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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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4,557 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,557
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 121
Gots: 260 | 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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Photo of Aaron58


4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definately my new favorite beer.

A- Poured a dark chocolate brown color with a creamy thick head that was the color of chocolate milk.

S- Instantly smells of chocolate with some coffee undertones. Pretty strong chocolate scent.

T-Wow! With the creamy head, almost tastes like chocolate milk. I could put this on ice cream. Great chocolate flavor, toasty and malty.

M- A lot lighter than i expected, not a bad thing, just unexpected.

D- Due to the light mouthfeel, and exceptional taste, i feel like i could drink a few of these easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 19:24:48 | More by Aaron58
Photo of deapokid


4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Swirling to a head like soft-serve ice cream with the look of Hershey's chocolate and the aroma of a cafe mocha, this chocolate stout has never ceased to amaze me and is definitely one of the ten best stouts on the planet (bold but true).
Pouring out a white-head atop a mountain of rich black goodness, this exceptional experience coats the tongue with flavor and somehow manages to be refreshing and hearty at the same time. This was one of the first stouts I ever had (roughly seven or eight years back), but it still is one of the most complex, tasty and down right drinkable.
The highest recommendation!

Serving type: can

03-05-2008 00:53:39 | More by deapokid
Photo of becktone


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eye: This beer pours thick and black. Maybe some russet highlights in there, hard to tell, the light doesn't diffuse through this beer all that well. Head is a shade lighter than milk chocolate brown, is creamy, has excellent retention, some thicker lacing would be nice. I would prefer a head that is just a tad larger though, just a bit.

Nose: Nice aroma! Huge chocolate aroma, with roasted undertones. Dark fruity notes as well-the more I smell it the more it smells like raspberries, though I can't quite tell/be sure. Also hints of coffee in there. Some residual sweetness as well, not quite as potent in others I've had, especially with the vanilla cappuccino aroma. Still this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever been about to drink. Its that dark fruity, sweet aroma that just does it for me. Aroma reminds me a bit of some raspberry hot chocolate I had not too long ago. Damn fine aroma here.

Tongue: Huge chocolate flavors again, finishing with some roasted flavors that give some bitterness to the brew. Coffee tastes/coffee bean bitterness is in there as well. That raspberry hot chocolate character I mentioned earlier is there as well. Also some lactose character, sweetness that seems to come from milk. The finish is a quite astringent bitterness from black/roasted grains that just sits on the palate drying it out. Very nice, this is a damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I am quite surprised at the feel of this beer, it is much lighter and less smooth than I expected. I was expecting something very velvety, but this is not quite there, sure its smooth, but I think that higher levels of carbonation take away from it. All in all feel is a bit rough around the edges. As I also mentioned it is much lighter in body, it feels a bit weak, like it should be heavier than the medium-light that it is. Though I think it may need work in appearance and mouthfeel this is still a great beer, I recommend it to everyone. This is one of the big boys out there, you should try this before you die. I could sit around and drink this all day, though I feel that my appreciation for it would become much less if I did so. This is a brew that I'll not hesitate to buy again. However, I am wont to buy sixers over single bottles...at the price of about $3.50-4.00 it is getting towards pricey, I think I'd rather buy a sixer of Kalamazoo, in fact I know I would. On the other hand, when I'm in the mood for something with extreme chocolate flavor, this is where I'll turn. Very satisfying, very refreshing, if you love chocolate than this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 18:36:20 | More by becktone
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first try with a nitro can. Didn't really know what to expect. The widget was near the top of the can, it spurted for only a second and didn't seem to add much, maybe it was supposed to be closer to the bottom?

Anyway, I started an aggressive pour into a 20 oz nonick. I was shooting for an inch size head, but it only made it up to half an inch. Got the characteristic living downward bubbles, though, similar to a draught Guinness, but not as dramatic, not all the way down to the bottom.

A quarter inch of head persisted to the bottom of the glass along with generous lacing, excellent!

Aroma in the fresh pour was really roasty and inviting. I had high hopes. But the roastiness dissapated, and the aroma turned weird, sort of chocolately but with a note of artificial vanilla.

Flavor is dominated by chocolate, on top of the flavor of a sweet stout and the body of a dry stout. Nothing off or wrong with the flavor, in contrast to the disappointing aroma. No notable caramel, but there is a hint of toffee.

Mouthfeel is thin, not any body here, just like a dry stout.

Drinkability is pretty good. I've had this on draught, it was truly an exceptional beer from the tap. In fact, they should probably not do the money/market share grab and only offer this on tap instead of sullying the name with inferior canned and bottled product. (Same could be said for other notable import stouts!)

Serving type: nitro-can

03-01-2008 23:26:46 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever tried. It tastes just as the name implies.. like a stout made with double doses of chocolate. Dark chocolate at that, and it was delicious! The use of the chocolate lead me to believe that it was fresh actual chocolate added to the beer.

I wasn't impressed however with the nitro-can (I never know how to pour properly with those things) and the mouthfeel and level of carbonation suffered because of it. It was an excellent dessert drink however, and one that I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-01-2008 21:42:33 | More by alysmith4
Photo of atrus138


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark brown color with ruby highlights and a 1.5 finger head with a deep khaki color that leaves very little lacing.. Smell is fantastic! Very sweet. Smells like a fresh mug of hot chocolate, but better. I'm almost getting a sugar rush just whiffing the thing. Taste is a lot weaker than the smell and offers different perspectives. It's a lot more bitter than the smell, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Tastes a lot more like baking chocolate than hot chocolate. Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I was expecting from a stout. Carbonation was kept to a minimum. All in all, not a bad brew, but a far cry from what the look and smell indicated.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 02:47:58 | More by atrus138
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to picking up this classic.

A: Dark but doesn't appear overly thick. Huge 3-finger pitted brown head with pretty good retention but not much lacing once it fades to a thin film.

S: Sweet chocolate really dominates with a slight bit of dark malt.

T: Not nearly as chocolatey as it smells. Burnt roasteyness dominates the flavor with a touch of bitterness. Chocolate dominates the finish, not overly subtle or overly strong.

MF: Thin and carbonation is a bit harsh for a stout. Long lasting roasty chocolate aftertaste.

D: Flavor is solid but not nearly as smooth as I'd like from a stout. Easy drinking beer with modest alcohol. Not really a warming beer, and I think it could be drank pretty much any time of the year. I'm more a fan of imperial stouts, but I think if this had a bit less carbonation and a bit more body, it would be a really nice session/relaxing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 05:56:43 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of djeffbee


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good one any time of year....

A = Dark, thick and sexy with creamy head.

S = Dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts.

T = Super smooth and creamy. Roasty chocolate malts with appropriate bitterness.

M = Very, very smooth, creamy.

D = This is an easy one to pound a four-pack at a sitting. Great drinkability

Started a few rainy mornings during vacations with this one. Love this beer!

Serving type: can

02-28-2008 03:23:05 | More by djeffbee
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jet black, opaque with a one-finger head thats so thick it will leave a foam mustache.

Hints of chocolate and roasted coffee underneath a vacant blanket of air that seems to mute the smell of the beer.

Flavor seems to be on mute as well. A little bit of vanilla and some weak coffee notes struggle through.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery unless you can get a good bit of the stiff foamy head in each and every drink.

Nitro cans suck.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-28-2008 02:37:40 | More by BeerZack
Photo of baos


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz into pint glass.

A: Pours blackie black black with super lacing tan head that dissipates down to a nice thick film.

S: Very faint chocolate syrup with bit of hop and malitiness.

T: Very smooth sweet chocolate coffee on the start then comes a mild hopiness that finishes nice and dry.

M: Very nice for this type of beer.

D: This one is nearly perfect. I could go at least half the night on these. They get better as they warm in your glass. So you can take your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 23:47:51 | More by baos
Photo of splat215


4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
A - Dark mystery brown, with nice foamy head. What lies beneath that dense chocolaty base?

S - Cocoa, slight malts, chocolates ... hello beerfriend!

T - Milk chocolate, dry cocoa, mild sweetness..

M - Smooth and creamy, like a melted chocolate bar

D - Desert beer? Technically yes. Delicious? Absolutely so.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 05:36:31 | More by splat215
Photo of champ103


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black, no light is getting through this beer. A large foamy tan head forms and leaves some spiderweb looking lace down my pint glass.
S: A little disappointing. Lots of hops up front and a bit funky. A hint of chocolate as the aroma lingers. I was expecting the opposite.
T: Tons of decadent chocolate with some coffee and roasted malt. A wonderfully delicious beer.
M/D: A rich and creamy texture in the mouth. An extremely smooth and easy to drink beer.

Such a tasty, chocolaty treat. Basically a desert in a pint glass. To bad I only bought a single. Next time I will try the nitro-cans.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 21:17:19 | More by champ103
Photo of SargeC


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black with a beautifully think tan head. A few floaters move beneath the surface.

Smell: Chocolate dominates over the malt aroma.

Taste: Big chocolate flavor balanced out with roast malt. A touch of sweetness, but it is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Velvet smooth and creamy like a milkshake.

Drinkablity: Great balance, a pleasure to drink. I could pound these all day long.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-26-2008 02:36:27 | More by SargeC
Photo of b5d106


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured black with a big, creamy brown head.
S= Sweet chocolate and roasted malts with some subtle hops.
T= Chocolate and some coffee with a good hop balance. I expected a little more chocolate.
M= Very smooth and creamy. Nice texture.
D=For as thick as this beer is I feel like I could drink quite a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:32:01 | More by b5d106
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like you would expect for a stout out of a widget can. Jet black, rains up, creamy head. Nose is slightly alcoholic, but overall smells almost exactly like a murphys or beamish with a the tiniest bit of bitter chocolate waft. Taste is very creamy stout roasted malts with some dark chocolate flavors. On second taste I pick up more of the chocolate, but it seems sweeter. The mouthfeel is good a fake creaminess that you would expect from a widget can. Drinkability is good, but to be honest I would much rather have a murphys or beamish. Enjoyed this one with some good old wisconsin babybels.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-25-2008 03:03:16 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of botham


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours black with very distant ruby red highlights. a few fingers of thick brown head top this brew off. decent settling and moderate lacings.

aroma is mainly of hcocolate, with roasted malt and a bit of coffee as well. not much else for the nose.

taste is more of the same. though sweet, this brew is not overly so. the chocolate flavor is a split between milk chocolate and dark chocolate, albeit the roasted character that leans towards the dark side.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky smooth character and a creamy finish. aftertaste is of roasted chocolate. wonderful without overpowering.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and easy drinking stout, with a bias towards the chocolate lover. stout fans will find a unique example here, with a refined quality that produces a solid brew. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 05:20:54 | More by botham
Photo of trpng0bily

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost completely black with a huge tan-colored head, and leaves some light lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. As with every chocolate stout I have tried, the taste comes into its own as the beer approaches room temperature. It's sweet, though not overly so, mildly acidic, and has a charred-bitter aftertaste that goes quite nicely with the chocolate. While it has a low ABV, the alcohol is noticeable on the back end. Though certainly not light-bodied, it is not as thick as I like my stouts.

Though a solid brew, there are much better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 04:11:54 | More by trpng0bily
Photo of Proteus93


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A huge, three-finger, light brown head topping a near black pour. Colour is about that of molasses.

S: Sweet, milk-chocolate, toasted malts.

T: Toasted grains, a nice use of a chocolate malts, creamy & pleasant.

M: A little light, milky creaminess. Could afford to have a little more body, but it's quite smooth and very easy to drink back.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 01:22:04 | More by Proteus93
Photo of RickSawyer


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and no ruby edges in the light of this stout. Buck hide 2 finger head quickly forms and recedes to a circle lingering around the glass. Smell is sweet. Like chocolate brownies! With almonds! And chocolate syrup! Taste like... chocolate milk poured in chocolate cereal. Very faint hint of bitterness follows after the swallow, but this is all about the sweets. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and desert! This is a great beer, but I really can only have one in a sitting, at the end of a night. A great standbye in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 02:32:02 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of ajmoody76


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought this at the local beer store for valentines day along with some rouge CS- yummy. 16 oz. bottle to a tulip pint glass. pretty freaking dark. half finger brown head with what could be a redish hue. maybe not? looks great.

dark cholocate nose with a floral boquet. a little sweetness detected. not much though. no off odors.

dark chocolate taste. a slight sweet and fruity presence with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. balanced in my book.

full bodied beer. good carbonation. left some lace. i really like this beer. have not had it in quite some time. had it once at a bar i used to frequent back when i had time for that. could not do session. will drink again next year maybe. great stout. follows style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 02:40:26 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of skittlebrau


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is and always has been one of my top 10 beers, so I'll try to do it justice. One of the great things is that it's easy to get and usually in good condition because of the nitro-can or whatever.

A: Beautiful, black-brown with a thick brown head that doesn't rise too far. Head retention is lengthy.

S: Chocolate! Chocolate and malt. A lot more chocolate aroma from the tap version than the can, which is my usual serving.

T: Wow, lots of chocolate and roasty malt. It's not bitter, but the flavor is very deep and rich. Sweet.

M: This is a thick beer. Unlike a lot of the watery stuff I normally drink, this one feels very substantial.

D: High. This beer is very easy to enjoy and session. Only downside is that it's pretty heavy and will fill you up.

One more note, the bar I had this at last night was doing some kind of Valentine's special and mixed it with Raspberry lambic. I had one of those and I will not be repeating that. If you are a lover of sweet beers, you might give the concoction a try, but I just stuck with the stout straight for the rest of the night.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-14-2008 16:13:09 | More by skittlebrau
Photo of elmore


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt0.9oz bottle into a pint glass. I have had this on tap in the past. Towering, pillowy tan head with great retention. A good amount of lace. Color is dark black.

Dominant smell is of cocoa powder. Some sweet malts are detectable.

Flavors are not very intense, but improves with warming. Tastes of smooth milk chocolate. Moderate, bitter hops aftertaste. Tasty, but fairly one dimensional.

Somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. I remember this as being more carbonated and creamy from the tap.

These go down very easily and lends to being a sessionable beer.

An interesting drinkable beer. Probably a very good desert beer. I would like to try this with chocolate in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:43:05 | More by elmore
Photo of blatherbeard


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

This beer looked promising in the glass. Very dark black pour with a chocolate head that thinned out nicely. But as i went into smell it, all i smelled was beer. Dont get me wrong, the hoppy, malty beer smell is ok, but in a flavored beer, i need to smell the flavor along with the taste. Very nice mouthfeel, not watery, not too thick. Alas, the taste leaves something to be desired, for a chocolate beer. Still a great tasting beer, do not get me wrong, just not the chocolatey taste i was hoping for in a double chocolate stout. Now if it were a double stout chocolate, id get it. Too much of a bitter taste in the foreground for me, but the aftertaste does make up for it. There are other chocolates out there id buy first, but id take this one if it were there. And the price was much better than the 6 i paid for another chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:13:02 | More by blatherbeard
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems that this weekend has been the weekend to "Try beers that I have always wanted to, but just never got around to."

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. A glorious massive tan head emerges, no hills, no valleys, no peaks, just perfectly topped off my pint glass to perfection. The liquid is an oily inky black- sleek and watery, almost like a guiness. Smells of cocoa and malts. Tasted just like a heaping of dark black chocolate, mild roasted malts- clean and balanced. Slight carbonation, nothing overwhelming. This is one of the more easy beers to drink that I have ever had. I also feel as this beer could surely bridge someone into the world of craft beer. Awesome brew, will buy again.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-11-2008 00:14:01 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of erosier


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black from the bottle with a thick, creamy tan head that laces the glass very well. It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is excellent - a nice roasted malt base with a good sweet creamy chocolate taste at the end that is very pleasent. The mouthfeel is excellent - velvety and not alot of carbonation, just the right amount. The drinkability is pretty good but I wouldn't have more than a few of these because of the thickness that it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 21:09:15 | More by erosier
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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