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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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4,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,562
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 120
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of KarlHungus


3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is large, and fluffy with a color of white speckled with tan. The aroma has the classic English notes, with some chocolate in the background. All in all, it is rather light in aroma. The taste is somewhat metallic with chocolate in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation for a stout (not so much that it ruins the beer though). Overall, this brew doesn't live up to its name. Single chocolate stout, maybe, but not double. It is not a bad beer, but if I want a real chocolatey beer I will stick with Rogues.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 17:13:07 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Zoh

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in a specialty store in Fresno and was very impressed.
This is one of the darkest beers I have ever had, it seems to be even darker than Guinness. After pouring I held the glass in front of a light bulb and nothing made it through the stout. It pours well with a light brown head and a chocolate smell wafting up from the glass.
The smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with roasted malt in there as well.
The taste is very good. Chocolate mixes with the bitter stout flavor then gives way to the slight coffee undertone. Aftertaste is chocolatey and sweet. The chocolate is not overpowering and doesn't come on too strongly.
Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, but smooth. It is full-bodied but not in a knock your socks off stout way.
Overall this one is great, very drinkable. It would make a great after dinner drink or a good dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 16:35:02 | More by Zoh
Photo of jmc44


3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is black; thich tan-colored head that lasts a bit.

Has a faint sweet chocolatey smell.

Taste is sweet, not overpowering, with a slight aftertaste of roasted barley and a bit of bitterness from the hops - although I do not perceive it to be as bitter or noticeable as other reviewers. I think it balances the strong malt and choclate sweetness well.

Beer is medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. It is quite drinkable for a stout, although I prefer my stouts to feel more like a meal after I have downed a pint.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-01-2005 00:24:34 | More by jmc44
Photo of grindcore666


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a sandy tan head, which lives a short life. Lacing is great.

Aroma consists of sweet sweet chocolate and fresh hot coffee.

Fizzy but nice carbonation. 'Double Chocolate' is no lie. This one screams buttery chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky, rich, creamy, and smooth (as advertised). Finish is chocolate with bitter roasted coffee.

It's sweet characteristics limit it's ability as a session brew (one was good enough for me), but I can't help but admire this one for it's bold and satisfying taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 03:26:11 | More by grindcore666
Photo of germaniac


2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black, with a billowing off-white head that loses it's mass pretty quickly.

S- Chocolate, backed up by sweet malts.

T- Vague chocolate sweetness- no real depth to the choco-ness;it's just there amongst the roasted malt and the sharp bitterness imparted by the hops.

MF&D- To me, it's pretty rough on the palette. Too much carbonation and bitterness don't mix well with the chocolate, here. Maybe cask-conditioning would even everything out, but all in all, I think there are alot of breweries here in the US making much better exmaples of the chocolate/sweet stout style

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 03:09:52 | More by germaniac
Photo of nlmartin


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served from the bottle to a pub style glass.

Appearance: This pours a dark chocolatey color with a white tall head that quickly resolves to a white film.

Smell: Loaded with roasted chocolatey goodness with an under tone of coffee.

Taste: Count Chocula himself would love the chocolateness of this stout. Taste strongly of chocolate and coffee with a great roasted malt taste. There is a nice hop profile that compliments the malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a nice full bodied stout very drinkable. I wish that I had another. The good news is it is easy to find and at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 06:34:47 | More by nlmartin
Photo of tom444


4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out black, with a brownish-red hue visible against very bright light. Thick, rich, tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with plenty of chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Wow. Bitterness from the roasted malts, tastes strongly of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finishes smoothly, with an aftertaste a bit like a mocha latte.

An amazing stout, so tasty and goes down so easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 01:41:02 | More by tom444
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably archetypal for the style. Rich, creamy smoothness all around... beautiful jetblack color with a nice brown head.
Sweet but not cloying. Think coffee with cream and sugar.
Not hoppy at all. Very easy to drink. A very accessable stout.
Yeah. Tasty, smooth. Not a BIG stout but a good one.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 03:52:58 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of sinistrsam


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head on Young’s double chocolate stout was fantastic with a dark tan color and left exquisite lacing. The body was dark brown and rich. The aroma was of faint brown sugar, roasty coffee and of course, chocolate. It had the common aromatic and taste components of a stout, but had almost a perfect blend of them balanced with the chocolate I expected. It was creamy on the tongue and finished with slight bitterness and moderate carbonation. Overall an exceptional chocolate stout and a damn fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2005 21:23:27 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of shbobdb


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Well, what can I say? This isn't a bad beer, but given the reviews on BA I expected more. Part of it, I am sure, is that I just finished a nice bit of Islay scotch so my tastebuds were dulled but. . . I mean, where is the malt? Stouts should have a certain amount of unfermented sugars lingering. Sugars that provide a texture, the produce a mouthfeel. It was silky, there was a nice chocolate bitterness, but, but, but, why? No, it wasn't nearly good enough to make me want to try it again. Not bad, but frankly, if I want a stout, there are better examples out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2005 03:17:50 | More by shbobdb
Photo of IntriqKen


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois glass,it shows a deep, dark brown almost black color which no light penetrates with an ample creamy, tan head that laces the glass throughout the drinking.
Aroma is more coffee and carmel than chocolate but with a faint bitter-sweet chocolate scent.
Feels rich and buttery in the mouth.
Taste is very coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a fine carbonation and gentle alcohol warmth going down.
Hints of both espresso and dark chocolate remain in the palette until your next sip (which I would delay enjoying the rich warmth of the alcohol).

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 00:06:24 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of WTexas

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appeared dark as night with a healthy foaming head. Initial aroma was delightful – a cocoa scent that reminded me of a robust chocolate liqueur. A pleasing flavor of malts and chocolate throughout the pint. Most notable was the superb integration of the flavors. This chocolate stout did not possess the “beer+ added flavorings” characteristic of some flavored brews. Mouthfeel was smooth but not especially creamy. Light carbonation helps the flavor remain pronounced. I may wait until I finish sampling the other Young’s products that a local distributor is now handling before returning to Double Chocolate Stout. A nice beer to end the evening with.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 12:12:15 | More by WTexas
Photo of mitchfor3


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.99.

Incredible pour - deep, dark black with reddish hues and an oh so appetizing looking chunky tan head. Good lacing.

An absolutely delightful aroma - hints of chocolate but nothing too strong - a hint of raspberry. A great, great smelling chocolate stout.

Wow, this is some damn fine beer. One of the smoothest stouts I've ever had with just enough bitterness in the aftertaste to carry you from sip to sip. The creamy head adds to the thick, thick texture. The chocolate is really subtle - hinted at and perceived but unlike some chocolate stouts, is well short of overpowering.

I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 07:50:04 | More by mitchfor3
Photo of hoffman


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. I the beer an apologie for a bad pour....therefor I cannot comment on the head of this beer only to say that the consistancy was creamy and full and that the lace was nice sticking to the glass during the entire session. The beer is an opaque brown nothing earth shattering here but a nice looking beer in the glass. The smell is very prominant, sweet malts are almost exclusive with some hop presence to sting the senses. The taste is sweet and there are not just hints of chocolate but full blown taste at the outset. A very nice balance of sweet and smooth/dry and bitter. The finish is a nice bite to balance the smooth cream of the initial flavor. Very creamy feel nicest part of this one I would say. I like this one as well as any I have had so far from the sweet stout class.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 03:45:21 | More by hoffman
Photo of BEERchitect


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had higher hopes for this beer. Albeit good, I was expecting more. The beer exhibited good roasted barley qualities with solid bittersweet chocolate aromas with a twinge of lactose. The flavors were solid, but mellow. Not as rich in the lactose and chocolate as I expected. The body is where this beer really fell short with me. It wasn't as silky or smooth as I expected. The texture was a bit grainy and bitter (not from hops) and became watery into the finish. The chocolates never stood out enough to earn the name "Double Chocolate". Nevertheless, a good beer, I just expected more.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 12:27:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of xduderx


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark blackish with some carbonation

S: smells of coffee and chocolate

T: very typical stout flavors of coffee and chocolate, but as you drink this the aftertaste begins to feel like you've been eating chocolate cake.

M: medium-full body with a creamy texture

D: a good treat every now and then, but not an everyday beer. too expensive and too chocolatey for that.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 16:09:28 | More by xduderx
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours an inky black opaque body with a creamy smooth dark tan head that has a faint hint of purple in it. A few bubbles stick to the side and it looks like a good carbonation.

S- Deep roast grains with notes of chocolate, coffee, and earthiness permeate. A slight sweetness and tartness are in the background.

T- The smooth taste of deep roasted malt and some creaminess make this very drinkable. Some notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate come through as it warms up. A faint bitterness at the finish might be hops but they are hard to detect.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel is enhanced by the creamy texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a very nice stout. The taste is a bit watery but the smell and mouthfeel really make up for it. This is worth drinking again and a must if it is in cask or aged in barrels

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:52:52 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, deep, dark, deep, dark brown though which no light will ever penetrate. Upon the top, a very nice thick, rich looking tan-brown head.

Aroma is chocolate laced with semi-sweet condensed milk, coconut, nuts, bittersweet chocolate, and just a touch of tartness from hops or yeast. Very pleasant, although there is one very hidden off-putting aroma that I can't identify. Maybe I'm trying too hard.

Flavor is bittersweet chocolate (not sweet enough in my opinion) and toffee-malt. I lose the coconut and milk in the flavor, and the mild-moderate hop bite overlain with the chocolate just isn't right to me. My girlfriend really likes the taste of this, but I just don't get it.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, thick, and enjoyable. The flavor reduces the drinkability to me.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but the appeal of Young's beers in general eludes me.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:35:21 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep black, can't see through it at all. Lightly colored tan head, made of very fine foam, maybe 1/4" thick.

Smell: Chocolate of course, maybe some coffee also in there.

Taste: Tastes like a pretty good stout. Stouts aren't my favorite style, but I like them once in a while. This one definitely is sweet and smooth, with nice chocolate in the aftertaste.

Notes: Bought for $2.50. Not bad at that price. I'll try it again I suppose, but there are other stouts higher up on the list.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 00:42:00 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Hop2it

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edge of the Universe black. Put it up to the light and still nothing comes through. Solid creamy brown head. Smokey sweet chocolate smell, nice but linear/one-dimensional.

First sip: toasted. Second sip: toasted stout. Third sip: stout. I get the chocolate, but not in the milk-chocolate way I was expecting. After I let it warm up a bit the chocolate comes through stronger. It tastes good though, maybe chocolate is overstating it a bit, but a pleasure to drink.

It is silky smooth (yes, true to the label) and very sweet. I will definately try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 04:30:52 | More by Hop2it
Photo of battlekow


2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I reviewed Young's Double Chocolate Stout once before, but I don't think I was ready to appreciate it at the time; however, now that I've delved more deeply into the world of stouts and porters, I think I'll give it another shot.

This is probably the best-looking beer I've ever had. It pours an almost opaque black that's capped by an extremely creamy chocolate-colored head. But the best part is the effect given by the carbonation as it's reabsorbed into the liquid: it looks like an hourglass, the brown bubbles "falling" down into the black abyss at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of coffee and chocolate, but not very strongly. Tastes and feels watery, like Guinness meets Newcastle. Very disappointing. Again, a very slight bit of coffee and chocolate, and a pleasant roasted bitterness, but there's just not a lot here.

Well, when I saw what it looked like, I was sure I was going to love it, but not so. Beautiful, thin, and boring--Young's Double Chocolate Stout would be popular in high school.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-27-2005 20:41:30 | More by battlekow
Photo of Naes

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tall tan head that laces well
Its aroma is roasty and malty.
The flavor is not quite what I expected, judging by its name. It’s mostly of roasted malt, yet has bitter and sweet chocolate near the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is quite creamy.

Don’t be scared off by its name if you are not a fan of super sweet stouts. I passed this one up many times due to its name, but now I see the error that I had made by ignoring this one. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 02:00:36 | More by Naes
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a very dark brown. Not quite black but dark enough. It had a three finger head when poured with good retention. The mouthfeel is fairly good too. It has a little bite to it. Not as smooth as some beers but I would buy it again. The smell is sharp as well. I really like the thick, creamy head. The drinkability of this beer is somewhat decreased by the bite but overall I would recommend it to a dark beer type of person.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 12:50:51 | More by Enola
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a black as used motor oil color with a light brown, creamy head. There was very little lace left over. It appears to have ample carbonation. The bottle indicated a best b4 March 06.

The smell is like pumpernickel bread at first, followed by burnt malt and coffee beans. There is also something sweet in the smell too.

The taste is chewy toffee with a burnt malted flavor and bitter chocolate. There is a slight aftertaste of hops. This stout is very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 00:41:01 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of AltBock


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14.9 floz. nitro can

Appearance: When it was first poured, it was black on top and brown on the bottom. When it settled it went with the jet black color with a small amount of ruby highlights. It had a creamy tan colored head of foam the measured somewhere between 1 to 2 inches that left lots of lace. When first poured, I also saw the carbonation bubbles pop on top of the foam. A true delight!
Smell: It had an aroma of sweet dark chocolate, little caramel, and some burnt coffee. It smelled like it says on the can, double chocolate.
Taste: It had a pleasant taste of dark chocolate, malt, and some roasted coffee beans. If you like coffee with chocolate in it, this your beer.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and with a dry roasted coffee aftertaste. This beer gets better when it warms up.
Drinkability: A wonderful milk/sweet stout that you can drink all day, due to the low alcohol content. The price was also reasonable at a little less than $2 for a 14.9 oz can of this delicious beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-22-2005 20:42:53 | More by AltBock
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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