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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

4,861 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,861
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 143
Gots: 377 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of Daredevil
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time I heard about chocolate beer I thought it was a joke ...
first time I tasted this brew I thought it was suprisingly balanced but rather difficult to get accustomed to ...
today I think this is one of the greatest stouts around ....
it is surprisingly dry, the (dark belgian bitter) chocolate appears only in the finish, it is smooth and well balanced ...

the best about this brew however is how it pours: almost crude oil dark with a finesse of liquid gold ... pure simple beauty ....

Daredevil, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse.

Grabbed a pint to sip, although it took a minute for it to warm up. Really, this stuff tastes just like Guinness when its cold. Let it sit and a mellow dark chocolate flavor comes out. This beer looks great though. And you're really into appearance, the thick lacing and head on this can't be beat. Still I think this beer is a little over-rated. While the flavor is nice, I dont find it very complex or worthy of high marks.

tempest, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well, I asked for it and I got it-- Young's in a nitro can. Poured opaque jet black with a creamy, thick, majestic nitrogen head. The bubbles sink in the glass, and I point this out to my girlfriend. She is in awe. She hasn't had much Guinness.

Chocolate and coffee notes dominate the nose; the estery banana notes I picked up in the bottled version are nowhere to be found. The beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel (thanks to that miraculous little widget.) The flavor profile is essentially the same as in the bottled version-- dark malt, chocolate, and coffee up front, hops (and maybe some black malt bitterness) in the back.

But there's trouble in paradise. The nitrogen seems to have blunted the flavor somewhat, making this beer much less intense and less viscerally satisfying. It gets worse. About five sips in, a coiny, metallic note came out and started to crowd out all the other flavors. This is, at least for me, one of the nastiest faults a beer can have. I don't think it came from the can, but whatever it is, it's unpleasant. The metallic taste didn't completely ruin the beer for me, but it came pretty damned close.

I'm going to give this another shot (I've got two left)-- hopefully it will have just been an off can. I sincerely hope that I have a good reason to rerate-- I had high hopes for this beer.

RERATE: Dammit. This beer looked even more stunning than it did yesterday, stubbornly opaque with a great big off-white head and lacing that defied at least two major laws of physics. The first few sips were pretty nice (but still more muted than the bottled version), but the honeymoon ended around sip four. This beer still tastes like pennies.

Now there's only one ray of hope left-- drink it on tap...

kajerm, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark chocolate in color with a nice creamy healthy head. Smell is mostly hard candy chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Taste is lightly roasted malts with chocolate with a earthy flavor. This is med - full bodied thats creamy with just the right amount of hops to round it out nicely, makes for a nice treat.

Bookseeb, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wow….what a fun beer to pour from a widget can. It is dark with the tiny nitrogen bubbles – looks very thick. The smell is great – almost like a chocolate shake. It tastes like chocolate as well. This is almost like a beer flavored hot chocolate which is served cold. The mouthfeel is chewy, but not oily. While this is a delicious beer, it’s thickness and sweetness make it almost like a dessert beer – so not drinkable in the since of more than one.

barefootbrewer, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown with a tons of cascading carbonation leading to a perfect ring of creamy thick head. If there is one good thing about Nitro, its definitly got the look.

Sweet malty odor with nice hints of chocolate.

Flavor is light with a nice sweet creamy chocolate flavor along with nice toasted malts, no bitterness at all, would be an oustanding flavor if it was a little more substantial.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but a touch on the thin side.

Overall tasty and easy to drink, great light session stout.

bashiba, Feb 25, 2007
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
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,861 ratings.