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

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BA SCORE
90
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4,712 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,712
Reviews: 2,205
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 134
Gots: 311 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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oriolesfan4

Maryland

2.48/5  rDev -38.3%

My first try at a nitro-type container and it didn't go well. This beer looks great appearance wise, when you pour it's a tan color but then a dark color cascades down like a cloud and turns the beer all jet black.. pretty cool. I just couldn't get over how flat and watery the beer was. It was a fresh can, stored well and all, was I not pouring it right? Either way, it was so flat it made it almost drinkable.. nice lacing and all but its hard to taste the flavor when you have trouble swallowing it.

10-03-2008 23:06:40 | More by oriolesfan4
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dananabanana

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%

A: Thick black at the bottom, a lighter brown on top. The foam cascades beautifully at first. Later, it settles to a uniform very dark brown. The head is a creamy pale tan.

S: Fresh, roasted caramel scent.

T: Rich chocolate. Warm and toasty, hot cocoa. Slight coffee aftertaste. Very sweet.

M: Very creamy and smooth.

D: Refreshing, very drinkable.

Have this with dessert, or even instead of dessert. One of my very favorite beers, ever.

09-28-2008 20:33:14 | More by dananabanana
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a coal black with a one-finger, creamy white cap and lacing that clings.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malted barley and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Nose mirrors the taste with notes of powdered cocoa, chocolate, coffee and malted barley. A hint of Bailey's Irish Cream down the middle. Finishes slightly bitter.

M: Creamy and velvety smooth.

D: A restrained chocolate taste profile and luxurious mouthfeel make this chocolate milk stout highly drinkable.

09-27-2008 20:50:14 | More by CaptainIPA
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

This beer is smooth, creamy and fantastic! What a fabulous stout. Beer pours a jet black with a tan head that has great retention! Lacing throughout. Nose is of chocolate and roasted malts. THe flavor is a great blend with the chocolate flavoring not overpowering. The chocolate flavor does not hit until the end. A bit dry in the middle but evens out in the end. This is one that I hope to find again soon!

09-27-2008 03:56:43 | More by Jayli
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johnd513

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

This beer pours black with a nice tan head. Huge caramel malts and chocolate smell. The taste is creamy, chewy and smooth with a roast chocolate flavor. Drinkability is good, I could have a couple of these. A little pricey at 3.59 but I will definitely be trying this again.

09-24-2008 23:31:21 | More by johnd513
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Picked this up at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Mug.

APPEARANCE: Black with a very big tanned bubbly head. Bubbles explode at the top and the head retains quite well. Some lacing as well.

SMELL: Sweet smelling pure chocolate. Some malted barley but not much. Aroma is not overly strong, but smells good.

TASTE: The pure chocolate is there and in the right amount. Some roasted barley malt is there as well, but the chocolate and malt is more noticeable in the aftertaste, which seemed to be delayed longer than most. It's quite chocolaty and tastes very nice.

PALATE: Medium body, thinner than expected actually, but goes down smooth. A little sticky.

DRINK: The chocolate is there and it tastes exactly what you think it would taste like, but it's not overwhelming. Very drinkable. The second bottle was better than the first, but they were both good enough to make me go back and buy a few more. I would and will definately go for it again.

09-23-2008 16:11:08 | More by Jeffo
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deaconsmith

Virginia

5/5  rDev +24.4%

this beer is heaven. it is to this day one of my all time favs. a very rich slightly heavy stout. very frothy and thick head. and they balanced it to perfection with a hint of dark chocolate. i have drank this beer many times and will definatly drink many more. youngs oatmeal stout is excellent as well..

09-22-2008 12:22:49 | More by deaconsmith
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a great beer with plenty of character. I think this one suffers for me because the chocolate flavor is not derrived from the malt, but from actual dark chocolate that is added to the brew. I think many other breweries are able to gain a deep, rich, frothy, chocolatey character to their chocolate stouts without actually putting chocolate in the beer.

I poured mine into a duvel tulip glass. The head was around 1 inch then dissapated to nothing - not even lacing was found. I had this one out a bottle, but I have had the same out of a nitro can. I actually think the Nitro can does better, although I rarely think this.

The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, and honey. If I already did not know better I would say this beer is going to be sweet. I is surprisingly less sweet than many other chocolate stouts and almost every oatmeal stout.

The flavor is good. It is much less rich from a bottle. I think this beer can be served just a few degrees below room temperature; otherwise the flavors hide and you will not taste the complexity of this decent beer.

The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy when warm but thin and watery when cold. Again, serve this beer near room temperature for best results. The finish is smooth chocolatey and the best part of this worthy stout. At 5.2% this beer is highly drinkable.

09-22-2008 01:15:39 | More by PerzentRizen
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Good looking stout. Dark brown, dense no light getting through. Medium size tan head with spotty sheets of lacing. Head retention is about average. Head and smell together reminds me of a milkshake

Nice smell of semi sweet chocolate and malts. Tastes pretty good. The chocolate is pleasant without being overwhelming or too sweet. Probably has something to do with the balance between malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. A lot of stouts, including Guinness are a bit thin but between the smell and initial sip, I think I was looking for a milkshake here.

Drinkability is good. If this beer was thicker and had a more pronounced or sweet chocolate taste, I would probably mark it down for drinkability.

A good dessert beer or to accompany snacks. I would have liked a bit more richness though.

09-21-2008 17:58:44 | More by JayQue
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%

The color was dark brown with a decent sized mocha colored head.Settled to an above average lace.
The aroma of cocoa and some light coffee notes.
The taste is of chocolate,coffee hints and roasted malts.A bit of sweetness.
The feel was thin,light carbonation and a light body for the style. Mild bitterness in the finish ,but really smooth. I will say that it was quite creamy and that was good.

Notes: It was just not what I expected,so watery
and thin.
To each his own and this was not for me.

09-18-2008 01:36:58 | More by Lexluthor33
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

Nitropour at Jimmy's No. 43 into a nonic imperial.

A--Holy crap is this a beautiful beer to look at. Solid still black, looks like a painting of a beer, like the body is a solid more than a liquid, when you behold it. Head has no air in it to speak of, and is three solid fingers of tan creamy goodness. The cap was built like a Warwick shithouse, and went nowhere for the entire tasting. To say there was lacing is like saying there's foam on your car when you wash it.

S--Typical wet malt with caramel and some sour behind what is predominantly a pronounced candy corn aroma. Weird but true, and I'm not even saying this because the cold weather is coming on.

T--Like a cross between toffee bark and ice cream made from dark Belgian chocolate. Basically a toblerone on LSD. An unholy experience not soon forgotten. Other than that you get some bitter metallic on the finish, but just a hint.

M--Fantastic. A milkshake with nearly zero carbonation and as it warms it switches from heavy water to mother's milk.

D--Could take two at a time, as it's not sweet so much as richly good. Drink this with a plate of gravy and some steaming Yorkshire pudding.

09-16-2008 04:40:52 | More by TheycallmeTim
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wiseguy142

New York

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

Pours with a really impressive creamy, rich, thick old paper colored head. There are some initial downward shooting nitrogen bubbles but they quickly give way to a relatively inactive black mirth. As I drink it I basically get a thick, constant coating of lacingo along the glass. I think I would have enjoyed maybe a little more "brownness" out of the color to really give me that chocolate feeling. Aroma is sort of like chocolate covered blueberries- fruity and chocolately. Really really low carbonation. Sort of a weak, non-assertive stout flavor with some faint chocolate notes. A little bitterness in there as well which is about the only thing going on in there that really catches your interest. Otherwise fairly watery. Mouthfeel is of course extremely smooth, as is normal for the style. I don't think the nitro can is doing it justice in terms of carbonation though- I'd just like to see a little more going on there.

All in all this is obviously extremely well made, I just happen to find it slightly underwhelming. But if you're looking for a subtle, easy going beer this is where it's at.

09-14-2008 08:25:18 | More by wiseguy142
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%

MY 1st Milk / Sweet Stout. Here we go...

A- Poured very vigorously for a full, frothy 5-finger head that left some good lacing. opaque black with transparent garnet edges. Very nice

S- Got a lot of cap-metal smell but Ill try to ignore that. sweet roasted caramel malts and sweetened chocolate.

T- Taste was very good but I would prefer something a bit more "upfront". Some chocolate and alot of sweetness. Very palatable Im sure this would be good for even a non-beer drinker. After drinking for awhile i noticed some hops. Nice

M- Feeling was an excellent medium body with very silky carbonation

D- The whole pint went down exceptionally fast. I could go for another

09-14-2008 03:17:53 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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dnichols

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +4%

A: It was dark and creamy with a moderate tan head that retained well.

S: It was chalk full of dark and chocolate malts. It had an underlying milky aroma reminiscent of a chocolate latte or heated chocolate milk.

T: It had a sweet chocolate flavor with hints of dark bitter chocolate. The dark roasted malts were dominant. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was a thin to medium bodied brew with little carbonation and a wet bitter finish.

D: It is a nice medium bodied brew with pleasant flavors and a low ABV making it a decent candidate for a session brew. However, the sweetness might cause one to cut the session short in favor of a less milky sweet beer.

09-13-2008 22:00:55 | More by dnichols
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jazztoloc

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Very dark, thick. Looked at it up to an electric light lamp and the light doesn't go through. Can't wait to taste it.

S: The smell like Chocolate is stronger than anything else.

T: It's not to sweet and I'm impressed that I like the strong chocolate flavor in abeer.

M: Feels thick, smoth and creamy.

D: I would try this beer anytime, I am not sure what kind of food I would drink this with. The taste of chocolate makes it feel like you are having dessert so I wouldn't pair it with a dessert myself. I loved it.

09-12-2008 14:18:20 | More by jazztoloc
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cooncat

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Serving from a 16.9 oz. bottle, decanted into S.A. glass.

On the pour you get an opaque colored brew with a huge head. The head is tan in colour, but is not long lasting. Lacing is much more impressive.

The nose is light, but unmistakeably cocoa powder.

Taste is very chocolately, much like a cup of instant cocoa. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, for a milk/sweet stout. Drinkability is up there, as you could enjoy several of these in an evening, just relaxing and having some nice dark chocolate with it.

This is definitely worth picking up, and enjoying on a cold Winter evening, along with some dark chocolate.

Na Zdravje!

09-12-2008 01:11:05 | More by cooncat
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eweneek83

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance:
As with most stouts, it has what at first appears to be a jet black color. When looking at it up to a light, there are more shades of dark ruby and brown. The head is a dark tan color; head formation, retention, and lacing are all excellent.

Smell:
The dark chocolate scent is quite strong; it sharply pierces the nostrals. The roasted barley is also noticable, but the chocolate smell is most dominant. Maltiness also compliments these aromas nicely; it's not too strong, but adequate.

Taste:
Wow - a chocolate stout that actually tastes like chocolate! You can really tell that the flavor is actually *dark* chocolate and not a just *chocolate* knockoff. The bitterness is relatively tame for a stout, but the malt flavors compliment the dark chocolate tones nicely. The flavor is full and well-balanced - an excellent stout specimen.

Mouthfeel:
It's not quite as thick as a standard stout, but it's still pretty creamy and a bit chunky. It just sits really well on the tongue and teases the palate.

Drinkability:
Since it's not incredibly heavy, this beer goes down quite easily - even for a stout. The brew is easy to throw down at both cold and room temperatures. It's obviously more enjoyable at the warmer temps, but it's hard to be disappointed.

09-08-2008 07:55:43 | More by eweneek83
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JRed

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Opaque looks with creamy dark head makes this brew very appealing. Sweet chocolate aroma is welcoming after a filling dinner. A beautifully delicious dark chocolate flavor that is rich and a bit creamy. This is a wonderful Godiva swamp that feels amazing to dive into at the end of a day. The essence of mouth-watering dark chocolate is captured wonderfully. This is a fantastic dessert beer that is as rich as it is satisfying.

09-07-2008 23:43:04 | More by JRed
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vancurly

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a dense, deep, dark glass, heavy beige head and lacing.
Chocolate is the dominant note of course. Bottle states chocolate malt and chocolate essence. I cannot distinguish the two. Some roasted notes also.
Flavours much like the aromas. Not much bitterness, and medium body.
Sipped it like a port during a late movie. Not bad.

09-07-2008 02:12:18 | More by vancurly
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diabecktic

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance:
As with most stouts, it has what at first appears to be a jet black color. When looking at it up to a light, there are more shades of dark ruby and brown. The head is a dark tan color; head formation, retention, and lacing are all excellent.

Smell:
The dark chocolate scent is quite strong; it sharply pierces the nostrals. The roasted barley is also noticable, but the chocolate smell is most dominant. Maltiness also compliments these aromas nicely; it's not too strong, but adequate.

Taste:
Wow - a chocolate stout that actually tastes like chocolate! You can really tell that the flavor is actually *dark* chocolate and not a just *chocolate* knockoff. The bitterness is relatively tame for a stout, but the malt flavors compliment the dark chocolate tones nicely. The flavor is full and well-balanced - an excellent stout specimen.

Mouthfeel:
It's not quite as thick as a standard stout, but it's still pretty creamy and a bit chunky. It just sits really well on the tongue and teases the palate.

Drinkability:
Since it's not incredibly heavy, this beer goes down quite easily - even for a stout. The brew is easy to throw down at both cold and room temperatures. It's obviously more enjoyable at the warmer temps, but it's hard to be disappointed.

Summary:
It's hard to find something wrong with this beer. It's a little less heavy and thick than your standard stout, but the flavor, balance, and drinkability more than atone for any shortcomings. This is an excellent beer that really warrants your attention if you haven't tried it already - try it as soon as you can.

09-04-2008 04:36:18 | More by diabecktic
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MP72

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into a Bass Ale Tulip Pint glass this is one black brew with a nice tan head.

The smell of chocolate is pretty evident.

Taste is not as sweet as one would expect but the chocolate does make a bold appearance and more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side compared to what I expected but this does not take away from the taste at all.

Drikability is very high , I really enjoy this beer.

09-03-2008 18:31:22 | More by MP72
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2%

A- Pours an ultra creamy sticky head over a black body. The body has an amazing cascade effect due to the can widget. The head really stays put and doesn't recede much.

S- This has a serious chocolate, almost milk shake on the nose as well as a big vanilla cream, slight caramel and graham. (Think smores).

T- Notes of dark chocolate, cream, slight graham, and a mineral component dryness in the finish.

M- Due to the nitro, the beer comes off a bit thin in the taste department, but the trade is an ultra creamy mouthfeel. Zero carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed the taste of this better in the bottle, but the appearance really was better in the can. If I were to buy again, it'll be in the bottle. Regardless, this beer is pretty drinkable.

09-03-2008 02:59:20 | More by Greggy
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Pencible

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

This poured pitch black with tan head. It smelled surprisingly mild and earthy, like bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. It tasted like dry cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate and earthy malts, and a bit of pine hops. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had an oily and sweet aftertaste. Overall this was very much a dark ale with bitter chocolate flavoring, rather than a thick and rich stout. However, this dry character allowed for more subtlety, and made it very clean and drinkable. Not as delicious as I hoped, but very well constructed.

09-02-2008 18:58:57 | More by Pencible
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Black pour with a thick dark brown head. Slight cocoa smell. Milk chocolate is all over the taste. Still, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel could be creamier, but drinkability is still excellent. If I could get this on tap locally instead of Guiness, I'd be killing this stuff. Very enjoyable. Can't wait to try on tap.

08-27-2008 22:56:35 | More by Onibubba
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rjimlad

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Pitch black with a thick tan head that was quite persistent. Awesome aroma with a chocolate/Nutella thing happening. I immediately wanted a Ferrero Rocher. Flavour is a cocoa blast with enough bitterness to prevent cloying. A bit roasty and also some coffee/Mocha...goddammit it's a double-choc explosion with some cream on top. Trez Yum. I couldn't have many, though.

08-27-2008 10:14:34 | More by rjimlad
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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