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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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4,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,590
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 122
Gots: 273 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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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
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this several times before on tap and from a regular bottle but decided to review it from the Nitro Can since I had a couple sitting in my Beer Fridge.

What beer doesn't look good from a nitro can or bottle or tap? The cascading effect is always fun to watch and there is always a nice perfect size frothy head that stays on the beer the whole time. The head on this one is a nice capuchino like head that stays about 1/2" thick the whole way down the glass. Nice sticky lacing as well.

Smell is of sweet milky dark chocolate. There is like a roasted coffee/capuchino smell to it as well.

Taste is of semi sweet chocolate and an abundance of it. It has some nice roasted coffee flavors as well. The combo of the semi sweetness and the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors is nice.

Mouthfeel is a little low on carbonation but most Nitro beers are. It gives it a very smooth feel to it that is pretty nice.

All together a nice brew that will be enjoyed for a long time. Try it as Half Young's Double Chocolate and Have Lindemans Framboise and it gives it this raspberry chocolate flavor that is very good.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-25-2009 08:16:37 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of KevinBrewer


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like chocolate milk pouring out of the can. Once in the glass, it is opaque mahogany. Thick creamy tan head that lasts and sticks to the glass like foam from a fire extinguisher.

N: Rich titillating chocolate, almost like red velvet cake with a wispy vanilla undercurrent. Light grassy hops.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate and roasty malt. Chocolate stays throughout and is joined by grassy hops and a dry hop bitterness. Vaguely reminiscent of semi-flat chocolate soda with roasty beer flavor and hop bitterness.

M: Velvety-creamy, though oddly light after the head was gone. Low carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

D: An all-around tasty beverage. Great with raisins. Healthier than a milkshake, and it tastes like beer! Great semi-sweet chocolate flavor balanced with hops. Not a session beer though. One is satisfying.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-24-2009 07:39:54 | More by KevinBrewer
Photo of Beejay


3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy murky brown, but then settles very black. Nice bit of very creamy head on top. Looks delicious.

S: Bitter, malty, and chocolate.

T: Bitter to start off with, then the chocolate comes through. Nice burnt aftertaste.

M: feels almost a little watery..

D: Good, but not amazing. Not something I am going to buy a lot of, but good for something different.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-23-2009 04:00:13 | More by Beejay
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Outstanding head. Pitch black with the same falling carbonation/head as found on tap.

S: Creamy hot chocolate scent with a slight sweet aroma.

T&M: Very smooth and great flavour. roasted malt, and a remarkable smoothness.

I still prefer this on tap, but the nitro can is the closest I've tasted to tap. It's almost too close to call.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-21-2009 20:43:53 | More by cdizinno
Photo of vikingmike

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this one...

Appearance: Jet black with a billowy head

Smell: Chocolate and hints of toffee

Taste: Very chocolately, but with just a slight amount of sweetness. Similar to a >80% cocoa dark chocolate bar. Some bitter coffee appears at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but velvety smooth and only mildly carbonated

Drinkability: This is an outstanding beer. It was my first experience with a "chocolate" beer. I expected a highly viscous, goopy, overbearingly sweet mess, but this was very delicious and surprisingly drinkable...I could easily have 2 or 3 in succession.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 15:34:55 | More by vikingmike
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Pours jet black with a whole bunch of tan colored head. Smell is mostly malt with a bit of chocolate in the background. The chocolate really takes over in the taste. It puts the malt in it's place, way in the background. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. For a desert beer, I could easily drink a few of these and I might even skip the cake for 2-3 of these.

Overall a great milk/sweet stout, not over the top chocolaty as Rogue and Chokolat.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-20-2009 03:57:48 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of SingleCell

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle (best before: Dec 31/09) into a pint glass after warming out of the fridge for 20 mins.

A: Black as night, could not see any light through the glass when held up to the light. However, a distinct amber red colour could be seen through the light near the bottom of the glass. Head was about an inch and a half and tan. Also, the head was very chunky and stays around for about 5 mins before subsiding to about an eighth of an inch.

S:Weak coffee scent with hints of dark chocolate, bittersweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, little bit of alcohal in there, caramel, and a just a bit of mustiness.

T: Upfront I'm getting the coffee and bittersweet milk chocolate, more of the coffee though. Roasted malts coming through as well. Finish lasts about 5 mins; starts out strong with the roasted malt then progresses to bitterness (same bitterness as after drinking black coffee).

M: Light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very thin, very watery. Could have been better with some more body.

D: Tasty beer, the mouthfeel could be better but a very drinkable beer.

Overall I'd say this was a solid beer. Could be sessioned if you were craving chocolate and beer. I would pick this one up again. Made for a great dessert after a light meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:16:01 | More by SingleCell
Photo of wheatyweiss


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint tumbler.

Pours a midnight black with an aggressive three finger head that stays for a while and settles to a thick veil of lace.

Aroma is of caramel malts, dark roasted. Coffee and cocoa with a little maltiness, heavy vanilla aroma with a hit of baked bread.

Flavor is chocolate malts, heavy on the chocolate. There is some underlying date and fig flavors along with the coffee and dark roasted malt. Sweetness borders on cloying, but the malt roast balances. Very smooth in the flavor the chocolate is not cloying, but adds.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for something this substantial. Carbonation is soft and natural.

Good beer, I would look for it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 22:58:32 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of slk22


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours brown turning jet black once head forms. Head is cream colored, extremely thick, and inviting, remaining to the very last sip.

S - Smell is a bit hidden by head at first, but later exhibits a wonderful sweet chocolate and caramel aroma.

T - Taste is distinctly sweet, consistent with this style, having well balanced roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Flavors are a bit mild at first, but really come through as this beer rises in temperature. Probably should have started with it close to room temperature.

M - Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and chewy, with appropriately low carbonation.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. I found it hard to put down and with a low ABV, I didn't have to.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2009 18:41:40 | More by slk22
Photo of cadizkyguy


2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is from notes on January 2009. Purchased what I thought was a fresh bottle out of the Craft Beer cooler at The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN. I always wanted to try this offering by Youngs but might have to try in the nitro-can the next time because i was not impressed with the taste, mouthful or drinkability. It did look very impressive on the pour and the smell had me thinking, MMM Goood! But it tasted like a watered-down Nestles Quik. I found it to lack character and I struggled just to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 08:14:19 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of thekanna


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful black pitch that turns just slightly coffee-colored when held to the light. Appreciable 2 finger of tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: General Hershey's chocolate-like sweetness (almost a toned down version of chocolate syrup) with gorgeous roasted malt notes that strive to reach your nose.

T: Slight sweetness and dark, roasted malts give way to espresso bitterness and dark chocolate aromas on the palate.

M: Slightly watery and milk-like consistency, but this is counterbalanced by its amazing smoothness.

D: Highly drinkable; This would make a great session beer if not for the fact that it's slightly outside of the definition of "session beer" (this one is slightly high ABV and doesn't have a clean, crisp finish).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 06:50:39 | More by thekanna
Photo of ghebel


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can, Best by 07 March 09.

A - Pours black with reverse cascading bubbles. Ends with thick, creamy light brown head. Looks inviting.

S - Roasted malts, alcohol, and chocolate.

T - Sweet and roasted with an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. Has an initial dry bite, that mellows with each drink.

M - Thick, smoothe, rich.

D - Good beer. I could drink a couple.

Overall - I tend to like the nitro cans and bottles. It is as closed to being on tap as you can get without being there. This is a good beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2009 00:58:08 | More by ghebel
Photo of webbcreative


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice black color with thick creamy head. Get bitter chocolate taste up front with coffee in the end. Great beer although I did get a tad bit metallic taste buy not bad. Really really good stout. Really.

[fifty characters short?!, really, two hundred and fifty is a bit much, two hundred seems a bit more reasonable to me]

Serving type: nitro-can

02-11-2009 05:33:11 | More by webbcreative
Photo of bmwats


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint.

A: Very dark brown. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Fairly quickly settles leaving a slight layer of foam. Beer ring lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, bittersweet chocolate.

T: Malt is dark roasted, and dark chocolate flavor is prominent.

M: Robust, but has a bit of a watery feel. Aftertaste is kind of a baked bread, also has a pungent, musty twinge. A little stout and a little bitter.

D: Very good. The hearty feel in combo with the flavor makes you want to savor it.

Good atmosphere. Nice combo in the nose. Balanced flavor with a good mix of malt and chocolate. Pulls it off without really even being sweet. Hearty feel, but not too heavy. Very good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 04:40:36 | More by bmwats
Photo of MasterSki


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these for cooking, figured I'd review it as well. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Near-black dark brown color, with a touch of red-brown at the edges when held up to the light. Only the lack of retention keeps this one from a perfect score.

S - Smells like milk chocolate. There's the faintest bit of "beer" (malt barley) and dark fruits in the background. It smells good, but it's kind of a one-trick pony.

T - There's a bit more roasty coffee bitterness in the taste, while the chocolate is more of the baker's variety. The flavor is actually quite mild, and there's minimal aftertaste.

M - This is thin and quite carbonated - not a recipe for success in my book considering the style. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness.

D - The low ABV, thin body, and solid flavor make this almost chuggable. I think the carbonation would get to me, but not until after a couple servings. I might mix one of these into an evening at an English pub, or suggest it as a gateway beer.

I think this is probably better for making custard. Solid but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 23:53:45 | More by MasterSki
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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