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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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4,568 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,568
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 121
Gots: 264 | 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 BeerFink


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a nitro-powered creamy white head. Chocolately, creamy, aroma, along with that nitrogen smell. Overall, the taste is very smooth. Lots of sweet chocolate jump out in the taste, along with a little roasted grain. Some hops are apparent in the finish, but definitely take a back seat to the sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is similar to other nitro-powered stouts - smooth and creamy. However it is fuller than some others I have tried.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-23-2005 23:52:11 | More by BeerFink
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium/Heavy bodied, very dark, almost black with some nice red highlights against the light and a respectable creamy tan head.

The aroma is mild caramel malt and a hint of cocao.

The taste is fantastic - rich deep roasted malt, caramel, espresso coffee, dark chocolate with a bit of apple. Rich, creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Starts slightly sweet and finishes a bit bitter.

A great desert/after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 06:25:03 | More by whynot44
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to get head (huh?) on this one (may have been somewhat old). But the dry, almost powdery chocolate/coffee quaff with some bourbon undertones made up for it. Excellent medium body with a carb tingle – smooth and savory all the way down the glass. Could have drunk many more than 1 pint of these babies.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 12:17:48 | More by Vancer
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark, almost opaque black color with minimal head. Smell is of roasted grains with a hint of chocolate. The taste is of coffee mixed with dark chocolate. (a chocolate bar in a bottle ??). Tastes great. a very drinkable stout without being overly sweet

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 00:41:29 | More by tgbljb
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours moderately viscous black with a foamy and creamy tan head and minor amounts of lacing. Smells of deeply roasted coffee with lots of sweet grainy malts and a touch of dried cocoa. Flavors are quite good. Sweet and malty initially, building toasted coffee flavors, and finishing with sweet powdered chocolate and a slight hop bite. Creamy smooth in the mouth and incredibly easy going down.. A nice session or after-dinner stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 22:04:22 | More by dgallina
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like gravity into a black hole. BLACK. Beautiful, thick, rich head with admirable staying power. The nose has all the requisite stout aromas, but I detected a sort of burnt cookie aspect to it, hence the lower score. The taste is pure heaven. It really is chocolatey with excellent bitter counterbalance. Tried with a slice of chocolate decadence at dessert - a great combo. In the mouth it is like a tailored jacket for your tongue. Almost too rich, it would be too filling to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 05:52:07 | More by mrgrandefromage
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a bubbly tan head with great retention. This beer is a looker. Coffee, some nuts, and milk chocolate in the nose. Nice initial roasted malt followed by some bitter chocolate notes and leading to a nice bitter finish. This is a tasty chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is good although a little on the watery side. This is a very nice sweet stout. Makes a lovely pairing with dessert or just on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 00:57:32 | More by foamer
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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Looks great, poured dense black with good sized light tan head which lasted well and left some lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, hints of milk, treacle (sweet malt I guess) and rum soaked raisins. Not so much sweetness in the taste, more like dark chocolate with a little extra bitterness thrown in. Slight burnt taste towards the end as well. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy as expected, but became a little watery as the beer warmed and the carbonation receeded. Will come back and re-rate this after my beer tastebuds mature a little.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 09:28:26 | More by hefevice
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle sampled, with freshness indicator notched onto the label. Pours the expected chocolaty tone of black, tiny bubble film and minor lacing. Nose is all about burnt malt, rum soaked raisins. Soft and smooth mouthfeel, some alcohol peeking through the dense roasted malt flavor. Finefbrew to go with dessert/food or as a flavorful and warming sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 01:34:43 | More by Billolick
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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black, with dark ruby red edges. Short brown head quickly recedes and leaves big soapy bubbles on the top. Hardly any lacing to speak of. Delicious smell of strong milk chocolate and roasted nuts, cafe mocha. Taste is less sweet, more bitter dark trouffle, than I expected from the aroma. Smooth creamy texture, pleasant full body. Gets better with every sip as it warms. A special treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 05:20:51 | More by droomyster
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with a sticky, dark tan head. The beer left a nice layer of sticky foam along the sides of my glass. An above-average looking stout.

Smell: A sweet, rosey aroma with hints of malt, cocoa, and a touch of alcohol. The smell is typical of English stouts.

Taste: It's a tad over-carbonated for a stout. The main flavor is a light, roasted bitterness that's present throughout most of the beer, and it finishes with a floral, alcoholic sweetness that, while subtle, was a little too cloying for my taste.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbonated, but it has a nice body to it.

Verdict: Overall, this is a nice, roasty stout. The sweetness in the finish ruined it a little for me, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 22:32:57 | More by bearrunner44
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a redish purple glint above the stem of the glass when held to strongest available light. Creamy light brown head that laces well. Sweet milk chocolate aroma with a chocolate malt note. Some pear adds to complexity. Medium to full body. A well blended combination of real chocolate, chocolate malt, roasted barley dryness balanced with hop bitterness. So drinkable I have nothing written down. I remember wanting a little more complexity from the stout side and being well satisfied by the chocolate not overwhelming the stout. Thanks to Dereck for sharing a fine milk/sweet stout look forward to another tasting session (hopefully with something to pair with freash trout)!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 13:19:59 | More by karst
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle with best before date of July '05.

Poured an opaque super dark brown with a lively tan froth.

The smell was vinous: dark fruits. Chocolate there of course, with a faint hint of metal.

Chocolate flavors from top to bottom. Creamy mouthfeel, with a hop bite in the middle. Roasty malts in the finish, then pretty darn dry. Very nicely balanced.

A very enjoyable beer. Chocolate was pleasant, I was worried it might be overbearing. Not at all. Would be great with a fudge brownie and ice cream, maybe even barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 19:44:16 | More by Shultzerdugen
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow - what a nice suprise this was! Beneath the somewhat generic-looking can lurks a real taste treat. I love nitro cans, and this beer really benefits from the special treatment. Pours a nice, tight head, and black as night. Close your eyes and I swear you'll think you're drinking Nestle's Chocolate Quik! Ultra-smooth and with a yummy chocolate finish, this beer is about as drinkable as they come...

UPDATE: I tried this brew in a bottle, and it was very mediocre. Get the nitro can...

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2005 04:52:39 | More by troutmask96
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into my English pint glass, with a 1-finger tan head that dissipates quickly into a ring, leaving minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee and chicory. Taste is strong on the dark (bitter) chocolates and the roasted chicory-like malts. There is a tad of hoppy bitterness just under the surface. There is also a bit of toffee-caramel sweetness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, with nice carbonation. Just the right amount of bitterness on the tongue. Drinkability is good for a stout, but for me, I really cannot have more than two of these without wanting for a change.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 00:20:54 | More by kosmoraios
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New Jersey

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

1 pint .09 oz. bottle, Best by May 05.

Gorgeous pour ... inky black with a thick cafe au lait colored head that left sheets of thick foam on the inside of the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell is rich semi-sweet chocolate, malt and faint floral hoppiness waaay in th back there.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, espresso and nice bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and rich. Lingers on the tougue, sharp hops on the front of the roof of themouth, tingly carbonation.

Drinkable? Need you ask? an aperitf? a digestif? ...Superlative!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 03:44:00 | More by Citadel82
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Best by date on the back, as well as suggested serving temperature.

Appearance: Pours very dark with a nice size tan head. Head fades, but leaves a nice lacing on the top and the sides of the glass.

Smell: Dominated by chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee aroma.

Taste: Very smooth with a nice thick mouthfeel. Taste is dominated by the chocolate, but it is backed by great stout flavors with roasted malts. Just enough hops thrown in to keep it balanced.

Overall impressions: Dessert in a bottle! This is a great stout with some rich chocolate flavors mixed in. Perfect combination to any dessert, and thick enough to be a meal in itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 06:59:01 | More by rowew
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 375 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz)
The label looks like a chocolate box.

Pours dark and opaque with a nice big rocky head, but it fades quickly.

There's grass and roasted malt up front in the nose, then something vegetal and cabbagey. Then the brew goes through a series of chocolate phases. The first appearance is of hot cocoa (!) which fades into bittersweet chocolate, then a slightly coffee-ish chocolate thing.
The taste undergoes a similiar transformation, but dark chocolate mostly holds court with roasted malt, with a surprising hop element circling around the periphery.
Not much body to it, but a nice balance and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 21:31:44 | More by horndecker
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North Carolina

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

Rich and yummy. Can't get enough of these nitro-cans lately. The pour was very interesting. The first third of the can came out chocolate brown, but then it switched to midnight brown. The aroma is a bit smokey, but very chocolatey and surprisingly slightly hoppy. The flavor as also very surprising. I was expecting more smooth and chocolate milk-like. But I got more dark chocolate with a very nice hoppy kick at the end. There were also slight burnt malts happening. The mouthfeel is rather heavy and very rich. I am not sure I could stomach more than a couple of these.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-27-2005 20:53:33 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black liquid, no highlights at all. Nice thick creamy tan head, which had great retention. Roasty aroma, along with milk chocolate. Flavor again is roasty, but not over the top. Bittersweet chocolate flavor. Not much in the way of the hops. The chocolate flavor is certainly present, but not enough to be cloying. There seemed to be a slight sourness to it. Creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body, with low carbonation. Great dessert beer, or a treat from time to time. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2005 17:11:40 | More by Bierguy5
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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. If there is ever a crowd pleaser this is it. The malt is huge with hints of, well, chocolate. On nitro it looks beautiful and out of the bottle the flavor can't be matched by any stout. Oddly enough it brings back childhood memories of Count Chocula. It is that grain and chocolate blend that makes everyone ask for another. It couldn't be more drinkable. Big, big cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 03:58:06 | More by swamiswamu
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have enjoyed this beer for a while, and just had to review it after joining this site...

Appearance is excellent, dark black stout with a very rich, very tan head.

Smell is amazing, chocolate with coffee/toffee and dark malt overtones.

Taste is outstanding! Pretty much tastes like it smells. Without being to heavy on the chocolate, it still lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel is up there as well, finishes fairly dry with a lingering black malt taste.

Drinkability is average. It is a stout, after all.

One of my favorite beers of all time...If you are a connoisseur of stouts, this is one for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 21:00:15 | More by beertastegood
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

label looks like something off a cadbury chocolate bar. well, if the label fits...

pours velvety smooth into the glass. forms a small tan head over the black beer. very few tiny bubbles make their way to the surface.
very rich, sweet aroma. almost liquer like, but not off putting.
taste is surprisingly smooth and balanced (well, the balance part is surprising). noticeable chcolate influence, especially in the finish. i would say this would make a great beer even without the chocolate.
mouthfeel is just about heavenly.
a fine beer that, unlike many, lived up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 03:02:25 | More by joecast
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, Exchequer Pub, Chicago Loop. A great beer to find, and even better that they have a sign in their window to promote it. Though tapped by CO2, still had a nice pub pour with a cascading head. Tan foam starts off the very creamy taste & texture, and coats rather than laces the glass. A great smooth taste with a definite but not overpowering chocolate note in the swallow. Less harsh roast notes than a Guinness, with a nice hop note, too. Nice whisky or peat smoke notes in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2005 18:54:15 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one smoooth stout!

This one redefined what I look for in a stout, as well as Bell's double cream this one really stands out. Excellent pour into a pint glass @ The Oak Cafe, Wyandotte, MI this one came out with a nice 1 inch head, creamy and with a heavy creamy/sweet scent. The taste really rolls along the pallate with chocolate tones all through the taste experience. Mildy sweet with a nice bitter bite, this is definatly one I will try again and again.

Nice! Even if it is English. =D


Serving type: nitro-tap

01-30-2005 04:36:59 | More by Gaisgeil
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