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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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4,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,586
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 121
Gots: 272 | 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 Fugazme


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 2/06

Very black beer with a thick, creamy tan head about 3/4" thick...

Sticks great to the glass. Good lacing.

A very nice looking beer with a good combo of large and small bubbles.

Super aroma. Chocolate, maple, hops, dark roast coffee, caramel.

Great dark chocolate flavor. A touch of hops. Dry finish. A thick beer. Had a touch of raspberry.

Overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 05:08:07 | More by Fugazme
Photo of Troyone


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark off black color with an amber hue, has a creamy biege head, and no carb action.

Has a sweet caramel malt smell with a resin and orange hops aroma.

Lightly/moderately sweet/acidic/bitter, milk chocolate, and caramel malt taste with some coffee and a resin and orange hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and creamy texture, no carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic/astringent finish.

Very balanced for a nitro and seems some what light for the nomenclature however has a balanced finish and good for a session.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-19-2005 03:00:47 | More by Troyone
Photo of malty


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

Pours black with dark ruby edges. Dense beige head settles to a solid 1/2".

Sweet milk chocolate pudding. Dark roasted malts with a bitter twinge. Dominant chocolate notes once again.

Sweet milky chocolate (catch the trend?) with a faint bitter finish. Not much roastedness comes through in the layers of chocolate flavors. There is a nicely appointed semi-dryness to cap things off.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but still very creamy and lush nonetheless. Medium body with a long, lingering finish.

Drinkability is good. I wouldn't mind having a couple of these, but I believe the sweetness might become a tad bit too much.

Overall a very flavorful and definitely chocolaty stout. There are no coffee flavors (maybe mocha latte) in this stout, just layers upon layers of chocolate. I remember having this on tap a couple years ago and liking it more than this nitro can.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-11-2005 19:19:48 | More by malty
Photo of bubrewer


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

16.9 oz crown top bottle. Best before 8/05; sampled in 9/05.

Impressions start with the bottle, and this one feels heavy and solid. As a homebrewer I'm glad to have it for refilling later. I'm a puzzled, however, by the CAMRA logo on the neck - as far as I can tell, this is not a bottle conditioned beer, and I thought fermentation in the serving vessel was a requirement of CAMRA.

That's enough rabbit chasing - what about the beer?

There is no nitro-widget in this bottle, so it is delivered as yeast intended. The tan head hangs on like mousse and is creamy and smooth all by itself.

Creamy, coating mouthfeel is delightful. The taste first reminds me of a chocolate covered coffee bean. Roast malt shows up next as sort of a coarse bitterness, but it balances so wonderfully with the sweetness of this beer. I'm sure there are hops in this beer somewhere, but to my palate, they are overshadowed by the dark malt and dark chocolate.

Although the bottle lists this at 5.2% ABV, it drinks a little bigger. There is a slight pleasant alcohol warming that I usually only notice in bigger beers.

Although I think my words are not capturing the moment very well, this is a really great beer that would be welcome in my kegerator any time. well, more so in the fall and winter, I think. It is a little rich and thick for the Florida summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 03:19:10 | More by bubrewer
Photo of neonbrown82


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer several times in the bottle and enjoyed it (though I have yet to review it), so I was interested in trying the nitro can variety. Ooooh, that sound. Cracks open with a Star Trek airlock door hiss followed by a nitro released whistle. Bad ass.

The beer pours with a great creamy chocolate head due to the nitro. I love watching the nitro separate out into the espresso looking foam. The beer itself is a nearly opaque black. Looks great.

The smell suffers a bit from the nitro, it seems. Smells very mild, but has a light chocolatey malt character. Smells like a Guiness Extra Stout or a Newcastle, almost.

The taste like cocoa. The nitro seems to affect the taste negatively until well after the pouring, particularly until the beer begins to warm up a bit. When the nitro is still fresh, the beer can be held in the mouth yet not tasted until the swallow. As it finally warms, however, it is rich and sweet.

The mouthfeel is very velvety and rich. Leaves a foam on the upper lip with each tip of the glass. Becomes less creamy and velvety as the nitro dissapates.

A good drinkable stout. I prefer it in the bottle, but the nitro is an interesting change of pace.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-03-2005 06:33:04 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

This wonderful beer has been my beer of choice for the past month or so. I hated the idea of nitro stouts after too many bland, off Guinesses. This has restored my faith and must be what Ireland was after when they came up with the idea.

The fullness of the malts along with the ridiculous cream and the finishing sweetness make this beer a truly satisfying yet strangely drinkable beer.

Recommened, and readily availble.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-02-2005 02:48:57 | More by EmoBeerGuy
Photo of Melchizedek


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful stout, opaque black with a nice lingering half-inch head, heavy lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell is mellow but rich, with roasty, coffee-chocolate aromas coming through.

This is wonderful in the mouth, with a smooth-as-silk, creamy texture. The taste is layered, with a bit of up-front sweetness and alcohol over a strong roasted-grain background, creating an overall impression of a strong coffee with a shot of dark chocolate. Finishes much drier, with a perfect lingering bitterness again reminiscent of good coffee--it makes the mouth water for more. I was sad to see the last of this go down.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 02:46:34 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of Caesar1pup


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding! The aroma of roasted grain and chocolate say hello as you happily pour this black, creamy, tan headed, outstanding stout into your glass. Extremely smooth and chewy with a nice sweet malt flavor. I would highly recommend this but I do believe Rogue has them beat….barely.

This is one that I will definitely go back to when I am in the mood for a chocolate stout and after trying this, that may be more often than I have in the past!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 19:50:31 | More by Caesar1pup
Photo of nickss


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep dark brown (near black) with a large puffy tan head.

Aroma gives hints of chocolate, not as much as I remembered. A hefty bit of malt, with a bit of berries on the tail end.

Strong mocha bitterness in the taste... lots and lots of chocolatey yumminess in this one.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, but I was hoping for a bit more creaminess here.

All in all, quite inoffensive and drinkable, but I'll stick with the Choc. from Rogue.... a bit more complex IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 20:17:46 | More by nickss
Photo of dirtylou


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: There really isnt anything much better than the pour from a nitro can, drinking this out of a bottle is borderline disrespectful. Pours dark black with a perfect creamy tan head that is thick as hell and long lasting. Its just glorious looking.

smell: quite sweet and creamy smelling, nothing terribly over the top but perhaps the great layer of foam is obstructive

taste: chocolate chip cookie cake was the first thing that came to mind. sweet creamy and downright tasty.

mouthfeel: thick and creamy, just the way I like it

I forgot how good these things were from the nitro-can

Serving type: nitro-can

08-22-2005 03:05:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of mattcrill


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Label states that it's "best by" 1/06.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a perfect two finger creamy and sudsy tan head.

Smell: Dried cheeries, cocoa powder, musty, earthy roasted barley. Creamed coffee and chocolate syrup on the nose with some agitation.

Taste: Cocoa powder, hazelnut, light roasted coffee, and a touch of heavy whipping cream. Nicely blended and maybe a little light on the flavor. Finishes with a powdery sweetness. Somewhat porter like in terms of it's heavy handedness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with just a touch of carbonation to keep it lively on the palate.

Drinkability: Perfectly poundable. Not too heavy but a nicely done beer. A good cross-over beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 00:41:31 | More by mattcrill
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pour reveals very impressive cascading effect, to form a thick tan head that sticks like nothing else, and a nearly opaque black body...definately a beauty. Aroma reveals subtle hints of unsweetened dark chocolate, roasted malt and a slight hops presence. The taste is a lot blander than i remember, it may be the can or this sample may be old, but this is watered down and not as chocolatey as i remember it. Taste begins with a light cocoa powder taste, followed by a slightly roasted barley flavor and a clean and lightly bitter roasted finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-16-2005 01:25:34 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of loving44


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While wandering through BevMo today I came accross this beer... it's been a while since I had it and thought I'd give it another go!

appearance: Dark, dark black with slight ruby outline in a straight sided pint glass. Head is about an inch thick, rich and creamy tan/off white. The head hold up very well. pretty average for a stout from a nitro-can.

smell: you can really smell the chocolate! I also detected slight prune aroma as well as the slight touch of alcohol. Smells of toast.

taste: My favorite part!! The chocolate does not hit you right away, but after it fades into a nice toasty after taste you can taste the dark chocolate, almost like a cooking chocolate. Slight bitter alcohol taste on the back of my tongue. very desert-like, I could probably only handle a couple of these at a time, but a very pleasant beer!

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, light on the palate, you'd expect such a chocolately stout to be a bit heavier...

Drinkability: I'd say it's average to above average... it's a great desert beer but one is probably enough!

This is a great beer! I always seem to like the stouts from a nitro can... this is worth a try for sure, and maybe a second and third try!! haha!

Serving type: nitro-can

08-10-2005 21:47:35 | More by loving44
Photo of Px2GrafX


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

presentation: 1pint .9us fl oz bottle with a purple, silver, white and black label. real dark chocolate is used in the brewing process according to the label. best before date: oct. 05. "brewed in london" and an abv of 5.2% are displayed on the label.

appearance: pours super dark black with dark brown highlights in a tulip glass. very good two finger caramel colored fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

smell: overwhelming chocolate and coffee with a touch of alcohol. sweet dark fruits.

taste: more chocolate and coffee but not overwhelming. sweet with light bitterness and a roasty finish. some noticible alcohol as the brew warms. tasty but not overly complex.

mouthfeel: creamy, but a lighter body than a lot of stouts. i'd like for it to be a little thicker. low carbonation mostly noticable after the swallow. swallow just average.

drinkability: dispite an average mouthfeel, the drinkability is good, obviously due more to the aroma and taste. excellent dessert beer. could get old, though.

overall: a decent chocolate stout. i do prefer others, however. if this is your style, then a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 01:54:51 | More by Px2GrafX
Photo of tsmthrs


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 14.9 oz can with a date of August 05 on the bottom. It poured an almost black. Creamy head was really thick, then settle to about a quarter inch. Smell of chocolate, though not overpowering. Other aromas including coffee and mocha. Taste, not real chocolatey as expected. Somewhat sweet without bitterness. Seemed a bit thin. I served it a bit too cold, aromas and taste livened up toward the end as it warmed.

Overall I enjoyed this stout and would drink one again after dinner sometime.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-31-2005 20:05:06 | More by tsmthrs
Photo of BigRedN


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

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle with a notched best by date of Oct. '05. The beer is black, no other way to say it. I held it to the light, nothing really gets through. There is also a nice thick light brown head, about 1 1/2 inches that fell to, well, a nice 1/4 inch thick light brown head as the beer was consumed. Good thick lacing to the end.

Smell: Fully what I expected, this beer did not disappoint. Roasted malt, aroma of chocolate. Robust smell, gets better as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasted malt, nice and chocolaty, but not sweet. There is a firm bitterness at the finish, providing a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Smooth, silky, a little creamy with a nice bitter bite at the finish.

Drinkability: This is outstanding, leaves me craving another. I imagine this would be outstanding with any number of deserts, or as desert itself. Just a nicely balanced stout that was really enjoyable, recommended, especially for serving after a nice meal, or as a stand alone night cap.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 04:59:39 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Golden2wenty1


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

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with amber highlights when held to the light. Huge head, almost like it was shaken or something, took a while to pour acutally. Smell was subtle at first - malty, a little sweet, with failt chocolate/coffee notes at the end. Nothing spectacular...until it warmed a bit, and it got amazing. Authentic chocolately, coffee-infused mocha. Taste followed a similar pattern - subtley malty with hoppy balance and choco/coffee notes that became so much richer as it warmed. Detected some slight alcoholic notes, but nothing major. The heady pour made me worried about over-carbonation, but it was perfect along with the smooth creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is stellar, I could drink this all night for sure. Impressed by this brew, a nice subtle take on a chocolate beer, even better than the Rougue Mocha Porter in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 06:39:56 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking sweet stout, although (thankfully) not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Very dark brown in colour. Very heavy mouth-feel. Could be longer on the finish. The chocolate becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. There is a very minor caramel flavor note as well, and hardly any roasted grain or hop quality.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-19-2005 15:31:43 | More by fisherman34
Photo of packetknife


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What gives with the utter lack of scent on this beer? Pours dark dark brown if not black, frothy light brown head that lingered at two fingers and laced all the way down. Good unsweetend dark chocolate on the tongue, some werthers-like caramel, a bit of cashew or something similar. Very good mouthfeel, perhaps one of the best. The lack of smell bothers me a bit but otherwise quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 12:54:15 | More by packetknife
Photo of thechaacster


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, jet black. Not even a bit of light makes it through my glass. Small but lasting foamy tan head. Nice roasty aroma with a good amount of creamy chocolate. The roasted flavor is strong but not overwhelming or overly dry. The chocolate flavor is of pleasantly bitter baker's (unsweetened) chocolate, not too heavy and not at all cloying. Medium hop bitterness picks up at the end for a lasting dry finish. A nice creamy mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable for a beer than I expected to be rich and filling. Always enjoyable in the bottle, but I'd definitely like to try this on tap or in the nitro can.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 08:42:23 | More by thechaacster
Photo of jhu1995


2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice, milk chocolatey head which slowly dissipated. Color was dark and inviting and had hints of amber around the edges when held up to a light. Was highly disappointed with the smell - it had an overpowering yeasty odor, and not in an inviting way. The smell carried over to the taste - yeasty - which did however mellow out over time into a smoother, richer, roasted malt flavor. I couldn't picture myself drinking many of these but will purchase again to give it another try to confirm my initial tasting.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 02:46:11 | More by jhu1995
Photo of cubedbee


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with only a little light coming through at the bottom of the glass, two fingers of beige head that quickly fade to a long lasting cap. Nose isn't very strong, milk chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is excellent--strong roasted flavor to start giving way to a huge chocolaty taste and ending in mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but very smooth and velvety. I love this beer--it's the best chocolate tasting stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 00:00:24 | More by cubedbee
Photo of henrysunset


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

~22oz bottle.

pours a deep brown-black with little translucency. Massive head of medium/fine bubbles with good head retention 4.0

smell is delicious, chocolate is apparent as is a mild nuttiness. Bitter smell of dark chocolate is present, not of a sweet chocolate. 4.0

taste is luxurious (it says luxury on the bottle, and that word seems well chosen) This is a decadent rich stout. It is just a little bit sweet, but incredibly tasty. It's been awhile but it is reminding me of the reason that shakespeare stout tasted so good. After drinking a whole glass, It's hard to give it a 5, but i'm happy to rate it as a 4.

taste is coupled with smooth creamy feel in the mouth. It is very enjoyable and reccomended. 4.5

drinkability woudl have to sit somewhere around 4.0. It is so rich that i'm not sure what i'll think of it by the 22nd ounce.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 03:15:26 | More by henrysunset
Photo of jarmby1711


2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I over anticipated what I was about to drink, but this was an average stout only with the barest hint of chocolate aftertaste
If chocolate wasnt on the label I would not have picked it.
The colour was jet black with a tan foamy head.The smell was malt dominated and harsh.The first taste is gingerish and bitter nd finishes with a smoothish hint of chocolate.
There was virtually no carbonation and an indistinct bitterness in the mouth.
This was disappointing for the high aspirations I held ,however a reasonable stout all the same

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 04:10:30 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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

A deep brown-black ale with a frothy brown cap and modest carbonation. Delishious aroma of cocoa, nuts, coffee and sweet malts. Rich creamy texture, malt biased with layers of chocolate, coffee, burnt treacle and light grassy hop tones. Finish is long with a fruity fig like decernment that turns dry and bitter in the after taste...a very nice stout , very drinkable but there is a phoneyness about the choclate tastes that you can’t get past...other than that it would be one of the world best stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 02:22:18 | More by pootz
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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