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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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4,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,501
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 119
Gots: 237 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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West Virginia

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

On tap at the Yardhouse in Scottsdale, AZ.

This poured deep black with an incredibly creamy tan head. The head stayed with me all the way to the bottom of my pint. Some amount of surging (for lack of a better term) going on between the beer and the head until it finally settled at about two finger's worth. Really quite beautiful to behold in the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee, roasted dark malts, and sweet chocolate. Mmmm.

Taste is about the same. Delicious is the word that comes to mind. Just so smooth and creamy, I really struggle to find the words to describe it!

Mouthfeel is out of this world. Creamy, smooth, thick and wonderful.

This was a nice dessert beer to round out a great night of tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 23:55:43 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Finite


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle, purple label, bottle embosed with ram logo best before 13 sep 07.

Appearance: Black as you can get of of the darkest ive seen. Light brown/ tanned head small streams of bubbles flowing up the side of the glass. Wonderfull head and retention. Perfect lacing in a symetrical pattern. Perfect.

Smell: Pretty faint compared to what I was expecting. Some burnt malt, stout-like aroma. Faint hops aroma, crisp ut a littel disapointing. Improved as it cooled revealing more burnt malts.

Taste: Heavy burnt /bitter malt profile hits you hard. Sweet chocolate in the background while a nice beefy coffee hit presents itselfs. Hops balance the massive malt profile pretty well. A touch of alcohol. Wonderfully complex stout. Love the heavy bitterness. Not as chocolatey as I predicted but so damn yummy still. Theres a wonderfull sweet coffee like flavour across the back of the pallate. Aftertaste is a combination of charcol bitterness balanced well with a hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick and packed to the brim with body. Invitingly dry the way it gets you to drink even more though you know it will just make your mouth dryer. Sweet up front with a balanced bitterness easy as to drink, low carbonation. A little oily/buttery.

Drikability: A beer this flavourfull couldnt get much easier to drink. But the sweetness / bitterness is of extreemes and would eventually get too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 10:23:33 | More by Finite
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours just off black, like tar
S: heavily roasted coffee
T: Coffee, Sake, Chocolate
M: Very full, certainly more rounded than say a Guinness
D: This is a great beer, but certainly not one I would drink all night long.

All in all a great stout. Like a meal in a can!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-10-2007 01:34:07 | More by notoriousdav
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black color with a very dense one finger head and very thick clinging lace. smell is chocolate with a hint of coffee. taste, semi sweet dark chocolate and burnt coffee. surprisingly light mouthfeel with a very weak carbonation. its not my style of beer but an occasional one or two would be fine.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-07-2007 19:27:25 | More by billybob
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a nitro-can. The cascading head is the one of the coolest things ever. Once the beer settles you are left with a creamy light tan head of supper fine nitro bubbles. The beer itself is pitch black. When they say Double Chocolate they mean it. Smell is of milk chocolate. This is the sweet chocolate too, many times a chocolate beer has the bitter bakers chocolate smell and taste but this is very sweet. Some roasted dark malts peek though. Taste matches the smell but gets just the slightest knock in score for just being a little too sweet. Mouthfeel is velvety (according to my wife). I would have just said very smooth. All in all a very drinkable beer. It is certainly the most chocolately flavored beer I've ever had.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-06-2007 02:40:31 | More by beermanbrian
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2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Half inch thick head, very good retention. Pitch black color.

S - Smells a little bit like hot chocolate, but more on the bitter side.

T - Up front it's kind of grainy like hot chocolate mix, the aftertaste is bitter but slightly watery and some alcohol is detectable.

M - Almost no carbonation so it's smooth.

D - It's an okay stout. I don't know if I would buy this one again.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-05-2007 02:02:53 | More by umustdrink
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, or rather black with dark brown rim.
S: Burnt caramel, roasted malts, (tar), leather chocolate and vanilla. And the chocolate aroma really grows as you drink it.
T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, some bitterness.
M: Full body. Very good mouthfeel.

The fist time I drank this stout a couple of years ago I was kind of dissapointed. This time I was caught offguard and boy did this beer have it's revenge big time. Really nice taste, excellent aroma. One for cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 20:20:57 | More by Hammarby
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South Carolina

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

Pours rich and velvety out of the can, with a thick, cascading, choclatey head and a dark body that allows no light to pass through. Looks great. Smell is pure milk chocolate with a hint of coffee beans. The taste is only slightly disappointing. It is to be sure 'double chocolate'. In fact, it practically tastes like a chocolate milk shake. At first, it seems thick and satisfying. Definitely sweet. But somehow it weakens as it warms, and becomes more and more watery...somehow...? This is one that gives a great first impression, but loses character over time. Not the best chocolate stout in the world. Good mouthfeel, and relatively drinkable. Worth trying.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-04-2007 01:32:13 | More by kingjames1
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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

440 ml tall can (nitro) to pint glass.

A - Cascading! Yes! Basically, this looks like a huge espresso (perhaps... an americano?) with a dark dark brown body and a small, unwavering, off-white head with lacing so thick i wouldn't even call it lacing. coating is more like it.

S - Smells like hot cocoa from a powder-packet, booze, and some roasted notes.

T - Rich, creamy chocolate with noticible, almost burbon-like alcohol presence. Some "hello!"s of bitterness from the hops and "hey there!"s from the roasted malts in the finish, but, mostly, boozey cocoa. also, there's a slight medicinal quality during the second or third breath after the swallow. weird. That flavour seems to grow and grow the longer i drink this.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, creamy. Low carbonation. Real nice.

D - I thought i could drink this forever at the beginning of the glass, but, by the end, i wanted to pour it out. it's the sweetness that makes this beer hard to finish. like cream soda, i'm always excited for the first few sips, but then i get sick of it. quick.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-01-2007 03:37:59 | More by isaac
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro can: This pours from the can with a Guinness type cascade. The beer is a dark brown with a good sized tan head. The aroma is nice. A bit of a chocolate sweetness comes to the top. Body is medium. Taste has a slight sweet chocolate note to it. Fairly silky texture. Nice.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-26-2006 21:12:10 | More by Boto
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet Marshmallow toastiness as if you lightly toasted a marshmallow on a open fire. Sweet dark chocolate and no hop aroma.

Appearance: Dark black with a brown head retention that has a creamy bubble.

Flavor: Dark malt roastiness with hints of marshmallow. Smooth as if it was a lager. Like eating a chocolate bar. Has a gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied. Silky and creamy. Perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very well crafted stout, Chocolate sweetness. This beer is for sure worth a try. Great winter stout!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 17:30:16 | More by sullysbeer
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Had on Christmas day after Xmas dinner. On its own. Poured into pint glass

A- Jet black body with 2 finger coffee tan head. Excellent retention and lacing

S- Faint chocolate here but not much - perhaps too cold, so let the beer warm. As it did warm, a waxy 2nd rate chocolate smell came through. Not exactly Lindt. Some roasted malt and a faint smokey cigar hint as well.Perhaps a faint touch of cinnamon or apple strudel aswell

T- Much better as the beer warms, quite Luxurious. a Nice balance between chocolate and roasted malt. From previous reviews i expected this to be nothing but chocolate, i didnt find this. Notes of burnt toast bitterness and cigar smoke qualities

M- Low carbonation, nice creaminess, medium to full body

D- Gets tastier at a warmer temperature. Would drink a couple, but no more, would have only every so often due to the chocolate creaminess could prove to be sickly. A beer to savour!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 19:45:24 | More by seanyfo
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer was extremely dark, with a thick, coffee colored head. Smell was vaguely reminiscent of chocolate, with a definite bitter aroma (though not at all unpleasant). Taste was very dark, slightly bitter, yet still with some sweetness to it. Perhaps my palate just isn't refined enough, but I didn't really notice much chocolate flavor. Slightly nutty with extremely vague hints of cocoa. Mouthfeel was very heavy, not syrup-like, but close. This might turn some people off, but I didn't mind it. It was certainly enjoyable, but I found it a little hard to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking it again, but it wouldn't necessarily be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 02:05:12 | More by StargherKing
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a beer trade with Br. Blumstein, for a Bell's Cherry Stout. Best before June 2007, even though it still says it's from the Ram Brewery.

The pour from the half liter bottle into my Fuller's nonic raises a two finger medium tan head, significantly darker than its nitro brothers. The head settles slowly, leaving impressive lacing as it does. The body is a virtually opaque brown-ruby. The nose is like smelling a milk chocolate bar with stout spilled on it. There's a hint of roastedness, and a good bit of sweetness. Perhaps just a bit of coffee, too. That lovely sensation comes through so well in the taste: creamy just like a cadbury bar. The chocolate fully dominates the flavor, with just a little bit of acidity. I feel that more flavor comes through than on nitro. The mouth manages to be quite smooth without the nitrogen, and has a very fine but noticeable acidity. A fine beverage, even better than nitro.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 18:20:51 | More by mjc410
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can into nonic pint glass. Best before 08-July-07 dated on can bottom. Having had this beer several times in the past, this is my first formal review.

Appearance: black opaque pour with minuscule nitro bubbles building up a tan milky, resilient creamy head that maintains its own all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: semi sweet chocolate morsels and dark roasted malts.

Taste: chocolate tootsie rolls, black coffee, raspberries. Hop bitterness in the swallow. Not dessert sweet, but full-bodied.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, very mild carbonation, thick and chewy.

Drinkability: goes down easily like a melting chocolate bar. While the alcohol is rather mild, I wouldn't drink many of these at any one time. Could get chocolate overload. Definitely a great dessert in itself. Chocolate residue remained on bottom of glass!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-11-2006 15:09:01 | More by Procrastinator
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearence: poured aggressively a dark brown with a huge creamy mocha head that fully lasted and left an excellent amount of lacing.

smell: heavy on the chocolate, also got a hint of licorice, port, and coffee

taste and mouthfeel: softly carbonated, light to medium body, watery and silky. Starts nice semi sweet and ends chocolate bitter that has a short duration taste.

drinkability: smooth and tasteful. Can drink this all day long.

Overall, my wife and I really enjoyed this brew. The chocolate aroma is very intoxicating. We could not stop smelling this stuff. The flavor is right on cue with what you are smelling. You can have it with dessert but my wife and I had it with homemade tomato soup and a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich. It felt as if we were drinking a yoo-hoo. I know strange but what can I say. Pick one up and enjoy, it should not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 23:50:47 | More by GimpyCane
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a funny story.My girl stored the beer in her fridge and she told me that there was "ice" in the can cause she heard the widget in the can.I told her it was ok,she was worried to tell me .LOL

A-Opaque black body with a tan head that is creamy as a MOFO.

S-Choco. and malt.

T-Chocolate! This stuff is heavely choco tainted and its GREAT.I dont taste any hops in it at all and malt in in the backround.I have never had a Choco beer that tasted like this.

M-Creamy and full,goes down very smooth.No carbonation at all.

D-MUST HAVE! This stuff is heaven and its a delight.Its great and really taste well,it taste so good my girl may like it.Thr 4 pack wont last long in my house! I highly like this stuff and recommend to anyone that loves stouts.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-10-2006 18:36:28 | More by MmmIPA
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was served this out of a nitro-can into a pint glass. Dark, dark brown with brown, fluffy head. Looks like dessert. Smells like dessert. Tastes like dessert. A wonderful, creamy, yummy experience. Obviously lots of chocolate flavor and it tastes better than others I've had of the style. I want this one with some tiramasu or chocolate chip cookies.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-06-2006 21:00:10 | More by amstelcat
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2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Judging by other reviews, I may have purchased a bad bottle. But on with the review.

Started very promising. A nice pour produced a full two finger head, slightly tan, perched on top of the dark brown beer.

Smelled of chocolate, Not much else.

First sip: This tastes like a chocolate seltzer water. It is not the smooth texture that I was expecting, it was more like water, like sombody dropped a hershey bar in my budweiser. It was very carbonated. A beer should be carbonated, but this was weird.

Taste: Not much up front, I had to search for the chocolate in the background. I found a metalic taste in the aftertaste. Like it was from a can.

There was a decent amount of lace on the side of the glass.

There must be something wrong. I love stouts and this was not up to par. I will drink more froma tap and get back to you all, but beware that there may be bad bottles of this floating around.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 17:29:25 | More by dippy
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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Max's. Pours super dark brown, just about as un-transparent as one could get. Dark tan head with loads of retention and lacing. Very full roasted malt and chocolate nose.

This is the smoothest, most drinkable chocolate stout in memory. Flavor is gigantic, full of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Finishes surprisingly dry, which helps with finishing it. As with real chocolate, which was probably used in the manufacture, the vanilla brings out the fullness. Perfect carbonation and flavor make this one very drinkable. Had at the same time w/ a Brooklyn choco, and this one was hands down better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2006 16:13:34 | More by Umbra
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a totally opaque, deep dark brown, almost black, with about one finger of dark tan head, with excellent retention.

The nose was chocolate and roasted malt. Nice.

The taste is smooth roasted malt at first, which is followed by a big taste of milk chocolate, and slightly bitter dry finish. This is a chocolate beer through and through, and the slightly sweet flavor gets it absolutely right. This beer is made with actual chocolate, in addition to chocolate malts, and it shows.

The mouthfeel is good, very smooth with good levels of carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is one of the best chocolate stouts, and one of the best stouts period. Not as overpowering as other chocolate stouts (like Brooklyn), and better for it. A great beer, especially in the wintertime.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 20:56:53 | More by auntfloyd
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pure black. CREAMY head, really a thing to behold. The head stuck around for a while, and nice lacing as well.

Smell: Woah nelly. Some bready malt, but smells more of chocolate - almost like a chocolate milkshake. Really a rich scent. As Ron would say, it stings the nostrils.

Taste: Not just chocolate, but milk chocolate. The good kind. A little bitter, but again, milk chocolate dominates the taste. The roast malt taste comes through in the end, but it is really just a complex, tasty chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the rich taste, but silky smooth. Pleasant carbonation that isn't over the top.

Drinkability: Not a beer I'd want to have more than one or two of at once, but definately something I can see myself craving again. Well worth having, and could find its way on to many stout-lovers' list of favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 05:36:07 | More by umfskibum
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red. Quick poor from a nitro tap, so there's no head. Nice lacing, though.

Smells of nitrogen and incredibly rich, sweet chocolate.

Tastes of nitrogren and incredibly rich, sweet chooclate. This actually tastes much nicer than it sounds. The chocolate is straight up milk chocolate--none of the dark chocolate bitterness here--and it blends well with the clean, foamy flavor of the nitrogen.

Not exactly the most intense or layered of stouts, but the pure sweet kick makes for one hell of a desert beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2006 17:32:23 | More by mynie
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my favorite chocolate stouts, from a nitro-can it pours a glorious cascading avalanche of velvety goodness. smell is strong of chocolate and roastiness. it also gets by without being too syrupy as many chocolate stouts can be. i could drink a ton of these and its also good to finish off a good night on. it leaves a pleasant after taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-24-2006 23:46:21 | More by lehows
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New York

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

Poured darn near black with the requisite massive, tan nitro head.

Aroma was chocolate and more chocolate. Just smelling this made me want to guzzle it like a child with chocolate milk!

Once it passed my lips I got the same feeling. It should be called chocolate beer. Smooth, light bodied with soft carbonation, this stuff is SOO drinkable it could be addictive. I want more!

Serving type: nitro-can

11-24-2006 23:17:03 | More by BrewMaven
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,501 ratings.