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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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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,587
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 121
Gots: 272 | 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 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
Photo of DIM


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This one is black and was served to me with a small white head.

s: Mild roaty chocolate aromas.

t: Chocolate upfront with a bit of bitterness at the end.

m: Surprisingly thin and watery. I expected big luscious creamy carbonation.

d: Pretty tasty certainly, but we make plenty better in the U.S.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 15:30:13 | More by DIM
Photo of windigo32


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black that doesn't let any light through. Creates a creamy tan head that stays on the top in decent proportion.

S: Smells like a mix of chocolate and coffee.

T: Taste is very similar to smell with dark coffee and chocolate tones.

M: The head is very smooth and velvety. The beer itself almost lacks carbonation, and doesn't feel quite as thick as you'd expect from the look of the beer.

D: When I'm not in the mood to try something new, this is one of my standbys. It goes down very smooth and easily.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-10-2008 05:09:46 | More by windigo32
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Young's Double Chocolate Stout, out of the can, is a very good beer but not a great beer.

It pours opaque black with a thick creamy tan head.

The smell reminds me of chocolate milk made from sweet Bosco-like chocolate syrup.

Chocolate and roasted malt flavors dominate making this stout less sweet than the smell would indicate.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style and the low carbonation contributes to a slightly watery feel.

In the end, Young's DCS finishes moderately dry and the overall experience is pleasant. Next time I'll grab a bottle rather than a can.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-09-2008 05:41:52 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of Rayek


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fun stuff. The chocolate gives this stout a unique personality.

A: Dark walnut color. Dense cream color head. Left a heavy lace down the glass.

S: Cocoa and vanilla up front. Reminded me a lot of a cup of hot chocolate.

T: Light coffee taste with a lot of chocolate. A little burnt bitterness plus earthy oatmeal comes through. Very well balanced. The flavor starts out a little weak, but builds the longer you let is swirl in your mouth.

M: Thick, creamy, yet a little watery too.

D: Again, fun stuff. This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself drinking several of these in a night. The body is light enough that it doesn't weigh you down.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-08-2008 20:08:15 | More by Rayek
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a an off cherry tan head.

S: Light aroma, chocolate notes on nose.

T: For flavor there is a light raisiny chocolate presence. The chocolate tastes like a hersey's candy bar chocolate. Very sweet chocolate notes but is very light in flavor and body with some cocoa notes. Not as robust as I thought it would be considering its labeled a double chocolate stout. A nice light body stout with decent flavor just not as robust as I hoped or expected from a british brewer where chocolate and coffee are dominate in culture.

M: Palate is smooth creamy and light like chocolate milk with some sweet cocoa hints similar to nestle quick powder mix.

D: very good drinkability and enjoyable. one of the better by style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:38:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of hoegaardenhero


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

a: gorgeous deep almost blue-black w/ just enough tan head to cover the top of the glass

s: smells super strongly of dark chocolate w/hints of coffee

t: real semi-sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor but there are hint of coffee and sweeter toffee flavors

m: very creamy and thick but maybe a little over-carbonated for the style

d:one of the best chocolate beers i've ever had if not the best; a prefect desert beer

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 05:09:31 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of kwiik


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Chocolate stout. It was a 500 mL bottle served in a plastic cup.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown almost black with an average lasting darkish head.

Smell: Dark chocolate all over.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee. Slight bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good. Excellent with a chocolate dessert after dinner. With an ABV of only 5.2%, you can have more than one in a session. I much prefer this to other stouts I've tried (Guinness and Murphy's).

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 13:26:41 | More by kwiik
Photo of saztheorybook


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big surprise to find this in my rural Japanese haunt.
"Only 24 bottles," the sign said. How could I refuse?

I'm not a stout drinker for the most part, but boy, was I ever floored by this! The beer was nearly pitch black and the head was a color like chocolate ice cream. The head didn't leave much for lace, but it was the first thing I drank and the last thing, too. The first smell was overwhelmingly of chocolate syrup with only a little bit of roast to off-set it. The taste was much the same--it seemed identical in flavor and mouthfeel to chocolate milk. There was no hint of the alcohol (until I stood up) and the carbonation was nil, which really worked in its favor. I was floored, but and for /1000, I was not disappointed. I would definitely split a six pack of it with my girlfriend on any quiet night in.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 17:53:51 | More by saztheorybook
Photo of JDV


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

Pours a rich dark brownish black, with a light brown thick, medium lasting head. Smell is of Rich semi sweet chocolate. Taste is very smooth, creamy, with some light roastiness, and of course some rich bittersweet dark chocolate flavors. Not overly thick, but still very full bodied, and just what I'd want in a stout. Finish is of bittersweet chocolate. Overall, a great beer that is well balanced for my taste. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 18:40:59 | More by JDV
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

mmm... chocolate... (homer simpson drool noise...)

dark like cola, great nitro head. seriously, does a nitro ever LOOK bad? ;-)

sweet chocolate toffee aroma with vanilla undertones. gentle and dessert-like. hint of spice that is almost cinnamon-like.

taste is similarly gentle and smooth. roasted malts complement the chocolate and vanilla. bitterness is subdued, making this a great dessert beer all its own.

feel is ever so slightly watery, but easily made up with the nitro smoothness.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-31-2008 15:09:55 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of rye726


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is lack with some faint browns around the edges. Perfect frothy, creamy, tan, 1" head. Excellent retention.

This double choco stout smells like chocolate, and lots of it. Some roasted malts and fuggle hops, but it is mostly a bouguet of truffles.

The flavor has slightly more complexity. There is a significant malt composition centered around burnt black and chocolate. Traces of molasses and caramel.

This is possibly the smoothest and most easy drinking beer I have ever encountered. Young's uses relatively quality chocolate, which I beleive is crucial in this style. There are absolutely no off flavors. Perfect with salty pub cuisine or as a cure for kottonmouth.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-31-2008 05:09:49 | More by rye726
Photo of DrainBamage


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black color with very little head, only a little lace that clings to one side of the head. Not much smell here, a little sweet malty aroma is about it and no sense of chocolate. Goes down smooth, lightly carbonated, and minimally bitterness. The taste is unbelievable though. It's almost like chocolate utopia in a bottle. The hops and malts are perfectly balanced. There isn't a chocolate stout out there that beats the flavor in this one, IMO. Although, there is basically no head and smell, this is still by far my favorite chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 08:07:04 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of Mudpuppet


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured at the Ginger Man in NYC. Poured into a pint glass with a strong 3/4 inch tan thick head and a black thick body.

S- Some chocolate on the nose obviously. Very light nose other than that.

T- This is a good dry stout. I get some dark roasty malts with a mild chocolate flavor. The chocolate is not overly strong it just is a light to medium background note.

M- Thickish brew with a medium carbonation. The bubbles were very small because of the nitro tap.

D- I know that it is categorized a sweet stout but I think it is a dry stout with chocolate flavor. Good drinker for sure though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2008 00:37:05 | More by Mudpuppet
Photo of joeack

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from a nitro can. Formed about a one inch creamy head and as was brown black in color. Could smell a hint of chocolate. The taste was initially of a stout but then the chocolate really came through. This beer is very enjoyable and drinkable and i am looking forward to trying it again very soon.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-23-2008 03:06:17 | More by joeack
Photo of Brad007


4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I decided to rate this beer again but from a different serving type (nitro-can).

Color: Motor oil black with a luscious, creamy head of foam. Looks very palatable!

Aroma: Smooth and creamy with a strong chocolate presence in the nose. As it warms up, the chocolate aroma becomes even more potent.

Taste: Smooth and creamy upfront with a hint of coffee followed by creaminess and then chocolate towards the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, luscious and smooth. Goes down very smoothly as well.

Verdict: A beautiful example of the milk/sweet stout category. Tastes even better from a nitro-can than a bottle. It also beats out comparable stouts in nitro-cans that I have sampled.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-21-2008 00:43:50 | More by Brad007
Photo of BubbaSteve

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After only being recently able to get my hands on this beer, I decided to give it a try. Now, in all honesty, I was a bit worried. The idea of actually putting chocolate into a beer struck me as a bit "gimmicky" for lack of a better word. Now that I have tried it...I am going back for more!

First, while it is characterized here as a "Sweet/Milk Stout" I honestly didn't find it to be so. The sweetness simply does not jump out at me. The chocolate does and IMHO is the star of the show. In my reviews that I do for the store in which I work (part-time...it is a labor of love) I often refer to stouts as having "chocolate notes" so I shouldn't have been surprised at how well the chocolate works here. This is one great stout! Pours a rich dark caramel brown, beautiful creamy head (say what you will about widget beers...they do pour great thick heads)that stays with you through the whole quaff. The aroma was lighter than I expected but pleasant with malty and chocolate overtones. Where this brew shines is in flavor and mouth feel.

The chocolate comes through wonderfuly. Added to the roasty notes of the malt, it had a cappuccino-like taste without as much bitterness (though there is enough bitterness for good balance)the malt comes through nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk and excellent. I found it to be a bit less heavy than some other stouts and feel like I could drink a few at a sitting. All in all, a very superior stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-20-2008 16:24:19 | More by BubbaSteve
Photo of AMo


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

Young's Double Chocolate Stout pours a nice robust, dark, brownish black. The smell is pleasantly mild of chocolate and malts. There is very a evident smooth chocolate malt taste with a silky texture. This brew is complimented nicely by its taste/mouth combo making it an enjoyable drink well worth the affordable price.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 07:29:35 | More by AMo
Photo of Steaks


4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i am all about this guy. he was my first beer of the new year, cracked open about 12:10AM on new years. the last one i had was drunk straight out of the can, but it is also delicious in a pint class. pours black as hell, iwth a nice brown head. the smell is chocolately as hell and the taste is fairly strong with a good thickness. you can taste some coffee and malts, but the aftertaste is where's its at. it feel like you just drank ten thousand gallons of hot chocolate. it feels AWESOME. the carbonation is pretty good, but it is definitely better in the nitro-can as opposed to in a bottle, which is still delicious.
this is my favorite beer right now. i can't get enough of it.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-16-2008 23:16:24 | More by Steaks
Photo of GusESB

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had only ever seen this beer offered in bottles, so I could not pass up a chance to get a pint of this.
It had a strong odor of chocolate. It did not have a head to it.
It had a great smooth mouthfeel to it. Not heavy at all. The aftertaste was pleasant with hints of chocolate.
If you love chocolate, this is a beer worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 17:38:37 | More by GusESB
Photo of watchnerd


2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blech! I thought the word ’chocolate’ would be metaphorical, or just a slight hint of cocoa, much like ’coffee’ is often used to denote a subtle influence. But, no, this is actually chocolate beer. I usually like beers with fruit, funk, yeast, sourness, spices, or other unusual elements. And I like porters and stouts, with Old Rasputin being one of my regular faves. But this stuff? If you like the idea of chocolate milk mixed with beer, maybe you’ll like this. Me? I poured the rest down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 23:07:18 | More by watchnerd
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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