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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

5,068 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,068
Reviews: 2,244
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 467 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with a root beer float head that really lasts, leaving great lacing behind. Possibly the best looking Stout I have ever seen.

Smell: Roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and English spicy hops. While the dark chocolate is the main scent left after sitting in the glass awhile, it is slightly more subdued than expected.

Taste: In contrast to the aroma, the dark chocolate is very apparent in the taste, and augmented nicely by roasted barley, coffee, molasses and rich dark fruit. Ends somewhat spicy and bitter, with a slight metallic cast.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, very creamy smooth body that is just slightly too light. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Simply a delicious, session-like Stout. Surprised it took me so long to try this.

Photo of Rasolante1
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black appearance with a creamy brown head. The lacing was beautiful and stuck to the glass until the last sip.

Smell: Grainy, chocolately, slight roastiness, and a touch of sweetness. As the beer warmed I detected hints of maple syrup.

Taste: Lots of chocolate notes. The roast really comes through in the flavor giving it a great coffee character.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation and body make for a very silky and creamy feel.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer everyday! The alcohol and body are not too substantial making it a very easy drinker. This is one of the best stouts out there!

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another classic brew. A great brew as well.
Pours a deep brown color with a tan head (that never leaves) and insane amount of lacing. Smells wonderful, like a chocolate milk shake with coffee notes. Tastes of milk chocolate with chocolate malts and a little coffee bitterness to lessen the strong sweetness. Mouthfeel is great with a thick oily body. Drinkability is high.

Photo of steveh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another past favorite, if not as far back as many others.

BA has this listed as a Sweet Stout, though I'm not sure the addition of chocolate wouldn't make this a specialty beer of some sort -- nonetheless.

Chose the bottle because I've always liked the body and character better than the nitro can. Best-by date of April, 2011.

A -- Opaque, inky black with a dense, long-lasting, dark tan, chocolate milk colored head. Mag-Lite® thru my glass shows ruby highlights.

S -- Creamed coffee and cocoa notes, some earthiness -- whether from hops or roasted malts isn't apparent. Light roasted malt character back.

T -- Roasted malts up front that blend into a coffee and cocoa bean character. Some candy sweetness balanced with the bitterness of the roasted malts and maybe some English hops -- Goldings, I'd guess. No real fruit esters to find through the roasted malts and sweet chocolate.

M -- Medium to medium-heavy body with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

D -- Very easy to drink, but more than two would probably become filling. Rich and satisfying, nonetheless. An eye-opener for people who think beer can't have character.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a SweetWater 420 shaker. Poured dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, coffee, slight caramel, and a nutty note. It had a heavy feel on the palate with no carbonation anywhere to be found. Overall this was a nice brew. However, the flavors were kind of light at least to me. If they would have been a little more intense this one could have been great. But still very nice regardless of this fact.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-bottle into a pint glass.

Reads on the bottle, "Pure Luxury". "Ale With Natural Chocolate Flavor Added". As a chocolate and beer lover, I'm expecting something of God.

A : Pours like chocolate milk, gulping, a very dark brown. A perfect frothy tan head appears, about a finger high. This is the beauty of the nitro-bottle. Absolutely fantastic.

S : Very feint smell, chocolate note, but a bit of roasty malt as well.

T : Surprisingly roasty. Chocolate is present, but not overpowering, and largely on the finish.

M : Creamy and smooth. Quite nice. Lighter body than one would expect, somewhere in-between a Medium and a Thick

D : A fantastic dessert beer, like a good glass of chocolate milk but not as sweet. Imagine Guinness, with chocolate added, and it's about right.

Photo of bens0n
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 100% Opaque and black, with a nice amount of creamy tan head

S - Hints of unsweetened chocolate/roasted coffee beans.

T - Malty with an unsweetened chocolate taste and then finishes with a coffee like aftertaste.

M - Substantially thick with minimal carbonation.

D - Definitely a beer that is excellent down to the last drop, pretty filling though.

Photo of mrnobody
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Pours pitch black with a big tan head. The head does not stick around but leaves thick sheets of lacing behind. Aroma is weak, some roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee...and something metallic. Taste of coffee and chocolate, nothing too strong and the chocolate is neither very bitter nor sweet. Leaves a nice aftertaste of more bitter chocolate and again, coffee. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is light which I prefer for this style. Not too heavy so drinkability should be okay. That being said, I much prefer the Black Oak approach of using cocoa to Young's "natural chocolate flavouring".

Photo of mbusster88
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours real thick and creamy. Great nitro-effect with the rising bubbles. Head settles at about 2 fingers. Aroma is of malt, smoke, some bread and light chocolate. Taste is really subtle with the chocolate, malty and full. Beer is a good thickness, not to light but not overly heavy. Great for desserts and stand alone. Best as it warms up a bit, don't drink it cold! Overall a great stout and definitely a must have.

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

Appearance: Very very dark, can't see through it.

Smell: Chocolate, Coffee+Cappuccino, a lot of roasted malt, a bit of caramel.

Taste: Tastes like Cappucino, bitter chocolate, roasted grains. Aftertaste lasts for a while

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. looks thicker than what it feels.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Really enjoyed this beer, very drinkable for anyone.

Photo of MattyV
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, opaque, jet black with a big dense mocha head.

Nose is a mixture of sweet milk chocolate and roasted dark malts.

Taste is of lots of chocolate. I'm hit with sweet milk chocolate upfront, and then the dark malts make themselves known. The finish is of bitter dark chocolate with a touch of earthy hops.

Full-bodied with mild carbonation yields a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

This is very easy drinking, but also very rich... one is plenty! Definitely a stout for chocolate fans to check out, big chocolate flavour without being overly sweet.

Photo of case4816
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured very dark brown, almost black in colour. Quite thick as well. Head poured dark beige and very creamy that disappointed slowly.

S- Can detect the heavily roasted malts. Caramel, vanilla, and almost a creamy smell come to the front. Also a sweet chocolate smell is very strong making the beer smell almost like a sweet coffee, Cappuccino type drink.

T- Tastes just like a strong cappuccino. Very roasted malts, heavy sweet flavour and creamy texture. The Caramel and vanilla flavour blend in with the flavour of the coffee wonderfully. The chocolate flavour is also very strong and gives the beer a very sweet, smooth flavour and adds to the cappuccino flavour.

D- Very delicious. Not something that I could drink all the time but definitely a wonderful treat

Photo of thrash420
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

smell - roasted malts and dark chocolate are very apparent, mixed with coffee and toffee makes a wonderful smell

taste - deep dark malty chocolate taste. id love to enjoy this with a chocolate malt next time, im sure it would compliment it very nicely. don't taste any hops really, it's all overpowered by the chocolate aroma and flavours.

appearance - black in color, thick and creamy. nice head and beautiful lacing. A+ appearance

mouthfeel - light carbonation but a thick creamy smooth feel. Feels exactly like it looks.

drinkability - oh man, this was awesome. best beer of the night, of which ive had 3 (porter, stout and IPA) i can drink this over and over at dessert time, the head was so thick I want to scoop it onto some chocolate ice cream with a spoon. It would also go great with a steak. Almost no bite and goes down so easy. This 16.9oz was gone too quickly

Photo of BeerCon5
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black in color with about 1/2 inch of very smooth and creamy tan head.

The scent wsa of cocoa and roasted malts.

The taste was of cocoa, burnt coffee, some alcohol, and roasted malts.

Full bodied, very smooth and creamy, no carbonation.

This was a pretty good stout, there was pretty good flavor though not really as sweet as I would expect from a milk stout. Though tasty it was very filling and not very easy to drink.

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

Oh yeah! I found the slightly-larger-than-a-pint bottles of this at my local grocery store and had to give it a try. This has been a hot and humid week, so after the sun sets and it starts to cool down, a nice stout really hits the spot.

This one pours almost completely black into my snifter, with a finger of brown head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving rather nice lace. There's something about certain high quality beers that makes the little wispy head that remains more beautiful than others, or perhaps that is confirmation bias. Either way, after the initial smell and sip, the remaining bubbles formed the continent of Australia in my snifter glass.

The aroma is incredible, deep cocoa aroma gives a very slightly sour note, backed up by grainy malts. The chocolate by far overpowers any other aromas.

The same goes for the flavor, initially. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! A milky chocolate flavor hits the front of the tongue, but the aftertaste has more of a bitter chocolate flavor, like the expensive "85% cocoa" chocolate bars you see at the store. Once warmer, there is a fruity, peppery essence behind it, but it quickly moves out of the way of a renewed rush of chocolate.

The feel is terrific as well. Smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated, and as my glass warmed it only got better.

It is very drinkable, but not something I would want to open more than one of in a given night. The flavor is just too rich, it would be like eating a big dinner, then following it with cheesecake, and then, for some reason, following that with tiramisu. Unthinkable! Savor this one.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew about a year ago straight from the can and remembered it being pretty good, but I wanted to come back and do this right so i picked up a pint sized bottle. poured into a good ol' beer stein:

A: I like the way this looks: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Nice thick head that slowly fades leaving some nice lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and deep, roasty malts. Not overly complex, but very pleasant.

T: They say double chocolate and that's no lie. The chocolate hits you right up front with a very intense flavor. As it fades I taste first coffee, then a vanilla flavor. It's a really good flavor, but I can't help but feel that it's a bit lacking. Like the aroma there isn't enough complexity to keep me really interested for two long.

M: Creamy, not overly sticky. Very nice and pleasant.

D: Overall a good beer. I would definitely try this one again. I am curious how the beer holds up in the cans compared to the bottle, but that is an experiment for another day. Overall this beer's a good solid brew: Not overly complex, great look and mouthfeel and it delivers double chocolate just as promised.

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark dark brown, borderline black. Brown one-fingered head. Plenty of lacing left. Looks incredible.

S- A sweet chocolate, duh.

T- Onslaught of chocolate from start to finish. Almost teeters on too sweet/dare I say it artificial. Dash of coffee. Finishes nice and roasty.

M- Rich and creamy. Adequate carbonation without "biting" on the tongue.

D/O- I'd say for what it is this guy is very drinkable. A little disappointed given it's BA rating but enjoyed none-the-less. Would be a great beer for a "beginner" beer drinker who only knows a stout called Guinness.

Photo of king75
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with a quickly dissipating creamy head

S-rich, dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee present

T- amazing, the chocolate taste makes this beer so rich and creamy, while the coffee and toffee blend together to stop the beer from being to sweet. Very well balanced.

M- extremely smooth on the palate, a slight bitterness at times.

Drinkabilitity would be higher if it wasn't so rich. However, I would not change anything about this beer. It is not a session beer, but it is one hell of a good dessert beer.

Photo of BigMike
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown. Not quite black but no light coming through. A minimal amount of tan head that's not there long.

S: I get one thing on the nose. Chocolate milk.

T: very light chocolate milk. A slight touch of iced coffee.

M: very light bodied. Almost watery. Smooth and clean though and easy to drink.

Overall: a very light and refreshing stout with a decent amount of chocolate. Nothing special and I probably wouldn't seek out again. Worth a shot though.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black appearance. Thick creamy lacing on glass. Pleasant Chocolately aroma. Very thin In feel. Extremely easy to drink for a stout. Clean finish. Awesome chocolate aftertaste, like drinking a well balance cold hot Chocolate. Extremely clear. Perfect carbonation for style. All out awesome beer. Characteristicslly much lighter than you would expect, but still awesome, especially for a beginner stout drinker.

Photo of heebes
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, two finger head with lots of carbonation. Retention holds up well, some lacing.
Not a very strong smell emminating, but heavy on the malts and chocolates with some sense of coffee. Definately a roasty scent.
Creamy texture, goes down smooth. Not overly chocolatey but the taset lingers nicely. This is heavy on the palate.
Overall, a delicious tasting chocolate stout. Iv'e already returned to it several times and will again come the winter season. Great for after dinner.

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

A: Nice dark brown/ black with a foamy dark tan head. The Bottle looks classic and almost candy like... like opening into a bar of dark chocolate.

S: Nice, malty, dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate galore, also plums or raspberry/ dark-berries. At first like bitter cocoa, but the taste becomes smooth.

M: smooth, lite fizz yet nice combination.

D: First taste is a little bitter but by the next sip the chocolate starts brewing in the pie hole, yummy.

Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black in color with a 1 finger creamy tan/brown head that lasted a while; good lacing that slid down the glass. This is what a stout should look like!

Smells of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, burnt wood, faint floral hops and brown sugar; really great aroma, and almost smells like a desert out of a bottle.

Tastes like it smells, with chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, burnt wood, faint floral hops, smoke or charcoal and brown sugar; pretty rich, smoky flavor that is very malty and smooth. Any fan of stouts will love this beer as there are just enough hops in play to balance out the malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light, with carbonation that is so light it's almost like water; slightly bitter aftertaste that leaves a nice chocolaty finish after sliding down easy.

Pretty light for a stout and enjoyable overall with good and easy drinkability. This is the rare stout like a Guinness that I could drink all night.

Photo of satchmo91
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black and thick with a creamy, impervious head.

S - Faint chocolate smell, like baker's chocolate, but heavier stout aroma.

T - Stout, but not very strong. Very creamy and smoothe. Lightly chocolaty on the bitter-sweet side.

M - Thick, smoothe, and creamy.

D - This beer was absolutely delicious. The head was thick enough to eat with a spoon afterwards. Very clean brew, and nice balance of chocolate with the malty stout character.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 14.9 oz Nitro can.

A- Pours rich milky black. Great cascade of nitrogen after the pour. A very good looking beer with a dense creamy nougat colored head.

S- Sweet roasted grains, chocolate covered coffee beans, licorice, raisins and prunes. Kind of like a chocolate covered Fig Newton.

T-Sweet, chocolate malt and coffee. Simple, well balanced and well integrated. Its probably the most polished milk/sweet stout I have ever had. Really nice.

M-Nitro plain and simple. No Co2 burn, great smoothness and rich body.

D-A great well rounded, very tasty beer that is easily sipped or sessioned. Highly drinkable and infinitely enjoyable.

I am really into this beer as a great winter time session beer. I stepped out of my IIPA and Experimental beer repertoire and was really glad I did. Well recommended.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,068 ratings.