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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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4,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,801
Reviews: 2,219
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 139
Gots: 355 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of Jeebs
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large 2 finger tan head. Lacing is decent, but less than expected.

S: Chocolate dominates the smell, I'm not getting much else from it.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and malt with a hint of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

D: Nice smell and flavor with a creamy finish leads to good drinkability. It's not a beer I would drink every day, but good none the less.

Jeebs, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Ottertude
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stout poured an inky black into my glass with the usual nitro bubble cascade show. Looked really good with a small tan head that left nice lacing.

It smelled of dark chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. Tasted of roasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Pretty much like the aroma. If these are flavors you enjoy you will dig this stout.

A thin but creamy mouthfeel makes for an easy drinking experience as this pint disappeared in a hurry. This stout is a good choice on a cold winters night.

Ottertude, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best Before 10 March 2010 printed on the bottom of the can.

Purple-brown, very dark, the only light coming from the bottom dip of the wine glass I'm drinking it from. Poured out a mix of foam and beer. Head is knit like 600 thread count sheets and perfect stout tan/khaki/beige. I'm close to scoring this a 5 for looks. Wall-like lacing.

Milk chocolate, malted milk balls, chocolate soft serve. Plain old Hershey's milk chocolate. Plum. It does one-dimension well.

Very much the taste of the nose with hints of fusel alcohol even at pretty cool temps. Falls towards the chocolate soft serve, which I don't fancy. the can, as I know it's fresh and free of tap line contamination, has more flavor than my experience with this on tap. If a soft serve vanilla beer showed up I'd be game.

No carb prickle whatsoever. Essence of smooth, beating out Black Butte Porter and Firestone Walker DBA, two that set new standards of smoothness in mouthfeel for me recently. Creamy. Can tend towards chalky.

I just don't think this is an excellent brew (deserving of an A). I can't bring myself to. A for average in my notebook.

brewerburgundy, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with absolutely no head. Smell reminds me of roasting coffee beans and dark chocolate. A little too "chocolatey" (if thats a word). Smooth rounded finish with the same chocolate espresso highlights as the smell.

I would probably drink it again but based entirely on the price and convenience in getting it. Overall a decent stout.

JustinJTisdale, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a Christmas gift...

A: Black with hints of ruby highlights with little to no head.

S: Very heavy chocolate. Not much else going on. Smells good.

T: Eh, very watery with hints of chocolate flavor. Kind of 1 dimensional in taste.

M: Heavy carbonation leaving no sticky flavor. Not good enough to be called a stout.

T: Goes down perfectly easy, but for some of the wrong reasons.

All in all, this is a great crossover brew. If you are trying to convert from a mainstream beer like Bud, this might be a good choice. If you currently enjoy craft brews, then I would not recommend.

steve8robin, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of sudsellier
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap with 100% nitrogen delivery.

A: Filled the pint glass with midnight capped with a creamy, albeit thinnish, head. Lattice stayed the entire glass, though.

S: Chocolatey-roasty-malty-sweet. Like walking into a confectioner's shop.

T: Silky milky chocolate. All this flavor simply by roasting the grains and not by adding chocolate like some American brewers do. Excellent. Slight notes of sweet smoke and creme brulee (why do have that as a descriptor in two reviews now?).

M: Oh, man. Using pure nitrogen makes this one slippery little devil. This is sex in a glass. Honestly, I've never ever had a beer this super-smooth. Check that... not smooth, but smoov. This beer is Rudy Ray Moore-Superfly.

D: Yes. And lots of it. Relatively low ABV mixed with superior flavor and that KY-caliber mouthfeel makes for one serious repeat offender.

sudsellier, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of swhite11
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours jet black with a 2 finger light tan bubbly head that retains and laces decently.

[Aroma] - Malty sweetness that is usually more present in the porter style. Roast malt is downplayed next to the sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate follow the malt before a slightly metallic finish.

[Taste] - A short burst of biscuity breadiness with malty sweetness followed by faint notes of roast malt and dark chocolate. Finish is slightly metallic.

[Mouthfeel] - Thin and watery upfront followed by a short period of creaminess. Finiishes slightly thin. Carbonation is medium-low.

[Drinkability] - Very drinkable due to the thinner mouthfeel. This is however, a turn-off for the stout style. A slightly bland chocolate stout. Sounds english to me.

swhite11, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of magine
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a dark brown color with a tan big chunky head. Head settles to a lace island and leaves nice lace.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, slight roasted malts.

Brew is very smooth, with a dry finish. Has huge chocolate flavor. Roasted malts are present in the aftertaste. A thin not heavy mouthfeel. Very good tasting brew.

This brew is almost like a dessert in a glass; awesome chocolate flavor. This brew is a top notch brew. Maybe the best of its style I have had. One of the best stouts I have had for sure.

magine, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Opaque black body with three fingers of dark mocha head. Head is retained for quite some time and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, molasses, some slight roasted malts. Not to bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

T: Molasses and sweet chocolate dominate this beer. Ends off with bitter/roasted flavours for a nice finish.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a slightly bitter and sweet feeling in the mouth. This is to thin for my liking, but it's just my preference.

D: I don't there is anything exceptional about these beer, but it is well made. Price point is also good.

Long813, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Liquified fizzy chocolate! Deep brown with a dark massive head.

Smell: Chocolate malts, but it's not an overly strong aroma.

Taste: The wide range of chocolate taste in this beer is impressive. It starts off with the sweeter milk chocolate then shifts into the more bitter dark chocolate on the finish. This leaves a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste is very authentic; you can tell the chocolate flavor comes largely from the malt itself.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich, just what the doctor ordered for this style.

Drinkability: This beer could have ended up too sweet to be very drinkable, but that's not the case. It's an easy-drinking milk stout.

Notes: A superb beer because of it's chocolate qualities, but also a great beer simply for its genuine and well-done stout characteristics. It's a fine dessert beer, to be sure, but don't relegate it to that purpose alone. Think of it too when you just want a good stout, chocolate or not.

Josievan, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- nitro can poured into a large mug, two fingers of super creamy, dense vanilla milkshake colored head that sticks around forever - this is the creamiest head i've ever had on a beer. very dark brown to black coloring with ruby highlights at the bottom of the mug.

s- mild but great smelling beer, some sniffs i get milk chocolate - some i get bitter dark chocolate - some i get chocolate milk, supplemented with some light citrus notes and toffee.

t- loads of chocolate - both bitter dark and milk, roasted malts, sweet toffee, light fresh brewed coffee, malt ball, very light citrus on the end, and the finish is semi-bitter.

m- very light in the mouth, while at the same time being rich, coating, and silky smooth. it gets a little too thin for me when the head dissipates.

d- great drinkability, this is a nice dessert beer, i can only imagine what this beer would be like in a milkshake. the flavors are all here, although more subdued then i thought they would be, i'm still really enjoying it though. this was a nitro-can, i have a bottled version in the fridge that i will have to compare and see which i liked better..

thecarster1, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of cassanoj
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll preface this review by saying that this is the only beer I've ever found to taste better out of a can than a bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. Black, smooth and creamy. Frothy mocha head. Looks like a chocolate cloud.

Smells like um, chocolate! Also, some citrus and some roasted grain.

Taste is of chocolate and malt. Incredibly smooth. The head does a lot for this beer. Adds so much creaminess to the beer. There's a nice bitterness to this beer, too. I am impressed.

Mouthfeel is good when the head is present. Smooth with the right touch of bitterness. When the head dissipates, this beer becomes a bit thin for me.

Overall, rather impressed with this humble brew. Had it two times from the bottle and wasn't impressed. From the nitro-can, I let it warm up a bit and the beer really came through for me. Good stuff.

cassanoj, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Heard all the hype, now it is time to try....

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A-Dark, but not totally opaque. Ruby highlights when held to light. Thin tan head that settles rapidly. Perhaps a stronger pour would pump this baby up.

S-Strong chocolate notes, but seems a bit unnatural. Sweet malts.

T-A processed bitter chocolate taste begins the journey, backed by bittersweet malts and a slight hop bite on the back end. Not creamy, not sweet, not savory...pretty bland and one-dimensional.

M-Decent overall mouthfeel with balanced carbonation and a medium feel.

D-Not at all. A huge letdown, and I just don't see what the fuss is about. Been drinking a lot of great stouts this week, and I was really looking forward to this. Bummer, as it is widely available and nice and cheap.

Artificial tasting, lame, and unappealing. Not a horrible drainpour, but, at least based on BA ratings, way overrated. Read a blog on the net recently where Raspy Anniversary Stout was compared to this. What planet was that guy on?

caddybuyer, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of icetraxx
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

[Review from memory]
A: The nitro-can poured into a beautiful cascading waterfall in my Guinness tulip glass. As black as the night. Two/three finger head, this beer produces a virtually perfect appearance for the style.

S: Smells like roasted malt, some caramel and chocolate in there as well.

T: Overly roasted, even carbonized, burnt flavor detracts from the subtleties the same way a beautiful cut of meat can be ruined by burning it. Chocolate and a scotch whisky like peat flavors are noticeable. The delicious flavors of the Maillard reaction have been reduced to a carbonized-blackened flavor. I am assuming the brewer intended the "blackened" flavor. Some may like this carbonized flavor the same way they may like blackened food, I don't. Hop bitterness is moderate, most of the bitterness comes from the over roasting.

M: Largely like a thicker Guinness. The nitro-can gives lots of body.

D: I can drink one and then want something else. Too much burnt malt for my liking.

O: A beautiful beer that was ruined by overly strong carbon flavors which mask any of the desirable flavors of the Maillard reaction. I love this style and can see why some love this beer, but the carbonized flavor makes this a deal breaker for me.

icetraxx, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a dark, opaque black with a thick, frothy chocolate milk colored head. Moderate lacing and head retention.

S: Loads of dark chocolate on the nose with some coffee notes (the same coffee notes you would expect from a good dark chocolate).

T: Just more dark chocolate and coffee, without much of the bitterness you find in richer dark chocolates or coffees. No hop presence that I could detect.

M: Slightly watery, but just barely. Light body and carbonation. A very rich and creamy feel.

D: Too good. Like light, fluffy, rich chocolate cake. You know you shouldn't, but it's so easy to have too much.

This is a delicious beer. This is what I would call the epitome of a "dessert" beer. That is, a beer you have FOR dessert, not with it. It's only downfall is the lack of complexity, relying instead on sweetness to satisfy.

goldbot, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Kelp
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK this beer has been reviewed 1000+ times now and believe me nothing i say can really add to what people have already said. That being said if you are really still reading this my only real thoughts are that its a good chocolate stout, just not as good as rogue. Though the price is tantalizingly good.

Kelp, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of degerbah
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black. So opaque I can't see any light through my glass at all. After a very aggressive pour there is about two fingers of head that leave a heavy amount of lacing. The smell is incredibly sweet, like smelling a pot of choclate. The taste istself is much more mild. Not nearly as much choclate taste. Still sweet though, but with more of a raoasted malt aftertaste. OMG the lacing around the head is ridiculous, it looks like spackle around the edge of my glass. It's very thick to drink, but also very smooth and dare I say, milk-like.

It's a very reasonably priced bomber $2.99, and I enjoyed drinking it, but it's not my personal preference. That said, I can easily seeing myself in the mood for this one on occasion.

degerbah, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black, lots more dark tan head then most stouts produce. The head is quite sticky and a small amount stays on top of the beer the entire way.

S - TONs of chocolate and hints of coffee and dark rich malt.

T - Not nearly as much chocolate but the roasted malt really comes along with the lactose. This is a great example of a milk stout, the chocolate seems to be more of an afterthought in the taste.

M/D - The mouthfeel is quite thick and rich coating the mouth and tongue. This is as drinkable as a thin milkshake. Some have the stomach for it, some don't.

mwa423, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mobyfann
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


Paid around $2.50 for a single nitro-can...

The beer pours like a classic (perfect) Guinness, just a little less lacing on the glass. The aroma sticks out as a high-end bittersweet chocolate bar.

Tastes like evaporated milk mixed with a Ghiradelli dark chocolate bar, minimal carbonation, very light almost watery. Creamy goodness in the mouth and it's drinkable but not an ideal session beer.

Final Thought: I can understand it's popularity but don't see it as "upper echelon".

mobyfann, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of SAABtech
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. i didnt look to see how it looks. its in a bottle. im more concerned with everything else.

S. smell is mild with clean aromas and hint of chocolate.

T. wonderful. i really enjoyed this beer. i was expecting a rich complex roasted flavor with a hint of chocolate bar sweetness but instead i got a less complex malt flavor body with a dark roasted cocoa bean flavor finish. it could have had some more flavor build in the beer but im not going to complain beyond that.

M. i cant remember.... i liked the taste sooo good that i really cant remember. i know it was good.

D. i found myself slamming this thing down. i could have easily has several more. and at 5+ abv, i would have only needed one or two more

great beer!

SAABtech, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of cwps48
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Not quite opaque, as I can see through it at the right angles. Nice tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Head disappears to a brim.

S: Chocolaty and roasty. Smells like a grown-up Tootsie Roll. Smells slightly boozy too...

T: Not boozy at all. Roast malts and chocolate really come through. Taste is a bit underwhelming given the intensity of the smell.

M: Decently carbonated. Smooth, and has a wet finish.

D: Could definitely see myself going through a couple of these without even realizing it (except for the grabbing of a second bottle aspect). And wouldn't feel bad for the price...

cwps48, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

wahhmaster, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

berley31, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of drizzam
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

drizzam, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of WJVII
4.3/5  rDev +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.

WJVII, Dec 12, 2009
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,801 ratings.