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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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5,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,251
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 178
Gots: 619 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Ratings: 5,251 | Reviews: 2,300
Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass this had a really dark brown color with a nice frothy head.

The smell had a coffee/roasted scent but with a nice hint of sweetness.

The taste was very similar to the smell but the best part was how it had a very smooth feel in your mouth. It was not flat but it had a mild carbonation which gave it a great feel.

This had a really nice flavor and feel but was filling so probably would be best in small amounts after a meal.

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

poored a very dark brown, with a thin tan head
Smell was all chocolate and malts
taste is all chocolate followed by a slightly bitter burnt aftertaste possibly from the hops not real sure could also be overly roasted malts giving it that "carbon" taste
mouthfeel was medium, felt nice in the mouth
drinkability was very high, definitely recommend

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a terrific frothy head. Head sticks around for a while and left a bit of lacing.

Smells of cocoa and dark roasted malt.

Delicious toasted malt and chocolate flavors, almost creamy. Cocoa flavor comes in the second wave and finishes nice and clean. Wonderful stuff.

Mild carbonation allows this to coat your mouth. Nothing cloying or off. Again, a well made brew. Overall, you can kill a 6 of these and enjoy each to the last drop. Fine brew overall.

Photo of maxk
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer poured nice and frothy with a solid head. The head was really thick and a very light brown/caramel color. The beer was much darker, a deep brown.

S: It smelled like a damn delicious stout should! Hints of coffee, malt and chocolate. Very milky.

T and Mouthfeel: Sooo tasty. I enjoyed it as dessert after a gyro and it was delicious. Very creamy, yet smooth and watery. Nice chocolate taste but not overpowering. I could probably drink down 2 or 3 no problem.

Tasty, filling beer, I would recommend it as a dessert to any meal!

Photo of Augustiner719
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro can into a euro pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice smooth frothy dark brown and hazelnut color. As beer settled and began to clear after about a 30 seconds, it left a nice 1 finger head that was unbelievably thick and full.

Smell: Smell is hidden slighly by the massive head that is so thick. I got a lot of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: Delicious. I would want this with dessert for sure! Its good by itself as well, its nice and focused. Its got tastes for dark chocolate, a little bitter cocoa and coffee aswell. I taste sweet roasted grains and malt too.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and medium viscosity. Very low carbonation, perfect for a stout. Its very very smooth.

Drinkability: I would drink the crap outta this beer. Perfect for the cold weather, and perfect paired with desserts and i would probably pair it with some duck even!! Its got a nice backbone and its delicious.

Photo of jpalarchio
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of my most favorite chocolate stouts.

Pours opaque black with a nice caramel colored head. This beer has a very rich and creamy taste to it and makes no effort to hide the chocolate flavor. Very smooth.

Always mean to try it in the can for comparison, can't go wrong with the bottle though.

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

Reviewed on 8/18/08. Can. Prettiest pour ever. Light chocolate brown descends and becomes a darker brown with a thick thick, foamy light tan head (so much prettier than Guinness haha). Aroma of nice bitter chocolate, tootsie roll. Flavor of lots of bitter chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, although slightly watery. One of the best chocolate beers out there. An old favorite of mine...you can't go wrong with this one.
7/5/6/3/14 (3.5/5)

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

A - poured a dark brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that retained nicely and left a nice lacing effect around the glass

S - smelled like creamy milk chocolate and roasted malts

T - burnt coffee beans hints that are overpowered by the milk chocolate taste but is renewed with the slight hoppy aftertaste

M - creamy medium bodied with slight carbonation

D - very tasty and creamy stout

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

Poured a 4 finger tan brown head. The color was opaque brown/black, with deep ruby highlights when looked at in the light. Nice cascading action. Billowy head with tons of lacing down the side of the glass.

Hints of dark roasted malt, mild coffee, and chocolate dominate the nose and flavor profile. Hops are well balanced with the malt and are barely noticeable. The body is medium-thin.

Very drinkable chocolate stoudt that you could session with. The flavors open up a bit more as the beer warms. I gotta try this on tap. Very nice stoudt!

Photo of beersheppard
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pour out of the can (with widget) provided an excellent light brown head and fantastic cascading effect. Great lacing. Beer was a dark black/brown.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste: big on the chocolate, suprise. Not overly sweet, chocolate taste is balanced and dry.

Mouthfeel: creamy, I would compare it to Guiness, very smooth.

Drinkability: a tastey stout for lovers of hearty beers. This would also be a great intro-to-stout-beer for an inexperienced beer drinker due to the creaminess.

Photo of fbandc
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was exceptionally smooth. It poured with a creamy head and had a great chocolate/coffee malt aroma. The taste was not overpowering, but instead was more of a creamy, almost candy-like flavor. I would recommend this beer to any dark beer lover...

Photo of khiasmus
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Invert-poured into a pint. beautiful cascade and tight head just like a Guinness. Body is pitch black, and of course the head is perfect and leaves a solid sheet down the walls of the glass.

Aroma, once again much like a Guinness- not a whole lot gets through that mammoth head. There's a bit of sweet cream, just a hint of chocolate, and some roasted grain, but it's all muted, like someone calling you through a rolled up carpet.

Flavor has some good stout elements, hints of roasted grain, and a good bit of lightly bitter chocolate. The sweetness is almost that of lactose, like a good cream stout. A bit of earth hints at a hop presence in the finish.

What can one really say about nitro mouthfeel? It's almost like cheating. So smooth and creamy, you'd think it was a double chocolate pudding instead of beer, and yet it's very slightly dry in the finish... which makes it ridiculously drinkable.

This beer is better than I remembered. Do yourself a favor and pick some up. Very well crafted and great for people that have only had Bud and say they "don't like beer."

Photo of yesyouam
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(From a can with a widget) This stout has long been a favorite. Too bad I can't find it in the bottle anymore. It is a black beer with the creamiest khaki head you ever saw. Wow! maybe there's something to this little widget! The aroma is of faint roast. It's a bit muffled from the dense head. This beer always serves as my personal high mark for how good the palate of a beer can be. It's the smoothest thing ever. It's like drinking a melted chocolate bar. The flavor is of creamy milk chocolate and malt. Like a Frosty from Wendy's, but 1000 times better. An stout for all time! Long live it!
(rated Apr 17, 2007)

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with brown highlights, nice fluffy brown head that quickly settles into a sparse cap with some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of chocolate syrup, sweet but not too sweet. Plesant aroma not too overpowering. Nice smooth chocolate malt with added chocolate flavor, sweet and creamy but in balance. A little bit of roasted bitterness in the end. The feel is a tad thin for a stout but has an excellent silky texture, carbonation is soft. The stout is sweet but not dessert sweet. This is an insanely drinkable beer. Very smooth, a bit sweet but not sugary sweet, good subtle chocolate flavor.

Photo of magictrokini
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Different beer. Pours dark brown with no real head, just randonm bubbles. Aroma of cream and Cocoa Puffs. Taste was like Bosco. All chocolate, but milk chocolate, not real chocolate. It was like a melted milkshake, but really watery. If they made "dessert beers" this would qualify. Very sweet, very chocolately, almost like a milkshake. Not really my style.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Off white head, almost black. Sudsy lacing.

S - Milk chocolate smell, with unsweetened cocoa.

T - Carbonated chocolate milk, with some malt and unsweetened chocolate added.

M - Creamy, smooth, sweet, nice.

D - Good for one, would bore me after awhile.

Photo of beveritt
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amazing head! About 2 fingers of dark tan, pillowy beauty. Seettles very slowly to a blotchy coating with very little lacing. The beer itself is very dark brown, essentially back.

Smell: Smells like sawdust from cutting oak with hints of marshmallow sweetness.

Taste: Mellow and creamy smoothness. Lactose sweetness. Somewhat watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Always a favorite, this beer is just begging to be made into a float.

Photo of echdk3
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a pint glass

A_Tan one fingered head, creamy. Opaque black color. Leaves very thick lacing, almost like a nitro

S_Toasted bread, caramel, not very strong

T_Burnt toast, chocolate coffee beans, no real aftertaste

M_Ultra-smooth and creamy, so mellow, balanced, very little carbonation. Perfect!

D_Taste very little alcohol, nice and easy

Photo of hoplover82
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I need more hops! The balance is way off to me. Way too sweet. Very cloying. I've had chocolate stouts that I like very much but not this one. Yuk!

Pours black with a fleeting tan head.

The aroma is a little chocolaty, and some roasted malts. And water.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and water and gritty malt too. I wish a brewery would do a dark chocolate oatmeal stout. Now that would be good!

Watery light bodied.

Not drinkable.

Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours deep brown with a chocolaty brown head
S - smells like the name suggests. There are a lot of chocolate and malt tones. Smells delicious.
T - tastes like a chocolate milkshake with some burnt malts. I've noticed that the there is a lot more burnt malt in the bottled version versus when it is served on cask.
M - this is thin and the carbonation is a little high
D - This is one of my favorite beers. Makes for an excellent dessert. Out of the bottle, this was delicious, but I enjoy it even more on cask at Llewellyn's Pub down the street. It is not as chocolaty as the name implies, but of course there is a lot more chocolate than a normal stout.

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

Pours pitch black with tan head that leaves sheets of lacing. Smell: milk chocolate. cocoa, caramel, roasted malt undertones. Taste: hot chocolate, unsweetened/bitter chocolate, roasted flavors, just enough earthy hops to keep from getting too sweet. Medium bodied, creamy, dry oat+cocoa-like finish.

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great! Have had out of the tap and can and enjoy equally both ways. Slightly smoother out of a nitrogenated tap. Some might say it is not a session beer, but if you're a stout/porter fan it can be done:) Murky brown pour, roast malt with mostly choclate aromas. Mostly chocolate with a velvety mouthfeel.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, nearly black. Upon pouring, it leaves a decent size oatmeal colored head, which surprisingly does not stay very long. There is a small lace decorating the glass as I drink it through.

Smell: A lot weaker than I would have imagined, given the "Double Chocolate" name. The smell does not even suggest that much chocolate. It is caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and a very small amount of espresso, in that order.

Taste: I found the taste to be rather pleasant. The malt is what hits me first, with a roasted, nearly burnt malt taste. Then a quick dose of caramel. Chocolate finally bursts through but is not an overwhelming flavor. There is a little bit of coffee or espresso at the end, as the hops give it just a slight kick. The subtlety is a pleasant surprise; it has a great, smooth, chocolaty taste, but I am able to grasp the other flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Relatively low carbonation, but this is one very smooth beer. If the intent was to make this smooth and creamy to emulate a milkshake, this was a success.

Drinkability: This is a stout that is light enough to have a few, with a flavor that would expect you to. A good tasting stout, and definite props on the smooth chocolate taste.

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

Poured into Sam Smith branded "full" pint glasses.

Appearance - pitch black, or close to it. Head poured very thick, but died down fairly quickly. Lacing, however, is totally out of control on this one.

Smell - chocolate is there, as you would expect, but not nearly in the front of the odor; primary smell is alcohol, then a cocoa scent.

Taste - chocolate, then chocolate, then alcohol bite, then more chocolate going down and a blooming chocolate after taste. The chocolate flavor is similar to the chocolate of a good milk shake; probably the fact that the best milk shakes are malted.

Mouthfeel - is fine. Beer goes down smooth, and is comfortable in the mouth. Given the taste, a *more* smooth texture might be expected, but then again, this isn't a milk shake, it just tastes like one.

Drinkability - if I had more than this one, I would probably drink them.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black colour with a frothy, chunky off-white head. Great lacing on the glass.

The nose is burnt and roasted malted barley. Some sweetness and hops are somewhere in the background.

The taste is sweet caramel malt first. Really quite sweet and sugary. The taste moves into a bitter chocolate flavour and finishes pretty dry. Very milky. Expresso and coffee flavours are very upfront. Not much hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. The carbonation is medium and is somewhat sharp.

I took off some points for drinkability due to the sweetness but thats just me. Very good beer.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,251 ratings.