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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,780 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 4,780
Reviews: 2,215
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 348 | FT: 1
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is absolute black with a creamy, and fluffy tan head.

Smell is dark malt with powdery chocolate notes.

Taste is sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. Subdued earthy hops. Finish brings out mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Overall a very mild stout that is easy to drink. Not as chocolatey as I expected for a double chocolate stout. I had expected a little more robust flavor as well. However, although the flavors are mild they do meld well.

Blakaeris, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

14.9oz nitro-can into mug.

This is such a fun beer to watch out of the nitro-can! The enite beer starts out tan with a quarter inch head at the top. Slowly, the light tan head stars cascading downward, as the midnight black color of the beer rises to the top. The head becomes thicker, to about an inch, as the beer keeps turning black. After a few minutes, the beer is solid black with a thick solid frothy head that does not quit (so far it has lasted for about 5 mintues without dropping a millimeter). Web like lacing along the glass.

A little bit of dark malt aroma is hidden behind a strong dark chocolate scent.

Delicious and creamy chocolate flavor mixes well with the bitter burn flavor of the malts. The sweet chocolate battles with the bitterness of the malts. A little bit of hop twang is tasted in the finish. The beer is full bodied and incredibly smooth. The finish is lightly bitter with a bit of sticky hop bitterness.

This is one fine beer! The nitro-can gives it supreme creaminess, however I enjoyed the flavor a little better out of the bottle. Nevertheless, both are great, it just depends on what serving vessel you prefer.

BeerSox, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Scoobydank
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:the cascade leads to a nice milk chocolate head
S: I stuggled picking up much smell, but what I picked up was very faint burnt malt chocolate smell.
T:very well balanced burnt chocolate taste. Did not over power with chocolate which left me tasting the beatiful brown malt flavor.
M:Perfect roundness to the mouth feel. The carbonation had nice sized bubbles making it fill my mouth.
D:Anyone who enjoys stouts would most certainly enjoy this offereing. Has all the qualities of a great stout, with a much bigger chocolate kick.

Scoobydank, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 500ml brown, crown top bottle with embossed ram. Vibrant purple and orange label with best by date.

Appearance: Pours black with dark brown hue, Great 2 finger creamy, coffee colored foam, leading to nice lace.

Smell: Rich chocolate malt, slightly metallic

Taste: Huge chocolate malts, vanilla bean (liqueur), raw cocoa, espresso. Very subtle bitter hops. Great chocolate after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Smooth, little carbonation. Like desert in a bottle.

Drinkability: This is incredible! This almost reminds me of enjoying a mocha latté for breakfast. I believe I have found a new favorite sweet stout. Still amazed.

BadRockBeer, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of zdk9
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am constantly amazed at the versitility of beer. This beer is a malted milkshake in a glass.

A- pours an impenatrable black with a medium sized grey tan head that dissapates fairly quickly. Lacing is sticky and think.

S- The smell is suprisingly faint. Chocolate malt-balls and cream.

T- Here the chocolate becomes the tour de force as if a delicious Hershy bar had been melted into the beer. The malt and cream are also pretty powerful. Hops bitterness comes out slightly in the back of the mouth and more in the aftertaste which lends some dark fruity flavors of prunes and blueberries. But mostly milk chocolate sweetness

D- It covers your mouth in milky goodness as if you had a sample creamer. I was suprised at the low ABV in this beer you could definatly session this beer, although it is a bit pricey. The bitterness could be a bit more present but I think that it works for this genre.

zdk9, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of aluskungs
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Mel Torme was a beer this would be it. Velvet fog...

Oohh, this is good beer. The nitro can is perfect for this. It pours like chocolate milk. The bubbles cascade not up but down (at least it looks that way), like little grains of sand that descend into the dark abyss. A beige head is standing guard the black sea underneath it.

There is not much smell, but who cares! Just drink it already!

Smooth, smooth, smooth. The nitro carbonation is hardly noticeable until you think about it, this is a heavy stout, by the looks of it, but it feels like cool liquid silk. Drink this beer cool, not cold! The sweet chocolate taste and mild bitterness from the roasted barley are in perfect balance.

Yes it's a stout, but I can see one drinking this anytime of year. A big beer but not one that overpowers. Truly one of life's great pleasures.

Germans may have their lagers and wheats but the Brits have stouts and no one, and I mean no one, can top this one!

aluskungs, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second review of this beer. Having tried this a second time, I'm now convinced that the low rating of my first review was likely the result of sampling an off-specification batch or perhaps a beer that was too old.

Appearance is typical for a stout, dark brown to black with a moderately creamy head. However, head retention was on the low side.

Unlike my previous review, there is a definite aroma of chocolate infused with this beer, although a bit subtle. Other smells included toasted and roasted malts.

Taste is good with a nice balance of chocolate sweetness to the beer's roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lightly carbonated, typical of this style.

I'm happy that I gave this beer another chance. Overall, it is quite drinkable with a nice chocolate flavor that lends itself well to the style.

hammer09, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another late night sampler, on to the beer:

The phrase Double Chocolate on the can should be all one needs to know about this beer. Take chocolate milk mix powder and thrown in some coffee beans. Mmm, good! Needless to say it's dessert in a glass. But I was still a bit dissapointed because I was waiting for that big rush of flavor which never came.

DoubleJ, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in a nitro-can before and enjoyed it, but I thought it might be even better from the tap. Let's see...None of the reverse-cascading head effect so loudly touted on the sides of nitro-cans, but what we have is decent nevertheless: dark chocolate brown body with a modest but sticky, crater-marked dusty tan head. Soft cocoa aromas along with some slightly sour black roasted malt scents. Reminds me of chocolate flavored licorice whips. That soft, chewy cocoa flavor is present at various points throughout the taste, but it is also interspersed with some dark-roasted graininess that borders on burnt. Some mild dark berry notes are in there, too, along with some well-placed and well-restrained residual sugars. Just sweet enough to remind you that it's a lacto-stout, but nothing too overbearingly sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth enough, remaining full-bodied while never feeling too heavy on the palate. A high-quality session stout that I imagine must rarely fail to please.

orfeu, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. That's pretty impressive. Head is light tan, very creamy and tight. Not very big (once the cascading stops), but it looks like it has a lot of staying power. Not as much lace as I expected.

Aroma- Not much aroma at all. I got a rush of malt sweetness and molassass when I opened the can. Some nice toffee overtones to. But there just ain't much there.

Taste- Nothing overpowering. But a nice burnt /sweet malt taste that you know is there. You get a failry strong chocolate back there in the background in all parts of your mouth. No flavoring hops at all (not that I expected any), but the bittering hops are very mellow and perfectly balance out the malt sweetness. You also get notes of sweet coffee and tofee towards the back of your mouth. Very nicely done..

Mouthfeel: Lots of body, and very creamy. This stuff is impressive. The mouthfeel only accentuates the stout tastes to. Slightly oiy.

Drinkability- Pretty damn good..

theopholis, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of ScottUCF84
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of the nitro-can into a pint glass at my favorite beer spot, Underground Bluz. I get one of these usually every time I go there, but only one, and I'll get into that later.

A- Beautiful. Has the 'Guinness cascading head' that is always eye candy, and pretty much looks like a traditional stout when held up to the light (although this bar is quite dark), with a very faint ruby-brown hue. The head was a light brown, and thick and creamy.

S- Chocolate and roasted malt. A great preview to the experience the beer offers.

T- Chocolate creaminess, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Leaves an aftertaste very similar to that of hot chocolate, which was predicted given the name. A very tasty treat.

M- Very thick and creamy, even for a stout.

D- It goes down smooth, but at the end of this beer I am always ready to move on to something else. I always feel very heavy and full after just one beer, opposed to a traditional stout like Guinness which I can drink plenty of. This beer is still great though and one of my all time faves.

Highly recommended if you are looking for something new and different.

ScottUCF84, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9oz nitro-can -> imperial
13 Jan 07 jet screened on the bottom of the can

Pours black featuring a pulsating cascade as the creamy tight mocho head rises to a thick blanket. Sheets of lace cling than slide the slow ride into the abyss.

Nose: Sweetened cocoa, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, some coffee.

Taste: Thick chocolate flavors dominate, with a nice roasted malt finish. Subtle bitterness lingers with burnt cocoa.

Mouth is as creamy as it gets.

A great afternoon sipper or winter warmer. Low abv alows for sweet long sessions.

beerphan, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weissbier glass from a 500ml bottle. Color is dark brownish. Smells like expensive dark/bitter chocolate and makes me feel all happy inside. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla and just a slight hint of coffee. Taste is
silkysmooth and body is medium but could be fuller. This is a deadly
drinkable brew but do not make the misstake of drinking it too well chilled or it will taste a bit thin.

baggio, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep, dark brown with about two inches of nice creamy, tan foam. Smells of bittersweet chocolate and dried fruits. Tastes of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and sweet malts. A little thin in the mouth but smooth enough to satisfy with a medium body and carbonation. A pretty drinkable stout, but one I personally would enjoy at the end of a meal.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by Mar 07

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clear black color, nice carbonation, tiny tan head which left quickly, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, vanilla, and chocolate/caramel. The taste is very nice of malts, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice stout, makes a good session brew.

Wasatch, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of rec
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For me this isn't really a pleasant drink, and there's just not a lot to it.

The stout is a brilliant brown, with a frothy head that unfortunately lacks the retention you'd imagine after initial pour.

The smell is one dominated by coffee, but a cheap roast at best.

Tasting it, it's definately very chocolate, but also has strong coffee and dark ruit flavours. I'd almost recommend they name it a coffee stout as opposed to double chocolate stout; the caffeen flavour is far more prominant in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is a little less smooth than expected, and due to my dislike for coffee and the similarity in taste to Cadbury's Fruit & Nut chocolate bars, I don't paticularly appreciate the aftertaste either.

It's definately a desert sipper, but not one I'd esspecially go out and purchase.

rec, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of GreenCard
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark mahogany, thick layer of spongey tan foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: rum, cocoa, prunes, vanilla, root beer, hint of roast

Flavor: smooth lacto-sweetness with a counterpoint of bitter cocoa and chicory; rummy raisins, vanilla, and dark brown sugar; finishes semi-sweet with a roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, silky texture

Other comments: Really damn good! More balanced than some of the American versions I've tried.

GreenCard, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Creamy, one finger head, a mix of tiny cascading bubbles and rising bubbles, solid dark brown stout color, looks tasty

S - Fairly mild scent, nutty malt with some roasted coffee smell

T - Like the smell, initially a fairly mild taste; soon you start to get the definite roaste coffee toaste with sweet chocolate malt flavors on the tip of your tongue

M - Near-perfect; great silky smooth, full-bodied feel

D - It's very good, although initially I wasn't really feeling it; both the taste and smell kind of creep up on you, but once they hit you the sweetness in the flavor it delicious; very drinkable, especially for a fairly heavy beer

soupyman10, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap, in a bottle, and from nitro-can, and I have to say its been the best so far from the nitro-can. Poured from a nitro-can, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a thick 1/2 inch creamy head that never let up, with a nice cascading affect. Thick rings of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is of nice chocolate, just like chocolate milk. The taste is very creamy, sweet, and chocolaty. Nice roasted malts all the way from start to finish. The mouthfeel, IMO, is just right for this style of stout. From my experiences, milk stouts, normally have a lighter mouthfeel, than you would expect from a stout like Sierra Nevadas or Saint Arnolds. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. I'm not sure I could drink several of these at a time, but I would love to keep a pak of these in the frig at all times.

beeragent, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of barrettds
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid black with a great collar. Light caramel color, very creamy and lasted all the way down to the last bit. Large amount of lacing as well.

S: Smell was weak, in my opinion. Nitro cans tend to kill the smell of a beer, and I think this was the case here. I smell sweet chocolate and an unwelcomed chemical scent.

T: Sweet and chocolatey with a mild roasty finish. Mild for a stout, and the 5.2% correlates with that.

M: Mild and very smooth, but watery past the halfway point of the drink. Kind of a let down for a stout.

D: Exceptional for the stout category. Not many stouts can be had in volume, but this one fits that occasion.

barrettds, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Young's Double Chocolate pours with a jet black body and a beautiful creamy tan head. There are slight reddish hues here, but barely noticeable. Head retention lasts all the way to the end. This gives off aromas of triple chocolate cookies and burnt malt.

Initially this has milk chocolate written all over it, but is a little chalky. Finishes up with a burnt toast flavor. Feels creamy at first but finishes kind of thin. As I continue to sample it seems to lose body and gets watery.

Not too bad, but not a huge fan of nitro cans and bottles.

TheSarge, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of IgnorantBastard
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I don't want to sound like most other reviews of this beer, I'll add a few things I did not notice from other reviewers. Like hints of Toffee. Head started strong then dissipated quicker than I wanted. Very easy to drink for such a dark beer. I would recommend this especially to the drinker who wants to venture to the exotic but really doesn't care for super heavy brews.

IgnorantBastard, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 500 ml Brown bottle with a purple label and no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A Dark black thick and creamy body with a tan head.

Smell: A roasted chocolate and molasses aroma.

Taste: A nice mild sweetness that blends with a slightly roasted huge chocolate flavour that balances well with malts.

Mouth-Feel: Smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish.

Drink-Ability: I picked this one up at brawleys not to long ago in Charlotte and I really enjoyed it.But I wish it did not cost so much $$$

mnesporov, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found the double chocolate stout to be a very special beer. We were having this nice couple of chocolate-related beers and along came the dcs. Pour was very american stoutish with nice little head. smell wasn't too chocolatey, much rather seemed coffee filled but still attractive, some roasted malts were also evident.

The taste is very well structured, with an initial strong dark (and bitter) chocolate feel immediately followed by a rush of overloaded roasted coffee (sort of an espresso feel if you catch my drift). Ends in a bitter sensation. body isn't too full, much less like eating a chocolate bar and much more like drinking a cup of coffee with a dipped cote d'or inside or something.

overall a beer worth buying over and over, but it may be a bit too heavy for regular use.

Andreji, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottled. dark pour with a thick consistency. This tasted a bit flat to me, maybe an old bottle. the chocalate flavor was nill considering the "double chocolate" label and only a mild hint of coffee. I would not buy this again at this price.

ChazMania, Jan 19, 2007
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,780 ratings.