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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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5,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,209
Reviews: 2,290
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 169
Gots: 583 | 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 mkaplanes
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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.

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

A: Very dark, after the pour I could see the darker colors cascading down the side of the glass, giving way to the full dark, coffee color. About a quarter inch of residual head after the pour.

S: Smells milky with cocoa and mild coffee tones. Very light sweet smells were apparent as well.

T: Fairly light tasting, but the chocolate and milky flavors were present. Somewhat light the style but pretty tasty overall.

M: Medium to low carbonation, with a fairly light taste for a stout.

D: Very drinkable, tastes great, definitely would have another.

Photo of AgentZero
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Brownish black, small off white head, that dissipated rather quickly. No sticking to the sides throughout the course of the drink.

S - Sweet, but not real deep chocolate. Hints of coffee, malts, milk.

T - Milky chocolate, quite sweet, but rather empty. Some porterish taste comes through, nothing special, there just isn't much going on here.

M - Way too thin and watery for the style. Quite milky, but not a good thing.

D - Not good enough to do more than this one can, not getting it again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the can a very dark brown with a pretty cream head that lasts for a short while. The smell brings forward roasted chocolate, but not too much else. THe taste is quite similar with a bit too much of an astringent bitterness, which I assume is from the chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat saving, being a nice creamy ale; however, drinkability is fairly low as a result of the almost tannic dryness and bitterness to this.

Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, and cream. The appearance is black with a nice nitro foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with the chocolate hitting you at the end. The palate is smooth but not as thick as I would like for the style. Overall a nice beer.

Photo of Grunewald
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours cloudy dark brown. The head is light brown and laces decently.

S - roasted coffee, molasses, dark fruits (prunes) and tootsie roll

T - roasted malt, coca powder and tootsie roll

M - medium-low carbonation, medium-thick body, powdery/granular consistency and a dry finish that leaves you thirsty

D - good as a desert beer in small amounts. The amount in the bottle is good to split between two people. You can feel the texture of the particles from whatever was added to enhance the flavor (chocolate).

Photo of Longhorn22
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown color and a small head. The beer isn't cloudy, but it is so dark that you can't see through it. The head is pretty small, and it dissipated quickly. The carbonation continues throughout and sticks to the edge of the glass nicely.

S - It has a sweet chocolate taste, with some roasted nutty scents to it as well. Not too strong, but you can definitely smell it.

T - This has a great flavor. It tastes like I would imagine hot chocolate beer would taste. It also has some caramel flavors.

M/D - This beer is amazingly smooth. The light carbonation bubbles nicely in your mouth. It is smooth, but yet it still has a thick body.

Bottom Line: Top notch brew. You should definitely try this one. It is sweet chocolate bliss.


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

Pours with an opaque, black body and a huge, rocky mocha-coloured head with lots of sticky lacing. Looks real nice.

So much chocolate in the smell. Tons of milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, English hops, some dustiness and minerals. Great but could be a little more present.

This is one of the most chocolaty stouts I've had. Big chocolate flavour, like 75% cocoa dark chocolate. Almost like a beer version of chocolate milk. Light espresso and roasted malt with a subtle cherry-like sweetness. Dry finish. No obvious alcohol. A little more watery-tasting than I'd like, though it still tastes great.

Light medium body and lightly carbonated. Not a bad feel.

Great chocolate stout. Very drinkable, though I'd say it's a little too heavy to session.

Photo of tdmillerjr
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: typical of a stout - very dark

S: very enticing - lots roasted cocoa and rich malty notes

T: absolutley amazing taste from front to back. aftertaste is not too strong but stays with you well after the last sip leaving you wanting more.

M: great feel, exceptionally light feel for a stout.

D: best beer i've had in a while. should have bought 2. more like a dessert than a typical beer.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a big fluffy off-white head and lots of foamy lacing.

S: This does not smell like beer! Chocolate milk and Hershey's syrup are virtually all I smell. It smells good, but like I said, not like beer.

T: Lots of coffee malts and bitter espresso in the front transition into a finish filled with sweet chocolate and coco powder. Not as much chocolate as the nose suggested, but still one of the choclatiest beers I've ever tasted, especially in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Virtually no carbonation; goes down like ice coffee or a glass of chocolate milk.

D: An easy drinking sweet stout. It's sort of a novelty with the huge chocolate presence, but it's a cool treat to have from time to time, especially paired with dessert.

Photo of Chadpaq
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scooped a bottle of this from my local Harris Teeter. They always come through with some sweet brews.

Starting things off: Appearance. Well, it looks appetizing enough, and true to its name. Looks to be the Chocolatey sort, perhaps twice as chocolatey as your typical chocolate item! Hence, the "double" in the name. Looks? Check, and I'm ready to consume.

But first, give it a couple whiffs. After all, smell is 20 percent of the equation! Smells like the darkest of chocolate bars. Perhaps a high-grade hot chocolate mix. Godiva ring any bells? Additional hints of coffee and licorice round it out, and is that a hint of fruit at the end???

Ah, the taste. The TASTE. Delicious. I love chocolate, and this beer certainly doesn't disappoint. Tastes like it smells: Chocolatey goodness.

But the mouthfeel. Lacking a bit in this department. Would have liked a bit more carbonation with the low alcohol content. If I'm not going to get a solid buzz, at least I'd like to feel the bubbs in my mouth!

Went down smooth though. This beer's a great ride.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights, a frothy thin white head on top, leaving behind a little lacing.

S: Smells chocolaty, but not overwhelming.

T: Has a slight chocolate flavor but roasted malts are more prevalent. This beer is not that complex, and does not have a strong enough chocolate taste to boast the name it claims.

M: Kind of thin, but fairly creamy and smooth.

D: It's easy to drink and tasty, but not really worth getting again, tough call.

Photo of niklas0770
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of this beer. Its dark brown, almost black and the 2 finger head fades to a ½finger lid wich seems to stay forever.

The smell is lots of chocolate, obviously... But there's also some dark fruits, possibly dried dark fruits. I also get hints of hazel nuts. It actually smells a bit like a Swedish Christmas.

The taste is also lots of chocolate, but a dryer tone than in the smell. The dark fruits is still there aswell, but all in all it's a lot thinner taste than I was expecting. The aftertaste is dry and coffee beans become dominant.

The mouthfeel is very enjoyable. It's oily and low carbonated with a smooth feeling to it.

Unfortunatly I didn't get much from this beer. I do understand other people love this beer, but i guess it wasn't for me...

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

On-tap in Bombardier Bar in Riga

Pours black with creamy brown head up to the top of the glass that lasts till the of the pint, creamy and dense lacing. Aroma is mild sweet with some hints of roasted, some milk chocolate.

Taste is sweetish first, reminds of creamy milk chocolate with burnt flavours, slowly drying, even chalky finish and long lasting aftertaste full of the most bitter chocolate. Creamy and smooth body with almost no carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer, perfectly enjoyable on every occasion.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours like chocolate milk out of the can. Rich and creamy. Towards the end of the pour it comes out black as night. It stays that way. Foamy head pillows ontop the entire time I'm drinking.

Smell: No roasted malts. No hops. This is all about the milk chocolate.
Taste: Ah, there's the malt. Subtle and inviting. Beautiful chocolate aftertaste. This is sweet chocolate milk.

Mouth/Drink: Silky smooth. Light bodied, insanely drinkable.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nearly pitch black with a mocha colored, one finger head. Not a very strong smell, but the cocoa is there. Tastes...actually kind of bland. I don't taste any sort of hops whatsoever. Its just muted chocolate. It feels really weird in my mouth. However, its ridiculously drinkable because it doesn't feel like you're drinking beer at all.

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

A- This one pours a fairly dark black, red tinges can be seen when held directly up to a light. The head is light tan in color, lacing is above average.

S- The smell is sweet, definitely picking up on some dairy. Milk chocolate mainly, not really picking up much bitterness or roastiness.

T- The flavors are mild but very enjoyable. Milk chocolate and some mild bitterness in the finish. Lots of chocolate and Cocoa carry through in the aftertaste.

M- This is probably the lightest body I've had in a stout, but it doesn't hurt it at all IMO. This is silky smooth.

D- This one just kept on getting better with the more I drank. I think this would be an excellent beer for anyone looking to try a darker beer, hell this would be a good choice for anybody looking to convert a BMC drinker.

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

500ml bottle 5.2%abv

Appearance: Wonderful, chocolate brown body topped by a good sized light-brown with head that has pretty good retention and leaves good lace.

Smell: Even as I pour I get a wonderful chocolate aroma coming from the beer. On closer inspection, fairly dark chocolate, vanilla pods, freshly roasted coffee beans and roasted malt. As the beer warmed the smells become more pronounced and creaminess is added.

Taste: Again dark, high cocoa % chocolate, roasted malts and roasted coffee beans that leave a lasting bitter note.

Mouthfeel: I find the beer a tad (and I do mean only a tad...) light, I prefer my stouts to be heavy rather than medium. The carbonation is moderate, smooth and very pleasant.

Drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable stout and one i would drink often if it weren't for the price - $US 5.00 a bottle...

Photo of divineaudio
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - opaque dark brown with a thick, light brown head that dissipates slowly. leaves behind huge swaths of lacing too!

s - sweet but mellow with obvious chocolate and vanilla aromas.

t - fantastic! rich, dark chocolatey malts up front, followed by roasted malts and hints of vanilla, finished off by subtle hop character. definitely on the sweet side, but not too sweet.

m - medium bodied and very smooth with just a little carbonation.

d - could drink this all day (and have a few times)! great on cold winter afternoons, though it's light enough to be had most any time of year, or as an after dinner treat. near the top of the style as far as i'm concerned. a must try for any stout lover.

Photo of association330
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. nitro-can, no freshness date

A - Pours dark, opaque brown with an index finger of creamy/nitrified light tan head. Lacing sheets the glass.

S - Dominated by milk chocolate, with hints of roasted malt

T - A touch of alcohol and roasted malt, with a gently dry swallow of sweet milk chocolate and slight bitter hop note.

M - Creamy and silky smooth.

D - All nitro-can brews taste this good, right? If there was ever a session dessert beer, this is probably it. Your waistline may not appreciate that though. :-)

Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the nitro-can it pours opaque black with a milky tan head that leaves a curtain of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Tastes and smells similar to an English chocolate biscuit, simple but pleasant.

The taste is light, so I would score the bottle higher overall. That being said, it's still wonderful and enormously drinkable out of the can. I've always been a fan of this beer.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a goblet. It poured a deep dark black, with ruby edges, topped with a huge, creamy milk chocolate colored head. The foam lingered for a bit and then faded down to a small cap of foam. Little bits of lace noted throughout.
The aroma was mild powdered cocoa and a hint of roasted barley. There was a chocolatey sweetness throughout.
The taste is that of a nice dry stout, minimal roastiness, with a nice, mildly sweet chocolate middle and a bitter chocolate finish.
The beer had medium carbonation and felt a little thin. This is probably the weakest aspect of this bottled version.
This is a wonderful treat of a beer nonetheless. It would pair superbly with a dessert, or as dessert itself.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into snifter glass

A- Poured like a guinness. Dark brown/black body with a fluffy light brown 2 finger head that wouldn't quit. Took up most of the glass in the pour and it stayed that way throughout leaving insane amount of lacing as it went down. LLAB

S- Kind of dissapointed not to much going on with this one as expected. One I could get through the head the smell didn't really increase any. Average stout aroma of roasted malts with a sweet light chocolate backround. Thought it would smell like chocolate milk but had more of a burnt bitter stout smell to it.

T- Once again average bitter stout with a slight sweet chocolate finish. Not to complex and not as much chocolate as expected. Even when it warms up alot the bitterness comes out more than the chocolate does which kind of dissapointed me. But definitely something different and worth trying.

M- Got to say the mouthfeel was pretty decent however. Solid body with lower carbonation combined with the fluffy head make this brew insanely easy to drink. It's almost as though someone brewed a regular stout then put a scoop of chocolate ice cream in it to make it more drinkable. A Chocolate Stout Float perhaps.


Photo of ShinerStArnoldTX
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Planet Liquor in Baytown, Texas. A small amount of dust had started to accumulate on the bottle, I wish I could have rescued the rest of them. Luckily, the brew still tasted pretty damn good.

Appearance was black, dark amber if you put a light through it. Head was a brown-tan color and very puffy; it dissipated relatively quickly but left lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma was pretty light but pleasing nonetheless. Obviously lots of chocolate notes, but also some bitter hops and alcohol. The taste was very much the same, but with more of the hops bitterness. My palate is not developed enough to identify the hops or even describe the quality, but there's a hint of bitterness upfront, then a flash of stronger bitterness, with a chocolatey finish. Not much is left of the taste afterwords, just faint chocolate.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly chalky, which I liked. Medium bodied, much lighter than I expected, but in a chocolatey beer like this, I think the high drinkability is genius.

Notes: beer may have been somewhat past its freshness, also, the taste changed a lot with temperature. The colder it was, the more chocolate I could taste (I had it in a glass as I took notes and drank what as left out of the bottle later, it was more chilled then).

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,209 ratings.