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

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Ratings: 5,251
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 178
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 match1112
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poures a nice black color, no head just a khaki ring with a little lacing. smell and taste are both the same with chocolate, sweet malts and slight roasted bitter coffee. mouthfeel is a little thin but tastes more carbonated than the lack of head would suggest. overall a good beer.

Photo of drewdoggydogg
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into my Guinness glass, it cascaded beautifully and had a quarter inch cream colored head. Has a nutty smell. In my opinion it has a decadent dark chocolate taste with the slight bitterness of coffee. It has a thick body yet not too filling. I love this beer as a dessert or just to savour at the end of a long day.

Try it as a chocolate truffle. approx. 2oz Lambic Framboise to 12oz Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

Photo of Infamous7100
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very dark brown to black pour with the tan cascading bubbles typical of the nitro can. Thick, finger width, creamy head. Looks delicious.
S: Straight up coffee and chocolate here. The draught version is more pronounced but this is no slouch. Very sweet.
T: Roasted malts and coffee beans with the aforementioned chocolate. The chocolate starts out sweet but finishes with more of a dark chocolate flavor...bittersweet and roasty.
M: Thick, creamy and smooth. Superb.
O: Huge fan, but not as up to snuff as it's draught brother. The utter smoothness of this brew combined with it's outstanding flavor make this one to come back to again and again. Worth the cost.

Photo of Northsider
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a can while away for business.

A - Very dark, typical for a stout like this

S - Smells strong of chocolate and coffee. Wife loves the smell of this one!

T - Taste going in is great, but leaves a strange aftertaste from the chocolate; the chocolate aftertaste is a bit strong for me

M - Smooth drink, full flavor

O - Overall a good stout, not my favorite however. A bit strong on the chocolate taste, especially going down. Smooth just as I like my stouts, but I'd find some better ones out there before trying this again.

Photo of ChanChan
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark cola color. The head is fluffy and mocha colored; it builds up to two fingers that quickly dissipate.

Aroma, dark chocolate, and malts.

Mouthfeel: More or less it has a thin mouthfeel.

Taste: This beer obviously tastes like chocolate, but it is a faint and pleasant chocolate.

Overall: A nice beer to drink on any occasion, and because of the low ABV one does not have to worry about getting overpowered by this beer. The price is also a plus!

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

Pours a small one finger light light brown head. The head is super creamy and isn't going anywhere, as would be expected with a nitro beer. The body is pitch black, no hues of red or anything, completely dark, completely non-see through. Overall it looks pretty damn good, but it is a nitro beer, so it should look good. The smell is very nice, sweet chocolate on the nose, I also get a noticeable deep malt smell and perhaps a sour smell, like there would be in a Guinness, so I don't know if that has to do with the nitro or not. Overall the smell is chocolaty, it's a pretty good smell all around! I've had this in the bottle and I think I like it more, the nitro version has that Guinness sour taste to it, kinda an unpleasant taste, I mean it works in Guinness because it's not a Guinness without it, but I don't know if it works in this beer. It's very smooth and creamy, but the sour just interrupts what would be a huge chocolate flavor. I wouldn't mind having a big chocolate punch and then a mild sour taste, but as it is now it's 50% sour, then 50% chocolate. Overall I get a nice malt taste, and a nice chocolate taste, but unfortunately a decent sour taste. Overall, the taste is ok, not a good as I was expecting though. Mouthfeel is hard to describe, because anyone who has had a nitro beer knows that it is a unique mouthfeel. It's a very thin beer, but at the same time it's really creamy and smooth, with almost no carbonation. So it's not a bad mouthfeel, in fact it's good, just not as big as you would expect with a stout. The drinkability is actually pretty high, the beer goes down pretty easily Overall on this beer, good beer, and it's actually gotten more chocolaty as the beer has progressed, but still not what I was hoping for. Good beer, but not great.

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

A: Pitch black with super head retention and lacing.

S: Dark malt aroma and not much on the hop side.

T: Definite chocolate flavor along with roasted barley/black patent favors. A touch of coffee as well. Some rye notes as well??

M: Full mouthfeel. No holding back here.

O: Very nice stout with a strong chocolate/coffee and even licorice flavor hidden there somewhere. Roasted malt supply a fair portion of the bitterness.

Photo of mjrod2142
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz can poured into a standard pint glass

The pour produced a perfect creamy head you'd expect from a tap at a bar. The aroma was just like that of a Guinness. I really had to try to pick up a faint chocolate smell.

Upon the first sip, however, I got an immediate chocolate flavor. The creaminess was excellent and the mouthfeel is very smooth for a canned beer. Whatever inserts they use in these cans really work.

Nice roasted malt, rich chocolate and classic stout flavors all combine to make an excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 4 Basically black in color with light showing brown at only the edges. There's a big fluffy tan 2 finger head on the pour that dissipates to a 1/4" throughout. The bubbles aren't all that uniform but there's smooth sheet-like lacing that looks nice.

S- 4 There's a dominant aroma of bittersweet chocolate. This is surely a combination of the chocolate, malts and hops used in this brew. Reminds me just a little of powdered hot chocolate mix. There's a tad bit of coffee in this scent as well.

T- 4 Like the aroma suggested, I taste chocolate and malt. A little bitterness is provided to keep it from being too sweet. Nice taste overall but not as complex as I'd hoped for. Reminiscent of chocolate milk at times.

M- 3.5 Medium in body (possibly just below) with ample carbonation, this is surprisingly light for the style. It is damn near watery, which I didn't remember about this one. I'd like a bit more creaminess. It is still smooth, however.

D- 4 This beer looks good, smells good, and tastes good... Yet there's something missing that has me lacking excitement over it. Regardless, it is solid overall. I'd be able to drink a few of these for sure because it has as light feel to go along with its good flavor.

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

Poured froma nitro can into a standard English pint glass.

A - Dark, dark brown, with a single finger, rich tan head, lots of nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and vanilla on the nose.

T - Lots of powdery chocloate upfront flowing into vanilla notes with a roasty finish, slight slate backbone.

M - Light to medium body, very little carbonation.

D - I like this brew, easy on the palate, very tasty.

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

A - Dark brown body, almost bordering on black. with a nice thick light brown head. Great head retention and very impressive lacing, courtesy of the nitro-widget.

S - The smell is very chocolatey, with hints of vanilla and coffee. Not super-intense and a bit weaker than in the bottled version, yet still nice!

T - Loaded with milk chocolate notes up front, with hints of vanilla, then going into a roasted flavour, followed by a slightly bitter finish. This is sweeter than the bottled version and tastes more like milk chocolate. Slight hints of coffee can also be picked up.

M - Light-to-Medium body. Creamy, smooth; feels amazing on the palate. Not very dry, no hint of alcohol.

O - I was immensely pleased with the nitro-can version. It's everything it claims to be and more! It's too bad we don't get it in my area.

Photo of sendsilk
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to like this beer. It has been several years and I bought one today just to revisit it.

I didn't smell much chocolate at all, hell, I smelled no chocolate. Maybe it's in the flavor! Nope, not there either. I think they forgot the chocolate in this brew. It is called DOUBLE chocolate so I really expected more from this thin, watery concoction.

There are plenty of other decent chocolate beers out there, pass this one by and pick another one up.

Photo of BigTomZ
1.91/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice black with a thin tan head. Not much light gets through.

Smells like a chocolate stout with a bit of coffee. Has a sort of chocolate syrup aroma to it.

Tastes like there is chocolate in this beer, but I can't get past this artificial taste it has. There is this weird chemical metallic taste. I could only get through a few sips of this beer.

Mouthfeel was pretty thin for the style.

Overall I did not like this one bit. Lots of people seem to like it, but not me. I didn't like it the first time. Then a few months later I picked up another bottle and got the same result. This beer has too much of an artificial taste to it. I love me some chocolate stouts, but this was a drain pour.

Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. A generous gift from my parents, thanks so much! I remember loving this back in the day but honestly haven't had one in years.

This beer's strong suit is visible - the appearance! It's got a nice opaque black body, off white 2 finger head and great lace. Looks like a chocolate milkshake with whipped cream on top.

The nose is rather weird. That's due to a touch of yeastiness or chalkiness and a touch of metal that throw me off but dissipate as it warms. Caramel sweetness and cocoa powder are the rules of the day.

I really like the taste, as it's simple and smooth. A few layers of chocolate and caramel, coupled with dark fruit and milk chocolate. Once again, the metallic bitter finish stops the beer from scoring higher.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied plus but could be more viscious. Still, this is a great, creamy feel and a wonderful brew overall.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic,
5.2% ABV, 23/04/11 (I'm assuming is best before).

A - The thick-feeling beer pours out into the pint clear but almost jet black. Short-lived cascading leads through great retention from the three-finger tan head to ring after ring of sticky lace.

S - Dusty, dry cocoa with molasses notes surrounding the bittersweet chocolate and heavily roasted malt aroma. Burnt bread in the background. A little lactose sweetness pulls through for balance.

T - The lactose sweetness and chocolate get lost through the overly roasted black malts. Burnt bread and bitter chocolate with cocoa. Chocolate presence in minimal.

M - The smooth entry leads to a medium body and clean swallow with an acrid, lingering bitterness through the finish.

O - This beer is much, much better from the nitro can than it is from the bottle in both taste and mouthfeel. The chocolate seems lost and the lack of the creamy mouthfeel doesn't help the cause.

Photo of mjn5036
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz nitro can is opened with a loud, elongated hiss. It is poured immediately into a large tulip glass. The beer leaving the can is a dark, Coca-Cola brown; almost black. As it hits the glass it turns into the classic nitro pour that I have grown to enjoy immensely. As the head slowly shrinks in size, a deep, dark, opaque liquid takes its place in the glass. The head is quite nice looking as well; it appears to be three-toned in color and look thick and impenetrable. Great head retention and a moderate amount of lacing as I empty the glass.

The nose is hard to pick up on in this beer. It is faint, consisting mostly of dark roasted malts and a light dusting of coco powder. I honestly think that the head on the beer is keeping the nose from truly opening up because as it settles I can smell a bit more.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. It is mild chocolate well balanced with a bitter roasted malt backdrop. It is light in all facets - lightly sweet, lightly roasted, lightly bitter notes. I was hoping for a bit more sweetness out of this considering its style.

It is light bodied in that it is extremely easy to drink and almost water-like, but it is very fluffy and seems very creamy in the way is fills your mouth with a small sip. Carbonation is well enough. It is incredibly smooth on the palate.

Overall this is a tasty stout but seems a bit more subdued in most categories than I was hoping for. Still a really solid beer though, now just wishing I had some dessert to compliment it. The price of the four back is a bit more than I would want to pay again but I hear this is phenomenal on tap so I will keep an eye out for it.

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

Nitro can poured into a glass.

Appearance - Cascading caramel ribbons falling down the side of the glass into the bottom deep black brown bottom 1/5th of the glass. Creamy one finger head with good retention.

Smell - Caramel, coffee, then chocolate. Maybe some vanilla.

Taste - Lightly creamed coffee, hop and slight malt. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best stouts I've had.

Photo of ggilman
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. Nitro-Can into a tulip glass.

A - Mahogany, shade away from ebony, ruby edged with a great thick creamy tan head. Not so much laces the glass as coats it. Fun to pour, and watch settle.

S - Like the can says, chocolate. Cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, amaretto, whiff of alcohol.

T - Certainly a lot of chocolate flavor, but nowhere near as much as the nose would lead you to believe! I was surprised by the slight bready sourness up front. Bitter bakers chocolate, doesn't linger long. Roasted coffee beans and alcohol fade quickly.

M & D - Smooth & creamy. Very little carbonation. Would make for pricey Irish Car Bombs.

You could suck down the four pack of cans easily. Alcohol wasn't noticeably present. Decent, but I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis.

Photo of GoldenChild
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass: Pours dark brown, creamy foam goodness.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, a bit malty & rich molasses.

T: Dark bitter chocolate milk.

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit on the thin side.

D: Perfect to make an ice cream float with. Excellent stout!

O- Great beer there are better ones but glad that i finally bought one and gave it a try

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

500ml bottle served in a large glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy tan head that settled down and left a thick coat of lacing.

S - chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

T - rich chocolate taste with a roasted coffee bitterness on the back end finishing with a sweet aftertaste.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - this is a very enjoyable stout.

Photo of sommersb
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml brown bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass. Best by date was 04-23-11.

The color of the stout is an opaque black, with a tan-colored head that was a full 4 fingers high before settling down to about 3 fingers. Head is nice and creamy; lacing is good.

Smells are of dark bread and dark, roasted malts. The aromas of sweet chocolate and caramels are strong, with a faint earthy hop presence as well.

The taste is a rich, slightly sweet, chocolate experience. You get the roasted malt flavors associated with a stout balanced well with the sweetness of dark chocolate. It also tastes of full, dark grains as in a loaf of bread.

Smooth drinking, full-bodied beer, with light to moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

Overall an excellent beer that has never disappointed.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown with two or more fingers of thick cocoa colored head. It sticks to the glass like a champ when swirled.

N: Strong barley and roasted malt with a definite chocolate scent coming through. There are fine nuances of leather and alcohol. I would describe the scent as dark, in a good way.

T: Wow, chocolate jumps right out. Accompanied by notes of coffee, almonds and dark malt. Incredibly smooth and balanced throughout the entire experience. Sweetness comes through in the middle as milk chocolate and cream.

M: It seemed a bit thin to me but medium and overall it doesnt detract too much from the experience.

O: Smooth. Delicious. Dark. Chocolatey. Great brew.

Photo of chilly460
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, basically black, with ruby highlights at the edges. Three finger cascading tan head, extremely "rocky" look to it. Huge lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted barley and tons of dusty chocolate smell. Not complex, but very nice.

Taste: Tastes like a dark chocolate bar. This is not milk chocolate, more rich. Strong roasted barley flavors, right on the edge of bitter but not overboard. Flavors are "light" and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation, very nice.

O: Good. Delicious beer that is not too sweet, plenty of flavor but not overbearing. I'd order this over a standard Irish stout anyday.

Photo of videofrog
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint bottle into Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Very black and thick with 2 finger tan head.

S: Chocolate, cocoa.

T: Great chocolate flavor without being too sweet; good roasted grain. Hint of vanilla. Slightly bitter hop presence balances well. slightly dry on the finish.

M: Creamy, slightly soda-ish finish. Good solid stout feel.

O: Not something I would drink often, but well worth it on special occasions, or when the craving hits you. Very drinkable.

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

Pours a dark black with a nice two finger creamy tan head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a milky swirl of foam floating on top.

Aroma is rich in chocolate and buttery malt

Taste is again rich in chocolate. If you like beer and chocolate this one is for you. A nice malt is also present.

This is not an every day beer, but it was enjoyable and a fun treat. I would have another one, but maybe just on Christmas or a special holiday.

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