The taste is also lots of chocolate, but a dryer tone than in the smell. The dark fruits is still there aswell, but all in all it's a lot thinner taste than I was expecting. The aftertaste is dry and coffee beans become dominant.

The mouthfeel is very enjoyable. It's oily and low carbonated with a smooth feeling to it.

Unfortunatly I didn't get much from this beer. I do understand other people love this beer, but i guess it wasn't for me...

niklas0770, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of atis
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in Bombardier Bar in Riga

Pours black with creamy brown head up to the top of the glass that lasts till the of the pint, creamy and dense lacing. Aroma is mild sweet with some hints of roasted, some milk chocolate.

Taste is sweetish first, reminds of creamy milk chocolate with burnt flavours, slowly drying, even chalky finish and long lasting aftertaste full of the most bitter chocolate. Creamy and smooth body with almost no carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer, perfectly enjoyable on every occasion.

atis, Mar 03, 2010
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,870 ratings.