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

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5,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,206
Reviews: 2,289
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 169
Gots: 582 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of jims4210
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites...

A: Very black with a nice two finger tan head which lasts till the end. Nice lacing on my Guinness pint glass.

S: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Also a hint of chocolate...

T: Obviously, chocolate. Caramel, coffee. Got more pronounced as the beer warmed up.

M: Creamy and smooth. Not too heavy or oily. Little carbonation.

D: Goes down easy. I could drink one of these every day without getting bored of it.

Photo of jeeper2000
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured very dark brown with nice tan head which lasted through session
S- very rich chocolate
T- nice dark chocolatey taste some roasted notes with a coffee ending very well balanced
M- creamy and smooth but a little dry
D- heavy but easily drinkable this is a must try

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

Poured form 12oz bottle into a pint glass..

This beer has a surprisingly complex flavor and reminds me of Hershey's Chocolate Twizzlers. I'm usually not a fan of sweet stouts... I know it's not the same but usually I drink my coffee black if you know what I mean.

Photo of taylocd
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into imperial nonic glass. Date stamp (best-by) of 23/04/11.

Thanks to a family member for making this trade.

A - almost completely black body with small but dense dark tan head; head never completely dissipated and left incredible coat of lacing throughout the session

S - aroma was not especially powerful, but the scent was entirely chocolate; it smelled much like Hershey's chocolate syrup

T - the taste was mostly reminiscent of semi-sweet chocolate, but there a good counter-balance of bitterness from a burnt flavor (like burnt malt ball?)

M - I can picture the brew coating inside of my mouth in much the same was as it coated the glass; it is smooth, but certainly had great texture

D - with a bit of a stronger taste, drinkability could have been higher, but it is still an easy drinker

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

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted dec. 2010 (review #1000 in BA).

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head (w some lacing).
Smell : dry malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malts, dark chocolate flavours.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Sweet stout.

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

A: the beer was really nice and deep in color.

S: also very deep with notes of coffee and of course chocolate.

T: a little bitter but as it warmed up the the coffee and chocolate came out.

M: smooth but not too much substance.

D: it is really good over all and will buy more

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

A- Black body, no light passes through. Thin light brown head that doesn't last very long.
S- Not as strong as I would have thought. I do not get much of that chocolate roasted scent but rather more of a light molasses or cane sugar.
T- Chocolate come through on the tongue though. Fine balance of roasted malt, bitter and sweet.
M- Creamy and creamy. Slight warming alcohol on the end.
D- For mr, one by the fire. But I could have one every night by the fire. Really good milk stout.

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

A very dark, unique beer. I got it to stretch my borders and this beer did that. A very drinkable, non-traditional beer. It has a great appearance and aroma upon initial contact. The flavor was very unique and the chocolate hints make it a beer worth testing. It's perfect as a closer or for something sweet and different. I'm glad I got it and feel confidant in suggesting it as a. beer to test the boundaries.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black as midnight body, two finger tan head, decent lacing.

S: blend of bitter dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, mild coffee, and toasted nuts.

T: sweet, with a hint of bitter chocolate, nice roasted nuts to cut the sweetness down.

M: med/heavy body, like a beer milk shake, goes down so smoothly. low carbonation.

D: Honestly, I hesitated to try this, thinking either this will be delicious or gross. It was divine; wonderful after dinner brew.
Treat yourself and have one of these.

Photo of smakawhat
2.65/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass given off a very nice 2 finger head of a perfect light brown. Minimal lacing with a dark brown walnut body. Ring and bubble marks stay throughout leaving a nice light brown easy circle.

Smell of faint milk chocolate, some minor cream whiffs. not much else though, but it's quite pleasant.

Taste disappoints a bit, with a very soda pop tingle like carbonation on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost exclusively watered down club soda and carbon dioxide. Where is the flavor in this beer where did it go on the palate from what I smelled before? There is an extremely faint note of whipped chocolate on the end but it's nearly impossibly to detected because of all the fizz. This is also very wet in body. Malt where art thou?

Don't want another one.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; black, no chance of seeining through it. Thick and creamy beige head with outstanding, sticky lacing, that nearly covers the side of the glass. Head retains from start to finish.

smell; bitter dark chocolate and lactic coffee aromas. Some roasted sweetness. Very well balanced but overall kind of weak.

taste; fresh sweet cream, very lactic but the sweetness is not cloying because a dark chocolate bitterness bites and fizzles to a roasted malt and burnt finish. A chocolate aftertaste lingers with some hops and alcohol.

mouthfeel; surprisingly light and predictably creamy. Very smooth and slick in the finish. Little carbonation.

drinkability; This beer goes down so smooth and refreshing. It's rich without being over the top, can't be any better IMO.

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

Notes from 12/12/2010:

500 mL bottle at 42* into a dimpled mug.

A: This pours a completely opaque pitch black color with a billowing, two-finger, light khaki head with great retention and decent lace.

S: The nose is of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, and caramel.

T: The taste is also that of dark and milk chocolates (surprising, I know), with some creamy dessert undertones.

M: The body is medium-thick and quite creamy.

D: This makes for quite a wonderful dessert.

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

On tap in a pint glass. Dark black body with a nice sticky dark tan head. Good lacing and rentention.

Light aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

Pretty tasty blend of chocolate and malt. No doubt, the most chocolately brew I've ever had and pretty darn tasty. Good for dessert.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up earlier this year in Ontario at the LCBO. Best before March 4, 2011.

Pours a matte black with two fingers of thick, chocolate hued head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Scent is a sweet mocha flavor.The chocolate nature of this is pretty apparent.

Not as chocolaty as I would have expected, though chocolate is there. Very sweet up front. Slight coffee taste at the back. Somewhat creamy aftertaste.

Honestly, this reminds me of a cross between Dieu du Ceil's Aphrodasiaque and the Peche Mortel. Certainly not a bad thing. Good as a desert, not so much for general drinking.

Photo of Axismundi
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint of this one over @ Blokes and Birds in Chicago.

Appearance - The place was a little dark where I was at, but when I held the glass up to a candle, there was no light coming through. Solid dark brown maybe even black. Slightly less than half a finger of dense creamy head on top, leaving spotting lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Pretty straight forward

Taste- Mostly dark chocolate up front & slight caramelized malt flavor. Not as sweet as I expected, since the beer and logo for the beer reminds me of something from Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory. A faint flavor of alcohol is present (as suggested by the smell) as well, but isn't a bad thing (it is beer after all). The whole flavor experience in the mouth is a surprisingly short, clean one. None of that lingering roasted flavor that is sometimes present in some stouts.

Mouth feel - Extremely smooth and creamy. This stout certainly shines in this department. The low level of carbonation and creaminess of the beer make it feel somewhat viscous in the mouth. Lovely.

Drink-ability - Pretty agreeable beer to drink. Pretty filling as well, could only drink one pint of this, or less. The alcohol flavor in there, too, may have reduced the drink ability for me, personally. Not exactly refreshing either.

Overall - I'd give it a B+ or A- because it's pleasant to have tried this, but stouts are not my most favorite style of beer, but it seems to be of high quality and thoughtfully made.

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

Poured into a guinness glass, an amazing dark almost not even see through color. The head was an milk chocolate color. Smelled like chocolate milk, with a little bit of roasted malts. The head tastes exactly like chocolate milk, and then the fullness of this beer comes out and is amazing. Has a nice coffee after taste
This is a wonderful stout that drinks a little like you would expect milk too. probably the most impressive part of this beer is its lacing. you can see lacing throughout the entire drink of this beer. I would love to try this beer on tap

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

I bought a couple of Imperial Pints of Young's Double Chocolate Stout in a grocery store. Poured into an American pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is nearly opaque. The head is a creamy light brown color, resembling a chocolate shake.

Smell is a semi-sweet chocolate aroma, with an earthy note. Peat perhaps or some sort of grain.

Taste is decidedly chocolaty, with a hint of coffee bitterness. The chocolate flavor is more milk chocolate than dark.

Mouthfeel is very good. Full bodied and smooth but not cloying.

Very drinkable and very sessionable brew. It's particularly good in the winter season. Reminds me of a now retired beer called Snow Plow from Widmer. I miss Snow Plow.

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

I had this beer at the yardhouse. the guy didn't pour it very well but it still has a minimal creamy tan head which tasted great. The beer was dark brown smelled vaguely like chocolate and a little more malty. The beer tasted very good...like bittersweet chocolate with a nice lingering chocolate finish. Nothing too heavy or too sweet and not too much carbonation. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro-tap at the local pub. The tan nitro-cascade effect head was two fingers thick and stayed. The aroma is malty with hints of chocolate initially but with time and as the beer warms up, chocolate takes over completely. So is the case with taste, initially when the beer is cold, the taste is predominantly malty, with hints of chocolate and a dry finish, but as it warms up, the chocolate takes over. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, a delicious brew. Drinkability is very good. This is one stout I can have anytime, anyplace. Highly recommended.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black w great lasting thick voluminous tan head.
S: cocoa / milk chocolate, dark roasted malts.
T: lightly Sweet chocolatey malt. Dry finish. Balance from the roast.
M: smooth and supple. Light bodied. Creamy and round.
D: clean dry chocolatey finish and low abv begs another sip.

Photo of philmorepunk87
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a nice tan head

S - like chocolate!

T- bittersweet chocolate flavor that is not too heavy that leaves great aftertaste

M- thin isnt overly obtrusive and works out good for the style

D- pretty great I could drink several in one sitting

Photo of MikeyMisfit
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this before and it was pretty good, so when I saw it in the store tonight, I thought, "Hey, what better beer than Young's Double Chocolate Stout on a cold night like tonight?"

A: Just like every other stout, it is very dark black with hints of redwood around the edges where the light tries to come through.

S: I get a scent of roasted malt, not astringent or burnt but a mellow roasty maltiness.

T: Hits you with chocolate right up front. Its very pleasant and followed by the malty sweetness which is then evened up by the hops. Nice and well balanced.

M: This beer is a little heavy on the palate. It coats the mouth with a nice richness and the carbonation prepares you for another swig.

D: Its a stout true to form so after half my bottle, I'm getting full. If it were a lighter style, I would be downing them like no one's business, but then it wouldn't be a stout.

Photo of goalie33
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Opaque black in color with a one finger tan head. Very fine carbonation coming up from the bottom. Leaves nice lacing in the glass.
S: Chocolate!
T: Nice roasted malt taste with a very strong chocolate presence.
M: Soft and creamy, but not heavy on the mouth. Almost no carbonation can be felt in the mouth.

Photo of Swill5786
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic nitro driven cascade action on the pour. One finger of off-white head. Deep brown. Nose of barley malt, chocolate, and black licorice. Malt flavor balances well with chocolate and only a slight tinge of anise. Very sweet stout. Medium body. Highly quaffable.

Photo of jmerloni
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark like all stouts but what stands out about this pour is how ridiculously SILKY this beer looks. Very unique pour. I like it.

S - Milk chocolate, caramel malts.

T - Chocolatey but not real quality tasting. Tastes like Hersheys chocolate more so than some elite Belgian or Swiss chocolate. Milky. Tastes like chocolate milk if it were ever made into a beer. A glorified Guinness here.

M - So silky and smooth. Really something how this one goes down.

D - Good drinkability. I can imagine throwing these back around a poker table with my friends in winter. Nice. Overpriced a bit though. Might be because it's imported, but $9.00+ for a 4-pack of these is way too much for this beer.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,206 ratings.