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Young's Double Chocolate Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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4,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,896
Reviews: 2,233
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 143
Gots: 392 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Boppar
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours super dark brown with ruby glints in it. It has two inches of deliciously delicate off-white foam on top with killer retention.

S: It smells primarily of chocolate, with subtle notes of raisins. There is also an oak-like aroma as well as an ever-so-slightly vinous quality.

T: It tastes like it smells, with dark chocolate being the primary taste. There are also faint notes of coffee, and, as it warms in my hand, a milky taste, which complements the chocolate and coffee very nicely. It is robust and smooth and sweet, but not overly so.

M: The mouthfeel is really the only thing about this beer that I have qualms with. It is really thin, and even worse, it's kind of tingly acidic.

D: The drinkability is awesome. It's not quite the most drinkable stout ever, but it's pretty close.

This is a very solid beer.

Boppar, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Night of the stouts at my dad's house...I contributed Oak Aged Yeti, he brought a Young's Double Chocolate to the table. Side note - last pour, I blended the Oak Aged Yeti with the Young's to create a vanilla-chocolate stout cocktail, and it was quite nice. I am also quite drunk. hehe I did try the Young's on its own first, though.

Poured into a wine glass. Head stuck around pretty well. Good lacing.

Smell - Not as chocolatey as I would have liked, but hardly bad. More coffee-ish than chocolate, I'd say.

Taste - Really nice, like a good mocha. Chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavors. Some hop rounds it out to balance.

Mouthfeel - Good pop, goes down easy. I can't complain.

Drinkability? Not difficult to drink this on its own. When you blend it with an Impy Stout, though, be prepared to get toasted.

Patrick999, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black beer, with very thick dark tan head. Gotta hand it to them, this looks like a solid beer. The head settles very slowly.

The scent is roasted sweetness - pretty much what you'd expect, except that there is less than I'd like.

I'll just say that I'm biased against stouts. The roasted flavors aren't my favorite. This one is my favorite so far.

First impressions -- incredibly smooth. Full bodied. Amazing mouthfeel, one of the best.

Tastes like slightly roasted malts, but not too drastic. Much better than most stouts. It's not overwhelming.

I've gotta say that for a "double chocolate" flavor, I don't taste a whole lot of chocolate. Not complaining really, just surprised.

Very strange thing to say, but this "milk stout" does in fact remind me of milk. It's almost the consistency of milk. And given its mellow taste and pleasant mouthfeel, it would be nice to have a glass of this before bed.

jar2574, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown with a two-finger tan head. The smell is of some chocolate, of course. I also detect some roasted malts. The taste is nice and starts out with a hint of coffee and some roasted grains followed by a big creamy milk chocolate finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and I was surprised by how drinkable this was for a rich beer. I can see myself picking it up again in the future.

TheTrevor, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of GoreStorm
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - great. dark as hell with an amazing head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

S - pretty good. mostly just chocolate but that's good enough for me

T - lovely, a lighter chocolate flavor at first and then towards the end of a drink and the finish is a more dark/bitter chocolate flavor. some minor coffee flavors also. the head that remains at the bottom i usually drink, is like delicious beer whipped cream. my buddy who has a keen tongue most times but isn't must of a beer drinker had a sip of this once and said "that tastes like a frappucino". ha.

M - simply put, it's creamy and light. nothing wrong with it at all.

D - depending who you are this could be pretty drinkable or not. even in spite of my liking this beer quite a bit i notice that at times it can be a bit much after the first couple of beers. but on the other hand i've had occasions where i could keep drinking it past several.

GoreStorm, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of mattster
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened nitro-can, poured into a pint glass.

Nice color. VERY dark and opaque 1/2" tan colored head held for quite a while... .. Excellent aromas of - you guessed, chocolate.

TAste is as expected. Chocolate and slight hops. A little bit of bitter aftertaste, but overwealming and disapears rather quickly.

NIce, full mouthfeel.Pretty pleasant drink.

Although I wouldn't consider this a favorite, I'm glad I bought the four pack.

mattster, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

auxiliary, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Tilley4, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of madjr80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

madjr80, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

largadeer, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

montageman, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of dkoehler42
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

dkoehler42, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of westweasel
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

westweasel, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Foxman, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of sbe1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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).

sbe1, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

HomeBrewJunkie, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Rainintheface, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

AaronHomoya, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of ctownsoul
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

ctownsoul, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Strix, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Traquairlover, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

aerozeppl, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 12, 2007
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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