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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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4,565 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,565
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 121
Gots: 262 | 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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Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Color is black with a nice tannish head.

smell - Coffee, and chocolate smells.

taste - First instinct was this taste like a hersey milk chocolate bar. You can taste chocolate, and cofee notes here. Little bit of hops present.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Nice beer, enjoyed this a lot. Have seen it around and gave in to try it. A must if you like chocolate or stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 15:49:42 | More by auxiliary
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Very dark pour, totally opaque. Huge head and good lacing. This stuff looks like motor oil.

Very chocolatey aroma with some coffee notes and something else dark in there. Nice smell.

Fairly good taste to this one. Not quite as sweet as I was expecting from the smell, but it was still nice. Very dark and smoky and burnt taste. I may have drank this too cold. A bit of a flat taste at the end, but I think it was just too cold.

Nice stout that I will definitely try again when it isn't so cold.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 04:58:26 | More by Tilley4
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that this stuff is absolutely awesome. It is like drinking a Starbucks mocha mixed with a fine stout. Two things that I love so much! It is very sweet with hints of grains mixed with malted chocolate. It is a beer that you really want to enjoy slowly from a nice pint glass. I wouldn't want any more than two of these in a sitting. Make sure it isn't too cold, because you won't taste all of the ingredients.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-06-2007 02:31:14 | More by madjr80
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black with a huge, dense, tan-colored nitro head and lots of sticky lace. Head retention is remarkably good. Even amongst nitro beers, this one looks better than most.

Smell - The weak point of most nitro beers is the nose, and this one is no exception. Chocolate and burnt grains are faintly noticable but there are no subtleties at all here.

Taste - Milk chocolate, cream, molasses, coffee, burnt grains - a rich, complex and changing flavor. Slightly dry in the finish, with long-lasting dark chocolate and espresso notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a lot of richness and body provided by the head. Heavy on the palate.

Drinkability - An exceptional stout, but too rich to be a regular for me.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2007 04:15:06 | More by largadeer
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Widget cans provide the best pours. Viscous pour capped off by a creamy, thick head. The appearance of these beers is a thing of beauty. Young's is no different. The smell is a nice mix of chocolate & roasted coffee with some slight fruitiness in the background. Taste follows with a nice sweet chocolate flavor that is extenuated by the coffee notes. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy - very nice for this style. This is an easy drinking stout. A perfect dessert beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-01-2007 06:18:30 | More by montageman
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a good dark chocolate stout. It pours with a darker head than most beers, and is dark as expected. But this beer actually does smell and taste like chocolate as well. If you're looking for a beer to abuse, this isn't it. This is a beer to drink with dessert or if you want a good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 04:21:16 | More by dkoehler42
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro-can into an imperial nonick pint glass.

The beer poured out a very dark brown with about a 1/3" creamy tan head that lasts all the way down the glass. The strongest smell is milk chocolate, with some caramel and just a hint of roastiness.

The taste is wonderful if you are a chocolate fan. I can taste both milk and dark chocolate flavors. There is just enough clean bitterness so that the beer is not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel has the illusion of fullness from all the creaminess in this beer, but it is thinner than you would expect. About medium.

I find this beer extremely drinkable and and enjoyable. You have to like chocolate to like this one.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-29-2007 03:53:02 | More by westweasel
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

16.9 oz., 500 mL bottle, bought at my local Ralph's supermarket for $2.52,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a thick tan head, which leaves really nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Robust chocolate smell, smells a lot like a freshly served piece of chocolate cake.

T: This is as close I've come to drinking a liquid chocolate bar. This beer literally tastes like a chocolate milkshake, though it does have the bitterness of a dark chocolate bar which I like. A little bit of coffee flavour is mixed in there as well, but it is minor.

M: A little to thin as a stout, pretty light-bodied, but very creamy, ultimately satisfying, but not great.

D: A very good tasty stout from Young's, I forgot how much I liked this one, haven't had it in a few months. A really tasty beer, any fan of chocolate will enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 19:33:55 | More by Halcyondays
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New Jersey

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

It pours an inky tar black with the requisite nitro-cascade that inverts into two fingers of creamy caramel colored head. Thin rings of lacing step the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and cozy, with dark roasted malt, cocoa, medium roast coffee, and even a touch of vanilla

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet as milk chocolate and dark fruit, and also bitter with a nice roast char and black coffee. Hops are intimated, but never really clear, as a mild spiciness does suggest their presence. The malt is residually sweet and milky, and the finish is a lingering tide of earthy bitterness, with a crisp end note. It's a very comfortable flavor profile.

A bit short of medium bodied, it has a creamy swell to it that fills and coats the palate, leaving a fine parting glow.

I'd had it years ago, then had it again recently, and I know now why I remembered it fondly. It's got the fresh, homey feel of some real comfort ingredients. It's almost like sipping a cup of warm cocoa, except not quite. It goes down smooth, finishes clean, and makes the next one an expected pleasure. It's a testament that not every stout has to blow one's doors off in order to make a strong impression.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-27-2007 18:45:46 | More by Foxman
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice novelty stout, if you will.

Appearance: Black as pitch, as they say, with a short, nearly toffee colored head that dissipated into a thin foamy ring around the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, very nice.

Taste: Creamy and some sweetness with a mild dark chocolate and roasted malt bite.

Mouthfeel: Substantial, but not as much as an oatmeal stout or even a Guinness. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Very good, but you might get tired of the chocolate after awhile. However, I wouldn't consider it a chore to go through a nitro four pack (or two).

Serving type: nitro-can

11-25-2007 04:38:47 | More by sbe1
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon tipping the bottle toward my glass a black liquid with viscosity resembling milk dribbles into it. Very very little light shown thru. The most gorgeous tan/brown head I had ever seen. Usually something so beautiful runs away from me fast, but its retention was impressive. It even stuck around my glass awhile with some nice lacing. This is one sexy brew.

I am a recovering chocoholic and this brew caused me to relapse. My nose was filled with the sweet aroma of chocolate. It smells similar to hot chocolate or chocolate milk. A slight hint of alcohol, and dark malts.

It really tastes like chocolate, double chocolate at that. It is almost as if I am drinking a special dark chocolate bar. I never thought a beer could taste so much like desert. Great stout too by the way, but the chocolate makes it that much better.

I mentioned milk before; the mouthfeel is similar to chocolate milk. So silky smooth it goes down like a tall glass of Oregon Dairy Chocolate Milk.

Probably the most drinkable beer I have ever tasted. It goes down so easy it should be illegal. I have had a few stouts in my day, and a few chocolate stouts and none so far have had the drinkability of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I will seek this one out again, and it’s recommended to any stout lover or chocoholic. Not the cheapest stout you can buy but well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 02:32:03 | More by HomeBrewJunkie
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle 3/31/08

A: black with one finger mocha colored head disipated to a thin ring

S: lots of dark chocolate, faint coffee and cocoa

T: rich dark chocolate, cocoa, malt

M: creamy, milky and fairly full bodied. sweet

D: very drinkable. a dessert substitute. the Ben and Jerry's can stay in the freezer

This beer was tough to talk about other than it was just chocolate everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 19:50:18 | More by Rainintheface
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4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - black as can be with a melted ice cream top of a half-finger or so. Light mocha in color, it ain't budgin' and hangs around throughout the entire half-liter.

Aroma - chocolate syrup, roasted coffee beans, in copious amounts. Simple yet elegant, robust, and wonderfully resilient.

Taste - roasted malts at the fore, a touch of grassiness, quickly followed by a stronger, burnt flavor of grain and coffee beans. The swallow brings the chocolate flavor into the mix, dark and bittersweet without too much sugar. A mellow kiss of hops to complement the mild grain char taste on the aftertaste. The finish is roasty and chocolatey.

Mouthfeel - a heavenly smoothness that goes hand in hand with the silky chocolate flavor. The carbonation is understated, giving the feel that much more glide.

Drinkability - this has been one of my favorite beers for several years now. I took some to a father-son campout and everyone who tried it loved it. I'll be bringing more to share around the campfire next year.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-19-2007 17:26:26 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle does a great job of giving the smooth, creamy head. Near black color with thick, tan colored head.

Aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste is a delicious mix of roasted malt and sweet malt with dark chocolate and a creamy, vanilla note. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and super creamy thanks to the nitro.

Quite a tasty beer that is smooth and easy to drink. Perhaps too rich and chocolatey for everyday drinking, but definitely nice to have.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-19-2007 02:46:32 | More by AaronHomoya
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black, no light shining through at all. Head was about a finger's width thick

S - Chocolatey--more of a bittersweet/dark chocolate but I was getting a few whiffs of milk chocolate at times.

T & M - Bittersweet chocolate to begin with followed by some coffee and ending with hops for balance. Very very smooth.

D - Being so smooth, this stuff goes down easily.

A highly recommended brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-18-2007 07:57:31 | More by ctownsoul
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a brown head.

Smells of dark chocolate and cocoa.

Dark chocolate is prominent in the taste with a burnt/roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Super smooth.

While it's surprisingly light, drinkabilitywise, it's still a meal.

The mouthfeel is really the highlight of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:00:41 | More by Strix
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 14.9 oz nitro-can drunk from a Guinness pint glass.

A = Beautiful foamy tan head over dark mahogany. Just looking at it makes my mouth water.

S = Very strong chocolate smell, but some tartness, so like bittersweet chocolate, not sweet milk chocolate.

T = As strong as the chocolate was in the nose, it is nothing to the wonderful chocolate taste. Tastes like dark chocolate sweetened just enough to not be unpleasantly bitter. Also, definitely some slight bitterness in the taste that lingers on the back of the tongue as a slowly fading aftertaste. Very rich and malty.

M = Luxurious and creamy. This is almost like drinking beer flavored cream. Outstanding feel as it hits each part of the mouth. Eventually you have to swallow, but it is definitely worth savouring the feeling in your mouth first.

D = After the high marks I have given the other aspects of this beer I almost feel guilty only giving it a 4 for drinkability, but the truth is this is so rich, it is hard to imagine drinking too much of it. Definitely worth a try and a nice thing to have on hand for guests who appreciate good beer, but not necessarily for a normal relaxing after work sort of drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2007 03:47:46 | More by Traquairlover
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 14.9 oz nitro can into a pint glass.

A: Pours black into my glass. Very thick mocha head with quite a bit of lacing.

S Big surprise here: chocolate. Not as strong as you would think though. For the style the smell is rather faint.

T: Rich chocolate hits you at first. Then you get a really nice roasted malt in the second rush. You can actually "taste" the creaminess of this beer.

M: Silky in a word. With the nitro can it is almost like having it on tap. It is thick but also very drinkable. Other stouts taste like liquid steak this one is liquid chocolate.

D: For the style this is a really refreshing and drinkable beer. I always seem to have a few of these in the fridge because my gf loves this beer. The best desert beer I have ever had. I have heard of pairing this with chocolate or strawberries. That is pure hippy crap. This beer stands on it's own. I would recommend people get this in the nitro can instead of the bottle. I have had both and for once the can wins.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-14-2007 23:25:27 | More by aerozeppl
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet cocoa and chocolate, as well as a roasty malt. In the taste, just as it smells, a sweet cocoa/ chocolate and a roasty malt. A smooth, full body mouthfeel and dry malty chocolate aftertaste. Big chocolate flavor and smooth. A very nice stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-12-2007 19:32:28 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout appearance, just wish it had a little bigger head. After a few minutes in the glass it fades to a spotty layer up top.

Smells like almost pure Nesquick powder with a little dustiness from the hops. Pretty delightful.

Tastes like a smoky dark chocolate. The chocolate is front and center, but the typical stout characteristics give the beer a more complex bitterness than just dark chocolate.

Creamy, mellow carbonation makes this great to sip slowly or let big gulps roam on down the throat.

I like the fact that even though this beer is huge on flavor and smoothness, it's not got a huge ABV like a lot of these kind of flavored stouts. You can feel like you're spoiling yourself without having to deal with a huge buzz.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 20:36:12 | More by bboven
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried Young's Oatmeal Stout the other day after entertaining a craving I had for a good stout. This Double Chocolate Stout is glorious.

A: Very dark brown, so thick you cant see through it. Good stout looks, very creamy head, three fingers (i poured it into my wheat glass as my other glasses are too small, oh well it looks nice).

S: Hops at first, then the dark chocolate sweetness and dark roasted malts.

T: A balanced bitters. The chocolate steals the show, but roasted notes of caramel and toffee show through.

M: The carbonation is very smooth and ushers the dark chocolate to your nose. Not too thick or chewy. I'm a Dunkel Weizen guy, so I don't like to have to chew through my beer, this Stout is just right.

D: Exquisite, rich, and chocolaty, but not so sweet you'll wish you hadn't had the whole pint. Very drinkable after a hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 19:21:54 | More by JArami
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thick fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer has a dominately chocolate aroma. Sweet malt mix in, but mostly chocolate. It smells sweet. Oh, did I mention that it smells of chocolate?

This beer tastes very chocolatey. Chocolate up front. Chocolate in the middle, and chocolate in the finish. It has a sweet caramel like flavor as well.

This beer is thinner than I expected. It is carbonated well. It leaves a... you guessed it, chocolatey aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes good, and is not high in alcohol.

Overall: I have been drinking this beer sporaticly for years now, and was surprised to see that I have never reviewed it. Now I have. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 04:12:48 | More by OStrungT
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a four pack of nitro cans. I really love the ever-present head that comes from nitro. It also has a really smooth carbonation. I'm not a big fan of chocolate shouts with actual chocolate added, but if I was, this might be my favorite. The first sip is really when it hits you...the chalky chocolate mouthfeel really dominates this ale. About halfway through the glass I couldn't taste the chocolate anymore, and only then could I detect a tiny malt and hop presence. This one goes down really easy even though I like to savor each sip to see if I was going to get malt or chocolate.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-06-2007 14:51:09 | More by Upgrayedd
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This has perfect appearance. Body is a solid opaque deep rich brown hue (very close to black). No light penetrates through. Beautiful 1 finger creamy tan head sits on top of the dark body with perfect retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. As a side note-this is only the 3rd nitro I have had. The other two were the over publicized Guiness and Boddington's. Nirto really does a lot for the appearance and mouthfeel.

S- Strong smell of chocolate. Chocolate syrup comes to my senses first. Hints of toffee deep in the background.

T-Much milder than the smell but still dominated by chocolate. Lots of chocolate malt upfront with a slight roasted character. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor but more of the chocolate-milky taste of a milk stout comes forward and a bitter roasted flavor becomes somewhat more prevalent. Seems much to sweet at first but the sweetness mellows with each sip.

M- Little to no carbonation and medium-thick body. Very smooth and creamy. Easy to swallow.

D- This is definitely one of the sweetest beers I have come across. I was taken back at first by this but it slowly grew on me. When held in the mouth the bitterness and roasted characters are more prevalent and bring more balance to the brew. My 16 oz. can was definitely enough for one sitting but this is something I will certainly have again.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-06-2007 05:43:13 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark opaque color with a half inch deep brown head that disapeared a little to sone.
The smell was a faint sweet smell of chocolate, and a hint of coffea
The taste was a bit bland. Inital notes of chocolate were great and an only slightly hoppy finish. However the flavors were only slightly noticeable and I kept wanting the tastes to jump out more.
Mouthfeel was good. A nice siky texture, not to thick
Easy drinkability. Surprisingly not to heavy for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 18:21:38 | More by sketchcornwell
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,565 ratings.