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

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5,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,132
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 159
Gots: 521 | FT: 2
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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 ktrillionaire
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - It pours similar to a Guinness Draught, with the most insane puffy foam lacing.

S - Very little going on here. Slight roast.

T - The feel is a taste feature; creamy like a ice cream float. It has a generally mild flavor with a little roasted barley and chocolate. There is also a little cherry coffee syrup flavor that creeps up, very unwelcome.

M - Very creamy.

D - Not my favorite. It has quite a few good aspects, unfortunately taste is not one of them.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with a tan-colored head. It's very difficult to see through this beer when holding it up to a light but there appears to be a moderate level of carbonation based on the amount of bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a gentle aroma of chocolate with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is both creamy and somewhat sweet and filled with flavors of milk chocolate. There are also some hints of roasted malts. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate; the finish feels somewhat dry.
D: It's very easy to drink and goes down very smoothly; this is definitely a sessionable beer.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a good chocolate stout. It isn't my favorite but it is a good one. It pours very dark, with a light head that laces the glass. Smells of chocolate, obviously. Taste is bitter, like dark chocolate, but I like it. I don't like this beer as much as Founders Breakfast or Bent River's Uncommon, but this is a very decent beer.

Photo of AboutBeverages
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark black/brown in color with a foamy head that lingers nicely. Nice notes of roasted malt with dark and milk chocolate on the nose. Surprisingly thin body, but the malt and chocolate are still in perfect balance and the chocolate finishes well at the end.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got my hands on a pint of this at Ginger Man in South Norwalk where it was recently put on tap.

Overall I found this beer good, but not great - not quite up to the reputation that I expected from the reviews here. Appearance was what you would expect - deep dark chocolate, but there was a too much foamy head, that disappeared, but didn't balance well. Nose was primarily coffee, with a hint of chocolate.

Generally this brew shows the chocolate taste, but it reminds me more of a coffee stout. Didn't really get the sweetness you'd expect with the style - instead it was exceptionally dry, and not particularly flavorful. Body was thick and meaty, but dry, and that made this one a tough one to enjoy much of.

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

App: Looks like a stout.

Sm: Smells like a stout - and a great cup of hot chocolate. I offered my sample to the guys that were with me. They fought over it.

Ta: You smell the cocoa, the taste doesn't carry quite the same punch, but it's still very good.

MF: Like a stout - soft, rounded edges.

Da: This was my 3rd beverage after a Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale and a Founders Double Trouble DIPA. It fit perfectly at the end of that little session, and would be great with a stogie and a campfire.

Photo of gdud14
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout. Able to drink at all times of the year, but better in the winter months. A good summer tip is try serving this stout with a couple of scoops of good vanilla or chocolate ice cream. makes an excellent Stout Float. Friends have thought this crazy, until they tried it.

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

The still, deserted night of an Appalachian night that bleeds warm, wet Carolina clay at the edges of the glass. The head is considerable, but not as creamy as you would think. It sticks around for a bit. The smell is of cocoa, pure and simple. At times, the scent of dark cherry or plumb pokes in for a visit, but it's most likely the imagination. It hits the mouth with a cheery lightness and burst of milk chocolate that dissolves into bubbly roasted-malt bitterness. The finish is of dry, dark chocolate.

For me, drinking beer is about an experience. This is what most art is about. There is no more delightful experience than a glass of Young's Double Chocolate. Sitting quietly and sipping it brings peaceful and wise thought patterns to the surface. Its pleasant texture is soothing in an almost spiritual way. It is a robust, sensual and soulfully satisfying experience.

Consumed from a tulipesque Aventinus man-glass.

Photo of fullsweep
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: black beer with rich, foamy head on top of a dark beige. Very rich and creamy! Head remains to the bottom of the glass, lots of lacing too.

S: chocolatey, cocoa, malty

T: excellent! Although excited about this, I was unsure of the chocolate + beer combination, but all my fears were assuaged! This is an amazingly satisfying beer. More sweet than bitter, including just a hint of cherry, but a subtle bitterness in the finish.

M: very smooth, moderate to heavy body.

D: amazing beer!

Photo of feelmefoam
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate color that doesn't allow any light to shine through. Because it was in a nitro-can, the tan head is about an inch high with beautiful cascades of foam running up and down the inside of the glass. Decent lacing, this is really nice to just sit back and watch for a minute.

The smell isn't as great as I had hoped; right off the bat I get whiffs of chocolate milk and some slight roasted malts, but it's not nearly as strong as I'd like it to be.

The flavor, while good, needs to be a bit more assertive as well. A sweet, chocolate milk base with roasted malt and some chocolate covered coffee beans for a bittersweet taste. Still, I didn't feel as if it was as flavorful as it could've been. I've definitely had better chocolate stouts.

The mouthfeel is the worst part, for me. I like the look that comes from the nitro-can, but I really can't deal with the oily slick feel that comes from a beer with almost no carbonation in it. Maybe if it was a bit thicker and more flavorful, but it's not.

The drinkability takes a bit of a hit from the mouthfeel and slightly weak flavors, but it could definitely be good if it picked it up in those two areas. I think I'm going to have to give Young's another shot, but in the bottle next time. It's a looker as a nitro, but I don't care much for the mouthfeel. The beer has potential, though, so I won't give up.

Photo of jhp40219
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz. can poured into regular pint glass.

A - Beautiful, just beautiful! A very dark brown, almost black color. Regardless of how you pour, you will get a thick, creamy, tan, two finger head. Then you get the fun of watching the rolling waves of the head roll back and dissolve into the beer. Comparable to irish stouts such as Guinness and Murphy's.

S - Makes your mouth water! Bitter sweet and milk chocolate mixed with a slightly more subtle roasted coffee.

T - Like sweet, sweet chocolate! The milk chocolate taste is instant, followed by the taste of the roasted coffee beans, malted barley, and a hint of oats.

M - Not as thick as you would expect, but definitely not thin by any means. Very little carbonation.

D - This is the perfect dessert beer, that's about all I can say. A perfect finish to a nice dinner. Delicious!

Photo of Musition12
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Purchased from my local Whole Foods.

A: Very dark brown with a respectable 2-finger tan head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma consists of both bitter and milk chocolate with some coffee beans. Alcohol noticeable.

T: Milk chocolate is the stand-out flavor at the outset, but as the beer reaches room temperature, the chocolate gradually becomes quite bitter. Roasted coffee and vanilla extract support this chocolate-centric brew and there's also some piquant alcohol present at the back of the tongue.

M: This is where the beer left me pretty disappointed. The body is unfortunately very thin, so while the dark, rich tastes are indeed pleasant, the mouthfeel doesn't give them any chance to cohere and leave a lasting impression on the palate. Also, the alcohol is too warming, heating up my throat long after I finished. In the end, not too enjoyable.

D: Goes down easy, but mainly due to the watery body. I would rather reach for a SN Stout or Rogue Chocolate Stout as a sessionable stout before this one. I'm just yearning for a little more "oomph".

For how light it is in alcohol, Young's Double Chocolate Stout had the potential to be a new stand-by stout. But the lackluster mouthfeel makes for a fragmented, unfocused brew.

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

Poured from a nitro can, 16 ounce I think, with the ping pong inside into an imperial pint glass. No noticeable date on the can.

Beer is black and pours thick. A head quickly forms at the end of microscopic bubbles that cascade down the sides of the glass and the lacing in out of this world, it completely coats the glass. I can't tell what the aeration of the beer is, its too dark the bubbles are too small, but the head retention is great, there until the end.

Aroma is overall weak, but I can smell mostly chocolate. Its more chocolaty than I remember, smells good.

Beer is smooth and medium to full bodied. The flavor is primarily sweet with tons of chocolate. Its not as bitter as you'd expect a chocolate beer to be. It finishes cleanly and drinkability is high. I expect some roast from my stouts or some bitter from the grains or in this case the chocolate. I know this is a sweet stout and they achieved the sweet for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to everyone.

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

This is one of my first stouts I tried a while ago. Its time for a revisit.

A- You cant beat the look of a nitro'd stout. Crack the can and you get a crazy, sci-fi sounding hiss and a gurgle. Pours out looking like chocolate milk. Super cool cascading effect at the nitrogen pushes air out of the way. The head settles into a super super dense cream that sits about two fingers high. It leaves not what you would call lacing, its more of a thick coating on the inside of my big ol' Guinness pint. The beer is black but its actually quite clear. Plenty of red highlights showing through.

S- Yeah I think that intense cream of a head blocks some of the aroma, but I cant prove it. You still get lots of chocolate syrup on the nose, and I mean LOTS. Also some vanilla, malted milk chocolate, and light roasted malts.

T- Chocolate-y for sure. Its not the most intense chocolate flavored beer Ive had (Choklat might hold that title), but it is a great beer. Dry powdery cocoa and chocolate syrup. There is also a milk sugar sweetness mixed with a light roasted flavor. This beer is as close to a milkshake as you can get.

M- The beer itself is actually quite thin. The nitro makes it feel very creamy though. It leaves no prickliness or biting carbonation at all. This beer is semi dry and finishes very very clean. Probably the cleanest stouts Ive ever had.

D- SO SO SOOO drinkable. Its not like a beer. Lighter body so its not heavy on the gut, nitrogenated so its not all bubbly and filling, low ABV so it doesnt make you drunk, sweet but not too sweet and finishes clean so you end up drinking faster than you meant to.

This is such a great, classic, session stout. This will totally be kept in my kitchen.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color, almost black. About two inches of tan head and a little bit of carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. A nice mix.

t - Tastes mostly of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I thought there was a little bit of sweet and bitter chocolate in it, which was a nice mix.

m- High carbonation and a surprisingly light body considering it is a chocolate stout.

d - A very enjoyable stout. Light body, cheap, and easy to drink with a low ABV, this is a great buy, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of runner72
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - small, brownish head, adhears to the glass, dark brown color with slight reddish hue.

S - Chocolate and malt, very nice combination and definitely very appetizing

T - chocolate hits the palate first. malty smoothnes. taste lingers for a while

M - smooth,malty feel. you can feel the sizzle from the carbonation

D- very drinkable. it isn't too heavy and has a very nice taste.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Nitro-infused beers are so fun to watch. Cascading layers of carbonation create a tumultuous-looking body at first, but after thirty seconds or so a 3/4 inch layer of dense tan foam sits atop a calm brown-black body. Beautiful. Only a sliver of light shines through the bottom edge of the body; otherwise, it's opaque. Head retention is fantastic, and the lacing is thick and notch-like.

Smell: Chocolate malt and cocoa come out first. As it warms, red currants and caramel emerge. Lots of bread-like aromas in there too. Not overpowering or surprising, but solid.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts upfront, caramel in the back. Very mild, flowery hops come in to clean up the finish. The chocolate flavors aren't as powerful as one might think, but they are predominant. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy - loaded with soft, nitrogen bubbles. The head is really foamy and nice. The body could be a bit heavier though. Pretty clean. Easy.

Drinkability: Young's Double Chocolate is very drinkable, especially from the nitro-can. We buy this regularly for use in stout floats, but it's good enough on it's own. This stout won't leave you feeling heavy, buzzed, or bloated.

Photo of levifunk
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark liquid with a fluffy head that goes down fast.

S - obviously chocolaty with hints of malt.

T - super chocolaty but not overpowering. stout comes through after a few sips. slight bitterness on the end.

M - It was actually pretty watery. I was expecting something more syrupy.

D - For being called double chocolate its not that strong of a chocolate flavor. Its a nice low ABV stout.

Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like dark cola with a huge, thick cloudy brown head.

Smell was very subdued, notes of hops and only a hint of chocolate.

Has a very mild taste. A slight touch of burnt coffee and again, only subtle hints of chocolate.

Very smooth in the mouth. It's not too sweet and it's barely bitter at all.

Very easy to drink. Goes down easy with only moderate alcohol.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this before and I wanted to try it again after my friend had a can on my birthday!
Picked it up at carnivores for 2.50. Damn good price for big can!

A - Damn even with an aggressive pour no head! Looks thin yet pitch black.
S - I can smell the chocolate and coffee malts clearly.
T - When I first had this it had a sort of a "malt liquor" taste to it. Maybe it was an old can. This time I can pick up strong coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Yum!
M - Light and full of carbonation
D - I may have this a lot now. Now that I love chocolate stouts this one is right in the middle. It's cheap and has flavor yet not too much alcohol so you can drink plenty! Proust!

Photo of hardy008
2.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown / black, lets no light pass through. Pours a foamy, tan, 2 finger head which recedes fairly quickly. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Not great or impressive, not the worst either.

Taste is not what I expected. Chocolate and coffee are present, but the chocolate is bitter. There is also more coffee, and less chocolate, than I would have expected in a beer which has "Double Chocolate" in it's name.

Thinner than I expected, not creamy at all, not very smooth either. The carbonation also seems off. Not very enjoyable.

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

Look: Black color, uber dense tan head with outstanding retention & lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Milk chocolate, roasted malt. Finish: Dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium body with light carbonation

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, but the sweetness prevent me from wanting more than 2

Overall Impression: If you love chocolate the way I do, than this is the beer for you. If you get it in the Nitro Can, it is even smoother, creamier & more decadent - Uber Good!

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Ship Inn in Milford. Poured into a pint glass ( an actual pint glass 20 oz pour ) Look was opague black with a beautiful creamy colored looking heading that left lacing all over the glass.

Smell was mainly heavy roasted malts and chocolate a slight sweetness as well.

Taste is simply awesome. As stated above roasted malts and chocolate. A beautiful creaminess kicks in that really bring's out the milky chocolate taste in this beer.

Mouth is probably the smoothest stout I have ever tasted. So silky so smooth and so full bodied. Great fluffiness of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer I would really like to talk to someone who doesn't like stouts and doesn't love this bad boy. Such amazing texture and taste it's crazy.

Photo of mkaplanes
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a big fan of the heavier stouts. But I really like this one. The chocolate flavor really comes through the minute it touches your lips. The beer is extremely drinkable. It's got a tad too much carbonated taste, but the chocolate favor and the smoothness of the beer overcome that. I definitely would recommend letting the beer breath a little bit in the glass before drinking it.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color with a decent sized head that is a dark tan, creamy and foamy. Very good retention with good lacing left.

S - Roasted dark and milk chocolate. Rich, creamy and a mix of sweet and chocolate bitterness.

T - A lot of bittersweet and milk chocolate flavors. The beginning is sweet, and then it gives way to a more bitter chocolate. There is also very minimal hop taste giving a miniscule earthy hop bitterness. Hints of espresso and licorice also are present.

M - On the lighter side of medium body. Decent carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, but just a touch watery.

D - Good drinkability. Smooth and creamy and a lot of chocolate flavors but not overly sweet or bitter. Drinkability probably relies a good amount of how much you like chocolate.

Notes: Very nice beer that combines the bitterness and sweetness of chocolate well. A little too thin and watery, but it has enough creaminess and flavor to compensate for that. Very nice beer, especially if you like chocolate.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,132 ratings.