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

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5,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,141
Reviews: 2,271
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 161
Gots: 525 | 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 kinger
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A unique stout bursting with dark malts and strong chocolate flavors. This is a well made beer. Pours nice and dark with a thick mahogany head. The aroma is pleasant, and it drinks extremely smooth. The chocolate flavor really hits you after you have swallowed which leads to a great stout experience. I was afraid that this one would be too sweet and chocolatey but the balance is perfect. Finally I can enjoy dessert with my beer.

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this before but never bothered with the tallboy can, thinking it might detract from the beer. Not so, and if you haven't had this go and buy it and drink it as soon as you get home (there's no need to literally drink and drive). Poured into my pint glass and received a thick, black body with a two-finger tan head that left a ring of lace down my glass the whole time. A good malt smell, mostly chocolate (of course). Extremely smooth and creamy, this has an immense chocolate flavor. If you have a sweet tooth then this will wet its whistle, as this beer is almost akin to a chocolate milkshake when it comes to the taste. Goes down with the chocolate riding the whole way as it sails over the tastebuds and down the throat. An excellent beer to either kickstart the night or for dessert, one is all you need to enjoy.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy black with a murky brownish white head. By foamy head and some lacing. Mild aroma of black malts and some sweetness.

Flavor is a medley of dark roasted malts, a nice oat smoth moutfeel and a almost shocking sweetness. I jus about wanted to say cloying, but the astrinency from the dark malt and the firm hop bitterness brings balance to this stout. A nice chocolate finish adds well the sweetness of this ale.

Photo of leif86
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant cascading near-black brew with a nice milk-chocolate colored head with super-fine bubbles from the nitro. Amazing lacing left on the glass as you drink your way down. I can't think of any way to improve the appearance at all.

S: Chocolate with a little nutty smell.

T: Um, chocolate? Yeah, I think so. Mild sweetness with a subtle hop character to balance it out.

M: Creamy and milky. Goes down so smooth without being flat.

D: Despite being a heavier beer I could drink many of these and I find them relatively refreshing though probably not a great sit-outside-on-a-summer-day-brew.

Photo of Jerico
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

A - dark, murky and creamy with a nice fluffy tan head that settles into a foamy froth after a while.

S - awesome slightly toasted chocolate smell that almost has a texture.

T/M/D - delicious, with an up-front chocolate taste blending perfectly with the stouty goodness. This is an outstanding beer!

Photo of mbrandon2w
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, nitro.
Pours thick and creamy, with cascading carbonation down the sides of the glass.
Lots and lots of chocolate in the aroma, which follows in the flavor. The flavor is full of dark chocolate and cocoa. Some bitter chocolate flavor comes through, with just enough to balance out the sweetness.
An excellent dessert beer, but not one you'd typically want more than one of. Does work well to blend with, especially with some raspberry lambics

Photo of laituegonflable
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and dark with a thin ochre head. Slight flash of brown (which isn't VERY flashy) when held up to the light. For a stout not bad, but just like a stout. Could use a bit more head.

Mmmm, delicious nose. Rich and chocolatey. Mind you, nice as it is, that's it. There's not much to it, it's just a really nice rich, sweet aroma.

Taste is more complex than the nose. It's dark and very cocoa-y. Rich and ever-so-slightly bitter on the back palate, but man that bitterness is just there to emphasise the rich potency of the brew. It's rich, wonderful, powerful, sweet and just a brilliant late-night ale. Really brilliant. Forget chocolate sauce, pour this all over icecream.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine stout. Not my favorite but definitely top 5.

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle, the color is pitch black. The head comes alive like a good stout should as it rises to a perfectly carmelicious pillow-topped goddess. The smell is immediately chocolatey, like a hershey bar blended with a guinness. The taste is pure chocolate heaven but it's not as overwhelming as you would think given the name. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick but ends in a tad bit of acoholic sharpness which goes almost unnoticable. I probably could sit down and drink this endlessly which is probably good that I purchased a single bottle.

If you're on a stout kick but don't want to dabble too much in the realm of chocolate, try Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout or Sam Adams Cream Stout.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured black in color, with a 3-4 finger tan head, and had good lacing throughout. This is the best looking beer I've poured.

Heavy sweet chocolate, toasted marshmallow, smells like smores.

Taste is like heaven, wonderful sweet chocolate right upfront and fades to a very slight roasted malt and minimal bitter finish, asks you to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel was very very smooth and quite creamy.

Could drink these till I pass out on the floor.

Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured black with a medium light caramel head. Smell is a strong balance of chocolate and chocolate malt with roasted, espresso-like malts. It borders on chocolate milkshake. Nice chocolate flavor with toasty malts; bittersweet. Mouthfeel is smooth with some acidity and an odd sort of powdery feel. This is a very rich but drinkable stout.

Photo of timbro81
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Greeted by a screaming widget as I cracked open the pull tab. Nice. Wonderful reverse cascading bubbles. Color is Black topped with a creamy white collar that is 1/2 inch in depth but settles to about 1/3inch. Smell is amazing!, like rich hot cocoa but without the heat. Rich and dense but not over the top. I can smell it as it sits on the table in front of me, amazing. Mouth feel is light, maybe more than I would like, and finishes a bit dry. On the tongue it is fairly mild, upon swallowing the chocolate comes into play. Not as big as the nose, more like a watered down cocoa, but still very respectable. Head and shoulders above the bottle version. Why would I ever drink Guinness again if I could have this glorious nectar?! A must stock from now on.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This can be bought at Central Market in Poulsbo, WA. They have a problem keeping it on the shelves though.

Consumed in a pint glass.

Appearance: great stout "waterfall", rich and dark like a stout should be

Smell: wow, holy chocolate, I would think this is more of a porter from the chocolate and coffee notes

Taste/Mouthfeel: rich cream and luxurious chocolate interlaced with coffee and more cream; when the can said chocolate, I didn't know what I was getting into. It felt a bit empty in the finish considering all the workup before. Kind of a let down.

This is the favorite beer of my wife. I like it but I need something that features chocolate, not showcases it in my beer.

Photo of roadhouse
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opague black with red highlight when held up to light. Two finger tan head that leaves a couple spots of lace.

Aroma is dominantly chocolate (big surprise) along with some sweet tones. Maybe a little woody as well.

Taste is chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. It's almost like taking a bite out of a bar of chocolate. Maybe some hops at the end.

Medium body, creamy, good carbonation.

I was pretty disappointed with this one actually. Based on the good things I've heard about it I thought it would be better. It was alright, but I think it was just too much chocolate for me. Obviously it's supposed to be that way, but I think I just prefer a regular stout. I'd rather just eat a chocolate bar.

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

Poured from 16 oz nitro can into pint glass.

A - Dark opaque brown, nice cascading effect from the nitro thingy. 2 fingers of tan head stick around for awhile and leave some lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt, not much else, maybe some diacetyl.

T - Big roasted malt character hits first, and smooths out into rich, bittersweet chocolate. The brew gradually dries out with a great roasted chocolate and woody flavor along with a buttery component.

M - Full bodied and smooth as can be. No carbonation from the nitro can.

D - A great stout to put back. The nitro can makes it even easy.

I can often appreciate lesser beers packaged in nitro-cans, but in the case of this beer, I don't think it works as well. The lack of carbonation really screws with some of the flavors going on, and for that reason I'll be limiting myself to purchasing bottles of the stuff. Much better in my opinion, but still a fantastic beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 16oz Nitro Can into my Guinness Pint glass. Dark brown with a chocolate foam head. Attractive.

S. Toasted malt maybe a bit of hops.

T. Chocolate malt goodness. This is more like the most delicious milk shake, its a beer shake.

M. Creamy, fluffy, foamy. Good. Still surprisingly light for a stout.

D. Good stuff. Get it by the case.

Photo of charliedango
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are already so many reviews detailing the experience of this fine beverage that I couldn't add anything that would better express it's greatness only to say that this is my current favorite stout. It's definitely not the kind of beer I would recommend to a person inexperienced with stouts as they would expect it to be like a typical dry stout a la Guinness. If there is a better chocolate stout out there, I haven't tried it yet.

Photo of shark262
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Large head (3 fingers worth) that is more foamy than dense. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Black, opaque with medium carbonation edging to the surface.

Aromas of chocolate, slight roastiness, dark caramel. Very appealing to the nose.

Liquid tastes slightly astringent when first hitting the palate. Roasted chocolate flavor follows as the aftertaste. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness throughout - not cloying.

Much lighter in body than I would have expected. Carbonation level seems a bit too high for this style of beer, but does help in carrying the nice flavors around my mouth.

Very tasty and memorable beer. I could see this being paired with multiple foods/desserts or alone for a nice nightcap.

Photo of briman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque with a hint or ruby highlights around the edges. Nice 1 inch brown head, excellent retention, settling in to moderate lace.

Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, with some roasted malts. Moderate aromas, nothing overpowering.

Flavor is bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt. The finish has kind of hot chocolate type flavor, not bitter.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Chocolate is evident, but is not overly sweet. Well-balanced...this is a beer where everything melds together, and nothing dominates. Slightly creamy, but not really coating. Might lean towards a desert beer for some, but still sessionable.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a truly awesome beer.

Comes with a big creamy off white head that lingers like there is no tomorrow.

Lacing is huge.

Aroma?? Chocolate. No surprise here.

Taste. Incredible roasted, chocolate taste that is totally creamy. Is this beer or "Hot Chocolate" that has been chilled and served cold?

Dont' care, it's awesome.

Roasty, toasty chocolate taste, is a perfect balance to the mild hops and the creamy texture.

If you are going to have a stout, have this one.

Photo of sstackho
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours black with a small white head. Excellent lacing. Weak aroma. First taste is a bit tangy from carbonation and I can tell that I need to leave this beer to warm a bit before reviewing further. Now that I've let it warm, it is better, but not signigificantly so. Slightly creamy, hints of chocolate, but not a particularly strong flavour. As it warms even further (1.5 hours out of the fridge), it does improve and the flavours become more pronouced - particularly the chocolate.

Photo of demitriustown
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 0.9 oz bottle: Pours a pitch black with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is very malty, a nice hoppiness to it too, chocolate of course, coffee, and s slight Pale ale scent to it. Taste is very chocolaty almost like a fudge, big roasty maltiness to it too, sugar, very creamy, almost a bread type note, subtle hops backing, and a faint coffee texture. Palate is somewhat dry, sticky, full bodied, quite long lasting, and a little carbonated. Overall, This is really good for a sweet stout. I think that this is probably my second favorite of this style. A very solid Stout!

Photo of chiapete
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown pour with a large , thick nitro head that will last the whole beer.

smell of roasted malt and chocolate . could smell the sweetness but not turned off by it .

Can really taste the dark , bitter chocolate from the onset. some toasted malt mixed in the flavor . Has that stout feel and taste but doesn't hit as hard , Mellowed out by the chocolate.

This is a good beer to finish a meal, a good dessert beer. I could see the sweetness getting to you after one beer. One at a time is enough for me, but very drinkable.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- super dark brownish black with a tan creamy tight everlasting nitro-head. also some of the thickest blankets of lace i've seen.

S- deeply roasted malt, coffee grounds, smoky burnt wood, and extra dark chocolate. behind all the roastiness are subtle english hops and some dried fruit.

T- interesting taste. very smoky and roasted flavors with an unexpected dryness. charcoal grilled dark fruits, maybe some anise, and coffee. the chocolate adds more of an earthy bitterness than an actual chocolate flavor until the finish where the throat seems to be coated in melted bittersweet chocolate. earthy very herbal hops and heated granite come out in the finish as well with strong roasted barley flavor.

MF- as thick and creamy as i could imagine, it seems as if bitter chocolate syrup made up 1/3 of this beer. all the smoky roasted flavors give a warming sensation that makes me think of burning charcoal. very low carbonation just adds to the viscosity.

D- a good stout, but i'm not really a chocolatey kind of guy. it's a good dessert drink or something for a cold night, but it's almost death-by-chocolate. not sweet at all, it really captures the essence of cocoa.

Photo of Misfit138
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my pint glass

A- Awesome dark brown almost black with a nice frothy head

S- Hints of malt and chocolate

T- Nice malt and chocolate taste, mild bitterness

M- Pretty thick, you know you're drinking a stout. Mild Carbonation

D- At times I think this could be my favorite beer. Great taste. Its not what I would drink more than a couple of since to me its kinda of a special beer and want to limit when I drink it.

Photo of katan
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz undated bottle.

A - A dark black color - almost that of a dark chocolate. Little carbonation shows with very little head retention.

S - Dominated by roasted malts and chocolate. Sweet on the nose. No bitter balance.

T - Starts with a balance of roasted malt and some bitterness. Mid stream is fairly flat, with a continuation of the initial malt notes. Finishes with a dark malt chocolate flavor, similar to that of a dark chocolate candy bar.

M - Interesting on this beer as its both creamy in texture but does carry a fair amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth in a pleasant way. An intriguing mix.

D - A nice slow drinking stout - doesn't appear to have the overbearing characteristic that would prevent me from enjoying a few of these in a night. Although the sweetness would probably stop me after a while.

A good beer to drink on a cold day - which today it is not. Wonder if this would be an interesting backdrop to some hot chocolate.

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