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

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5,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,250
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 179
Gots: 619 | FT: 1
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Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the ultimate dessert beers on the market today. This beer poured out of the nitro can as a milky brown color that surged into a deep blackish brown color. The head was creamy and thick like a Guinness typically looks. The smell is of some roasted malts and a ton of rich chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate too. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Overall this beer is kickass when drank at the right time.

Photo of psuKinger
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-Can poured into my Pittsburgh Pirates pint during the Pirates-Cubs game. Bucco's are currently up by 8; my hope is this beer does just as well:

A: Pours an awesome, cascading creamy dark color with a thick off-white head on top that neared settling in about 30 seconds or so... Impressive.

S: Muted notes of creamy sweetness... "roastiness" barely detectable. I don't really pick up much chocolate in the nose.

T: Big creamy sweetness sits on top of a delightfully light and smooth roasty beer. To be honest, this is a pleasant surprise for me. Lots of creamy sweetness, and the chocolate, although not dominant, is present in the creamy sweetness.

This beer has a lot of enjoyable gentle approachable flavors. Nothing "big" or "bold", and sometimes that's a nice thing.

M: Remarkably light and creamy. Lots and lots of "creamy head", but with no "distracting" carbonation, that really works for this beer. Very cool.

D/O: Very drinkable, surprisingly well even on a hot summer day. Overall, this beer doesn't "punch you in the mouth" like some stouts but is just super sweet and simple. Genuinely enjoyable.

Photo of Kartoffeln
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours coffee-black with a big, rocky tan head of creamy carbonation that gradually settles to a thick cap of fine foam. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Cocoa powder, bittersweet dark chocolate, caffe mocha, roasted malts, and a sweet hint of molasses.

T: Chocolate malt, cocoa, and a mild sweetness like icing sugar give way to robust flavours of dark chocolate and roasted malts with notes of coffee, nuts, butter, and toffee. Faint, slightly herbal, earthy hops come through in the finish.

M: Full, creamy body with minimal carbonation; somewhat chewy and slightly sticky. The long, bitter finish is nuanced - hops, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts all discernable - and balances the chocolatey flavour quite well.

D: An excellent stout characterised, but not dominated, by its nuanced chocolate flavour without it feeling too sweet or like a novelty. Quite drinkable despite the full body, it's a twist on the usual meal-in-a-bottle stout: instead, it's dessert.

Photo of DavidST
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, packed date of 1-28-10 and a best before date of 1-28-11 (I really got to learn to start checking the dates on beer).

This pours a black color with a light brown finger width thick head with tiny nitro induced bubbles. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate, the smell is pretty mellow though. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy as expected from the nitro can. The taste is more watery that I remember (an effect of the nitro can or the past best date beer?). The main taste is of chocolate and roasted malts with a smoked / chocolate after flavor with a slight bitterness which lingers for a while. This out of a can is smoother and more session like than I remember from the bottle but its also more subdued and not as tasty. I'll stick to the bottles from now on. (I'll also edit my can review at a later date when I get a fresher can)

Photo of leansean88
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This may very well be the darkest beer I've ever had. Pours a beautiful creamy drink, and smells smooth and smokey. The taste is equally as nice, with hints of cream, roast and chocolate.

It it a bit on the carbonated side, so the mouthfeel is a bit more bland than I had expected. This is okay because the after taste leaves a good feeling on the pallet.

Overall, very good. I almost feel like its a snack, rather than a drink.

Photo of secondtooth
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black, with a thick, tan head. Stylish lace. A good note to start with!

Nose is rich chocolate. Dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Quite appealing.

Taste is smooth and chocolatey. There's a heavy body, with a nicely bittersweet (but not too sweet or sugary) tone.

A very tasty treat, and easily among the best couple of chocolate brews I've ever had (right next to Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout).

Photo of shaunb81
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay. I've had this beer a couple of times before this but finally decided to grade it.

Appearance - pours a nice black with a creamy head and heavenly lacing.

Smell - A rich smell of cocoa, coffee, and roasted goodness fills my nose. Young's has something going here.

Taste - Holy crap. I get the roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee followed with a sweetness that is undeniable. There is also a slight nutty and buttery yumminess to the brew.

Mouthfeel - This brew is medium to heavy in body and the creaminess is heavenly with little carbonation.

Overall - You really can't go wrong with this Choco Stout. It might just be the best one I've ever had. Pardon me, but I have to go and finish my glass...

Photo of dhannes
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice now...the drink by date was in mid-April...the first one I had was in early May and was much better than the second one I had in late June. Both were poured into a pint glass.

A=Awesome...rich, dark brown with yellowish tan creamy head. Both times, the foam ascended from the bottom to the top, creating a unique experience.

S=Hint of dark chocolate and malted barley.

T=A creamy stout, rich...hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M=Smooth, low carbonation, rather drinkable. Not a session beer, but one you can enjoy.

O=I enjoyed both, but the first one was much more flavorful than the second. Will probably buy again after this 4-pack, which I will test for black and tans.

Photo of harrymel
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by: Feb, 2012

A: Pours a dark coffee ground brown with caramel color on the edge where light transfers through. Single finger of light tan head falls in a minute or two to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: dry cocoa up front and really not too much else here. Some hints of roasted malts and coffee, both of which are quite faint. Smells quite sweet.

T: Milk chocolate with hints of coffee, raisin, charred toast and a bit of dust. This is a good milk stout. I wish they didn't highlight the chocolate aspect of the beer so much because this is actually quite well done for a milk/sweet stout. The lactose really sweetens the ale and adds a silky feel; well crafted.

M: Heavy and velvety with resonating silken finish on the upper palate and tongue. A tad higher carb than I would prefer, but not particularly upsetting.

O: Really well crafted brew, I can see why this remains firmly in the beers of fame list. Really nice beer.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black withe a brown head. Good retention on this. Lacing is ring like and separated

S - Clean roasted coffee up front with chocolate undertones. Dark fruits in the background give it a fruit side note. Simple but aromatic and strong.

T - Lots of coffee in the taste more so than chocolate. There's a good hop bitterness to balance out the dark chocolate sourness. That roasted coffee still pushes through in the end. Should of been called dark coffee stout.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, carbonation is bordering high but feels right.

I haven't had this one in a while but I'm impressed. Seems to lean more towards coffee than chocolate but still is a damn fine brew.

Photo of obrike
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a nitro-can.

Rich black pour, fluffy white head, disappeared slowly.

Nice subtle hints of chocolate, roasted, sweet malt. Almost a bit of a chocolate milk shake scent. Good!

Super smooth...velvety smooth, fresh tasting stout. Chocolate, but not overwhelming, some bitter malt...a good combination. Easy drinking, fairly low abv brew.

Easily sessionable, available everywhere...a great choice for a tasty stout.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a dark brown color with a pillowy off white head head. the smell is slightly slightly roasty and has a hint of sweetness. the flavor is watery and smooth with barely any hints of malt. the mouthfeel is super thin, overall this beer was a pretty big let down compared to how pepople review it.

Photo of Nrod
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy head.

Smell: Smells like chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Very nice taste. Very strong chocolate taste but not overwhelming. Great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, surprinsigly for me it was an easy to drink beer.

Overall: One of the best in it`s style, great chocolate taste but not a sweet beer, excellent balanced.

Photo of Forb
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Dark, thick, creamy, yummy...

Smell: Oh so roasted chocolate goodness...

Taste: Smooth, chewy, chocolatey roast sweetness...

Mouthfeel: This is a sweet stout I can say will go over well with any sweet tooth!!

Photo of xylophonica
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, dark rum coloured liquid. Good finger of dark head. Lacing is excellent.

S - Peppery cacao aromas. Some sweeter coffee undertones.

T - Body is slightly thinner than the aroma would suggest. Despite all the chocolatey suggestions it's pretty much a classic stout. Slightly spicy with a good hit of pepper but otherwise it's very coffee-like.

M - Mildly spicy at first but after that it's quite smooth & soothing.

O - Not as much noticeable chocolate as I'd expected despite the fact that it's listed in the ingredients! Coffee being the truly dominant force in this beer, not bad regardless.

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into tumbler. Poured a dark black color with a frothy one finger tan head...didnt pour it too aggresively though. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smelled quite chocolately with a roasted scent and hints of coffee. I also believe I picked up a faint note of molasses.

Taste follows the nose. A roasted, very chocolatey flavor Never really gets that bitter at all. Has a respectably creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and quaffable. I could knock a few of these down and do it gladly.

Overall this was a pleasure to taste and review. I wouldnt know quite where to rate this on the list of best chocolates out there, but it probably would rate on the upper end of the spectrum. Young's got it right with this one.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Guinness-like presentation. Waterfall/Cascade effect when poured. Pitch black with a creamy kaki head.

S - Milk chocolate candy bar. Glass of Milk.

T - Loads of chocolate right off the bat. Roasted barley in the middle. Chocolate milk after-taste comes from lactose.

M - The creamiest beer I've ever had. Wow. Thick, smooth, perfect.

O - What a brew. This is top notch for sure. Great sub-up for Guinness or Muprhys. I'll return often. Another PLEASE!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Young's Double, nitro-can bought at New Beer Dist. in NYC for $2.75. My first in the style! Very curious...

Appearance: Damn gorgeous! Just like a nitro-tap, it pours creamy, luscious and smooth. Take your time admiring the head form up and become a thick two-finger crown that lasts and lasts. I bet if I left and came back after a few hours, that massive head would still be there! And the lacing, oh my. It's like the Great Wall of China. Color is an incredibly deep black, if you can get past the outrageous head.

Smell: Some nice (if not complex) roastiness, like vacuum-packed coffee and commercial-grade chocolate (Ghirardelli's). A bit of milk and a ton of sugary sweetness. A dessert beer!

Taste: Again, nothing terribly complex here, but what a nice taste! Smooth cocoa powder and a tad of bitterness, roasted aromas, sugar, chocolate cake from an American diner. Judging by the label ("chocolate flavor added"), I thought this would taste fake and artificial. Not at all.

Mouthfeel: Obviously, super creamy and smooth to a fault. Very sweet and chocolaty as it goes down, delicious! Reasonably low (and adequate) carbonation.

Overall: This is a great beer. I had my reservations- a lot of folks don't like these nitro-cans, but what's not to love? You get the yummy richness of a nitro pour and all the flavor. Plus the alcohol is low and the taste is great so you have an off-the-beaten-path session beer here!

Photo of claspada
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First nitro-can review? Who knows.

Aromas of lightly roasted malt and cocoa powder, not too much of either. No hops or real in-depth caramel or anything else really.

The tastes follow the nose with sublte roasted malt and moderately sweet chocolate. As it warms the above flavors become slightly more pronounced.

The nitro-can pour makes the mouthfeel nice and creamy and full with ample carbonation. I have had the bottled version as well, but this is much better.

Overall, Young's Double Chocolate Stout is nice sessionable stout. One of my go-to beers when I need something that won't put me to bed. The perfect winter day drinking beer. I have mixed it half and half with Wells Banana bread beer, which is an excellent anytime after dinner beverage.

Photo of jgurley
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice black color with a small head and spotty lacing. Smell of dark roasty malt and cocoa. Delicious milky chocolate and malt taste. Dark roast, coffee, but not sweet. Mouthfeel is both carbonation and milky. This stout is really good and I drink it often.

Photo of Stunner97
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours and absolutely beautiful billowing foamy head and just nice cascading look, nitro beers to me are always a real victory when it comes to appearance

Smell- is of definitely faint chocolate but alot of coffee notes to and roasted malts

Taste- the flavor is not overally rich or complex to me but non the less pretty good, the chocolate is there but not as overwhelming as you think it would be, as on the nose I really got even more off the coffee roasted malts even more then really chocolate, simple flavor but nice

Mouthfeel - very creamy and smooth, light bodied

Drinkability/overall- this beer was not quite as good honestly as the last time I had it which i believe was out of the regular bottle and not nitrocanned, i wonder if the non nitro version has bit more flavor despite not as good mouthfeel and such, the beer was quite drinkable but not something I would go to all the time as was just kind of more simple then i remembered, all said and done though this is still pretty nice beer

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap that lasts. Thin legs of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate syrup in milk. Taste is of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Mild cocoa bitterness on the palate quickly fades. Due to the nitro-tap this beer is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not one I would get too often. I am glad I got to try this one on nitro-tap.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an impenetrable dark brown with a finger of everlasting creamy beige head. No highlighting to speak of, the look of moonless midnight.

Smell -- Most definitely the least appealing of this beer's assets. Off the bat there is a whiff of metal can. Additionally there is some condensed milk sweetness, charred roast malt, Yoo-Hoo. Not terribly aromatic, and the metallic smell is a distraction. Meh.

Taste -- A pleasant abundance of roast character - coffee, burnt toast, but not ashy. And then there is the chocolate. Bittersweet, bordering on milk chocolate. Not overly sweet, very much in proportion with the black malt bitterness and earthy, mildly vegetal hops. Finish is cocoa and black malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, with gentle creamy carbonation. The lactose has added even more of a velvety feel beyond the effects of the nitro widget. I can't imagine any better feel for the style.

Overall -- Really an exceptional example of the style. The lactose is used to great effect, rounding the sharp corners of all of that patent malt. And the chocolate! Vibrant chocolate earthy/sweet flavor, but without an overwhelming amount of malt sweetness to may this seem cloying or decadent. Played pitch perfect.

Don't get me wrong, I feel that I've had better milk stouts, but very few.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Very dark opaque brown bordering on black. There is a bubbly tan head with excellent retention and moderate layered lacing.

S: Smells strongly of chocolate with a backbone of coffee. The smell reminds me of a sweet mocha but less potent.

T: Very strong chocolate taste but not overwhelming. The chocolate flavor from the malt is sort of the classic roasted flavor, but there is also chocolate flavor from the real added chocolate. This contributes a dryer, darker chocolate than the malt alone could. In the background there is a dry herbal taste. The aftertaste is short and mild.

M: Very smooth and surprisingly light with mild carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: Dominated by chocolate but not overly sweet.

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a two finger head into a pint glass - fluffy head - near black- creamy coffee head - little lacing - well retained head

S - lots of bitter chocolate and burnt malt - chocolate biscuit

T - up front bitter chocolate - not sweet for the style - dry and bitter but well balanced in
the finish

M - medium body and carbonation - dry and bitter on the back end

O - very good chocolate stout - always worried with beer like this - never know of it will be unbalanced due to the unique flavor - but they nailed it here.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,250 ratings.